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Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered 95

grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."

Submission + - Asus resolves Eee GPL violation (

Jety writes: "Last week, software developer Cliff Biffle wrote a blog post pointing out certain discrepancies in the source code archive made available by Asus for the Linux-based software platform distributed on the Eee PC.
In response to criticism from Linux enthusiasts, Asus has made additional source code archives available for download with code for the asus_acpi module, BusyBox, and several other components. The code released by Asus brings the company into compliance with its obligations under the GPL and should satisfy most of the critics.
It's always nice to see companies in touch with their audience who are able to respond quickly to issues raised by the community, especially when it involves adhering to the licensing requirements for the software they are distributing."

The Courts

Submission + - eBay 'scammer' animations imply linux = scammer OS

inflex writes: "While going through some eBay pages today it was noticed that eBay has an anti-scammer / dunk-the-scammer flash animation showing a Witch 'zapping' an evil glasses-wearing scammer on a laptop. The laptop itself is adorned with two stickers, one saying "Phishing since '02" and the other is a small 'tux' logo.

Is there any law against this? The tux logo is strongly associated with Linux. Why isn't there any other OS logo, or more importantly, why was the tux put there in the first place! (I'd be curious to see how long the use of OS X, Windows or Solaris logos would have lasted)."
Linux Business

Submission + - Wal-Mart to sell $199 PC with Ubuntu (

graviplana writes: From the article: " Everex, a longtime personal computer vendor, has unveiled its latest PC featuring Ubuntu Linux-based open-source productivity software and Google-based Web 2.0 applications, for a mere $198....The Everex Green gPC TC2502 includes popular applications from Google, Mozilla, Skype and It runs gOS Initial G, which in turn is based on Ubuntu Linux 7.10 The gOS operating system features a simple and intuitive Linux Enlightenment E17 desktop interface with a Google-centric theme."

Submission + - Novell Updates Indemnification Program

An anonymous reader writes: After a whirlwind couple of days that included Steve Ballmer's latest FUD eruption, and perhaps not coincidentally the first patent infringement lawsuit filed against Linux, Novell has announced that they have updated their technology assurance (indemnification) program. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is that Microsoft is apparently extending their patent covenant to GPLv3, once there is a v3 product included in SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Submission + - Content-aware image resizing ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: At the SIGGRAPH 2007 conference in San Diego two Israeli professors, Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir, have demonstrated a new method to shrink images. The method called 'Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing' figures out which parts of an image are less significant. This makes it possible to change the aspect-ratio of an image without making the content look skewed or stretched out. Watch the demonstration. A pdf paper can be found here.

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