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How To Make Money With Free Software 187

fons writes "Dutch Python hacker/artist Stani took part in a contest organised by the Dutch Ministry Of Finance to design a 5 euro commemorative coin. And he won, using only free software: 'The whole design was done for 100% with free software. The biggest part consists of custom software in Python, of course within the SPE editor. For the visual power I used PIL and pyCairo. From time to time also Gimp, Inkscape and Phatch helped quite a bit. All the developing and processing was done on GNU/Linux machines which were running Ubuntu/Debian. I would have loved to release the coin under the GPL, which could maybe solve the financial crisis. However for obvious reasons I was not allowed to do that.'"
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Submission + - Microsoft Building Emacs.Net (zdnet.com) 1

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "In a move sure to reopen old internet flamewars, Microsoft apparently plans to build something described only as "Emacs.Net" Brought to light in a Microsoft employee's short and cryptic blog post, little is known about it except that it's some kind of "development tool / IDE / text editor" though that hasn't stopped ZDNet bloggers from speculating wildly. Hopefully, whatever they make will be able to open files larger than 64 KB — it's not enough for everybody."
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Submission + - MIT startup unveils new 64-core CPU (arstechnica.com)

single-threaded writes: Tilera, a startup out of MIT, has announced that it is shipping a 64-core CPU. Called the TILE64, the CPU is fabbed on a 90nm process and is clocked at anywhere from 600MHz to 900MHz. From Ars' coverage: 'what will make or break Tilera is not how many peak theoretical operations per second it's capable of (Tilera claims 192 billion 32-bit ops/sec), nor how energy-efficient its mesh network is, but how easy it is for programmers to extract performance from the device. That's the critical piece of TILE64's launch story that's missing right now, and it's what I'll keep an eye out for as I watch this product make its way in the market. Though there are any number of questions about this product that remain to be answered, one thing is for certain: TILE64 has indeed brought us into the era of 64 general-purpose, mesh-networked processor cores on a single chip, and that's a major milestone. '

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