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Open Source Developer Knighted 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the knights-who-say-free dept.
unixfan writes "Georg Greve, developer of Open Document Format and active FOSS developer, has received a knighthood in Germany for his work. From the article: 'Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE's old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18 December 2009 I had been awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by the Federal Republic of Germany. As you might expect, my first reaction was one of disbelief. I was, in fact, rather shaken. You could also say shocked. Quick Wikipedia research revealed this to be part of the orders of knighthood, making this a Knight's Cross.'"
Education

+ - Controversial Skywalk in place over Grand Canyon

Submitted by
AustinSlacker
AustinSlacker writes "CNN is reporting that the Grand Canyon Skywalk is opening today. "The Skywalk, which will be unveiled Tuesday, is being touted as an engineering marvel. The glass-and-steel horseshoe extends 70 feet beyond the canyon's edge with no visible supports above or below."
The glass-floored Skywalk allows visitors to peer 4,000 feet (1220 meters) down into the canyon. The caveat? Each visitor must pay $25.00 (USD) PLUS addition fees to get to the viewing area. I guess the $25 will help defray the cleaning costs when weak-stomached folks lose their lunch upon realizing they are standing in mid-air over a 4,000 foot drop, a-la Wile E. Coyote..."
Security

+ - Off-Site Realtime Backup Solutions?

Submitted by Spazztastic
Spazztastic (814296) writes "I work for a small company in Pennsylvania that does large amounts of software engineering related to audio and video DSP solutions, and I am planning on designing an off-site backup solution for us. I don't know where to start, so I wanted to ask the /. users what their input should be. We currently do full-backups on tapes that are put into a fire-safe box off-site, but I am feeling that it isn't enough after reading the $38 Billion Dollar goof story. So, what do you suggest we do?"

+ - Learning Assembly programming

Submitted by
intelinsight
intelinsight writes "How relevant or useful is it to learn Assembly programming language in the current era? Consider this question in the lieu of the current s/w development needs and also the claims of the Assembly lovers for it being a language giving one insights of the internal working of a computer."

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