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Open Source

Submission + - Chrome OS Arrives on the iPad--No Seriously! (

Thinkcloud writes: A user named Hexxeh has posted a video online of the iPad running Google's upcoming Chrome OS. Hexxeh was able to put Chrome OS on an iPad because the open source code for the operating system is available in its Chromium state, but it's not necessarily true that Apple will allow iPads to run other operating systems going forward. That's typically not a level of openness found in the Apple playbook.
Nevertheless, it's worth considering what it might mean to have a robust OS like Apple's on the same tablet as one that runs a cutting-edge operating system like Chrome OS. Why wouldn't users love that?

Submission + - Firebird 2.5 (final) released

mAriuZ writes: The community project Firebird 2.5 is released. You can read the press release and most importantly release notes. And sure, you can download it and use/test/deploy.

Congratulation to us, the Firebird Project, especially the core team. And also to you, users, I hope you will enjoy and like the new Firebird 2.5 version as we (I) do. You can read the overview after 10 years for this aniversary release

Submission + - SPAM: Nissan Micra finally launched today

An anonymous reader writes: "Of the Indians, for the Indians, by the...ahem Japanese..".This holds true for the Japanese auto biggie, Nissan who has launched its much awaited Nissan Micra today. Keeping car enthusiasts in anticipation for quite a bit now, Nissan has finally launched its compact hatchback Nissan Micra in the market. The car would be priced at INR 3,98,000 — XE (entry), INR 4,69,500 — XL (Mid) & INR 528,800 — XV (Top) — all ex-showroom Delhi. Considering the overwhelming response from the Indian buyers with as much as 1500 bookings registered before the launch, Micra sure has grabbed attention of the Indian customers and how !
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Submission + - Travellers to Australia to be searched for porn (

bluetoad writes: Australian customs officers have been given the power to search incoming travellers' laptops and mobile phones for porn. Passengers must declare whether they are carrying pornography on their Incoming Passenger Card. The Australian government is also planning to implement an Internet Filter. Once these powers are in places, who knows how they will be used.

Submission + - Adobe folds on Flash, embraces HTML5 1

Macgrrl writes: Reported in The Age newspaper today, Kevin Lynch, Adobe Chief Technology Officer, has announced that Adobe will be endorsing Apple's preferred HTML5 video format.

While Adobe will continue to work on Flash, they look forward to embracing the exiciting new possibilities offered by HTML5 and consequently the gateway onto the iPhone/iPad ecosystem.

Submission + - More evidence for Steam games on Linux

SheeEttin writes: "Back in November 2008, Phoronix reported that Linux libraries appeared in the Left 4 Dead demo (also on Slashdot), and then in March, Valve announced that Steam and the Source engine were coming to Mac OS X
Now, Phoronix reports that launcher scripts included with the (closed beta) Mac version of Steam include explicit support for launching a Linux version."

Woman Tells State Judiciary Committee, "DoD Implanted A Microchip Inside Me" 222

The Georgia House Judiciary Committee took up a bill that would "prohibit requiring a person to be implanted with a microchip," and would make violating the ban a misdemeanor. Things started to get weird at the hearing when a woman who described herself as a resident of DeKalb County told the committee, "I'm also one of the people in Georgia who has a microchip." Not sure of what she was trying to say, she was allowed to continue and added, "Microchips are like little beepers. Just imagine, if you will, having a beeper in your rectum or genital area, the most sensitive area of your body. And your beeper numbers displayed on billboards throughout the city. All done without your permission." Further prodding revealed that the woman's co-workers would torture her by activating the chips with their cell phones and that the chips were implanted by "researchers with the federal government." The committee thanked the woman for her input, and later approved the bill.
PC Games (Games)

EA Launches Ultima-Based Browser Game 106

On Monday Electronic Arts launched Lord of Ultima, a free-to-play, browser-based strategy game that's based on the Ultima universe. Quoting VG247: "Set in the new world of Caledonia, players start the game as conquerors raising an empire, and then move from developing a village to evolving it into a highly customized capital. Players can be peaceful merchants by trading resources over land or sea and using diplomacy, or become feared conquerors using armies of knights and mages to crush their enemies one by one in maniacal glee."

Flash Comes To the iPad Via RipCode 117

suraj.sun writes "Texas-based company RipCode has announced a new 'clientless Flash video codec' that will allow Flash content to be streamed on Apple's iPad. This would include sites like Hulu and YouTube, assuming the respective companies don't find a way to block it. According to RipCode's press release, the TransAct Transcoder V6 captures the iPad's request for Flash content and converts it into a special format that the device accepts and plays. This is all done without a local client or user intervention. 'RipCode's Transactional Transcoding platform enables an alternate and immediate solution to this issue, opening up video content to users without requiring the content hoster to move to HTML5 or pre-transcode entire video libraries from Flash to an iPad-accepted container format. By transcoding the content "in the cloud," it is essentially analogous to a network-based Flash to MP4 or MPEG-TS video adaption layer.'"

Submission + - English village installs own broadband (

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC reports that a village in Rutland, England have clubbed together to raise £37,000 to install their own high speed broadband after getting fed up of waiting for large companies to provide the service.
Is this a model for others stuck in the same boat, or a reflection on the failure of the market to provide broadband to all?

Submission + - UK tory politician threatens to sue over parady (

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC is reporting that a UK politician is threatening legal action over a Hitler Downfall parody of himself...Is legal action a good idea to get this removed from the web, or will an well known effect kick in?

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