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Submission + - Google pressures google earth client offline

cycoj writes: Recently some some Russian developers reverse engineered the Google Earth protocol and released an open source client. As of today the source code is not available anymore and the page states the following:

"25 November 2006, we've got the letter from Michael Jones, the Chief Technologist of Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Local search, requesting us to cease reverse engineering and improper usage of licensed data that Google Earth use. We understand and respect Google's position on the case, so we've removed all downloads from this page and we ask everybody who have ever downloaded gaia 0.1.0 and prior versions to delete all files concerned with the project, which include source code, binary files and image cache (~/.gaia)." Is Google starting to "do evil"?
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Open Source Gift Guide

Jason Striegel writes: "MAKE Magazine put together a huge list of open source hardware and software gift ideas. It's a great start for spreading a little open source cheer this season, and I'm betting the Slashdot community could contribute a little to the list.

From the article:
There are hundreds of gift guides this holiday season filled with junk you can buy — but a lot of the time you actually don't own it, you can't improve upon it, you can't share it or make it better, you certainly can't post the plans, schematics and source code either. We want to change that, we've put together our picks of interesting open source hardware projects, open source software, services and things that have the Maker-spirit of open source.
There's everything from MP3 player project kits to Linux based GSM phones.

It begs the question: what are you getting your favorite alpha geek this year?"
Christmas Cheer

Submission + - Geek holiday list

Ricochet writes: "It's that time of year again when computer geeks everywhere won't get what they truely want on their holiday list. It's really hard to ask your loved ones for an ARM Single Board computer with 32M of RAM, 8M of flash, Compact Flash, USB, Ethernet, 2 serial, 20 digital I/O, optional analog I/O, RS485 and a compass in the stock. Without getting that "You'll poke your eye out" stare back at you. So what toys are you looking for this holiday season?"
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft hands over technical data to EU

hankwang writes: Reuters reports that Microsoft has handed over technical documents to the EU in order to enable the competition to make interoperable software. So far, the EU has imposed fines of €497 and €280 onto Microsoft for abuse of its monopoly. The deadline for this documentation was today. According to Microsoft, the documentation is over 8500 pages.
Power

Submission + - The Biggest Solar Park To Be Installed In Spain

Aloriel writes: A solar park capable of supply 23.2 megawatts will be constructed in Extremadura, one of the poorest regions of Spain. The park will become the biggest, with as the actual one is in Leipzig (Germany) and can supply up to 5 MW of energy. It will have an extension of 65 hectares and have more than 120,000 solar modules. Extremadura became world-known by adopting open source software.
Announcements

Submission + - French parliament migrating to Linux

fbattail writes: According to Agence France Presse (in french, please use online translation tools if needed) the French parliament (Assemblée nationale) is migrating to Linux workstations.

Details are not known but Linux, OpenOffice and Firefox are part of the software package.

Deputies will soon realize that reading a DVD with a free and open source software is a delict; thanks for the DADVSI bill (French equivalent of DMCA) they voted this summer.

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