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Comment Re:Allow me... (Score 1) 174

TFA is a reminder that the metrics we use to assess the impact of open source software are old and outdated. How does a market cap reflect the new value of commercial software, which has had to raise the bar to beat features and performance of the 'free' competitor. How do you quantify the benefit of open source to the actual open source developers? The latter is arguably intangible, but significant. Someone can simply google my name and see production-level code I've written, support messages I've posted in forums, and conference presentations I've given. There is true economic value in this output, but how do should it be quantified and aggregated?
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Tesla CEO Musk is Car-Rich, Cash-Poor

theodp writes: He's got 99 Problems, and a soon-to-be ex-wife is one. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk seems to have it all. The electric-car entrepreneur is the toast of Silicon Valley, Sacramento, and Tokyo after unveiling a plan to revive Toyota’s shuttered NUMMI plant. Deal-hungry Wall Street bankers are angling to take his company public. He’s even got a cameo in Iron Man 2. The one thing he doesn’t have, by his own admission, is money. 'About four months ago, I ran out of cash,' he wrote in a Feb. 23rd court filing reviewed by VentureBeat. According to the filing, Musk has been living off personal loans from friends since Oct. 2009 and spending $200K a month while making far less. Tesla Motors, likewise, is dealing with its cash flow problems by borrowing money from a friendly source — the U.S. government, which made $465MM available to the cleantech startup.

Comment Re:99.3% accurate? (Score 1) 239

The reported accuracy rate of 99.3% for a single chip does not translate to 99.3% accuracy for an entire genome. Complex genomes are particularly difficult to measure at the edges of chromosomes and in areas of large redundant information (genomic 'repetitive' regions). The claim of 99.3% is stating that only the relatively easy to measure regions produce the reported levels of accuracy.
The Courts

Submission + - Canadian Mounties Caught Faking Counterfeit Data

An anonymous reader writes: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada's national police force, has been caught faking data about Canadian counterfeiting. While the mounties claimed that counterfeiting of clothes, handbags, and DVDs was costing $30 billion per year, they now admit that they conducted no independent research and that the $30 billion figure, which has been cited by the U.S. government and copyright lobby groups as evidence for Canada needing to clean up its laws, was based on "open source documents found on the Internet."

Submission + - I Want My *TV: Comparing Video Acquisition Methods

An anonymous reader writes: Adam Engst of TidBITS explores numerous different methods of acquiring video (broadcast, cable/satellite, iTunes, P2P, YouTube, Netflix, etc), comparing them on price (per hour and per month), availability, time- and place-shifting options, and more. He also makes recommendations for different sorts of viewing habits. Tons of statistics... If you've ever wondered how much you're paying for cable on a per-hour basis, and how that compares to purchasing individual shows from iTunes, this long article has all the details.
The Internet

Submission + - R.E.M. and Net Neutrality

cheezitmike writes: The Washington Post reports that several bands, including R.E.M., are joining up to raise public awareness in support of Net Neutrality:

The Future of Music Coalition — an advocacy group of musicians that fought radio consolidation — is assembling a lineup of name bands, such as R.E.M. and Death Cab for Cutie, to join the fight to keep the net neutral. The group will join net neutrality advocate Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) for a teleconference today to kick off the campaign, which is called "Rock the Net ." The campaign will include a petition and a series of concerts. The coalition fears that if companies are allowed to charge for faster access to the Internet, it will hurt the ability of musicians to get their music out to their fans, especially small, indie bands.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Guild Wars 2 to feature persistent world

JamesO writes: "Development of Guild Wars 2 is underway and the game will be based on the same mechanics which made the Original Guild Wars so popular. However, the first full sequel will see the addition of a fully persistent world and yet the series will remain subscription free. The game is expected to go into beta sometime in the second half of 2008, so we're still some way off a release.

There's also further news today on the first true expansion for the Guild Wars franchise, Guild Wars Eye of the North. The expansion is due to hit retail in Q3 2007 and will require at least one of the previous Guild Wars campaigns (Prophesies, Factions or Nightfall) in order to play.

The expansion is set largely in the dungeons and caverns of the land of Tyria that players will have first explored in Guild Wars Prophesies. Eye of the North will feature 18 large, multi-level dungeons, 150 new skills across all ten professions, 10 new Heroes, 40 new armour sets, plus more items, weapons and titles.

The expansion will also feature a Hall of Monuments where players' accomplishments are memorialised and will eventually be inherited by Guild Wars 2 characters."

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