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Media

Submission + - BBC backtracks on Linux audience figures

6031769 writes: "After recently claiming that only 400 to 600 Linux users visit the BBC website, the BBC's Ashley Highfield has now admitted that they got their numbers wrong. The new estimate is between 36,600 and 97,600 according to his blog post. He stops short of describing how Auntie arrives at these two widely different sets of numbers and how their initial estimate is two orders of magnitude out."
Software

Submission + - PDF adobe history->

googleman1 writes: "Wisdom of the PDF Sage Leonard Rosenthol's thoughts on all things PDF History of PDF Openness I thought I would put together a bit of a timeline that covers the history of PDF as an open/published standard, both from Adobe as well as from ISO. After I put that together, I thought it would be interesting to include dates for key open source and other independent implementations of PDF, so I've added those as well."
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The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Best Buy goes the extra mile - yes it's true

davidwr writes: Miracle of miracles, Best Buy goes the extra mile and gives people who ordered $99 Toshiba DVD players the next version, valued at about $299. I'm no fan of Best Buy but if they keep acting like this and repudiate their historical evil practices they'll be on my Good Vendors list by Christmas '08. I hope other stores follow suit.
Space

Submission + - 30th Anniversary of the Wow! Signal

Himring writes: Today marks the 30th anniversary of the single most significant event, to date, that points to possible evidence of ETI. On this day in 1977, Dr. Jerry R. Ehman circled data retrieved from the "Big Ear" radio telescope of the Ohio State University Radio Observatory. The telescope has since been destroyed, and although other, modern telescopes have tried (such as the VLA) none of have successfully reproduced the results of that day. By and large, all possibilities of an earth-based signal causing the event have been ruled out as well as any possible natural phenomenon. Still, Dr. Ehman has remained reserved and stated that he doesn't want to draw, "vast conclusions from half-vast data." Here is the link to Dr. Ehman's 30th Anniversary Report.
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Submission + - Girlfriend Stabs Boyfriend Over Game System->

An anonymous reader writes: As seen on OLGn

A Warren woman is in jail and the father of one of her children is in critical condition after a stabbing early Monday morning at a Buckeye Avenue N.W. home. Police say an argument that started over a missing video game system led to the arrest of 30-year-old Tara Wheatley and a flight to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center for her boyfriend, Andrew P. McMichael, who had stab wounds to his back, neck and left arm.

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Education

Submission + - German Government Publication Promotes Pedophilia

uthus writes: The German Government's Ministry for Family Affairs has released a publication extolling the virtues of clitoral and vaginal stimulation of daughters as young as one by their fathers.

"Fathers do not devote enough attention to the clitoris and vagina of their daughters. Their caresses too seldom pertain to these regions, while this is the only way the girls can develop a sense of pride in their sex," reads the booklet regarding 1-3 year olds. The authors rationalize, "The child touches all parts of their father's body, sometimes arousing him. The father should do the same."
Space

Submission + - The Weird and Wonderful Gadgets of the Phoenix->

An anonymous reader writes: The Phoenix Mission is on its way to Mars and Gizmodo has a collection of the heavy-duty weird-looking gadgets aboard the spacecraft, like MARDI — the Mars Descent Imager. Its 1,024 x 1,024 pixels CCD and refractive optics will capture 66 wide-angle color images of the landing site — all while plummeting from 5 miles above the planet's surface.
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Unix

Submission + - Open Sound System (OSS4) goes GPLv2->

mrcgran writes: "The Open Sound System (OSS) is one of the first sound systems for Linux, predating ALSA, but in the last 10 years it's stalled in version 3.8 (the last public GPL version) and it's being replaced by ALSA as the sound system of choice in Linux. ALSA is a Linux-only solution, while OSS works in a range of Unixes as well, and both have advantages and disadvantages over the other. Now, OSS4 is out under a GPLv2 license, with a number of advanced features over ALSA, like its new dynamic VMIXing capabilities, low-latency kernel modules, simple API and many other features. This release seems to be important enough to shake the foundations of the current desktop sound systems, specially in Linux."
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Graphics

Submission + - Ready for a virtual beer?

Roland Piquepaille writes: "If you're attending SIGGRAPH 2007 next week in San Diego, don't miss a demonstration done by Australian and South Korean researchers. They will pour virtual beer during the conference. They say that 'the physics of bubble creation in carbonated drinks like beer is complex,' but add that their fluid special effects software was able to capture this complexity. Moreover, through what they call smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH), their software 'uses less computer power and takes less time to get better results than other special effects software it has been benchmarked against.' Now the researchers want to sell their approach to Hollywood studios. But read more for many additional references and images showing a simulation of pouring of ale and stout into a beer mug."
Space

Submission + - Galileo Galileo-> 1

penisvaginapenisvagi writes: "He's just a poor boy from a poor family:
"Queen guitarist Brian May has handed in his astronomy PhD thesis — 36 years after abandoning it to join the band. May recently carried out observational work in Tenerife, where he studied the formation of 'zodiacal dust clouds'."
"The guitarist is scheduled to discuss his thesis with the examining board on 23 August, his spokesman said. The results should be known some time shortly after that date. 'If I fail I will fail big time,' May said. 'It will be a very public failure with all this press.'""

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Mozilla

Submission + - Mozilla to give away own security testing tools->

srikas writes: "Mozilla Corp. will release some of its homegrown security tools to the open-source community, the company's head of security said Wednesday, starting with a "fuzzer" it uses to pin down JavaScript bugs in Firefox. http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9028720&intsrc=new s_ts_head"
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Censorship

Submission + - Senate Committee Votes to Expand TV Ratings Techno->

UltraAyla writes: "WIRED is reporting that the Senate Commerce Committee voted on Thursday to advance the Child Safe Viewing Act to the Senate floor. From the article:

The Federal Communications Commission shall consider advanced blocking technologies that — 1. may be appropriate across a wide variety of distribution platforms, including wired, wireless, and Internet platforms; 2. may be appropriate across a wide variety of devices capable of transmitting or receiving video or audio programming


The article points out that "it's not clear how any filtering technology could work with the explosion of video-sharing sites like YouTube, the amount of content that isn't created by American companies.""

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