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Submission + - Solar power headed for 45% annual growth ( 1

mdsolar writes: "USA Today is running a pretty good article on solar power that gives an overview of the current state of the industry. Highlight include production costs of $1.19/Watt for First Solar, 40% annual cost reductions over the last five years, revenues expected to triple in three years, and it predicts 2014 as the year when solar photovoltaic power plants become cheaper than other forms of generation."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Judge Kimball rules; Novell owns Unix copyrights (

Eggplant62 writes: "In his most damaging ruling yet, Judge Kimball today released his ruling in the SCO v. Novell case, saying that it is his belief that after examining the all the documentation and motion practice and after the hearings earlier this year on various summary judgment motions, the jist is: "[T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights." Of course, Groklaw is covering the story and broke the news just over a half hour prior to this submission.

There is also a ruling in SCO v IBM on summary judgment motions but the actual rulings are yet to become available. Keep your eyes peeled."


Submission + - "Life" found in inorganic interstellar dus (

Anonymous Alien writes: "Physicists have found evidence that inorganic dust with life-like qualities exists in interstellar space, according to new research published in New Journal of Physics that hint at the possibility that life beyond earth may not necessarily use carbon-based molecules as its building blocks and also offer a possible new explanation for the origin of life on Earth."

Submission + - The Subway Map of the Web (

Pcol writes: "Information Architects has recently released an Interactive Web Trend Map to help visualize relationships between websites that stand as examples of brands, designs or business models that have been successful on the web. The map shows 15 separate lines organized into categories such as Sharing, Tools, Technology, and Knowhow. Most successful sites sit on the junction of two or more lines: in Slashdot's case, the News Line and the Sharing Line. IA says the map can be used to evaluate potential web strategies and business opportunities: just find a junction that doesn't have a station on it yet and stake your claim. The map is based on the Tokyo metro map and people who know Tokyo will find hidden messages: e.g. Wikipedia is in Shimbashi, the place for the square and hard-headed Salaryman, like the Wikipedia watchdogs; Yahoo is in Ueno, a nice place but nothing going on there."
Linux Business

Submission + - Microsoft Fracturing the Open-Source Community

TechGeek writes: "Microsoft has succeeded in fracturing the Linux and open-source community with the patent indemnity agreements it has entered into with several prominent vendors, Ubuntu leader and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth told eWEEK(,1895,2167193 ,00.asp). Microsoft's strategy was to drive a wedge into the open-source community and unsettle the marketplace, Shuttleworth said. He also took issue with the Redmond, Wash., software maker for not disclosing the 235 of its patents it claims are being violated by Linux and other open-source software. "That's extortion and we should call it what it is," he said."

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