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Judge Chin Says He Will Cut the Google Book Settlement 38 38

Miracle Jones writes "In a move that has shocked the publishing world, Judge Denny Chin has filed a brief saying that he has decided to cut the Google Book Settlement in half, letting Google host the first half of every book the company has scanned, and letting other interested stakeholders fight for the rights to the rest. 'We think this is a hard decision, but a fair one,' said John Peter Franks for Google. 'We would like to be able to host and control whole books, but at least we get the front half.'"

Comment: Re:show off your programming skills (Score 1) 441 441

Agreed. It's a little known fact that you can apply to GSoC as long as you are still a student as of April 26, 2010. It's likely what got me interviews, and eventually my job.

FOSS projects tend not to care about who you know, where you studied, or what your GPA was, as much as they care about your creativity, your drive, and your skills.

Comment: Re:Missing Option (Score 1) 256 256

It's strongly discouraged because interesting and relevant trivia should be part of the text of the article itself.

Instead, someone starts a trivia list on the page, and people add every obscure video game or episode of Naruto that happens to mention the topic of the article.

As far as the poll goes, I originated one article, which was subsequently deleted.

Comment: Re:Too Bad No Creative Commons (Score 4, Informative) 115 115

Check out the rights page. All of the footage of Congress and various Federal events is under the Public Domain. It's annoyingly still flash video, but you can legally rip it from the site and do whatever you want with it. Same with the subtitles.

It's nice to see copyright law working correctly for once.

Comment: Re:Time-Based Filesystem (Score 3, Interesting) 175 175

Interestingly, this is the approach that OLPC and now Sugar Labs have taken for file access in Sugar, using the Journal activity. This is also the direction Gnome is heading in, with Zeitgeist and its GUIs.

It's a little strange at first, and it certainly can't replace normal file browsers completely, but it ends up being pretty convenient in day to day use. Of course, these aren't filesystems, just layers atop them.

Comment: Re:Legal Questions of Virtual Activity? (Score 4, Insightful) 85 85

Bad analogy. The real life equivalent of what you're saying is getting convicted for shooting at a paper target. These laws are about harassing human beings over the medium of video games.

That's not to say the laws aren't ridiculous, just that your example isn't an argument against it.

Comment: Re:RedHat question? (Score 1) 343 343

I like the GSoC shirts. I've gotten complimented on the 2008 shirt by non-geeks who have no idea what GSoC is.

On the topic at hand, from my current employer, I have an XL tshirt they handed me on my starting day that I will never be large enough to wear, and a decent hoodie that I wear occasionally.

Comment: Re:Microsoft builds Linux powered OpenPC (Score 3, Informative) 458 458

I agreed with you until I saw what the PC actually was. That is, built entirely from off the shelf components. You can buy the Mini-ITX motherboard they use that with comes with a 1.6Ghz Atom for £64.60 on Amazon.co.uk. The case, power supply, and RAM are all quite ordinary. You can in fact build this exact computer for at least £100 less on your own.

I would have been more impressed if they pulled an OLPC and used a FOSS BIOS and designed a motherboard.

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