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Submission + - MediaGoblin 0.4.0 released, supports document uploads

An anonymous reader writes: The MediaGoblin folks have knocked out another release. MediaGoblin now can handle document uploads, displaying them in-browser with pdf.js (not just PDFs can be uploaded, but almost any document which can be converted by LibreOffice is supported). Also includes a new expanded plugin infrastructure and Plugin Writer's Guide. Get it while it's still hot off the presses!

Submission + - OpenStreetMap in 3D via WebGL (f4-group.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Most of us know OpenStreetMap just from (IMHO very detailed!) webmaps. The more experienced ones might know, that there had been approaches to bring in a third dimension. Now here is a WebGL app presenting you OSM entirely interactive and with real cute animations, all done just from open geodata.

If your neighbourhood is currently still flat and you like to improve it:
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/3D

Graphics

Submission + - "Tube" Blender-animated film launches Kickstarter (kickstarter.com) 2

TheSilentNumber writes: "Bassam Kurdali's free culture 3D animation, "Tube" is nearing the final stages of production. After directing the first of the Blender Institutes "Open Movie Projects", Elephants Dream, Bassam wanted to prove that free software like Blender and PiTiVi are usable for independent filmmakers and that producing free cultural works can be a sustainable living too. The team has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project and if the goal is met then we should see the final release in 7 months!"
Graphics

Submission + - Libre Graphics: Free Software for Designers (youtube.com)

TheSilentNumber writes: "I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the editors of Libre Graphics, a magazine made entirely using free software (even using version control so you can see every change ever made) after they gave a talk at this year's Libre Graphics Meeting. This project is living proof of the printing abilities of free software, "That really is a constant refrain even within our own community. People always still talk about the printing problem. So what printing problem?". Libre Graphics magazine is doing a truly outstanding job showcasing free works made with free tools, creating a publication of record, and reaching out to designers with this project."
Software

Miro Asks Users To "Adopt" Lines of Source 178

soDean writes "The FOSS video player / downloader Miro is asking its users to support development by 'adopting' a line of source code for $4 a month. Each adopted line of code comes personalized with a little avatar character that will grow older over the year. PCF, which makes Miro, says they think the project is the first of its kind and they believe it's a chance to 'to have a truly bottom up funding base.'"
Mars

Mars Soil Appears To Be Able To Sustain Life 337

beckerist writes "Scientists working on the Phoenix Mars Lander mission, which has already found ice on the planet, said preliminary analysis by the lander's instruments on a sample of soil scooped up by the spacecraft's robotic arm had shown it to be much more alkaline than expected. Sam Kounaves, the lead investigator for the wet chemistry laboratory on Phoenix, told journalists: 'It is the type of soil you would probably have in your back yard, you know, alkaline. You might be able to grow asparagus in it really well. ... It is very exciting for us.'"
Censorship

Sourceforge.net Blocked In Mainland China 279

gzipped_tar contributed a link to Moonlight Blog, which says that "SourceForge, the world's largest development and download repository of Open Source code and applications, appears to be blocked in Mainland China. The current blocking may be related to the recent anti-China protests of Beijing Olympic Games, which will begin on 8 August. Some days before, a very popular free source code editor in SourceForge named Notepad++ start to boycott Beijing 2008. The project's developer said that the action is not against Chinese people, but against Chinese government's repression against Tibetan unrest earlier in this year. SF.net has once been banned by China in 2002. However, the ban was lifted later in 2003." gzipped_tar adds: "As a SourceForge user in Beijing, I can confirm this first-hand. I also tried traceroute to sourceforge.net, only to find the connection being dropped at a Beijing ISP's gateway router. It appears that the projects' respective homepages are available even if they are hosted by SF, but the summary and download pages are blocked." (As you probably know, Slashdot and Sourceforge share a corporate overlord.)
Security

Prototype EU Airplane Spy Cams Watch For Facecrime 359

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "You can't make stuff like this up. The EU is actually testing a prototype system of cameras in airplanes to monitor passengers' facial expressions in order to detect both terrorism and 'air rage.' The Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment (SAFEE) project used an Airbus A380 fuselage with six wide-angle cameras to watch for people running or loitering near the cockpit door, as well as a camera in the back of every seat to watch for facecrime like sweating too much, or acting nervous. But that's okay, because the system won't alert anyone until it sees a 'combination of signs,' instead of just one stray expression, or they might accidentally catch a lot of people who are afraid of flying or of being watched."

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