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Submission + - Open Volunteers, Closed Product (

PlainBlack writes: I've all of the sudden found myself in a weird position. My company recently released close sourced a game with an open API. We open sourced the client for it. And now we're getting volunteers asking if they can help contribute to the server, which is still closed. We can't open source the server, but it's also hard turning down knowledgable help, especially when it comes for free. My business partners and I are confounded as to what to do. Is there some sort of half-measure that others have employed in such a situation, or are we unique?

Submission + - The Home-built Dark Knight Batmobile ( 1

ElectricSteve writes: RM Auctions recently declared James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 to be “the world’s most famous car,” but there's no doubt another contender for that title – the Batmobile. One thing that muddies the waters a bit is the fact that the term “Batmobile” actually describes at least three different vehicles: the modified Lincoln Futura concept car from the 60s TV series, the vaguely Corvette-shaped 1989-and-beyond movie cars and now the car from the most recent two movies, the military-spec Tumbler. Michigan-based movie props artist Bob Dullam really likes the Tumbler, so he did what any of us would do in his position – he built one of his own from scratch.

Submission + - 12 Months with MongoDB (

DinkyDoorknob writes: One year ago today we started the investigation to find an alternative to MySQL to store, find, and retrieve our corpus data. After months of experimentation in the non-relational landscape (and running a scary number of nightly builds), we settled on MongoDB. To mark the one-year anniversary of what ended up being a great move for Wordnik, I’ll describe a summary of how the migration has worked out for us.
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Submission + - Release Early, Release Often No More (

PlainBlack writes: I guess the old open source mantra of release early, release often no longer applies, at least on Freshmeat. I just received this email from Freshmeat:

Subject: WebGUI: Releases too often
Since this project has had a front page announcement within the last few days, this second release will not appear on the front page. Subscribers to the project will still be notified.

Submission + - War on Brains (

canadian_right writes: "Just how deluded are some politicians? Did you know Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is a Liberal plot? How about "the separation of church and state" in the USA constitution being just Jefferson "being quoted out of context". Are there any republicans who believe in evolution? These and more amusing samples in the articles video."

Submission + - Study: Wind Power Raises CO2 Emissions ( 2

Tangential writes: New study is out which finds that the inefficiencies associated with wind power actually raise emissions. From the study: "the frequent ramping up and ramping down of other power sources to compensate for wind’s unpredictable variability causes such inefficiency in power generation that overall carbon dioxide emissions rise. The effect is similar to that of automobile gas mileage. A driver who sustains a consistent speed of 60 miles per hour will get better gas mileage than one who frequently accelerates and decelerates between 45 and 75 mph. The inefficiency caused by frequently ramping up and ramping down vehicle speed is substantial enough that the vehicle driven at variable speeds will burn up more gasoline than one with a lower fuel economy rating driven at a consistent speed."
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Submission + - For Games

PlainBlack writes: "From Board Game Designers Forum: The big news today is that we've refined our production process so that we can offer you, the game designers of the world, the ability to get professional production copies of your game, one copy at a time. You design your game as normal, then upload the files on From there you can add parts such as pawns, tokens and dice to your game. You can order copies at cost for yourself, and you can also publish your game for sale in our online store. ... At the end of each month you'll get a royalty payment for each game we sell."

Comment They reject everything for stupid reasons (Score 1) 397

We were rejected because somehow Polaroid might object to our online photo sharing application. All Apple would say was:

"WebGUI Gallery appears to include features that associate with POLAROID or resemble Polaroid photographs. Polaroid has previously objected to other applications that include such features and believes that they infringe its rights."

We don't mention Polaroid, we don't produce physical pictures. The only thing that could be construed as being related to Polaroid is the template that we used on the web site, which has a white border around the photograph. So if now all white bordered photographs resemble Polaroid's IP, I think that the whole world is in trouble.

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