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Comment: Funding? (Score 1) 100

by maxx_730 (#19468359) Attached to: Blender Foundation to Create Open Movie, Open Game
Pardon me for asking, but where exactly does th Blender foundation get the funds from to just be able to say 'we'll make a movie and a game this year'?
Last time i checked, most (low-key) open source projects were dirt poor. How come this is different with Blender?

  Nonetheless, still very cool that they actually have got the funds to open an office in Amsterdam (where housing is the most expensive of the whole of the Netherlands)
Science

67-Kilowatt Laser Unveiled 395

Posted by kdawson
from the very-big-sharks dept.
s31523 writes "Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has announced they have working in the lab a Solid State Heat Capacity Laser that averages 67 kW. It is being developed for the military. The chief scientist Dr. Yamamoto is quoted: 'I know of no other solid state laser that has achieved 67 kW of average output power.' Although many lasers have peaked at higher capacities, getting the average sustained power to remain high is the tricky part. The article says that hitting the 100-kW level, at which point it would become interesting as a battlefield weapon, could be less than a year away."
Red Hat Software

+ - Fedora delays next release, chooses new theme

Submitted by
lisah
lisah writes "The release of Fedora 7 (F7), originally scheduled for April 26 has been pushed back to the end of May to allow the development team more time to create a build system to manage the new merge of Fedora Core and Fedora Extras. The team still plans to take a 'highly polished' live CD based on Test 4 of F7 to this year's Red Hat Summit, however, where attendees will get a chance to see the artwork that has been selected for the release's new design theme."
Enlightenment

+ - Chimps hunting with spears! Are nukes next?

Submitted by
kc7rad
kc7rad writes "Published today in the Des Moines Register is an article about a significant scientific discovery by Iowa State anthropologist Jill Pruetz. "Pruetz and colleague Paco Bertolani are the first scientists to document chimpanzees habitually hunting in this way (with spears they fashioned themselves). In the western African nation of Senegal, they observed 10 different chimpanzees in 20 instances of hunting, without human assistance." Also, according to the article, "The peer-reviewed findings appeared Thursday on the "Current Biology" Web site and will be printed in the March 6 edition of the journal.""
Space

+ - NASA has plan for unstable astronauts

Submitted by Radon360
Radon360 (951529) writes "After the breakdown of Lisa Nowak, it became apparent that some type of contingency plan might be necessary if an astronaut were to start acting mentally unstable during a mission. It turns out, NASA has a procedure in place for such an occurance. Read more in the article."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft to pay $1.52bn over mp3 patent

Submitted by p0rkrind
p0rkrind (1067826) writes "Microsoft was ordered by a federal jury Thursday to pay $1.52 billion in a patent dispute over the MP3 digital file format, the technology at the heart of the digital music boom. If upheld on appeal, it would be the largest patent judgment on record. The ruling, in U.S. District Court in San Diego, was a victory for Alcatel-Lucent, the networking equipment company. Its forebears include Bell Laboratories, which was involved in the development of MP3 almost two decades ago."
Media

+ - Use Linux, Lose an Election

Submitted by
johnlittledotorg
johnlittledotorg writes "Rob Enderle has written a piece on Cuba's increasing adoption of Linux that represents an astounding achievement in the art of sowing FUD:

If I'm running against an incumbent (who probably has no clue about software at all) and I know some organization under them deployed Linux and that it is being positioned as anti-U.S., might I not use that in the election? "Ladies and gentlemen I promise that under my administration we will not implement products like Linux that put the nation at risk, which contribute critical technology to the terrorists, and embolden our enemies."
What next Rob? A bounty on Osama bin Linus? Please tell us how to we can stamp out this threat to our nation. Oh, all we have to do is install Windows Vista? Sweeeeet."
Toys

+ - LEGO basics key strong profit growth

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After giant losses LEGO has not only reported a second consecutive year of profits but saw an increase beyond expectations thanks primarily to classic building sets. From the article: While the company's new Mindstorm robots were the company's biggest individual seller, earning DKK 100 million, it was, according to Kundstorp, an increased focus on the classic building sets that are forming the foundation for Lego's future. The basic Lego City line dominated sales, earning over DKK 1 billion."
Databases

+ - Port 25 publishes PostgreSQL primer

Submitted by
einhverfr
einhverfr writes "Microsoft's Open Source Software lab's Port25 web site has published a primer (written by me) on running PostgreSQL on Windows. This paper covers the installation and initial configuration of PostgreSQL 8.2 on Windows up to a point where a database is created and plpgsql is installed in it. We assume an ability to walk through the install wizard in general, though screens that do require additional information are covered (with screenshots). Important options in the postgresql.conf and pg_hba.conf are covered, as are database creation in PgAdmin III."
Patents

+ - Open Letter to Ballmer

Submitted by RelliK
RelliK (4466) writes "Hi,

I am tired of Ballmer's BS and I want to send a response. Somebody has to stand up and say something, and so far I have heard nothing from our "leaders". However, a response is necessary and must be circulated far and wide. I can't think of a better forum to place it on.

Mr Ballmer,

Lately you have made a lot of noise with your vague threats against Linux. Indeed you were quite livid in your assertions that Linux infringes on some of Microsoft's unspecified patents. However, no amount of yelling, dancing, or chair throwing can make up for one crucial deficiency in your claims: you have so far failed to specify what it is you are complaining about. So, Mr. Ballmer, if you want to be taken seriously, here is what we, the Linux community, want you to do:
  • Provide the list of all patents that you believe pertain to Linux.
  • For each alleged patent, explain why you believe it applies to Linux.
  • Provide the exact source code coordinates in Linux (file, version, lines of code) that you believe infringe on said patents.
Should any of your claims prove true, we would be happy to remove the offending code from Linux. However, in the absense of the above information, we can only conclude that you are making things up. The strategy of vague, unspecified allegations and innuendo has already failed for your minion, SCO. You, of all people, should know that, Mr. Ballmer. The Linux community shall not be intimidated.

Your assertion that Open Source has no respect for intellectual property rights is baseless. On the contrary, because the code is open for all to see, it is impossible to hide illicit proprietary code in Open Source software. The same cannot be said about proprietary developers who often "borrow" Open Source code. Indeed, Microsoft itself has time and again shown disdain for intellectual property rights of others. Most recent example of that is $1.5 billion judgment against Microsoft in a patent dispute with Alcatel-Lucent. Further, while purporting to assert patents against Linux, Microsoft is at the same time arguing before US Supreme Court that software cannot be patented.

In conclusion, Mr. Ballmer, the moment of truth has arrived: either specify your claims or stop your libelous accusations."

"Irrationality is the square root of all evil" -- Douglas Hofstadter

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