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Comment The problem Wayland attempts to solve (Score 1) 315

is to provide display management for linux devices that generally do not require network transparancy such as phones and tablets and which are resource constrained so the bloat of a full xorg stack is unacceptible. Clearly Ubuntu which has designs on becoming the tablet king is embracing this - Fedora also has an interest because it is the basis of the olpc, raspberry pi and other lightweight device spins. The obvious simple way to support network transparency is to run an X server as a Wayland app and this works fine so backward compatibility is easy to provide in fact Gnome is adding westin support into mutter so apps will use wayland if available and X if not. Going forward adding network transparency nativly to wayland is a fairly trivial and can be implemented more efficiently than X - according to the developers.

Plusses: smaller leaner and simpler code base, backward compatibility for legacy X apps, possibilty of network transparency not based on what was state of the art 30 years ago. Tight integration into linux.
Minuses: linux only (possibly), some pain in the transition possible while support is added to distros. Developers currently focussed on solving specific problems for Tizen.


Comment Hah! (Score 4, Insightful) 180

This is an insanely cheap way for them to get software developed for their brand. A straight $100k with no significant % of income is a rip off for the developer in this market. A good branded Pong app will make millions. A similar brand only gets about 20-25% of the sales. But I'm sure they'll get plenty of entries. Ah well, to be young and ignorant again.

Submission + - Fusion Anytime Now, Again, Said UK (bbc.co.uk) 1

arisvega writes: The National Ignition Facility (Nif) in the US is drawing closer to producing a surplus of energy from the idea, buy beefing up the laser power needed for ignition.

The UK company AWE and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory have now joined with Nif to help make laser fusion a viable commercial energy source.

Part of the problem has been that the technical ability to reach "breakeven" — the point at which more energy is produced than is consumed — has always seemed distant. Detractors of the idea have asserted that "fusion energy is 50 years away, no matter what year you ask", said David Willetts, the UK's science minister. "I think that what's going on both in the UK and in the US shows that we are now making significant progress on this technology," he said. "It can't any longer be dismissed as something on the far distant horizon."

Submission + - Rumors of Higgs boson discovery at LHC (livescience.com)

Magnifico writes: LiveScience is reporting that scientists are abuzz over a controversial rumor that the 'God particle' has been detected by a particle-detection experiment at LHC at CERN.

The Higgs boson "rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. It's not entirely clear at this point if the memo is authentic... The buzz started when an anonymous commenter recently posted an abstract of the note on Columbia University mathematician Peter Woit's blog, Not Even Wrong."

This could be a flat-out hoax or a statistical anomaly or... confirmation of the particle that bestows mass on all the other particles.


Officials Say "Capes For the Unemployed" Plan Not Super 392

After what must have been an epic marketing meeting, a Florida unemployment agency decided to give 6,000 red capes to the jobless as part of its "Cape-A-Bility Challenge" public relations campaign. The capes cost $14,000 (not a bad price for 6k capes actually) and featured a cartoon character named "Dr. Evil Unemployment." As one might imagine, officials are calling for an investigation to be launched. It's a good thing there are an abundance of caped do-gooders without jobs in the area who should be able to help.

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