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+ - Paint that gives you solar power, and it's cheap->

Submitted by omar.sahal
omar.sahal (687649) writes "inhabitat.com writes about a promising new break through in solar powered paint. Although other forms of solar paint have been developed inhabitat thinks this development has particular promise.

NextGen Solar has announced that their new breed of cheap solar paint is closer than ever now that the company has raised half of the $1 million it needs to move out of the lab and into the real world. The company’s solar paint is expected to provide up to 40% efficiency at a third of the cost of traditional photovoltaic panels. That’s partially because the paint captures more wavelengths of light than traditional cells. The material, which forms small connected solar cells as it dries, can be applied to nearly any surface–windows, walls, roofs, and more."

http://nextgensolar.net/"
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Programming

+ - Light Table Funding Success->

Submitted by omar.sahal
omar.sahal (687649) writes "Chris Granger's Light Table IDE, covered here previously on Slashdot has been successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign. 7,317 backers brought in $316,720, obliging Chris to support the Python Programming language with his first release. Chris and his team have also been successful in being funded by xy combinator.

Some more back ground on the concepts developed by Bret Victor found in Light Table http://vimeo.com/36579366

More on Light Table
http://www.chris-granger.com/2012/04/12/light-table---a-new-ide-concept/

The previous Light Table story
http://www.chris-granger.com/2012/06/01/45-days-later/"

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Software

+ - Richard Stallman – software freedom activist speaks on russia today ->

Submitted by omar.sahal
omar.sahal (687649) writes "Richard Stallman is on Russia today spreading the word of free software. Stallman talks about free software, Linux and Steve Jobs. Also announces that he does not use a mobile, as it's a device for surveillance. Also tells the presenter the differences between free software and open source. He then goes on to explain what the word hacker means."
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Programming

+ - Light Table - a new IDE concept->

Submitted by omar.sahal
omar.sahal (687649) writes "Bret Victor (covered previously on slashdot) demoed the idea of instant feedback on your code. Victor's concept runs a little like a interpretor on your code, but in realtime. This allows the programer to instantly see what his programe is doing. Chris Granger has turned this novel idea into Light Table — a new IDE designed to make use of the Victor's insights.

Bret Victor — Inventing on Principle — https://vimeo.com/36579366
Update on the project — http://www.chris-granger.com/2012/04/15/light-tables-numbers/"

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Microsoft

+ - Bill Gates new personal web site: the Gates Notes->

Submitted by omar.sahal
omar.sahal (687649) writes "Since leaving my fulltime job at Microsoft.... people have asked me what I'm working on... I spend a lot of my time learning about issues I'm passionate about.

I'm fortunate because the people I'm working with and learning from are true experts in their fields. I take a lot of notes, and often share them... so I can learn from them and expand the conversation.

I thought it would be interesting to share these conversations more widely with a website, in the hope of getting more people thinking and learning about the issues I think are interesting and important. So, welcome to the Gates Notes."

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Programming

+ - Into the cloud->

Submitted by omar.sahal
omar.sahal (687649) writes "

If you asked ten random techies to define "cloud computing," you might get twelve or thirteen different answers, but if instead you asked those same ten folks to identify the most overused buzzword of the last year, they'd probably all agree that "cloud computing" was it. So imagine my surprise when, on attending a session at this past summer's AlwaysOn conference, I heard someone on the stage talk intelligently, coherently, and technically about a topic that I had written off as so much noise. That person was HP's Russ Daniels, CTO and VP of Cloud Services Strategy, I had to talk to him in more detail about cloud computing. This interview actually altered the way I thought about the cloud and about software delivery in a networked world.

After a lot of hype this sounds like a common sense approach to assesing cloud computing. This interview is covered on Ars technica."
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The Military

+ - Riding the Caspian Sea Monster->

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omar.sahal
omar.sahal writes "

In September 1966 an American spy satellite flew over a Soviet naval base on the Caspian Sea and took a series of photographs. The results created quite a stir among the American intelligence community. Their first guess was that this was a conventional aeroplane, possibly a sea plane, but one that was incomplete and much bigger than any aircraft the US had. But when the pictures were examined more closely, intelligence analysts calculated that, even if completed, it would actually fly really badly. This, coupled with the position of the engines, located well forward of the wing, made them realise what they were looking at was something entirely different.

They had stumbled on one of the most top secret military projects of the Soviet era. The object was soon dubbed the Caspian Sea Monster. What they were looking at was, in fact, an Ekranoplan; a wing in ground effect or WIG craft designed to fly at very high speed a few metres over the top of the sea. The Ekranoplan sits clean above the surface and relies on a well known, if little understood aerodynamic phenomenon called "ground-effect".
The bbc has an article and videos of the Ekranoplan in fight (including what seems to be a huge Soviet Ekranoplan in flight)."

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Software

+ - Greg Kroah-Hartman's blistering attack on Ubuntu->

Submitted by
omar.sahal
omar.sahal writes "Greg Kroah-Hartman out lines Canonical contribution to Linux with detailed analysis and ends with
  • Canonical does not contribute to Linux plumbing.(a catch all phrase for the kernel, tool chain and various systems programs)
  • Companies who rely on Linux must contribute, or they are at the whim of others.
  • Developers who are not allowed to contribute to Linux should change jobs.

notable others have called into question his motivations while some have been more blunt. While all parties agree Canonical contributions are small Dustin Kirkland, a Canonical employee, comments that Canonical only has 133 staff compared to Red Hat (over 2000) and Novell (over 4000)."
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Links

+ - Computer program helped find autistic man

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omar.sahal
omar.sahal writes "
Computer program helped direct search for lost autistic man After days of futile searching and without leads, Burnett County officials were desperate for any new techniques to find the 25-year-old autistic man who disappeared in dense Wisconsin woods. They turned to a computer program to help guide them. Lt. Rick Slatten, a member of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Rescue Squad, developed the computer program, called Search Tracker. It organizes a search area into smaller units, analyzes terrain, vegetation cover, what searchers have done and recommends which units should be searched more thoroughly. The rescue squad has used Search Tracker for about three years.
more about Lt. Rick Slatten who said he may put the program online for free when more comfortable sharing it. Maybe someone needs to tell him (nicely) about open source and how it could help his work get better.
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Portables

+ - Publicly available developer edition of Ubuntu

Submitted by omar.sahal
omar.sahal (687649) writes "
Canonical on Tuesday released its first publicly available developer edition of Ubuntu for mobile Internet devices. Ubuntu MID works on two devices at present, the Samsung Q1U and the Intel Crown Beach development station for building devices using the company's Atom processor. It also can be run on ordinary computers through the KVM virtualization software. Custom options may include licensed codecs and popular third-party applications.
  • Full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, with custom options of Adobe Flash®, Java, and more
  • Outstanding media playback so you can enjoy videos, music and photos with superior quality and easy navigation
  • A suite of applications that work seamlessly to meet every need of a digital parent, student or anyone who is on-the-go
  • Facebook®, MySpace®, YouTube®, Dailymotion®, 3D games, GPS, maps, in short, the full Web 2.0 experience delivered into your hands as a compact and powerful device that's easy and fun to use
also covered by cnet"
Operating Systems

+ - Kernel Driver Statement

Submitted by omar.sahal
omar.sahal (687649) writes "A Position Statement on Linux Kernel Modules has been released!The developers of the Linux kernel are trying to push against hardware manufacturers that don't want an open source code driver associated with their product. The 135 kernel developers who urged a halt to proprietary drivers represent the bulk of active kernel maintainers. They included Andrew Morton, Alan Cox, Kroah-Hartman.
also reported at information week and zdnet blogs"

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