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+ - Subversion project migrates to Git->

Submitted by gitficionado
gitficionado (3600283) writes "The Apache Subversion project has begun migrating its source code from the ASF Subversion repo to git. Last week, the Subversion PMC (project management committee) voted to to migrate, and the migration has already begun.

Although there was strong opposition to the move from the older and more conservative SVN devs, and reportedly a lot of grumbling and ranting when the vote was tallied, a member of the PMC (who asked to remain anonymous) told the author that "this [migration] will finally let us get rid of the current broken design to a decentralized source control model [and we'll get] merge and rename done right after all this time.""

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Comment: They're horrible! (Score 1) 843

by glasn0st (#28934281) Attached to: 20 Years of MS Word and Why It Should Die a Swift Death
These PDF tax returns might look cool, but can cause a lot of headache.

The Dutch tax service experimented with them, a few years back. I could only do my personal income returns through one of these dynamic PDFs. The results:

1. All the different "pages" in the PDF were no actual pages, you had to navigate them using on-page scripted buttons and the PDF would dynamically overwrite a "page" into the content. Result: you couldn't PRINT the document! You would only get the first page! To workaround this, you could use a report generating button built into it, but its output did not match the screen layouts and it required data validation, so you couldn't easily copy inputs or send half-filled-in stuff to the accountant for review.

2. The PDF document seemed to append anything you did to itself. If you worked with it for a long time, it grew and grew. Even if you only corrected previous input it would grow in size. At some point Adobe Reader would take minutes on open or handle a keypress. I had to start over with my tax returns once, which was a pain because of (1).

3. When a new version of Adobe Reader came out, ALL THE OLD PDF'S WERE UNOPENABLE! Apparently, some scripting inside the document could not run anymore. All that was left was the static front page of the document. Very nice if you want to fill in a new return with your old stuff as a template. I wouldn't have cared to open this garbage if I could have printed it, but nooooo!

This stuff was the worst of the worst. And all while solving a non-problem. Arguably some of these issues were caused by a bad implementation, but some of them (the new Adobe not opening them) are fundamental. I never want to touch any scripted PDF again. Fortunately our tax service abandoned them next year. I cried tears of joy.
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun Releasing 8-Core Niagara 2 Processor

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sun Microsystems is set to announce its eight-core Niagara 2 processor next week. Each core supports eight threads, so the chip handles 64 simultaneous threads, making it the centerpiece of Sun's "Throughput Computing" effort. Along with having more cores than the quads from Intel and AMD, the Niagara 2 have dual, on-chip 10G Ethernet ports with crytopgraphic capability. Sun doesn't get much processor press, because the chips are used only in its own CoolThreads servers, but Niagara 2 will probably be the fastest processor out there when its released, other than perhaps the also little-known 4-GHz IBM Power 6."
Nintendo

+ - Nintendo sued over Wiimote design

Submitted by uchihalush
uchihalush (898615) writes "In the Nintendo playground, California company Interlink Electronics [http://www.interlinkelectronics.com] isn't playing nice. They claim that the Wiimote design belongs to them and that they patented it first. According to the Patent [http://patft.uspto.gov], Interlink Electronic describes an electronic device with the button/trigger layout similar to the Wiimote, but not the actual use of the device. Amidst all the lawyer-speak, we see no traces of their remote using movement in a 3D environment to operate their "electronic pointing device" like the Wiimote. Their pointing device talks of using the buttons and trigger on the remote to cause movement on screen, acting more like an infra-red mouse than a gaming controller. Next Gen Covers the Story [http://ww.next-gen.biz/]"
Patents

+ - Disputed patent leads to fatal shooting in Chicago

Submitted by theshowmecanuck
theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "After reading about the shooting in a patent office in Chicago yesterday, I thought about the phrase "the pen is mightier than the sword". It is usually taken to mean our ideas hold much more power than a piece of steel. But what if someone steals our ideas. The feeling of being violated and left powerless to do anything about it can in turn make someone feel like they have been backed into a corner so to speak. We know that anything in the animal kingdom backed into a corner is very dangerous. So when Joe Jackson felt he was cheated out of his alleged idea for a toilet in a truck, he killed the man he felt was responsible for the transgression. Is this what happens when the "haves" take too much from the "have-nots" in America? Or is it what happens when the only recourse to settling IP disputes is by hiring the high priced lawyers who are often minding the IP cookie jar, and: a) you don't have enough money to pay to see it to the end, b) the lawyer might be unscrupulous and steal your idea and you can't afford to fight him for it (I am definitely not saying that is the case here), or c) all of the above (etc.)? If so, how do the Joes of the world have any chance? I know a guy who sells a novel piece of electronics for guitar amps, and just encases the circuit in an opaque epoxy cube to hide it... it was cheaper and safer than hiring a patent lawyer... but not all ideas can be protected that way."

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