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racist...

And here's a shout out to Shakrai.. Welcome to my exclusive club. You and your friend there are a matched set. Heh, I guess that shot across the bow somehow hit midships below the waterline. Cool.. Y'all be good now, hea?

Games

+ - Games makers open-source 5 popular games->

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christian.einfeldt
christian.einfeldt writes "According to Linux blogger Ken Starks, an informal consortium of games makers has come together to announce that they are releasing the source code on some very popular games. The games are being released as part of a bundle of code called the 'Humble Indie Bundle,' and include the following games: Aquaria, by Bit Blot; Gish, by Chronic Logic; World of Goo, by 2d Boy; Lugaru, by Wolfire; and the Penumbra series by Frictional Games. Gamers can pay whatever they want for the code, and can also choose to donate part of their payments to charities such as Child's Play or the Electronic Frontier Foundation. To date, contributions total $1,070,370 from 117,764 contributors. Contributions are itemized by game platform, with Linux gamers contributing just less than one-quarter of the contributions, almost equal to the contributions from Mac gamers and about half the contributions from Microsoft Windows gamers. These contributions have exceeded the companies "craziest expectations" according to a quote on Wolfire's Humble Indie Bundle website."
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+ - Linspire founder creates new Internet Radio Mashup->

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christian.einfeldt
christian.einfeldt writes "Michael Robertson, founder of the Lindows aka Linspire Linux distribution, has created another Internet mashup, called BYO.fm, which claims to let you 'Listen anywhere to your free, personalized radio station. Play just what you want with full control: skip, rewind, or fast-forward.' BYO.fm, which stands for 'Build Your Own', uses voice samples from notable persons such as Barack Obama to read feeds from your local or national news (such as NPR or CNN), weather, sports (such as ESPN or CBS), and traffic, as well as listen to music you select from your MP3tunes.com account. It also plays music from Mp3tunes.com artists. Robertson has gained notoriety from making money by being sued and then settling with the plaintiffs, who end up paying him to stop his innovative work. For example, Robertson created MP3.com, was sued by the big labels for copyright infringement, and walked away with millions; and was sued by Microsoft for using the name Lindows for his commercial Linux distribution, later to be called Linspire, after Microsoft paid Robertson millions to stop using the name Lindows. Will he repeat again with BYO.fm?"
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Comment: 8 hours of jury deliberations means... (Score 4, Insightful) 380

by christian.einfeldt (#31678462) Attached to: Novell Wins vs. SCO
...that even a lay-person jury could see that SCO's case was worthless. I'm a lawyer, and I'm here to state the obvious: juries take longer than 8 hours to decide many petty theft cases. Trustee Cahn, who is effectively running SCO, needs to wake up and smell SCO's dead feet. SCO is dead, dead, dead I say!

+ - Texas Linux Fest coming up->

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christian.einfeldt
christian.einfeldt writes "Penguinistas in the Lone Star State will soon get a chance to share the love at the upcoming Texas Linux Fest, taking place on April 10, 2010. This event is signficant due to the fact that is the first Linux fest of this size to be held in Texas, according to long-time Linux advocate and blogger Ken Starks, who offers this interview of one of the event's founders, Nate Willis. The saying goes that they do everything big in Texas, and the promoters are hoping that this event will be no exception, as they are billing it as a regional event, according to Starks' interview with Willis."
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+ - Linux reaches 32% netbook market share->

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christian.einfeldt
christian.einfeldt writes "Linux netbooks have captured 32% of the global netbook market, says Jeff Orr, an analyst with consumer computer research firm ABI Research. The largest share of netbook sales is in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Lai's article reports, according to Orr's interview with Eric Lai, a reporter with ComputerWorld.com. ABI's latest figures coincide with a statement by Dell executives from February of this year, in which they said that Linux netbooks comprise about 33% of Dell shipments of Dell Inspiron mini 9s netbooks. The ABI Research figures, together with the statements by the Dell executives, cast doubt on claims by Microsoft that Windows XP captured 98% of the netbook market, a figure Microsoft later reported as 93% market share. In an interview with DesktopLinux.com, Orr made clear that the 32% Linux netbook market share did not include either user-intalled Linux or dual-boot systems, but was confined to just pre-installed Linux shipments."
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+ - Washington Post says use Linux to avoid bank fraud->

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christian.einfeldt
christian.einfeldt writes "Washington Post columnist Brian Krebs recommends that banking customers consider using a Linux LiveCD, rather than Microsoft Windows, to access their on-line banking. He tells a story of two businesses which lost $100,000 USD and $447,000 USD, respectively, when the thieves — armed with malware on the company controller's PC — were able to intercept one of those codes when the controller tried to log in, and then delay the controller from logging in. Krebs notes that he is not alone in recommending the use of non-Windows machines for banking; The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) — a industry group supported by some of the world's largest banks — recently issued guidelines urging businesses to carry out all online banking activities form 'a stand-alone, hardened and completely locked down computer system from where regular e-mail and Web browsing is not possible.' Krebs concludes his article with a link to an earlier column in which he steps readers through the process of booting Linux LiveCDs to do their on-line banking."
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Linux

+ - How Granpa met Tux the Penguin->

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christian.einfeldt
christian.einfeldt writes "Ken Starks, of Austin, Texas, has been blogging (some would say ranting) for years about the ups and downs of moving to Linux. Now, Starks is hitting his stride with an entertaining story of how an 85 year-old graphics designer happened to meander by chance into the Life of Linux. Starks does a remarkable job of developing the his story's characters with sparingly few words and a well-placed photo or two. Starks writes with a wry wit and a great sense of pacing that reminds one of Mark Twain's style. Like Twain, Ken Starks is usually provocative, but always entertaining."
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+ - Judge Rejects Approval of Biotech Sugar Beets

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countertrolling writes "A federal judge has ruled that the government failed to adequately assess the environmental impacts of genetically engineered sugar beets before approving the crop for cultivation in the United States. The decision could lead to a ban on the planting of the beets, which have been widely adopted by farmers.
Beets supply about half the nation's sugar, with the rest coming from sugar cane. About 10,000 farmers grow about 1.1 million acres of sugar beets, Mr. Markwart said. That makes it a small crop compared to staples like soybeans and corn.

The Agriculture Department did conduct an environmental assessment before approving the genetically engineered beets in 2005 for widespread planting. But the department concluded there would be no significant impact, so a fuller environmental impact statement was not needed.

But Judge White said that the pollen from the genetically engineered crops might spread to non-engineered beets. He said that the "potential elimination of farmer's choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer's choice to eat non-genetically engineered food" constituted a significant effect on the environment that necessitated an environmental impact statement.

In March, Judge White had asked the federal government if the Obama administration would take a different stance in the case than the Bush administration had. The new administration said there would be no change.

There's still hope, isn't there? That we can at least get this stuff labeled properly?"

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