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Comment: Re:Firefox, eh? (Score 2, Informative) 141

by Compenguin (#32353240) Attached to: Breakthroughs In HTML Audio Via Manipulation With JavaScript

> However, mp3 is not free...yet. Some of these patents are set to expire on their 20 year time frame in a couple of years it would seem.

Yes, the next MP3 patent expires this Sunday. The longest patent seems to expire in 2018 but that appears to be MPEG-2 LSF and only required for low sample rate MP3s. So the next furthest date looks like April 2017 but it may be worth double checking the dates on those around 2014/2015.

http://wiki.multimedia.cx/index.php?title=MP3_Patents

+ - Ten years of FOSDEM-> 2

Submitted by HansF
HansF (700676) writes "FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet. This year we celebrate it's tenth birthday in Brussels. Interesting talks this year will be about writing and submitting your first Linux kernel Patch by Greg Kroah-Hartman, Promoting Open Source Methods at a Large Company by Brooks Davis and Evil on the Internet by Richard Clayton. Also the event will host several devrooms on topic varying from Alt-os to X.org. No registration necessary, so feel free to drop by."
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GNUStep

+ - GNUstep Project Gets New Chief Maintainer

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stivi writes "OSNews is reporting that Gregory Casamento has accepted the position of GNUstep Maintainer. Adam Fedor, former GNUstep leader writes: "After over 15 years of being the Chief Maintainer for GNUstep, I've found I have too many other responsibilities to devote as much time to GNUstep as is necessary. I still plan on contributing to GNUstep in the future in a lower capacity." Gregory has been a prolific developer for GNUstep for the past seven years and is currently the maintainer for Gorm (the graphical interface designer) and the GUI library. I think he will make a great choice to lead GNUstep in the future. New plans for change have been set up already. Thank you Adam for the past, congratulations Gregory to the future."
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Inhabited Island Vanishes Forever Underwater 408

Posted by Zonk
from the seeya-later-island-guy dept.
PhreakOfTime writes "For the first time the rising ocean levels have washed away an inhabited island. Lohachara island was at one point home to some 10,000 people. It, along with several other spits of land near the Indian mainland, is now permanently underwater. From the article: ' As the seas continue to swell, they will swallow whole island nations, from the Maldives to the Marshall Islands, inundate vast areas of countries from Bangladesh to Egypt, and submerge parts of scores of coastal cities. Eight years ago ... the first uninhabited islands - in the Pacific atoll nation of Kiribati - vanished beneath the waves. The people of low-lying islands in Vanuatu, also in the Pacific, have been evacuated as a precaution, but the land still juts above the sea. The disappearance of Lohachara, once home to 10,000 people, is unprecedented.'"

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