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Comment: Re:Runs on Windows? (Score 3, Insightful) 202

by dasOp (#21873968) Attached to: Computer Glitch Halts Seattle New Year's Fireworks
To be honest, I'd much rather read stories in the line of

"The magnificent fireworks display in <insert city here> was actually controlled and detonated from a laptop running <insert favorite distro here> with a soon-to-be foss-application written in <insert programming language of choice here>. <online mag of choice> had a talk with the man responsible, <insert name here>."


Anders
Networking

+ - OpenOffice Could Soon Become Network-enabled

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Linuxtoday.com has picked up a message from the OpenOffice Dev mailing list in which a new company is introducing the GravityZoo OpenOffice porting project with the aim of bringing it to the Internet. GravityZoo is a networked computing platform that looks very interesting. "When OpenOffice.org is "GravityZood", it will become a suite of productivity applications that are always available, online, via a broad range of devices. It will be possible to share and collaborate in real-time, to switch from one device (e.g. a PC) to another (Mobile) device. There will also be no need to save data, because everything you produce is saved automatically on the network. There is no need to download, install or update, the latest version is just available and accessible from any GravityZoo enabled client."
The Courts

+ - What constitutes copyright infringement?

Submitted by
Falladir
Falladir writes "Wikipedia says of copyright that "At its most general, it is literally 'the right to copy' an original creation."

The courts have ruled that it is copyright infringement to "make available" content that you have no right to distribute. My question is whether it is also copyright infringement to retrieve infringing content over the web. That is, in a basic p2p transfer, is the recipient breaking any laws? If so, has any legal action ever been taken against someone for downloading?

You might be thinking that this doesn't matter because if nobody uploads, nobody can download, but until copyright law is unified internationally (it's clearly not: AllOfMP3 is still in business), it will be possible for people to upload without breaking their local laws."
Linux Business

+ - Main UK opposition party talking OSS

Submitted by
twofish
twofish writes "The user of open source software in European government got another boost recently when shadow Chancellor George Osborne told the Royal Society of Arts he wanted to create a level playing field for open source software in the UK. He has estimated that the British government could save more than £600 million a year if it used more open source software, according to this short article on the BBC website."
Intel

+ - Intel stomps into flash memory

Submitted by
jcatcw
jcatcw writes "Intel's first NAND flash memory product, the Z-U130 Value Solid-State Drive, is a challenge to other hardware vendors. Intel claims read rates of 28 MB/sec, write speeds of 20 MB/sec., and capacity of 1GB to 8GB, which is much smaller than products from SanDisk. 'But Intel also touts extreme reliability numbers, saying the Z-U130 has an average mean time between failure of 5 million hours compared with SanDisk, which touts an MTBF of 2 million hours.'"

That does not compute.

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