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+ - MediaGoblin and FSF successfully raise funds for federation, privacy features

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

+ - Conservancy running campaign to write better accounting software for nonprofits-> 1

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "The Software Freedom Conservancy is running a campaign to improve accounting software, especially for nonprofits. To keep their books and produce annual government filings, most NPOs rely on proprietary software, paying exorbitant licensing fees. This is fundamentally at cross purposes with their underlying missions of charity, equality, democracy, and sharing. You can help Conservancy fix this problem by donating now!"
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Creative Sued for Base-10 Capacities On HDD MP3 Players 528

Posted by Soulskill
from the basic-math dept.
Dorkz brings news of a class-action settlement from Creative Labs over the capacity of their HDD MP3 players. Evidently they calculated drive capacity in base-10 (1,000,000,000 bytes per GB) instead of base-2 (1,073,741,824 bytes per GB). The representative plaintiff is entitled to $5,000, and everyone else who bought one of the HDD MP3 players in the past several years gets a 50% discount on a new 1GB player[PDF]. They can also opt for a 20% discount on anything ordered from Creative's online store. Creative has made available all of the necessary legal forms. Seagate lost a similar lawsuit late last year.

Darl McBride Takes the Stand In Novell v. SCO 138

Posted by timothy
from the utah's-own-information-minister dept.
UnknowingFool writes "Everyone's favorite CEO Darl McBride took the stand on Wednesday April 30 in Novell v. SCO. Chris Brown has posted his account on Groklaw of the 2nd day of trial. The first day's account can be found here. To refresh your memory in this ongoing case, Judge Kimball has already ruled that Novell owns the copyrights to Unix and has practically dismissed all of SCO's claims. This portion of the trial is about Novell's counterclaims that SCO never paid them the money from the Sun and MS deals. What is to be determined in this trial is how much of the money from the deals were for Unix licensing (SVRx) and how much were for SCO's server technology (Unixware)." (Read on for the rest, below.)

The Science of Iron Man 279

Posted by timothy
from the no-duh-it's-iron-man dept.
holy_calamity writes "New Scientist takes a look at the evidence-base behind the science and technology in the new blockbuster Iron Man, and finds it is pretty solid. From exoskeletons to real-time translation there are at the very least proof-of-concept demonstrations of pretty much all the glitzy tech the hero Tony Stark uses."

+ - Consumer Ad Blocking Doubles

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Dotnaught writes "Consumers are fed up with ads, according to a story in InformationWeek. "In the past two years, the number of consumers using pop-up blockers and spam filters has more than doubled...and "[m]ore than half of all American households now report using these ad blocking technologies to block unwanted pitches." Citing a Forrester Research report, the story says, "Today, 15% of consumers acknowledge using their digital video recorders to skip ads, more than three times as many as in 2004.""

+ - Do tech people do drugs?

Submitted by litewoheat
litewoheat (179018) writes "From the artilce "The better question is, "What kind of drugs?" Compared to New York, L.A, or D.C. the Valley is low on coke-addled dealmakers, drunk bosses, and celebrity rehab cases. But there's a decent chance some of the hardware and software you're using right now was conceived, and maybe implemented, by a big brain with a buzz on."

is it 4:20 yet?"

+ - The Top 40 Vendors Rated

Submitted by Anonymous
Anonymous (666) writes "CIO Insight has asked its readers to rate their satisfaction with their vendors. Not surprisingly, "CIOs are disappointed and disgruntled with the performance of their most important vendors. In fact, the number of companies with lower scores in 2006 than in 2005 outpaces those with higher scores by a margin of two to one."

Coming in first place is CDW at 81%, edging out last year's top vendor, Red Hat (which took third place this year). Microsoft came in at 24. The package includes a pretty detailed methodology on how the survey was conducted. 826 qualified respondents participated."

+ - Why Discovery Isn't Going to Fly

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mhokie writes "It would appear that one of the main reasons Discovery will not be launching is due to programming error.

From the article,
"Mark Polansky, who commands STS-116, says the problem is simple. 'When somebody designed these general purpose computers that we use to basically run the shuttle, nobody thought that you needed to have the timer such that it needed to reset itself when it went from one year to the next,' he says.""

"I think Michael is like litmus paper - he's always trying to learn." -- Elizabeth Taylor, absurd non-sequitir about Michael Jackson