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US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died (theguardian.com) 551

clovis writes: US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died in his sleep while on a hunting trip near Marfa, Texas. Justice Scalia was a Constitutional originalist and textualist. He did not believe the Constitution was a living document to be interpreted with the evolving standards of modern times.

I, for one, am very interested to see what happens next.


Whatsapp Will Become Free, Companies Can Pay To Reach Users (nytimes.com) 92

speedplane writes: The popular messaging service Whatsapp will soon become free (they previously charged $0.99 per year after the first). The troubling news is that to compensate for the lost revenue, companies will now be able to pay to contact users directly. "[Whatsapp founder] Mr. Koum said that his team was still experimenting with how such services could work, and that many companies were already using the messaging service, particularly in developing countries, to connect with mobile-savvy customers." If this smells like advertising, Whatsapp vehemently disagrees. A portion of their statement reads: "...people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today's announcement means we're introducing third-party ads. The answer is no."

Comment Re:clarification (Score 1) 100

Interesting. You need to be careful with the UI, though. It might be easy to express one's thoughts as a knowledge-graph, because you're familiar with each node individually. But for others to traverse that graph the structure needs to be much more organized. You can easily get "lost" in cliques that hide content not very well connected. It's much easier for a newcomer to traverse a tree, and there is the ages-old HMI rule of "no more than 3 levels and 7 items per level".

About computation, you might find this interesting: http://askemos.org/
I haven't used it, but I read about it sometime ago... perhaps it intersects some things you have in mind.

Comment Re:clarification (Score 1) 100

I've tried really hard to find any information that would explain what makes OneModel different than "wiki in list format" (not trying to be snarky here), but I've ended up empty handed... could you please explain further? Is it really a custom UI with a wiki backend (conceptually speaking)?

Open Source

Linux Foundation Puts the Cost of Replacing Its Open Source Projects At $5 Billion 146

chicksdaddy writes: Everybody recognizes that open source software incredibly valuable, by providing a way to streamline the creation of new applications and services. But how valuable, exactly? The Linux Foundation has released a new research paper that tries to put a price tag on the value of the open source projects it comprises, and the price they've come up with is eye-popping: $5 billion. That's how much the Foundation believes it would cost for companies to have to rebuild or develop from scratch the software residing in its collaborative projects.

To arrive at that figure, the Foundation analyzed the code repositories of each one of its projects using the Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO) to estimate the total effort required to create these projects. With 115,013,302 total lines of source code, LF estimated the total amount of effort required to retrace the steps of collaborative development to be 41,192.25 person-years — or 1,356 developers 30 years to recreate the code base present in The Linux Foundation's current collaborative projects listed above.

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