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Comment: Re:No Evidence Offered (Score 1) 958

by miniver (#24034739) Attached to: Supplies of Rare Earth Elements Exhausted By 2017
Here's some more evidence, this time from Indium, Corp. Go grab their report, "INDIUM AND GALLIUM SUPPLY SUSTAINABILITY September 2007 UPDATE". The conclusion states:

Indium and gallium containing raw materials exist abundantly worldwide. The metals industry has been investing in process improvements and capacity over the last few years to bring more indium and gallium to the market. This industry can and will continue to do so if the demand is there. As described, price volatility and short-term availability will continue intermittently due to numerous factors including the time lag required to install additional capacity, government regulation, and the lack of information suppliers receive about future demand. Overall, we anticipate adequate indium and gallium supply and continued price affordability for current and new applications.

Software

+ - Windows is Free!->

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Stefan Gustavson
Stefan Gustavson writes "This is an excellent article by Dave Gutteridge on why Windows can keep the market dominance when there is a 100% free alternative available. Linux is free, so why don't more people use it? Because they are already using Windows and lots of other commercial software for free! Software piracy is actually helping Microsoft, and holding free software back. The article is well written and well put. You should read it."
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Red Hat Software

Fedora 7 Released 186

Posted by kdawson
from the get-yer-fresh-bits dept.
fedoraman writes "Fedora 7 has been released. With Xorg 7.3, KDE 3.5.6, GNOME 2.18, and version 2.6.21 of the Linux kernel Fedora 7 comes with all the latest and greatest open source desktop software. Fedora 7 drops the traditional 'Core' nomenclature, since it includes both what used to be termed the Core and Extra components by default. Fedora 7 is also the first release to be constructed with Fedora's revolutionary new build system, which is designed to improve the ease of developing derivatives and Fedora-based software appliances. As usual, extensive documentation and release notes are available. Torrents are also available and ISO images can be downloaded from mirrors around the world."
Mozilla

+ - The Mozilla Manifesto: an Internet call to arms

Submitted by Apfel
Apfel (666) writes "Mozilla's Mike Shaver sits down for a long interview with Ars Technica to talk about the Mozilla Manifesto. "I think the manifesto does need to be something that will cause us discomfort at times," he says, "where we'll have to sit there and say, 'It feels like we want to do this, but it really conflicts with one of these things,' and that's a sign that we'll have to be really careful." The article then looks at the ways that the manifesto has guided Mozilla's behavior to date, and why it makes the company uncomfortable sometimes."
Databases

+ - 8 reasons not to use MySQL (and 5 to adopt it)

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Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler writes "Database decisions are never easy, even — or maybe especially — when one choice is extremely popular. To highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the open-source MySQL DBMS, CIO.com asked two open-source experts to enumerate the reasons to choose MySQL and to pick something else. Tina Gasperson takes the 5 reasons to use MySQL side, and Brent Toderash discusses 8 reasons not to. Note that this isn't an "open source vs proprietary databases" comparison; it's about MySQL's suitability in enterprise situations."
Google

+ - Flood Manhattan like "An Inconvenient Truth

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Leszek Pawlowicz
Leszek Pawlowicz writes "If you saw the movie "An Inconvenient Truth", you might remember the animations showing the effects of sea level rise on Manhattan. I've come up with a way to match, and even surpass, those animations in Google Earth using free data and software. While the videos and the Google Earth KMZ file at the link are for Manhattan, same as the movie, you could create a similar high-spatial-resolution flooding animation for anywhere in the world, since I describe the creation process in mind-numbing detail. And unlike the movie, if you turn on the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth and view at an oblique angle, you can watch the water level rise up the side of buildings, and even cover them completely."
The Almighty Buck

New Copyright Alliance Formed In D.C. 213

Posted by Zonk
from the they-own-j00 dept.
jombeewoof alerted us to a story that went past unnoticed last weekend. A new industry-backed 'Copyright Alliance' was formed in the city of Washington, DC. Tasked with the nebulous goal of 'promoting the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs, and growth', the ultimate goal of the organization is to strengthen copyright laws overall. "Backed by organizations like the MPAA, NBC, News Corp., Disney, Time Warner, the Business Software Alliance, Microsoft, ASCAP, the NBA, and others, the Copyright Alliance has already secured initial support from several members of Congress ... The group is headed by Patrick Ross, a former senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a strongly free-market think tank. Ross has written about IP issues for years, and in a 2005 opinion piece claimed that he was 'looking for anyone who wants to join me in seeking that elusive middle ground.' His new gig may be a strange place to fight for that 'middle ground' in any meaningful sense, as the Alliance is dedicated to 'strengthening copyright law' using 'bilateral, regional, and multilateral agreements to protect creators' and advancing educational programs 'that teach the value of strong copyright.'"
Spam

+ - Domain Keys gets Nod from Internet Standards Body

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* * Beatles-Beatles writes "http://news.com.com/Promising+antispam+technique+g ets+nod/2100-1029_3-6185904.html

A key Internet standards body gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a powerful technology designed to detect and block fake e-email messages called Domain keys. Yahoo, Cisco Systems, Sendmail and PGP Corporation are behind the push for DomainKeys, which the companies said in a joint statement will provide "businesses with heightened brand protection by providing message authentication, verification and traceability to help determine whether a message is legitimate."

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