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+ - Pitivi looking to raise funds for open source video editor

Submitted by Eloquence
Eloquence (144160) writes "Pitivi is perhaps the most mature, stable and actually usable open source video editor out there. They're now looking to raise funds to support the project's ongoing development. The lack of decent open source video editors has been one of the things keeping people locked into proprietary platforms, and video editing has been identified as a high priority project by the Free Software Foundation. 2014 may still not be the fabled year of the Linux desktop, but here's hoping it'll be the year of open source video editing."

+ - New Musopen Campaign Wants To "Set Chopin Free"

Submitted by Eloquence
Eloquence (144160) writes "Three years ago, Musopen raised nearly $70,000 to create public domain recordings of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, and others. Now they're running a new campaign with a simple but ambitious objective: 'To preserve indefinitely and without question everything Chopin created. To release his music for free, both in 1080p video and 24 bit 192kHz audio. This is roughly 245 pieces.' Will this funding approach work to incrementally free up humanity's cultural heritage?"

+ - Campaign raises funds to send Wikipedia readers to kids without Internet 1

Submitted by Eloquence
Eloquence (144160) writes "Remember the WikiReader? It was pitched as a device that would contain the text of the entire English Wikipedia, and run on two AAA batteries for months. Unfortunately it was sold to the wrong audience, people who already have smartphones, tablets and laptops. At a cost of $20 per device, Aislinn Dewey and Victor Grigas (who works for Wikimedia) are trying to raise funds to buy up the company's inventory and ship WikiReaders to kids in places without Internet connectivity."
Microsoft

Office 2007SP2 ODF Interoperability Very Bad 627

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the are-you-really-surprised dept.
David Gerard writes "Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 claims support for ODF 1.1. With hard work and careful thinking, they have successfully achieved technical compliance but zero interoperability! MSO 2007sp2 won't read ODF 1.1 from any other existing application, and its ODF is only readable by the CleverAge plugin. The post goes into detail as to how it manages this so thoroughly."
Image

Science Unlocks The Mystery Of Belly Button Lint 161

Posted by samzenpus
from the extreme-navel-gazing dept.
After three years of research, including examining 503 pieces of fluff from his own belly button, Georg Steinhauser has discovered a type of body hair that traps stray pieces of lint and draws them into the navel. Dr Steinhauser's observations showed that "small pieces of fluff first form in the hair and then end up in the navel at the end of the day." Chemical analysis revealed the pieces of fluff were not just made up of cotton from clothing. Wrapped up in the lint were also flecks of dead skin, fat, sweat and dust. Unfortunately, further study has failed to yield a hair or fiber that would give Dr. Steinhauser the last three years of his life back.
Security

Google Backs Open-Source CERT Group 13

Posted by timothy
from the finding-fault dept.
alphadogg points to a Network World story, which begins "Google has thrown its weight behind a fledgling security reporting group for the open-source community. The search engine giant, long a proponent of open-source software, is now one of three sponsors of oCERT, the Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team. Launched in late March, oCERT aims to be a clearinghouse for data on security vulnerabilities in open-source products."
Security

Strict German Computer Crime Law Now in Effect 226

Posted by Zonk
from the going-to-jail-for-doing-your-job dept.
SkiifGeek writes "With little fanfare, section 202c of the German computer crime laws came into effect over the weekend. Worryingly for Security professionals, the laws make the mere possession of (creates, obtains or provides access to, sells, yields, distributes or otherwise allows access to) many useful tools illegal. A similar law was proposed for the UK, however it was modified prior to passing through parliament due to the outcry from the industry. Phenoelit, KisMAC, the CCC, and the Month of PHP Bugs are just some of the relatively high profile projects and groups to have already taken measures to remove or modify content under this law."
Graphics

+ - Blender Foundation to Create Open Movie, Open Game

Submitted by Eloquence
Eloquence (144160) writes "The Blender Foundation, which maintains the open source 3D tool Blender, has announced two new projects, codenamed Peach and Apricot. Project Peach will be a new open source movie, following in the footsteps of last year's Elephants Dream project (which was initially codenamed Orange). Apricot, on the other hand, will use Blender in conjunction with open source 3D framework Crystal Space to create an open game, thereby showcasing both technologies."

Comment: Re:Contradiction? (Score 5, Informative) 1151

by tburke (#17733644) Attached to: US Attorney General Questions Habeas Corpus
I don't know, Amendments IX and X in the bill of rights explicitly reserve rights to the people:

                                Amendment IX.
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain
rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage
others retained by the people.

                                Amendment X.
The powers not delegated to the United States
by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the
States, are reserved to the States respectively, or
to the people.

Hard to see how Gonzalez wrigles around those and the writ.

Comment: Re:Evolutionary Math(Dawkins is a Fraud) (Score 1) 1482

by stormslayer (#2971320) Attached to: Still More Evidence for Evolution
Turkey. You aren't really paying attention to this debate, are you?

If we saw an enormously unlikely event once, we might adopt your argument. But, sadly, with living organisms, we see these unlikely events over and over again. To put it in your terms, if I see a man draw a royal flush once, I might move on with my life. If I see him do it 10 times in a row, I look for a baseball bat.

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