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Comment: Opening the source for America! (Score 1, Interesting) 356

by spacecowboy420 (#42661323) Attached to: To Open Source Obama's Get-Out-the-Vote Code Or Not?

Not opening the source is extremely short-sighted. On one hand, the opposition (read republicans in this case) may be able to leverage the progress of Obama's campaign developers. However, third parties would also be able to leverage this software. This would aid the third (or forth, fifth) parties to gain visibility and thus choice for the American people. Opening the code would be a net positive for those that matter; the American people.

Space

+ - Any Exoplanet Possible in a 'Compulsive' Universe-> 1

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astroengine
astroengine writes ""Exoplanet discoveries have shown us that if it isn't forbidden by the laws of thermodynamics and Newtonian physics, then it is compulsive," said Virginia Trimble of the University of California at Irvine during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas, last week. It appears that if you can imagine it, without breaking any laws of physics, then any kind of alien world is possible. Does this go for alien life too? "We will ultimately reach that summit with the eventual discovery that life is a condition of the universe," hypothesizes Discovery News' Ray Villard. "In other words, that self-replicating matter is nature's favorite form of self-expression.""
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Google

+ - Google Fiber work hung up in Kansas City->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "When Google announced last spring that Kansas City, Kan., had landed the tech company’s much-pursued super-speed Internet project, the company gushed about the local utility poles. Now it turns out that differences over where and how to hang wires on those poles, and what fees or installation costs may be required, have created a troublesome bump in plans to launch the project."
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Google

+ - Microsoft can remotely delete Windows 8 apps-> 3

Submitted by tripleevenfall
tripleevenfall (1990004) writes "Microsoft will be able to throw a "kill switch" to disable or even remove an app from users' Windows 8 devices, the company revealed in documentation released earlier this week for its upcoming Windows Store.

"In cases where your security is at risk, or where we're required to do so for legal reasons, you may not be able to run apps or access content that you previously acquired or purchased a license for," said Microsoft in the Windows Store terms."If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored," Microsoft said.

Both Apple and Google can flip such a switch for apps distributed by the iOS App Store and Android Market, respectively."

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The Internet

+ - Harvard Business Review comes out against SOPA->

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hype7
hype7 writes "The Harvard Business Review has come out with an article extremely critical of SOPA. As opposed to a battle of "content" vs "technology", they are characterizing it as a battle of "giants" vs "innovators". From the article: "If you take a look at many of the largest backers of SOPA and PIPA — the Business of Software Alliance, Comcast, Electronic Arts, Ford, L'Oreal, Scholastic, Sony, Disney — you'll see that they represent a wide range of businesses. Some are technology companies, some are content companies, some are historic innovators, and some are not. But one characteristic is the same across all of SOPA's supporters — they all have an interest in preserving the status quo. If there is meaningful innovation by startups in content creation and delivery, the supporters of SOPA and PIPA are poised to lose.""
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+ - Senate Contact Forms Disabled As SOPA/PIPA Protest->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Trying to contact your senate representative regarding PIPA and SOPA? Well you won't be able to do it via the web. All Senate 'contact' links are redirecting to an error page. Does this represent a concerted effort by senators to ignore their constituents, or are so many of them using the forms that an inadvertent DDOS is going on?"
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+ - SOPA author Lamar Smith infringes copyright on his->

Submitted by Craefter
Craefter (71540) writes "On an earlier version of Lamar Smith's campaign website Lamar himself wasn't too clever by pulling a background image from Flickr without asking or mentioning the original photographer, DJ Schulte.
Vice magazine did a research into any copyright infringement Lamar could have made on his website and found one in violation of the Creative Commons."

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China

+ - China's Newest Train Hits 500 km/h->

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kkleiner
kkleiner writes "What did China get for Christmas? A train set that goes 500 km/h. The experimental bullet train, which can reach top speeds over 310 mph, was debuted on December 25th in Qingdao in Shangdong Province. Inspired by the shape of ancient Chinese swords, the aerodynamic CRH series train can deliver 22,800 kW of power to its load. The sword-train, created by CSR Corp. Ltd. is part of a “faster test train project” aimed at advancing an already impressive national railway system. With this latest feat of engineering, China is again demonstrating its commitment to creating the infrastructure that will sustain the emerging nation in the 21st Century."
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Hardware

+ - Scammers replacing iPads with bags of clay in Cana->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A group of thieves in Canada managed to upset a number of legitimate consumers come Christmas morning when they opened their iPad 2 packaging to find nothing but a bag of clay, in some cases even the charger had been replaced with clay.

What the scammers had managed to do was purchase iPad 2s, remove the tablet, and then make up the weight and shape with clay. They also had the necessary tools and materials to professionally reseal the iPad 2 box so it looks as if it had never been opened. The stores accepted the tablets back as returns without further checks because they were sealed, and then proceeded to resell them to other customers."

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Software

+ - How to make a mirror of Wikipedia->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "With today’s blackout of Wikipedia, its editors and governing Foundation are sending a very clear message to Congress and other governments around the world: If you mess with the internet — the fabric on which Wikipedia is built — there will be more trouble and strife than you can ever imagine. Beyond your anger about conflicted representatives voting on disgusting and broken laws, though, you are probably experiencing a very different emotion entirely: loss. Loss for your beloved Wikipedia. The Wikipedia Foundation knows how important its encyclopedia is, it knows that blacking out the site for 24 hours will create an uproar — but most importantly, it knows that a blackout will make people question the future safety of one of the most important services in the world. I mean, if SOPA was enacted and Wikipedia was forced to shut down, what would we do? Well, for a start, we should probably begin by mirroring Wikipedia — which, because the Wikipedia Foundation are awesome and make complete dumps of Wikipedia available for download, is really quite easy."
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