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Submission + - The WNBR book published - using open source tools - 160 pages 250 photographs (

richinud writes: ""The WNBR book is officially published! We used open-source tools on SuSe Linux; gvim for the text, firefox, the gimp and imageMagick for the images, and Scribus for the DTP, to produce a mainstream compact publication with full colour images. This is a clear demonstration of how much open-source tools can contribute to the traditional and paper-based publishing world.

From the back cover: The World Naked Bike Ride is a global protest against oil dependency and urban pollution, promoting greater cycling safety on our roads, and encouraging body freedom for everyone. This book visually describes the environmental awareness event, the history of how it started, the people who take part, and the motivations behind this very public demonstration."


Submission + - Inside Newegg's east coast distribution center (

MrSeb writes: "Did you know that Newegg is the second largest e-tailer in the US, after Amazon? Perhaps building your own computer isn't dead yet! ExtremeTech's Matthew Murray was recently invited to take a tour of the Newegg east coast distribution center, and the facts that he dug up — and the pictures he shot — make for perfect curiosity-sating, Friday afternoon surfing fodder for any American build-it-yourself computer geek."

Submission + - Mexican Cartel Beheads Bloggers (

sanzibar writes: The Zeta's killed and beheaded an Internet blogger Wednesday in Nuevo Laredo, the fourth slaying in the city involving people associated with social media sites since early September.

"This happened to me for not understanding that I shouldn't report on the social networks," advised a note left before dawn with the man's body at a key intersection in the city's wealthier neighborhood.

The victim, identified on social networking sites only by his nickname — Rascatripas or Belly Scratcher — reportedly helped moderate a site called En Vivo that posted news of shootouts and other activities of the Zetas, the narcotics and extortion gang that all but controls the city....

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Zynga to employees: Give back our stock or you'll (

ardmhacha writes: Zynga seem to think they were a little generous handing out stock to early employees. Fearing a "Google Chef" situation they are leaning on some employees to hand back their unvested stock or face termination. The Wall Street Journal also has a take.

Submission + - Sony: Like Apple, we're building a different kind (

zacharye writes: All eyes have been on Apple to reinvent the television set, but Sony CEO Howard Stringer recently confirmed that Sony, too, is working on re-imagining the TV. “There’s a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set,” Stringer said during a breakfast. “We can’t continue selling TV sets [as we currently do]. Every TV set we all make loses money.” Stringer said that he has “no doubt” that Steve Jobs had intentions of designing a brand-new kind of television but said that “it will take a long time to transition to a new form of television.”...

Submission + - Software to Prevent Child Abuse (

Trimegistus writes: Researchers from Fraunhofer Institute come up with an automated assistance system, called “desCRY”, that can detect child-pornographic images and video, from among even large volumes of data.
Open Source

Submission + - How Open Source Hardware is Kick-Starting Kickstar ( 2

ptorrone writes: "Imagine waking up and seeing your design for a circuit being used in a product by someone who never contacted you to ask if it was okay. You will not get any payment for their usage of your design, they’ve raised over $31,000 dollars, and they’re selling something you worked really hard on. You have no control over what someone does with something you made. Is this a nightmare? Perhaps for some, but this is actually a dream come true for others who do open-source hardware. MAKE magazine profiles a maker using open-source hardware for his now-funded project and how many are using open hardware for their works."

Submission + - Reference for SQL data types

bob3940 writes: I am starting to use MySQL databases and have found a lot of reference material related to setting up and administering databases but I can not find a good reference (online or book) concerning appropriate data types. I would like to find something that explains each of the data types and some of the best uses for them.

Just one example I would like to find a suggestion for is storing a zip code. I know that in the U.S. that it is either a 5 or 9 digit number and that it is not necessary to store the "-" but in several countries (I'm look at you Canada) they have postal codes which contains alpha-numeric postal codes. So should I store all of my zip codes in text format and perform testing based on the Country?

I would love a reference that covers best practices for storing a lot of the common data that I will run into (zip code, social security, phone number, etc) as well as a general overview of the different data types. any Suggestions?

Submission + - The Looming Video Codec Fight (

itwbennett writes: "With both Apple and Microsoft promoting HTML5 standards, you'd think that there would be joy in software freedom land. But instead there's another fight brewing. 'While it is true that HTML5 video is a step in the right direction, we also have to take into consideration the underlying codecs used to deliver the video content,' says blogger Brian Proffitt. The problem, says Proffitt, is that Microsoft and Apple's browsers will be supporting only the proprietary H.264 video codec by default. But Google supports only the WebM (VP8) and Ogg Theora codecs. 'So, basically, if Ogg Theora content starts making a dent in Apple and Microsoft's bottom line, or that of the MPEG LA's, then expect to see a lawsuit or two headed Google's way after 2015,' concludes Proffitt."

Submission + - Intel and AMD May Both Delay Next-Generation CPUs (

MojoKid writes: "AMD and Intel are both preparing to launch new CPU architectures between now and the end of the year, but rumors have surfaced that suggest the two companies may delay their product introductions, albeit for different reasons. Various unnamed PC manufactures have apparently reported that Intel may push back the introduction of its Ivy Bridge processor from the end of 2011 to late Q1/early Q2 2012. Meanwhile on the other side of the CPU pasture, there are rumors that AMD's Bulldozer might slip once again. Apparently AMD hasn't officially confirmed that it shipped its upcoming server-class Bulldozer products for revenue during August. This is possible, but seems somewhat unlikely. The CPU's anticipated launch date is close enough that the company should already know if it can launch the product."

Submission + - Vycon to Tap Subway Trains for Energy (

An anonymous reader writes: Industrial flywheel manufacturer Vycon Energy believes that they can tap the immense amount of kinetic energy carried by moving subway trains to subsidize city power systems. Not only would this reduce emissions, but it would also help to avoid peak power emergencies. This energy could the be used to start the trains up again — a 10-car subway train in New York’s system requires a jolt of three to four megawatts of power for 30 seconds to get up to cruising speed — that’s enough energy to power 1,300 average U.S. homes.

Submission + - Obama Reverses Again, Closing Datacenters (

An anonymous reader writes: After quadrupling the number of government datacenters over his first three years, Obama's Administration is reversing course and closing the most recently opened datacenters. With one datacenter reportedly the size of three football fields, my question is what happens to all those recently purchased servers? Will the government hold a server fire sale? Count me in!

Submission + - Why Companies Knowingly Ship Insecure Devices (

wiredmikey writes: A recent survey which included responses from 800 engineers and developers that work on embedded devices, revealed that 24% of respondents knew of security problems in their company’s products that had not been disclosed to the public before the devices were shipped. But just what that means in terms of attitudes towards security may be more complex than it seems.

Additionally, just 41% said their company has “allocated sufficient time and money to secure” its device products against hacks and attacks. Despite this, 64 percent felt that when engineers call attention to potential security problems, “those problems are addressed before the device is released.”

So what exactly does this illustrate about the state of security in the development process? The answer, some say, is a jumbled collage of business pressures, bug prioritization and varying attention to security.


Submission + - Bubble memory? (

PeterAitch writes: "It may now be possible to test for 'multiverses' using data embedded within our own Universe. As reported by the BBC, a team at University College, London now think they may have found that some 'bubble universes' (as predicted by the theory of eternal inflation) leave a detectable pattern within our own cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB).
The idea was first proposed by some of the same group back in 1995, but the new work seems to provide some [tentative] supporting data."

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