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Oracle To Be Given Back To the Community 219

An anonymous reader writes "Oracle has stated they will give back the productivity suite to the community. Edward Screven, Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect, said the company intends upon 'working immediately with community members to further the continued success of Open Office.' Because there was a 'breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications,' the company believes the project would be 'best managed by an organization focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis.'"

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 407

Videos: $10/mo.
Games: $10/mo.
ebooks: $10/mo.
Software: $10/mo.
Music scores: $10/mo.
Scientific papers: $10/mo.
Recipes: $10/mo.
Knitting instructions: $10/mo.

There's an endless variety of types of copyrighted work. Paying a blanket fee for "music" only sets up the situation for the next type of content owner to demand their tithe from all.

Disney: $10/mo.
WB: $10/mo.
Sony: $10/mo.
CNN: $10/mo.
FOX: $10/mo.

Don't think these megacorporations won't want their own guaranteed slice of your assumed piracy.


Open Source Guy Takes the Hardest Job At Microsoft 325

jbrodkin writes "Gianugo Rabellino, founder of the Italian Linux Society and a key member of the Apache Software Foundation, traded his Linux and Mac PCs in for a Windows 7 laptop and took on a newly created job at Microsoft designed to encourage collaboration between Redmond and open source communities. 'Developers nowadays are mostly to be found in the open source world,' the new Microsoft executive says. 'We need to go where they are.' With Rabellino's help, Microsoft is expanding its successful partnership with PHP developers , but Steve Ballmer and crew are a long way from completely erasing their poor reputation in Linux and open source circles."

Submission + - Does Information Security need a Big Society plan? (

An anonymous reader writes: The Security Ninja asks whether the information security community should adopt a big society plan like the one being proposed by the current UK government to improve the state of information security. The post outlines a potential big society plan for information security based on the same approach used by the UK government.

Submission + - Buckyballs Can Form Carbon Jelly, Say Chemists (

KentuckyFC writes: Chemists know that C60, the soccerball form of carbon, forms several different phases of matter. It can be a solid crystal, for example. But it is also known to form into networks of clusters and into a liquid (although whether the liquid is stable, nobody is quite sure). Now computer simulations show that the liquid state can exist at the same time as the clusters, forming carbon jelly. Technically, this creates a substance in which the liquid is bound by the network of clusters forming a jelly-like substance called a gel. The calculations show that carbon jelly should be stable for at least 100 nanoseconds, overturning the long-held belief that gels can only be made from at least two chemical components. All they have to do now is make the stuff

Comment Re:Organs? (Score 1) 471

Replying to myself, but the OP's question is very pertinent. The best way to get a properly developed organ is to clone the entire organism; that takes care of the genetic and environmental signals I mentioned above but leaves a question about what to do with the unwanted remainder of the organism.

Comment Re:Organs? (Score 1) 471

That's crap. You don't know what you're talking about.

The likely answer to the OP's question is it would be necessary to reproduce a complicated sequence of activated genes to reproduce the development of the organ over time, the way it does in a foetus. So stem cells would be the likely source material but they don't just turn into a heart or liver by themselves; they need extensive prodding from the environment to go down that route from undifferentiated cells and eventually become a functioning organ.

Comment Re:Quanta? (Score 2, Informative) 196

I changed to xfce recently after trying KDE 4.x for the 2nd time after 12 months (debian lenny to squeeze). The first time, I backed out of my upgrade. The second time, I took a friend's advice and switched to xfce. It's more stable than KDE (kdm locked up my screen twice in a day), much faster, and things mostly work the way I expect.

Comment "Server Error in '/' Application." (Score 3, Funny) 583

Description: An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed remotely (for security reasons). It could, however, be viewed by browsers running on the local server machine.

Your God is not so powerful now, is he??

Comment Re:Actually great for these companies! (Score 1) 156

I've had "Securitel" monitored alarms, both the type where cable integrity is monitored at the exchange and the type where the alarm system dials out over PSTN with a low baud-rate modem.

My current alarm system, the LS-30 is much superior to both. Because it's ethernet-enabled, it can be monitored by a security company over the Internet. It also can alert via GSM or PSTN. Of course, one of the features of this alarm system is that the owner doesn't have to get a professional monitoring service, but the choice is there.

I haven't seen security company infrastructure but my impression is that they can achieve much better economies of scale by using the ContactID protocol and net-connected alarms. They can also provide better service to home owners.

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