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Comment: Notation Formats (Score 1) 100

by zonx lebaam (#21105231) Attached to: Project Gutenberg Volunteers Partial IMSLP Hosting
Actually having facsimile images of the Public Domain editions online is incredibly useful, and is, I believe, the most platform neutral (despite the presence of lilypond). There is quite a handful of competing file formats for sheet music notation at this point in time. Gutenberg itself accepts a number of them, including at least two proprietary ones (in semi-contrast to their .txt policy for literary works). Not only is the "population that's capable [of creating computer notated music] markedly smaller than the population who can do this with books", but there are additional problems both theoretical and practical that make this more difficult for even that population, as opposed to the philological problems for text that are generally easy to sidestep in the context of project Gutenberg.
Linux Business

+ - Novell, Microsoft Outline Virtual Collaboration

Submitted by
AlexGr
AlexGr writes "Internet.com February 12, 2007 Novell, Microsoft Outline Virtual Collaboration By Clint Boulton Microsoft and Novell revealed another layer of their technical collaboration today. Customers will be able to host SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell as a virtualized guest on an upcoming service pack of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1. Users will also be able to host SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 as an "enlightened guest" on the next version of Microsoft Windows Server, code-named Longhorn, using the Windows Server virtualization technology. Finally on the virtualization front, customers will be able to host Windows Server as a paravirtualized guest on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, using the Xen virtualization technology embedded in the Linux operating system. http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3 659331"
Mars

+ - New Hiking Maps of Mars

Submitted by
sighted
sighted writes "The European Space Agency has released new topographic 'hiking maps' of Martian canyons. The maps provide detailed height contours and names of complex geological features in the Iani Chaos region, which in the past was the site of ice melted by volcanic heat. These days, if you want to hike the labyrinth of canyons and cliffs in Iani, you'll have to bring your own water."
X

+ - Where's freedesktop.org?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm not sure when it happened as I'm not generally a Linux guy, but freedesktop.org seems to have disappeared. Is this a temporary outage or has the content been moved somewhere else?"
Networking

+ - Norway to introduce pervasive Internet filtering

Submitted by Lurifax
Lurifax (666) writes "In a 200 page document submitted to the government today, a legislative committee proposes amendments to the Norwegian computer crime legislation. One of the more interesting proposals is a new bill for governmental control of Internet access. In this scheme, all ISPs in the country are to implement IP-level blocking of sites in other countries offering offensive content. Types of offensive content include porn, gambling, sharing of files such as mp3 and movies, exploits, vulnerability scanners, virii, information about explosives and other content types.

Many Norwegian news media have reported this story today. Aftenposten is one of them (unfortunately only in Norwegian):

http://forbruker.no/digital/nyheter/data/article16 39559.ece"
Music

EU May Force iTunes Store To Accept Returns 252

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the putting-a-dent-in-the-bottom-line dept.
Sweet Harmony writes "ArsTechnica is reporting that the European Union may soon require online music stores to accept returns. A review of European consumer protection laws has highlighted online sales of 'digital content services' as an area where existing consumer protection laws need to be harmonized. 'The EC would like to standardize cooling-off periods along with other aspects of the EU's consumer protection laws. One of the issues being considered is whether the rules on consumer sales should apply to 'digital content services' like music.'"
Programming

+ - Mash Apache Derby with new OpenOffice 2.0 feature

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Document storage is hot, hot, hot! There has been an explosion of methodologies and tool sets — both open source and proprietary — to fulfill the demand for quickly locating and searching documents. Mash Apache Derby with a new OpenOffice 2.0 feature to create a repository that lets you store, search, and extract ODF documents in a standards-based manner."
Linux Business

IBM Launching an Open Desktop Solution 224

Posted by Hemos
from the bridging-the-gap dept.
DJ_Maiko writes "IBM just announced their intent to release an open desktop solution which they're calling "Open Client Offering." The new offering will make it possible for big businesses to present their employees with a choice of running Linux, Macintosh or Windows software on desktop PCs, using the same underlying software code, which will cut the cost of managing Linux or Apple relative to Windows. If this project succeeds, it will make it unnecessary for companies to pay Microsoft for licenses for items that don't rely on Windows-based software. IBM plans to also roll this out in-house to 5% of their 320,000 employees worldwide. This sure seems like a promising endeavor. "
User Journal

Journal: I'm sick of AC power! 3

Journal by LehiNephi
Historically, AC power has been preferred for a couple reasons. The first is because it has been easier to transmit long distances. Simply run it through a transformer to boost the voltage up to some hundreds-of-kilovolts, string it up on high-tension power lines, and step down the voltage at the other end. The advantage of this method is that the high voltage means that relatively little current is required in order to transmit the same amount of power. That decreases line losses in transmi
Intel

+ - Intel Prototype Chip Raises Industry Bar

Submitted by
Carl Bialik from WSJ
Carl Bialik from WSJ writes "Intel has developed a prototype chip with the equivalent of 80 electronic brains, the latest sign of a design shift sweeping the semiconductor industry, the Wall Street Journal reports. The teraflop chip draws just 62 watts of power. From the article: 'Some jobs, like identifying and processing images, are ideal for multibrained machines. Video-security systems might quickly scan and pick out a face in a crowd, for example, or a PC might automatically create video highlights of a single player in a football game, said Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer. Mr. Rattner said cameras on future videogame systems could track users' motions — eliminating the need for the kind of hand-held controller offered with Nintendo Co.'s Wii console. Realistic three-dimensional models of users could be transferred into videogames, or programs like a digital dance lesson. "Then you could put the model for your partner in there," Mr. Rattner says. "If you step on their toes, it's not a big deal." '"
Graphics

+ - Vista not playing nice with FPS games

Submitted by
PetManimal
PetManimal writes "Computerworld reports that gamers who have installed Vista are reporting problems with first person-shooter titles such as CounterStrike, Half-Life 2, Doom 3 and F.E.A.R. (users have compiled lists of games with Vista issues here). The complaints, which have turned up on gamers' forums, cite crashes and low FPS rates. The problems, not surprisingly, relate to graphics hardware and software:

Experts blame still-flaky software drivers, Vista's complexity and a dearth of new video cards optimized for Vista's new rendering technology, DirectX 10. That's despite promises from Microsoft that Vista is backwards-compatible with XP's graphic engine, DirectX 9, and that it will support existing games. Meanwhile, games written to take advantage of DirectX 10 have been slow to emerge. And one Nvidia executive predicts that gamers may not routinely see games optimized for DirectX 10 until mid-2008.
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Privacy

+ - Edible RFID Tags

Submitted by giampy
giampy (592646) writes "New Scientist is reporting that Kodak has filed a patent for edible RFID tags. "The tags would be covered with soft gelatin that takes a while to dissolve in the stomach. After swallowing a tag a patient need only sit next to a radio source and receiver". They claim that these tags could be embedded in pills and used to monitor a person digestive system, among other things."
Encryption

+ - AACS broken for all HD and Blu-ray disks

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "Two months after Muslix64 initially publicized his method for getting AACS keys, a user on Doom9 has found the processing key, which is able to decrypt all disks for both formats released thus far. The exploit can even be reused for future keys. This will allow the creation of a one-click backup utility and is a major blow against DRM."
Patents

+ - MIT Invention: Dishmaker

Submitted by Aaron
Aaron (666) writes "AN MIT student invented a machine that stores dishes as flat circular raw material. You then put the dish in the dishmaker and it can custom make it into a variety of different dishes. The dish can then be reformed to a flat disk and recycled and reused."

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