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+ - Submit Nominations for 2007 Free Software Awards->

Submitted by gnujoshua
gnujoshua (540710) writes "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project request nominations for the 10th annual, 2007 Free Software Awards. Last year, the FSF awarded the developers of Sahana the Award for Project of Social Benefit for their free software disaster management system that was created in the wake of the 2004 Tsunami that devistated Southeast Asia. Also, last year, hacker Theodore Ts'o was given the Award for Advancement of Free Software for his many contributions to free software projects, including Linux, Kerberbos, and ONC RPC. More information about the awards can be found at www.fsf.org/awards. Submit your nominations by October 31, 2007."
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Books

+ - Dutch populist Wilders calls for ban on Quran 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dutch anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders has called for the Quran to be banned in the Netherlands, branding it a 'fascist book' in the vein of Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' which legitimises violence. Writing in Dutch daily De Volkskrant on Wednesday Wilders said: "Ban this wretched book just like 'Mein Kampf' is banned. Send a signal ... to Islamists that the Koran can never, ever be used in our country as an excuse or inspiration for violence." http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1114413"
Portables

+ - Torture testing OLPC's 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "21-year-old Australian Joel Stanley, who not only snagged a coveted Google Summer of Code (GSoC) spot, he is spending his internship at One Laptop Per Child's Cambridge headquarters developing "gang charger" power systems for the XO-1 laptop, baking OLPC's in a food warming oven, and in XO computer maintenance he does bug fixes on damaged laptops and probably helps with the "free drop" testing. The "drop test": "The units are dropped on all corners, all side bumpers, and front and back. Initially, we had dropped onto plywood, but this spring we made the test tougher: we have been dropping on a hard steel plate, with and without a carpet. B4 units pass a 150cm 10-point drops onto a carpet-covered steel plate; a 105cm simulated slanted-desk "slide" onto a steel plate; and a 80cm 10-point free drop onto a steel plate. The laptop, when dropped on the antennas, withstands a 150cm drop." The "bake test": "The oven is large enough to house eight fully opened XOs and allows us to examine the behavior of the laptops under temperatures ranging from a warm 40C, up to a toasty 60C and above. Some preliminary tests were conducted, examining the operation of the battery charging systems under the extreme heat that may be encountered by, say, a laptop sitting in full sunlight. One motivation for this testing is that the NiMH batteries that are used in some of the XOs lose the ability to be charged above 55C. (The newer LiFePO4 technology allows charging above these temperatures, for when the need arises.) We are pleased to report the XOs ran flawlessly in the extreme heat, even when the oven's unpredictable thermostat inadvertently allowed the temperature to reach 68C." Pretty impressive !!"
Enlightenment

+ - Corporate IT waste due to politics

Submitted by jpolachak
jpolachak (1115061) writes "Question:
How badly do companies waste money due to political reasons? When viable solutions are proposed only to be declined to due "Executives" that have nothing to do with a project.

I am new to the "Corporate" big business world. I have been a government contractor for 8 years. However, already I am appalled at the things that go on. The company I work for as a Unix System Administrator is always complaining about budgets. Day in and day out someone is complaining about not having money. I know that this is universal. However, when I had a chance to implement a proposal for saving abou $10,000 on a project that is budgeted for $50,000. I was shot down due to political issues. The project was to upgrade and buy new desktops for all the Unix administrators(since we are running on machines almost 10 years old. Ultra 5's). The inital proposal was to go with Sun workstations with 24" Sun monitors. Totaling about $4700 per system w/ monitors. However, I then proposed to buy another brand monitor. Since the cost of another monitor would save about $1000 per persons workstation. I was told that if we changed the order to a non Sun product it would get declined. Due to another "VP" saying that we couldn't have such nice equiptment. However, if we spend the extra $1000 per monitor. Since it said Sun on it that the "VP" would not fuss over it. I was told this happens all the time.

So how often does this happen in other "Corporate" businesses? I ask because if I can make such a difference in just one small area. That must mean it is going on in other areas in the company. How does one get a point across that what is being done is an absolute waste and is inexcusable?"
Networking

+ - Mini-ITX Clusters?

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HesAnIndieRocker
HesAnIndieRocker writes "I've recently become interested in experimenting with Linux cluster technologies (databases, distributed file systems, etc) but have been held back by the availability of cheap server hardware. Via's MiniITX C7-based motherboards look very promising, but all of the enclosures I have seen for the platform look like stereo components or traditional PCs. Are there any solutions out there for putting multiple boards in a single box with shared power and space for hard drives, or must the aspiring supercomputer owner build everything themselves? Is there a cluster hobbyist market or are they only built (and priced) for the enterprise?"
Toys

+ - Faith-Based Toys at Walmart - Ohmigod !!!->

Submitted by gnomeuplate
gnomeuplate (1133845) writes "Remember the old song, "I don't care if it rains or freezes, long as I got my plastic Jesus" ? Paul Newman famously sang it in the classic movie 'Cool Hand Luke'. Well pretty soon Americas kids won't care if it rains or freezes if Walmart get their way with a tacky new line of 'faith-based' toys. Ohmigod.. are they serious ? Read more at... http://www.gnomefree.com/?p=44"
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Media

+ - BBC broadband news now available overseas->

Submitted by fiannaFailMan
fiannaFailMan (702447) writes "The BBC is now making its broadband quality news service available to internet users outside the UK.

"We did not want the BBC's UK licence fee payers meeting this cost and in effect subsidising the service for people outside the UK. Now, with the help of our partners in BBC World, the BBC's commercially funded international TV news channel, we are making our broadband video news service available internationally."
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