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"?
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.
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?"