writes: Quebec's government broke the law by buying software from Microsoft without considering offers from other vendors, the province's Superior Court has ruled. The plaintiffs were awarded... their legal costs. The Government has to... um... keep all the illegally obtained and installed software and not do it again, pretty please?Link to Original Source
writes: uncanny, unschmammy valley. Check out the NHK video where you can see the expressions.
Its more like a "surrogate" than a an android. Medical application is to have someone to listen to
patients, so humans don't have to... that sounds, ah... useful...Link to Original Source
writes: Everyone knows that free software people work for glory, but cash does help with sundry details. If you had a couple of hundred bucks and felt the need to give back to the
open source community, where would it do the most good?
writes: The OLPC will have to start accusing Asus now too. It looks like OLPC
has created a new down market niche.
This small PC with 2G's of solid stace non-volatile storage is reported to
cost 189$US no word on the processor etc...
writes: Senator Bono reportedly questioned if dropping DRM would prevent mass stealing of copyright materials. "Is that not the equivalent of having a speed limit but not enforcing the speed limit?" she asked. OK... take that analogy and run with it...
writes: Second life client is GPL'd (GPLv2) distributed as source available now. http://money.cnn.com/2007/01/07/technology/secondl ife.fortune/ promising to open source server code later... Trying to be the next version of the web?
Will it fly?
writes: Well, a few weeks ago MS promised
an open identify framework, and sent some specifications to OASIS. The Eclipse people seem to like it so Java should one day have tools for it and I'm a fan of the
seven laws of identity. They feel right, but will this be version of embrace, enhance, and extinguish (they kind of skipped a step by proposing the standard themselves, so it's the other people that embrace, before MS enhances...)
Now, pre-Vista, MS is starting to really push. at a privacy commissioner convention and
continuous press coverage. So: is this thing open enough that others will feel safe enough to embrace?
Or will that be the last thing your LAMP stack ever sees?