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+ - Mendeley Acquired by Elsevier

Submitted by alexgieg
alexgieg (948359) writes "Academic reference manager Mendeley has announced they're joining Elsevier. They say this won't change anything for Mendeley users and that they're still committed to their Open API efforts, all the while acknowledging that Elsevier's reputation hasn't been the best as of late. If you're currently a Mendeley user will you continue using it from now on? Or will this move prompt you to start evaluating alternatives such as the open source, Firefox-based Zotero?"

+ - Torment: Tides of Numenera Final Kickstarter Day

Submitted by alexgieg
alexgieg (948359) writes "In about 24 hours the kickstarter for the Torment: Tides of Numenera computer RPG game, the spiritual sucessor to the acclaimed Planescape: Torment, will finish. So far the pledges have crossed the $3.75 million mark, more than 4 times the initial project goal of $900k, thus funding the game and 15 of the 18 stretch goals. If the pledges reach $4.5 million all the 18 stretch goal will have been funded. Once completed the game will be DRM-free and available for Windows, MacOS X and Linux."

+ - Polar Ice Caps Recovering-> 1

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alexgieg writes ". . . reports from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). . . reveal that almost all the allegedly 'lost' ice has come back. A NOAA report shows that ice levels which had shrunk from 5 million square miles in January 2007 to just 1.5 million square miles in October, are almost back to their original levels."
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+ - Yahoo China sued by International RIAA->

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alexgieg writes "From the article: 'Yahoo China lost another round in a legal battle as a court in Beijing upheld a ruling that the company is infringing on copyright laws by allowing pirated music to be downloaded, according to the industry group suing Yahoo China. (. . .) In the suit, IFPI accused China Yahoo of violating copyrights because it allows links between its search engine and Web sites that have illegally copied songs from artists such as U2 and Destiny's Child.'"
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+ - OSS Solutions for Web Journalism?

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alexgieg writes "Some friend and me are interested in creating a small site where we'll publish voluntary translations of up to 8 texts per month, and I will be responsible for the task of implementing it, since I'm the one among us who know a little about Linux, HTML, CSS and the like.

The features we will need are: support for simple and very light designs, since the site will be almost entirely composed of long texts; an easy way to add and edit these texts, with usernames and passwords for me and my friends; support for tags attributed by the submitter, if possible hierarchical ones (tagging a text "democracy" would automatically tag it "politics" too); ability to display all texts that have/pertains to such and such tags (let's say, selecting "democracy" and "philosophy" would show all articles that have both tags); and maybe ability to integrate with an OSS forum software. What is, or are, good OSS solutions for this?

In regards to the forums, we plan to have a topic for each translation published, as well as generic forums, since our idea is to also grow a community around the site, but not something integrated to the articles themselves, at most a link from the article to the its topic in the forums. However, I've heard a lot about serious bugs and lack of security on some of the most known forum software out there, and as I never installed any of them, I don't know how to choose an effective and secure solution. So, what are your suggestions also in the field of OSS forums?"

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.