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Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."
Google

Google Pledges Not To Sue Any Open Source Projects Using Their Patents 153

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the now-and-forever dept.
sfcrazy writes "Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In the pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor, or developer of Open Source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google's patents covered by the pledge to other technologies." This is in addition to the Open Invention Network, and their general work toward reforming the patent system. The patents covered in the OPN will be free to use in Free/Open Source software for the life of the patent, even if Google should transfer ownership to another party. Read the text of the pledge. It appears that interaction with non-copyleft licenses (MIT/BSD/Apache) is a bit weird: if you create a non-free fork it appears you are no longer covered under the pledge.

Comment: Re:Treat yourself and avoid United (Score 2) 74

by KingAdrock (#36484484) Attached to: United Airlines Passengers Stranded By Computer Outage

I'm no United fan, but what would you have them do? Cascade the delays for two days and impact 600 customers instead of the 99 already impacted? Sucks for you of course, but I'm not sure there was a better option (assuming there wasn't alternative metal sitting around unused -- which is unlikely).

Comment: Re:The devil in the details (Score 1) 276

by KingAdrock (#33622918) Attached to: Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

A good example would be with the Microsoft/Yahoo search deal. The companies entered into a strategic partnership that included (among other things) a set of Yahoo! employees that would be transitioned to work for Microsoft. Before and during that transition period it made sense not have the companies poach each others employees.

Comment: Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 347

by KingAdrock (#26501427) Attached to: GAO Reports Bailout and Tech Firms Love Tax Havens
Absolutely, and this ludicrous, greedy policy (and regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley) are really helping to kill the US economy. Now a majority of the top IPOs every year occur in other countries. It used to be like 23 of the top 25 IPOs would always be in the US. Last year, it was like 2 of 25.

I'm sure that had nothing to do with the non-IPO friendly economy that started in the US last year.

Comment: Google (Score 1) 1

by KingAdrock (#26128665) Attached to: FOSS Ad server serves 300 billion ads per month

While Google now owns DoubleClick's DART, their bread and butter are search and contextual text ads which isn't exactly OpenX's market, although you can traffic AdSense tags through their server. It will be interesting to see what Google does with DFP and if Yahoo's APT platform is able to get market share over the next couple of years.

Music

+ - Yahoo Music Not Interested in "User Inconvenie

Submitted by KingAdrock
KingAdrock (115014) writes "In a presentation at a digital music conference last week the head of Yahoo! Music, Ian C Rogers, denounced the tactics being used by major music labels.

If the licensing labels offer their content to Yahoo! put more barriers in front of the users, I'm not interested. Do what you feel you need to do for your business, I'll be polite, say thank you, and decline to sign. I won't let Yahoo! invest any more money in consumer inconvenience. I will tell Yahoo! to give the money they were going to give me to build awesome media applications to Yahoo! Mail or Answers or some other deserving endeavor. I personally don't have any more time to give and can't bear to see any more money spent on pathetic attempts for control instead of building consumer value. Life's too short. I want to delight consumers, not bum them out.
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Announcements

+ - Jimmy Wales' Wikia Chooses Monetization Platform

Submitted by KingAdrock
KingAdrock (115014) writes "Wikia released a press release this morning announcing that they had choses LookSmart to provide the technology platform for their site monetization initiative. Wikia, started by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, is a wiki hosting service based on the MediaWiki platform.

The announcement also marks LookSmart's first foray into serving display advertising. Traditionally LookSmart's AdServer platform has been for text listings only. Also of note is that the platform will allow CPC, CPM, and CPA billing options for advertisers."
Programming

+ - Next Generation Source Code Search Engine

Submitted by calumtdalek
calumtdalek (983493) writes "Traditional source code search engines have relied solely on the code within a file. All The Code, a new source code search engine, looks at how code is used to help determine the relevance of source code. The difference in terms of results is similar to the difference between early web search engines which relied entirely on Presently All The Code is still in alpha, with support for only Java implemented, but its still interesting to see the technology in action. I wonder if google codesearch will implement something similar to this?"
The Courts

+ - Can I be sued for quitting?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I work at a large hosting company in Texas and recently decided to go work for a smaller competitor. I had a great relationship with my employer and wanted to leave on good terms. I felt the new company had just gotten too large and I didn't like working there anymore, I gave them two weeks notice in writing. They were really upset when I insisted on leaving and one week into my last two weeks the V.P. of Sales told me the company was suing me for leaving and suing my new employer for hiring me. They then escorted me out of the building. I was shocked. Should I hire an attorney? Has anybody ever heard of this happening? Do they have any legal basis for suing me? I never signed any non-compete or employment agreement."
Supercomputing

+ - d-wave announces usable 16 qubit quantum computer

Submitted by euice
euice (953774) writes "A company called D-Wave Sys claims to have developped the first commercially usable 16 qubit quantum computer.

FTA: Please join us in February as we demonstrate a technological first: an end-to-end quantum computing system powered by a 16-qubit quantum processor, running two commercial applications — live.

Is there any breakthrough I missed? What would you expect them to show up with?"

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