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Comment Re:So stop... (Score 4, Interesting) 305

The only problem then is the hassle of convincing the PRS that such a thing as "Royalty Free Music" exists.

From time to time when they telephone here I consider screwing with them... trying the royalty free line... but I always end up thinking better of it and just tell them (the truth!) that we don't play any music here.

Comment Re:Intel will license it (Score 5, Interesting) 476

Intel licensed x86 to AMD originally because Intel was unable to keep up with demand.

It wasn't so much that Intel couldn't keep up with demand, more that IBM's policy required that a second source be available just in case they couldn't.

AMD has now breached the license. Intel has no responsibility to keep AMD in business. Intel can get another foundry to make x86 CPUs. There's no law against being a monopoly.

No, there is no law against being a monopoly. There are laws against being an abusive monopoly however. Intel has been convicted of abusing it's monopoly status in Japan, has at least been accused of doing so in the EU. Maybe AMD could file a complaint in the USA also and have it successfully investigated. Once convicted of being an abusive monopoly the rules change.

Natural law is against being a failure like AMD.

In theory the UK monarch can veto any law parliament puts before him or her. In practice, vetoing rarely happens as it can lead to the removal of the monarchs head. Intel should be careful just how far they push this as states could just decide they are abusing their position and remove their right to x86 all together.

Comment Re:Misleading headline, and ActiveX (Score 1) 380

XPIs can contain native binaries, but by default XPI installation is only allowed from a few whitelisted addresses (both subdomains of

Trying to install an XPI from an an online source that isn't in the whitelist fails, but you are asked if you would like to add the source as an exception. It's also made pretty clear you should only do this if you have absolute trust in the source.

IIRC the main difference is that the only way to trigger an XPI install request is if you actually click on an XPI link. If a page requests an ActiveX control, the install request is triggered automatically.


Chu's Final Breakthrough Before Taking Office 233

KentuckyFC writes "While preparing for the job of US Secretary of Energy in the incoming Obama administration (and being director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Nobel Prize winner to boot), Steven Chu has somehow found time to make a major breakthrough in the world of atom interferometry. One measure of an interferometer's sensitivity is the area that its arms enclose. Chu and colleagues have found a way to increase this area by a factor of 2,500 by canceling out the noise introduced by lasers, which work as beam splitters sending atoms down different arms (abstract). One thing this makes possible is the use of different types of atoms in the same interferometer, allowing a new generation of tests of the equivalence principle. (This is the assumption that the m in F=ma and the m's in F= Gm1.m2/r^2 are the same thing). Let's hope he's got equally impressive breakthroughs planned for his encore as US Secretary of Energy."
The Gimp

Submission + - GIMP 2.4 released! (

MrDrBob writes: "Love it or hate it, version 2.4 of our Marmite-favoured graphics editor has been released, and includes quite a few big changes. The selection tools have been rewritten from scratch, including a new way of selecting things with round corners, as requested by web designers. Better zooming code means that whole lines of your image will no longer disappear when zoomed out, and new colour management code should be welcomed by digital photo artists. The GIMP also includes a new Tango-style icon set, which goes hand-in-hand with the redesigned website. Unfortunately, GEGL integration still isn't anywhere to be found, but perhaps it'll make it in a later release."

Submission + - Making a Living from open source (a year later)

asimbaig writes: "Its been over a year since I last posed a question on whether its "really" possible to make a decent living building open source software. I got a lot of good feedback from slashdotters and the open source community. I thought I would provide an update on our experience. In one short year, CATS, our open source Applicant Tracking System has become the number one ATS in the market including commercial packages. We didn't have any revenue last year and we didnt focus on it either since we were too busy building the sofware. We started selling the hosted solution this year and have sold about 100 seats in 2 months bringing us $3000/month in recurring revenue. We just signed an OEM / Source Code license agreement with a large company for $200k. I expect to sell 4-5 of these OEM deals this year. I think making CATS open source played a significant role in our success to date....Marketing."

Submission + - Linus calls GNOME "limiting"

lisah writes: "The flame wars between Linus Torvalds and the GNOME community continue to burn. Responding to Torvalds' recent claim that GNOME 'seems to be developed by interface Nazis' and that its developers believe their 'users are idiots,' a member of the Linux Foundation's Desktop Architects mailing list suggested that Torvalds use GNOME for a month before making such pronouncements. Torvalds, never one to back down from a challenge, simply turned around and submitted patches to GNOME and then told the list, '...let's see what happens to my patches. I guarantee you that they actually improve the code.' After lobbing that over the fence, Torvalds concluded his comments by saying, 'Now the question is, will people take the patches, or will they keep their heads up their arses and claim that configurability is bad, even when it makes things more logical, and code more readable.'"
The Courts

Submission + - In Alabama, Sex Toys are Just Like Prostitution

An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court has upheld an Alabama law banning the sale of sex toys against a claim that the law conflicted with the Supreme Court's prior holding that private sexuality is protected by the Constitution. The court reasoned that, because sex toys are bought and sold in "public" transactions, selling them is just like prostitution, and therefore it could be banned.

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