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The Almighty Buck

iPad UK Pricing Confirmed; Apple UK Tax Applied 248 248

The iPad will be available in the UK and eight other countries from 28 May 2010; both models will be available for pre-order on 10 May. Reader marcopolo007uk adds a note from with pricing: "WiFi Models: 16GB / 32GB / 64GB — £429 / £499 / £599. 3G versions: 16GB / 32GB / 64GB — £529 / £599 / £699. These are a little higher than some had guessed... The Apple Tax stings the UK consumer again." At the current exchange rate, these prices are right around 150% of those offered in the US.

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.
The Internet

Internet Nominated For 2010 Nobel Peace Prize 259 259

An anonymous reader writes "It's official. The Internet, which has virtually revolutionized world communication, has been nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. 'Organizers said signatories to its petition backing the nomination include 2003 peace laureate and exiled Iranian activist Shirin Ebadi — which would make it a legitimate entry.' The nomination was proposed by the Italian edition of Wired magazine for promoting 'dialogue, debate and consensus through communication' as well as democracy."

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 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.

New Research Forecasts Global 6C Increase By End of Century 746 746

jamie writes with this snippet from the UK's Independent: "The world is now firmly on course for the worst-case scenario in terms of climate change, with average global temperatures rising by up to 6C by the end of the century, leading scientists said yesterday. ... [The study] found that there has been a 29 per cent increase in global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel between 2000 and 2008, the last year for which figures are available. On average, the researchers found, there was an annual increase in emissions of just over 3 per cent during the period, compared with an annual increase of 1 per cent between 1990 and 2000. Almost all of the increase this decade occurred after 2000 and resulted from the boom in the Chinese economy. The researchers predict a small decrease this year due to the recession, but further increases from 2010."

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