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Submission + - Open Source cloud w/ full web IDE, challenges Wind

All_One_Mind writes: Open source cloud? GroundOS is the first cloud platform that encourages end users to install it on their home machine. It can be setup as an email server, office programs, etc, accessed both locally and remotely. Aside from the security & privacy benefits, web developers will love the full web IDE. This looks like real competition to Windows Azure. On their site they claim that "cloud computing is little more than a marketing buzzword, used to dress up the cold ugly business model of renting software, with the additional cost of losing your rights and abilities to fully protect and control your data, all in exchange for the convenience of a web based application. In reality, the entire cloud computing business model revolves around vendor lock-in, through proprietary and closed source software that is either ad supported, subscription based, and/or profits from the sale of your personal information... Instead of complaining about these problems, we've simply done our best to correct them." Their solution, GroundOS, appears to be a combination of installing a LAMP server to host the cloud from home or on a web host, with a PHP/Ajax framework that "provides a full portable IDE" and desktop like experience. There's a lot of text, but not a lot of screenshots or information is given, other than the first public beta will be released on May 1st. Is this an open source response to Windows Azure?"
Microsoft

Submission + - Open Source Cloud to Compete With Windows Azure

All_One_Mind writes: GroundOS.org has announced a new open source cloud web application server. On their site they claim that "cloud computing is little more than a marketing buzzword, used to dress up the cold ugly business model of renting software, with the additional cost of losing your rights and abilities to fully protect and control your data, all in exchange for the convenience of a web based application. In reality, the entire cloud computing business model revolves around vendor lock-in, through proprietary and closed source software that is either ad supported, subscription based, and/or profits from the sale of your personal information... Instead of complaining about these problems, we've simply done our best to correct them." Their solution, GroundOS, appears to be a combination of installing a LAMP server to host the cloud from home or on a web host, with a PHP/Ajax framework that "provides a full portable IDE" and desktop like experience. There's a lot of text, but not a lot of screenshots or information is given, other than the first public beta will be released on May 1st. Is this an open source response to Windows Azure?
Software

Submission + - Open Source Cloud Platform Emerges (groundos.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: GroundOS.org has announced a new open source cloud web application server. On their site they claim that "cloud computing is little more than a marketing buzzword, used to dress up the cold ugly business model of renting software, with the additional cost of losing your rights and abilities to fully protect and control your data, all in exchange for the convenience of a web based application. In reality, the entire cloud computing business model revolves around vendor lock-in, through proprietary and closed source software that is either ad supported, subscription based, and/or profits from the sale of your personal information... Instead of complaining about these problems, we've simply done our best to correct them." Their solution, GroundOS, appears to be a combination of installing a LAMP server to host the cloud from home or on a web host, with a PHP/Ajax framework that "provides a full portable IDE" and desktop like experience. There's a lot of text, but not a lot of screenshots or information is given, other than the first public beta will be released on May 1st. Is this an open source response to Windows Azure?
Wine

Submission + - Parallels Releases WineD3D Source Code (winehq.org)

something_wicked_thi writes: Seeing as Slashdot ran the story about Parallels being out of compliance with the [L]GPL, I think it's only fair that they provide an update. On the very next weekday after the Slashdot story ran, Parallels, apparently, has released the source code. The Wine developers are verifying that it really is what they say it is. The Wine page provides a link to the sources, though it is temporary. It would be nice if someone could mirror that before it gets Slashdotted.
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Return of the "Bionic Woman"

reporter writes: "Several sources report that NBC will launch a re-make of the popular sci-fi series, the "Bionic Woman". The original series starred Lindsay Wagner as Jamie Sommers. The new series will star Michelle Ryan, a British actress."
The Courts

Submission + - Sued For Non-Existent Content?

Anonymous Coward writes: "I'd like to get the opinion of Slashdot readers on this (even though I know it''s not legal advice). Several years ago one of my websites (nameless for obvious reasons) used a CGI script to pull and display some publicly-available content from another site. The script is long gone and the content hasn't been available for several years.
Recently, however, I received a letter from an "internet law" firm claiming that the content was copyrighted and that I owed a bunch of money to the original copyright holder for my 'illegal use'. (The content was apparently found through Archive.org.) The content isn't on my site and hasn't been for years, so my question is just what is my liability? I never received any sort of takedown notice and the content was gone long before receiving this demand for money. What say ye, Slashdotters- am I liable? Is this a thinly-veiled extortion attempt? How would anyone actually determine what the supposed worth of this infringement is/was?"
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Goatse.cx Is For Sale 211

fm6 writes "The domain goatse.cx is being auctioned. Bidding, at the time of posting, has reached $15K after 109 bids (with 6 days to go). Some of you will recall that this site used to be linked in a lot of Slashdot articles, despite having only a few pages. Boing Boing, with their usual creativity, has managed to depict Goatse's most commonly linked photo while still remaining within the bounds of good taste."
Space

Submission + - Black Hole Cluster Emits Massive Cloud

Shifty Jim writes: "According to a recent article at Space.com a black hole cluster may be the source of a massive cloud millions of light years in size. From the article:
'A giant cloud of superheated gas 6 million light years wide might be formed by the collective sigh of several supermassive black holes, scientists say. The plasma cloud, detailed in April 10 issue of Astrophysical Journal, might be the source of mysterious cosmic rays that permeate our universe.
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The plasma cloud is located about 300 million light years away near the Coma Cluster and is spread across a vast region of space thought to contain several galaxies with supermassive black holes, or active galactic nuclei (AGN), embedded at their centers.'
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The Media

Submission + - Toms Hardware Guide acquired by Best of Media

An anonymous reader writes: TG Publishing has today announced that it has been acquired by the French media company, Best of Media. This confirms earlier rumors that had been posted on The Inquirer and confirmed by Omid Rahmat that the company had been sold. The company now positions itself as "The only pan-european alternative to CNET networks".
Businesses

Submission + - Tom's Hardware Guide acquired by Best of Media

Marco Polo writes: "From the horses mouth itself: TG Publishing, the company behind Tom's Hardware Guide, has been acquired by the independent French publisher Best of Media for an undisclosed sum, it has been announced this morning. The deal sees the Best of Media Group increase its revenues by 36% in 2006, with consolidated revenues of 10 million, and the company positioning itself as the only Pan-European alternative to Cnet Networks."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft kills off J# language

twofish writes: "Microsoft have announced that J#, its Java clone for .NET, and the Java Language Conversion Assistant will be discontinued and will not appear in the next version of Visual Studio. At the same time they have announced pans for a 64-bit version of the J# Redistributable this year."

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