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Graphics

Submission + - Libre Graphics: Free Software for Designers (youtube.com)

TheSilentNumber writes: "I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the editors of Libre Graphics, a magazine made entirely using free software (even using version control so you can see every change ever made) after they gave a talk at this year's Libre Graphics Meeting. This project is living proof of the printing abilities of free software, "That really is a constant refrain even within our own community. People always still talk about the printing problem. So what printing problem?". Libre Graphics magazine is doing a truly outstanding job showcasing free works made with free tools, creating a publication of record, and reaching out to designers with this project."
Hardware

Submission + - A Free and Open Replacement for Wireless LAN (qi-hardware.com) 3

dvdkhlng writes: Qi-Hardware, the community that brought us the Ben NanoNote handheld computer, have just released their next piece of all-out free and open hardware: the AtBEN+AtUSB wireless dongles. Aiming for a solution that works without proprietary firmware blobs, WLAN compatability was abandoned. Instead the project went for simpler, yet more open 6LowPAN technology.

The first batch of AtBen+AtUSB dongles is now ready for shipment trough Tuxbrain. Designs and source code are available under GPL and CC licenses.

GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - GNU Mediagoblin Project launches (networkworld.com)

paroneayea writes: "The GNU project is starting a new federated web application project called GNU MediaGoblin, written in Python. From the article:

    The GNU Project is taking a shot photo sharing. On May 2nd, the wraps came off the GNU Mediagoblin project. If successful, the GNU Mediagoblin could solve several problems that haven't been addressed well by existing photo sharing services — namely privacy, data ownership, reliability, and software freedom.

    So what's GNU Mediagoblin? The project is starting with the goal of creating a federated photo sharing site that could stand alongside popular services like Flickr, DeviantArt, Picasa, and Facebook. Eventually, the project hopes to tackle other types of media, but the first target is photo/artwork sharing. Right now? It's very much a work in progress."

Apple

The Apple Two 643

theodp writes "Over at Slate, Tim Wu argues that the iPad is Steve Jobs' final victory over Steve Wozniak. Apple's origins were pure Woz, but the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad are the products of the company's other Steve. Jobs' ideas have always been in tension with Woz's brand of idealism and openness. Crazy as it seems, Apple Inc. — the creator of the personal computer — is leading the effort to exterminate it. And somewhere, deep inside, Woz must realize what the release of the iPad signifies: The company he once built now, officially, no longer exists."
The Internet

Submission + - Cosmetic Carbon Copy, a new standard in email (ietfng.org)

paulproteus writes: "Say you have an email where you want to send an extra copy to someone without telling everyone. There's always been a field for that: BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy. But how often have you wanted to do the opposite: make everyone else think you sent a copy to somebody without actually having done so? Enter the new IETF-NG RFC: Cosmetic Carbon Copy, or CCC. Now you can conveniently email all of your friends (with a convenient exception or two...) with ease!"

Submission + - Archon Defender: A 3D Animated Feature Film Create (archondefender.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Technological advancements in cinematic tools make it possible for an individual or small group of people to create a full length animated feature film rivaling the quality of the big studios, in a similar production time and at a fraction of the cost. Director and Animator David T. Krupicz created Archon Defender in 3 years, working with a minimal budget, using second hand computers in the spare time away from his full time call center job.

Previous works by the director include the four part series of shorts, Rocketmen vs Robots ( http://www.asciipr0n.com/4096/rocketmen/ ), which were well received at past screenings, including the Renderfest 2003 festival in Toronto, Canada. Archon Defender, which premiered at the Revue Cinema in Toronto on Oct 7, 2009, was recently awarded first place in the category of Animation at the SkyFest 2009 Film and Script Festival in Asheville, NC.

Archon Defender follows the path of a young woman, Colette, as she seeks her way through adversity to redemption, as the world she once knew is torn apart by war and tyranny. Archon Defender is an epic combination of Sci-Fi and Fantasy elements, with a unique and refreshing visual style, which will set a new standard for what can be achieved by solo artists.

The film has been released in its entirety, free to watch on the director's YouTube channel. For more information, http://www.archondefender.com/ offers production notes, making of tutorials, as well as online sales of DVD, mp4 downloads for Ipod and mobile devices, and an HD digital version in Ogg Theora format.

(...as well, one of the film's voice actors is also the 'inventor' of the floppy disk enterprise: http://slashdot.org/story/03/04/06/1422237/How-to-Make-a-Starship-Enterprise-out-of-a-35-Floppy )

Comment Re:Cloud computer (Score 1) 279

If you can setup offline synchronization and data encryption, there is no reason to not use cloud computing.

If your provider does not support this, then it's time to change it.

See, the thing about that kind of backup system? It takes effort, which is precisely why people have been switching to cloud computing. I hear plenty of people making this kind of snarky remark who use cloud computing. But how many of them are backing up?

Furthermore, if you're going to the effort of maintaining a backup, in most cases it's just as easy to run a local free and open source software equivalent. So in that case, why bother using "cloud computing" at all?

Comment Re:Why do the vendors have a say? (Score 2, Informative) 640

You're right as for there being no hardware support for decoding Ogg Theora. I don't know enough about that to make a comment (I wonder if it is possible to make such a thing but whether or not it just hasn't been implemented). As for the rest though, the quality argument is simply not true... it looks as if in some circumstances, in fact, theora comes out on top. But even if that isn't true, we can see that it's close enough that it isn't a significant difference.

As for the submarine patent stuff, that's FUD... every codec technically has that threat. But Theora is the only one not known to have any current patent issues. h.264 has several known patent issues, but of course Apple is not worried because they are in control of that. But what about everyone else? In fact, unlike Theora, where steps have been taken to avoid patent issues, the dangers of patents are already known when it comes to h.264.

Please don't spread this obvious bullshit. One codec may have patent issues but nobody can find them. One codec has obvious and known patent problems and may have even more that nobody has found. If you're going to make an attack on the former for patent issues, you'd better not be supporting the latter.

Software

Miro Asks Users To "Adopt" Lines of Source 178

soDean writes "The FOSS video player / downloader Miro is asking its users to support development by 'adopting' a line of source code for $4 a month. Each adopted line of code comes personalized with a little avatar character that will grow older over the year. PCF, which makes Miro, says they think the project is the first of its kind and they believe it's a chance to 'to have a truly bottom up funding base.'"

Comment Re:Physical access = root (Score 3, Insightful) 325

Linux boxes are rootable. They *should* be rootable. The only time they aren't are when you don't have control any more (because of DRM & etc). But then they are only Linux in as much as the Kernel goes, not as much as the kind of Linux that Linux users advocate. I've recovered a broken plenty of times by popping in a boot cd and chrooting it.

The only time a system can be protected from this type of stuff is if it's encrypted. But then again, that's only protecting someone from accessing information you want to keep private, not protecting from reinstalling your operating system.

Comment Re:OK, dumb question after reading the article (Score 5, Insightful) 747

Why do you care if non-free python, C, or whatever apps run on your computer? Code is code, and websites aren't what they used to be. The web has become a platform for client/server applications. So if you do care about free software on the desktop, it's reasonable that you should care about free software in your browser.

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