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Submission + - Storing items in a sealed chest for 25 years (accet87.net) 3

accet87 writes: "We are celebrating the Silver Jubilee of our graduation next month and have come up with an idea where we will build an air-tight chest in which each of us will deposit something and will open the chest only on our Golden Jubilee, i,e, after another 25 years. I want to understand what kind of items can be safely stored for 25 years and what kind of precautions are required to be taken. I am sure things like paper, non ferrous metallic objects, wood etc will hold good.
What about data storage elecronically? I dont think CD/DVD etc will be usable. Even if the data is retained, reading it in 2037 may be a challenge."

GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Linux-Libre becomes an official GNU package; Linux-Libre-3.3-gnu released (gnu.org)

JucaBlues writes: "Linux, the kernel developed and distributed by Linus Torvalds et al, contains non-Free Software, i.e., software that does not respect your essential freedoms, and it induces you to install additional non-Free Software that it doesn't contain.

Linux-libre is a project to maintain and publish 100% Free distributions of Linux, suitable for use in Free System Distributions, removing software that is included without source code, with obfuscated or obscured source code, under non-Free Software licenses, that do not permit you to change the software so that it does what you wish, and that induces or requires you to install additional pieces of non-Free Software.

Recently Linux-Libre has been formally accepted as an official part of the GNU Project. The first release of Linux-libre since its dubbing as a GNU package is now available from the download links off of http://linux-libre.fsfla.org/"

Patents

Submission + - MIME Co-Creator Discusses 'Defensive' Patents (adtmag.com)

msmoriarty writes: MIME Co-Creator Nathaniel Borenstein, who sent out the first MIME message on March 11, 1992, never patented the technology, and continues to believe that "patents are deeply evil." However, he also endorses a recent patent that the company he now works for filed. Why? He explains in this interview: "Unfortunately...it's also true that deeply evil people can hurt you, and you really have a responsibility to protect yourself."
Games

Submission + - Gaming PCs: Making Do vs. Buying New (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Before plunking down the cash for an Alienware x51 gaming PC, Peter Smith set up (mostly) old hardware in the living room to give PC gaming on the TV a whirl. That experiment was satisfying enough that he did end up buying the X51. His one gripe: 'The X51 uses Nvidia's Optimus technology,' which makes sense for a laptop running on batteries but on the X51 'it just seemed...messy.'"
Censorship

Submission + - Australian R18+ game legislation passes Government (playerattack.com)

UgLyPuNk writes: Australia is a significant step closer to an R18+ adult rating for video games, with legislation today passing through the House of Representatives.

Minster for Home Affairs, Minister for Justice (and occasional Player Attack guest blogger) Jason Clare has confirmed that the legislation has been passed — without amendment — and will now head to the Senate to be debated "in coming weeks".

Businesses

Submission + - Treading the Fuzzy Line of Game Cloning and Theft (arstechnica.com)

eldavojohn writes: Ars analyzes some knockoffs and near knockoffs in the gaming world that lead to problems with the developers. Jenova Chen, creator of Flower and flOw, talks about how he feels about the clones made of his games. Chen reveals his true feelings about the take down of Aquatica (a flOw knockoff), 'What bothers me the most is that because of my own overreaction, I might have created a lot of inconvenience to the creator of Aquatica and interrupted his game making. He is clearly talented, and certainly a fan of flOw. I hope he can continue creating video games, but with his own design.' The article also notes the apparent similarities between Zynga's Cafe World and Playfish's Restaurant City (the two most popular Facebook games). Is that cloning or theft? Should clones be welcomed or abhorred? Are the necessary or just the result of a lack of imagination?

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