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Submission + - Europe to Import Sahara Solar Power Within 5 Years (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: If just one percent of the Saharan Desert were covered in concentrating solar panels it would create enough energy to power the entire world. That’s a powerful number, and the European Union has decided to jump on their proximity to the Sahara in order to reap some benefits from the untapped solar energy beaming down on Northern Africa. Just yesterday, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger announced that Europe will start importing solar energy from the Sahara within the next five years. It is estimated that the initiative will cost $400 billion Euros. If the EU decides to scale it up — the initiative will power a large part of Europe but not all of it — they’d only need to cover .3% of the desert with solar panels to power the entire continent.
Privacy

Submission + - SPAM: Biggest tech industry apologies of 2010 - so far

alphadogg writes: While apologies from BP to the world regarding its environmental disaster and even from a U.S. Congressman to BP have stolen headlines of late, the tech industry has not been without its fair share of apologies during the first half of 2010 either.

Google has had to apologize for privacy issues related to its Street Views and Buzz, AT&T for getting its iPad customer list hacked, Apple for being overwhelmed by iPhone 4 orders, McAfee for accidentally shutting down Windows XP machines with an antivirus update, Adobe for overlooking a Flash bug, and more.

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Open Source

Submission + - Who owns the code? (pcpro.co.uk)

nk497 writes: Web app developer Kevin Partner is turning to open source after having some difficulty deciding who owns the code he creates for his clients. "The intellectual property rights to code I write for clients under contract remains with my company even after the client has paid, but in practice I’m happy to agree with the client to hand over the source so they can change developers if they wish: this might include a formal transfer of ownership of the unique parts of the code, or simple agreement to share ownership. What isn’t fair is for the client to benefit from my library code via reduced costs, then also expect to own that code." Now, he's turning to open source, hoping that will solve at least some of the problem. "For all my new projects, the client won't get exclusive ownership of the framework or library code because they'll be open source, but will be free to use them any way they wish without referring to the original developer. That should lance this particularly troublesome boil."

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