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Submission "Happy Birthday To You" now public domain

Duckman5 writes: As mentioned on multiple occasions. The popular song "Happy Birthday To You" has recently been the subject of a lawsuit between a couple of documentary filmmakers and Warner/Chappell Music.
The judge in the case, George H. King, has finally issued his ruling and according to NPR and the LA Times, that song is finally in the public domain. Warner is still apparently "considering our options," so this may not be the end of it, but it seems to be a turn in the right direction.

Submission SPAM: IoT may still be a hype, but its impact to MCU already felt

Taco Cowboy writes: To many, the Internet of Things (IoT) may be nothing but pure hype, but for those who are in the Microcontroller (MCU) industry the sales volume has already risen

"What some still consider to be only hype surrounding emerging IoT trends has already begun disrupting the MCU market," said Tom Hackenberg, senior analyst for IHS. "In fact, without the influence of IoT application growth, the MCU market is predicted to stagnate by the end of the decade"

In contrast, the overall MCU market is only expected to grow at a CAGR of just 4% through 2019

"The IoT trend has a strong relationship with the MCU market, as the small nodes used for connectivity, and sensor hubs to collect and log data, are primarily based on MCU platforms," Hackenberg continued. "Most serious suppliers of MCUs are already closely following the hype around the billions of connected devices; however, the industry's challenge now is to quantify this new opportunity, since IoT is a conceptual trend, not a device, application or even a new feature"

"IoT is a sweeping term that addresses broad opportunities for hardware, software and services across many different applications," Hackenberg said. "Suppliers must therefore focus on their target markets and concentrate on the specific values they bring to these markets." The IHS Microcontroller Tracking Service now offers market size and forecast for the MCUs targeting IoT applications specifically in 25 distinct market opportunities

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Submission Happy Birthday song is public domain->

innocent_white_lamb writes: A judge has ruled that the 120-year-old Happy Birthday song is public domain and Warner Music has never held a valid copyright on it.

Warner has apparently been collecting about $2 million a year in royalties which may now need to be refunded to those who paid them.

From the article, "Mark C. Rifkin, one of Nelson's attorneys, said the plaintiffs will pursue Warner for royalties paid since "at least" 1988, and could also ask the company to repay royalties that have been collected all the way back to 1935. It's not clear how much money that could entail."

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Submission Nintendo Joins Khronos Group

jones_supa writes: Gamasutra reports that Nintendo has quietly joined Khronos Group, the consortium managing the OpenGL and Vulkan graphics APIs. The news was brought to Gamasutra's attention by a NeoGaf post, which notes that Nintendo's name was added to the list of Khronos Group contributing members earlier this month. As a Khronos Group contributor Nintendo has full voting rights and is empowered to participate in the group's API development, but it doesn't have a seat on the Khronos Group board and can't participate in the final ratification process of new API specifications.

Submission Cassandra rewritten in C++, ten times faster 1

urdak writes: At Cassandra Summit opening today, Avi Kivity and Dor Laor (who had previously written KVM and OSv) announced ScyllaDB — an open-source C++ rewrite of Cassandra, the popular NoSQL database. ScyllaDB claims to achieve a whopping 10 times more throughput per node than the original Java code, with sub-millisecond 99%ile latency. They even measured 1 million transactions per second on a single node. The performance of the new code is attributed to writing it in Seastar — a C++ framework for writing complex asynchronous applications with optimal performance on modern hardware.

Submission QSOS opensource software methodology-> 1

Nyco writes: "QSOS is an open, collaborative, formal and practical methodology for the Qualification and Selection of Opensource Software. It is published under the GNU Free Documentation License, and hosted by Savannah. The process aims at conceiving a hierarchy of criteria for any software family, evaluating each of them for any software in that family, then graphing and comparing the results for a decision, with the help of GPL-licensed software tools. The generic section of the hierarchy is where the knowledge and richness of the opensource world resides, with criteria covering differents aspects such as durability, industrialization, packaging, exploitability, adaptability, and strategy. QSOS needs contributors, such as XUL, Perl and Java developpers, documenters, internationalizers and localizers, and of course evaluators."
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