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+ - Crowdfunded Software Fueled By Mainstream Backlash->

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SexyJesus
SexyJesus writes "Discontent with Final Cut Pro X is not hard to find, from analysts upping competitors’ stock ratings to Apple quietly issuing refunds to unhappy customers. Not many software releases have Conan O'Brien poking fun. Rather than simply airing their grievances, some notable filmmakers and a mass of disenchanted users have thrown their weight behind a crowdfunded free software alternative named Novacut. WSJ’s “New Media Mogul” Arin Crumley pumps the project in nine minutes of video while leading HDSLR cinematographer Phillip Bloom has signed on as a beta tester. A day prior the project deadline, Novacut’s number of backers dwarfs the Kickstarter average, exceeding the combined total for the 12 most recently successful projects (at the time of writing “Bent Knee” to “30 Mosques in 30 Days“).

Last year, it was an open question whether Diaspora’s crowdfunding success was a model for other projects or an anomaly fueled by Facebook privacy concerns. A year and a half later, it is still hard to say. Is mainstream backlash a prerequisite for open source crowdfunding success? Or is crowdfunding software projects an approach still too young to judge?"

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+ - FOSS & CC video project sprints to funding goa->

Submitted by jballagh
jballagh (1897666) writes "Digital tools now available to filmmakers represent the same sort of explosion in accessibility to the general public that personal computer once brought about. Called Novacut, the project wants to introduce a video editor with the ability for members of a production team to collaboratively edit video from wherever they are while working on the same version of the source files while solidifying FOSS and CC ideals at the lowest levels.

    “Such an editor will help artists reduce costs, work faster, and collaborate with the right people. Such an editor will help independent TV and film succeed. We want artists to win!”

Roundup of Recent Press:
http://blog.novacut.com/2010/09/press-roundup.html"

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Censorship

Censoring a Number 1046

Posted by kdawson
from the you-can't-copyright-that dept.
Rudd-O writes "Months after successful discovery of the HD-DVD processing key, an unprecedented campaign of censorship, in the form of DMCA takedown notices by the MPAA, has hit the Net. For example Spooky Action at a Distance was killed. More disturbingly, my story got Dugg twice, with the second wave hitting 15,500 votes, and today I found out it had simply disappeared from Digg. How long until the long arm of the MPAA gets to my own site (run in Ecuador) and the rest of them holding the processing key? How long will we let rampant censorship go on, in the name of economic interest?" How long before the magic 16-hex-pairs number shows up in a comment here?
Input Devices

A DIY Mid-Air Pointing Device 75

Posted by kdawson
from the point-with-abandon dept.
Werner Heuser writes with an article in Linuxdevices on building your own handheld pointing device that works in mid-air. There is a YouTube video showing the Soap in action and detailed instructions to make your own Soap. From the article: "'Soap,' which resembles a bar of soap, is based on hardware found in a common wireless optical mouse, and is relatively easy to make, according to its inventors. Imagine numerous situations in which one might wish to control an appliance while standing or walking, for example, when giving a slide presentation or interacting with a wall-sized display."

FTC's Game Teaches Social Networking Skills 76

Posted by kdawson
from the just-say-no dept.
narramissic writes, "Your tax dollars at work. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has launched an online quiz-show style game called Buddy Builder to test young users' abilities to spot potential threats on social networking Web sites. Naturally, the teen audience this is intended to reach is not going to go near the game except as a joke."

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