writes "I've always been interested in 3D animation, and presently the only way I know how to achieve this is with Poser and a mouse. I've scoured the web for information on motion capture suits, and it appears that although they are available, you typically get the typical "please contact us" spiel, which can only means it's way out of my budget. Does such a thing as consumer grade motion capture suits exist for amateurs and hobbyists?"
writes "Computerworld has confirmed a 2004 email in which Jim Allchin, Windows development chief, stated, "I would buy a Mac if I didn't work for Microsoft." Ouch. He attempts to excuse his comment in his blog. The email surfaced in the Iowa antitrust trial."
David Still (1023261)
writes "Starting on December 15 and for the next four weeks, the Wikimedia Foundation will be holding a fundraiser to cover the costs of Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikinews, and other projects run by the non-profit organisation. Unlike previous fundraisers (the most recent of which raised nearly US$400,000 in December 2005) this one will feature matched gifts sponsored by a number of companies. This would mean that the total donations for specific days of the drive would potentially be doubled by the additional sponsorship of numerous companies."
Sheriff Deputy Christopher Long has been charged with 2nd-degree murder and fired from his job. Peyton Strickland was suspected of stealing and assaulting a student for his PS3. Long shot Strickland when officers were about to charge his door at his home."
writes "Is anyone aware of any software which runs under Linux which provides a photo ID badging system? Many solutions exist for Windows but I haven't seen any which run under Linux nor have I found any which are Open Source. I need to find a program (FOSS or commercial, but FOSS is preferred) which allows an image to be sized and cropped into a template which contains things like the person's name and a barcode for the employee ID so it can be printed onto an ID card (e.g., Office Depot 150-346)."
Bootsy Collins (549938)
writes "In a discussion today on the LKML, Greg Kroah-Hartman has agreed with opinions in favor of having the Linux kernel load only GPL-tagged modules, and has put forward a patch which will start warning users loading "tainted" modules into the kernel that such loading will no longer be possible in kernels released after 1 January 2008. The intent is to give companies time to GPL their modules, release hardware specifications so that others can write GPL'ed modules, or otherwise respond to the restriction. Later in the discussion, Linus Torvalds has voiced his opposition to this move."
writes "The online access to US patent data has seen significant changes recently with the release of Google's patent search as well as the beta launch of the All Patents Initiative search interface. For the first time, these tools allow public search access to US patents issued since 1790 — current search tools offered by the USPTO only allow searching back to 1976. In addition to allowing search access the All Patent Initiative, operated by a consortium of business and academic interests, intends to address the needs of bulk users of patent data. Currently those wishing to access data about the patent collection in its entirety for analytical purposes, such as examining trends innovation, must either purchase data from the USPTO or other commercial providers — an unfortunately and surprisingly common problem with public datasets. In some respects these two system mirror the ideological differences between Google's book scanning project and the Internet Archive's Open Library. Each provides access to a vast public domain dataset — one by effectively making it property of a corporation and the other by distributing digital ownership to the public. Perhaps this is a trend?"