Richmond Sayers writes: Tech columnist John C. Dvorak unveiled a new computer operating system today, as an option for users who feel shunned by Windows, Mac and Linux alternatives. Dubbed "DvorOS", the software is built on a mixture of Assembly, AJAX and Hypercard, and can be run on any digital device from top-of-the-line Dells to rice cookers. "When I looked at all the crap OSes out there, it made me want to vomit, frankly," said Dvorak in a press conference from his garage, "So I hired two kids in India to build something better. And it's the best $1.45 I ever spent, let me tell you."
MrAndrews writes: "Michael Geist reports on a predictable-but-sad development from the Canadian Speech from the Throne: as expected, the Conservative government is bowing to pressure from the American music and movie industries, vowing to "improve the protection of cultural and intellectual property rights in Canada, including copyright reform". It looks as though a Canadian version of the DMCA is on the way, and it's uncertain if any of the major parties will want to put up a fight to stop it. Where's the Canadian Pirate Party when you need them?"
BigBadBus writes: "Looks like Dr.Who fans will have to go without their hero in 2009 after the BBC revealed the Time Lord will take a gap year. Might be a good idea considering the
unpopular choice of Catherine Tate as the new companion. However, to please die-hard Whovians, there will be three specials
dualscan337 writes: As a long time linux user and enthusiast I thought it was finally time to take the plunge and attend the LinuxWorld Conference next week out in San Francisco. I registered online to get the free Exhibit Hall Pass but this morning I received this email:
"Thank you for your interest LinuxWorld Conference & Expo San Francisco, August 6-9, 2007.
Unfortunately, as a business-to-business event targeted exclusively toward enterprise IT professionals, official show policy prohibits students, and anyone under the age of 18, from attending this event. Therefore, we must inform you that your registration to attend LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is not valid and you will not be permitted on the showfloor."
I'm a graduate student in the physical sciences and I realize that this is a business oriented event.. but what is to gain by maintaining this sort of closed door policy toward students? Let's not forget that a lot of code is contributed by the people they're not allowing inside the door. I have always felt that the power of open source was in the fact that anyone could participate/contribute. I feel that a conference whose slogan is "Open Source Rules — Find out why" and doesn't let me in because I'm a student misrepresents what Linux and Open Source is all about. What does slashdot think? Should I have planned on going to DefCon instead?