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Comment Re:google cache (Score 1) 711

Well actually it is not as easy as it seems, because each page had a design of its own. I mean, writing a crawler to go through Google's results list (or any other service that indexes pages) is quite a simple task. But the problem here is that apparently members could customize their journalspaces which means that unless the HTML output was standardized, it would be hell to try to get some sense out of each page.

Submission + - Blender Open Movie 2 and an Open Game announced (

LetterRip writes: "The Blender Foundation has announced 'Peach' a second open movie project, their first open movie project was 'Project Orange' that resulted in Elephants Dream. Peach is planned to be a funny movie in contrast to the dark and surreal nature of Elephants Dream. A second exciting announcement is that in cooperation with Crystal Space and NLGD Conference ( the "Nederlandse Game Dagen" the annual conference for the Netherlands game industry) an open game (Project Apricot) will be developed. Lastly the Blender Foundation announced the establishment of the Blender Institute that will be a studio dedicated to hosting these and future projects. Also the Blender Foundation has put out a new manual 'Essential Blender' to make it easier to learn Blender. For those unfamiliar with Blender it is a free 3d animation suite."

Submission + - Communicating in a new startup

An anonymous reader writes: A friend and I are on the verge of starting a small company. It will begin small (around 5 employees and and advisory board) and slowly grow to small/mid-size (around 20 employees plus advisors and consultants). While we expect the employees to normally be located in the same office complex, we foresee a few telecommuting from home or afar and expect much of our advisory board to be spread about the country. In the opinion of the all-knowing slashdot reader, what is the best way to keep everyone in step and available for communication without becoming overbearing? Is on-demand email/phone enough? Should we schedules regular conference calls? Should we utilize IM (and if so, which services shine and which fail)? Along a slightly different line should we adopt and enforce email signing and encryption policies from the beginning? A simpler question, perhaps, is what kinds of communication policies have YOU experienced: what was lacking, what was annoying, and what did you love?
Linux Business

Submission + - How much should I charge for Linux services?

DragonTHC writes: "I'm a certified Linux admin (LPIC2). I have some small business clients that I've been servicing as the IT administrator. I've successfully completed two Linux migrations at two different clients. Both are smashing successes. Now that I'm expanding my business, how much should I charge per hour for my services? What are others charging? What is considered fair? I think I might be charging way too little."

Submission + - Patient bleeds dark green blood

jefft0 writes: A team of Canadian surgeons got a shock when the patient they were operating on began shedding dark greenish-black blood. The man emulated Star Trek's Mr Spock — the Enterprise's science officer who supposedly had green Vulcan blood. In this case, the unusual color of the 42-year-old's blood was due to the migraine medication he was taking.
The Courts

Submission + - Reiser Murder Trial Gets Under Way

Frosty Piss writes: "The murder trial for Hans Reiser gets under way Monday in the disappearance of his wife Nina Reiser, a 31-year-old mother of two missing since September, and defense lawyers are trying to sow doubt about whether she is dead at all. The defense attorneys have suggested that Nina Reiser may be alive in her native Russia, where she lived until 1999, and that purported family ties to a Russian spy agency and organized crime may be connected to her disappearance. Prosecutors have argued that, even without a body, the physical evidence they have uncovered clearly implicates Hans Reiser. Bloodstains in Hans Reiser's house and car matched Nina Reiser's DNA, police said. Investigators searching Hans Reiser's Honda CRX after his wife's disappearance found trash bags, masking tape, absorbent towels and a floorboard soaked with water, and the car was missing its passenger seat."

Submission + - Using Code to Help Curb the Spread of Disease (

Big Eclipse writes: "Software alone might not save the world, but some IBM Corp. researchers think it could do something pretty important — predict and help curb the spread of disease. As top public health officials and scientists gather in Seattle this week, IBM will demonstrate software that can be used to build models projecting how infectious disease could proliferate across nations and continents. The program can take into account large sets of data, including migratory patterns, population, traffic, geography and airplane routes."

Submission + - Beryl and Compiz are merging (

firesquirt writes: From the Beryl-project website Beryl and Compiz (at least the plugins part of compiz) are now merging, in the hope of a better future. No name has been decided yet but there's a vote going on. The forums are currently at and everyone currently using Beryl should check it in the next days or weeks to find information about the new merged project (setup instructions, etc) when they are available.

Submission + - Israeli scientists create cyborg brains (

Roy van Rijn writes: "Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel have demonstrated that neurons cultured outside the brain can be imprinted with multiple rudimentary memories that persist for days without interfering with or wiping out others. The israeli scientists have taken a crucial first step in showing that a network of neurons outside the body can be stimulated to create multiple memories that they sustain for days."

Submission + - Is there any future left for us in space?

jollyreaper writes: I was born in the late 70's and cut my science geek teeth on the promise of a better tomorrow. NASA had all these bold ideas of where we'd be going and what we'd be doing. What happened to the future we were promised? For a microcosm of what's happened to our national ambition, look at Epcot. Epcot, "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow." According to Wikipedia, "It was dedicated to international culture and technological innovation." And you know something? I remember it being that way as a kid. It was Disney for geeks. I remember seeing hydroponics, technology demos from our leading corporations, showcasing the bleeding edge of human innovation. And even that was a downscaling of Disney's original vision. But what's it about now? Minimized expectations. It's just another theme park, another way to surgically extract money from the wallets of indifferent tourists. Instead of doing and being something visionary, Disney executives settled for mediocrity and the fast buck.

NASA seems to share more in common with Disney these days than just proximity. The shuttle program has been described as a 30 year detour for the American space program. The shuttle was designed by a committee to satisfy multiple contradicting goals, none of which remained by the time the vehicle was completed. It cost more than the disposable vehicles it replaced, could not go high enough to do anything interesting, possessed capabilities that proved unnecessary, and contained so many design compromises that many engineers thought it to be a widowmaker before Challenger was even lost. Right now NASA doesn't make headlines for shuttles blowing up, they make headlines for shuttles NOT blowing up. After the cancellation of several shuttle successors, NASA has decided to go back to capsules with Project Constellation. There are vague talks of moonbases and a showboat Mars mission that will undoubtedly be canceled after squandering millions, possibly billions of dollars. NASA at this point is divided between the manned space flight camp (a political creature which suffers for it) and the "everything else" camp which includes the wildly successful pure science missions. Nobody can agree on the agency's goals and, even they they could, political appointees will change with every administration and sabotage whatever progress has been made.

NASA at this point seems to be like an 800lb man, trapped in his own house, suffocating under his own weight, too far gone to do anything to change his condition, just waiting to die. I think NASA is a lost cause.

Who represents the future in space? The private concerns like Virgin Galactic? Perhaps SpaceX? Government-sponsored programs such as China and India's? And even at that, these efforts represent small thinking. Tourists in space? More communication satellites? Whatever happened to proper space colonies like O'Neill Habitats? What about solar power satellites? How about space mining and manufacturing? How about a cost-effective heavy lift vehicle like Sea Dragon? I suppose an Orion Drive vehicle might be too much to ask for, though I have heard that there might be ways to generate the nuclear-style explosions without fallout and environmental damage.

What I find the most frustrating here is that none of what I've mentioned is technologically infeasible, it is all within the realm of possibility. What is lacking is the political will to make it so. Of course, the same thing can be said about world hunger: we have the resources and technology to feed the world, what prevents that from happening is politics. Most wish-fulfillment sci-fi involves individual men and women of genius who are capable of developing and applying revolutionary technology while cleverly circumventing the stifling hand of government oversight and bureaucracy. That isn't how it works in the real world.

My question boils down to this: I'm not asking what is theoretically possible, I'm asking what we can realistically expect. What can we expect our future in space to be?

Submission + - Google Search Slowed Down by Vista

Vengance Daemon writes: The United States Justice Department has rejected an antitrust claim made by Google. A New York Times Article states that "...Google has accused Microsoft of designing its latest operating system, Vista, to discourage the use of Google's desktop search program." It then adds that a Justice Department "memo dismissing Google's claims, sent to state attorneys general around the nation, alarmed many of them...Some state officials said they believed that Google's complaint had merit...[and] the memo appears to have backfired. Prosecutors from several states said they intended to pursue the Google accusations with or without the federal government. In response, federal prosecutors are now discussing with the states whether the Justice Department will join them in pursuing the Google complaint." What an odd place to work the Justice Department must be these days.

Submission + - Windows, OS X and Linux: Is There A 4th Platform?

OOPen writes: "An article on talks about a fourth platform. Something other than OS X, Linux and Windows and why these three platforms don't allow a fourth contender to enter. "On the other side of this issue, it's easy to just say that Microsoft isn't in a hurry to make Apple's products work well with its operating system, but if you'll remember, Microsoft's own Zune was incompatible with Vista from the very start. If they can't even get their own stuff to work right out of the box, then how in the world are we supposed to expect them to get everything else working, too? In Microsoft's case, this negligence in terms of compatibility is evident of bigger problems within the company."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Helping the world using one's IT skills?

InDi0 writes: "I am finishing my studies in Computer Science, and have a relatively broad IT-related experience. Inflating my bank account by seeking employment in a big firm is my next obvious career step. I though, feel the need to use my expertise to help people in need to improve their lives. Do any slashdotters have experience in working towards bringing progress to the developing world? Where can I start looking for projects where I can offer my expertise without expecting monetary compensation, only to enjoy a feeling of doing Good? Working for some food and shelter is all I ask, as long as its a project that matters."

Submission + - Robotic submarine maps worlds deepest sinkhole

holy_calamity writes: The world's deepest water-filled sinkhole has finally been mapped — by a robotic submarine who's descendants may swim on one of Jupiter's moons. The last attempt to find the bottom yielded the SCUBA diving depth record and the death of a diving legend. The sub's SONAR found that the divers were about 10m from the floor, and that the sinkhole which is over 300m deep could be connected to even deeper caves.

Submission + - NYT Shines a Light on Firefox's Financial Sucess

NewsCloud writes: "Noam Cohen raises the issue of Mozilla's amazing financial success with Firefox's Google relationship.:

"Thanks to the Google agreement, the Mozilla Foundation went from revenue of nearly $6 million in 2004 to more than $52 million the next year [similar revenue is expected in 2006]...In 2005, the foundation created a subsidiary, the for-profit Mozilla Corporation,...mainly to deal with the tax and other issues related to the Google contract...By creating a corporation to run the Firefox project, Mozilla was committing to be less transparent. In part, that is because Google insists on the secrecy of "its arrangement and agreements," said board member Mitch Kapor.
The article compares this approach to Wikipedia's ongoing fundraisers and raises the issue of transparency in open source projects. i.e. should Firefox's 1,000 to 2,000 developers and 80,000 evangelists have full knowledge of how revenue is spent as well as the extent to which Google is able to influence strategy vs. other stakeholders."

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