bmsleight writes: "The world's second biggest pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline is to radically shift its attitude to providing cheap drugs to millions of people in the developing world. Including putting any chemicals or processes over which it has intellectual property rights that are relevant to finding drugs for neglected diseases into a "patent pool", so they can be explored by other researchers."
bmsleight writes: "The Dutch Ministry of Finance organized an architecture competition not to design a building, but the new 5 euro commemorative coin with the theme 'Netherlands and Architecture'. The winning design made with 100% with free software, mainly Python. The design is amazing, the Queens head is made up of names of the architects based upon the occurrences in a yahoo searches. In the end the artist Stani Michiels had to collaborate closely on location together with the technicians of the Royal Dutch Mint (coin factory). So all the last bits were done his Asus Eee PC, which took 30 seconds instead of 3 seconds to generate a whole coin. So soon 350.000 Dutch people will use the fruits of free software."
bmsleight writes: "The Guardian has a story on the HECToR, The largest supercomputer in the UK — around five times more powerful than its predecessor, HPCx, which is also at the University of Edinburgh. It measures up well internationally, sitting at 17 in the top500.org list of the most powerful computers in the world."
bmsleight writes: The BBC are reporting that two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing. Data on them includes name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25 million people, (including me) were lost by the HM Revenue & Customs. The two CDs were send by internal mail, using a plain password, the data was not encrypted.
bmsleight writes: "The gGardian reports that the prototype rockets for Virgin's commercial space flight service exploded during a test which left three workers dead and three seriously wounded with shrapnel injuries and burns."
bmsleight writes: "Hack-A-Day has a details of a CatCam. A modified, small, lightweight, inexpensive digital camera is attached to a Cat. The camera takes every 90 seconds a picture. Mr Lee has lotsoffuntrips."