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Comment Re:Summary? (Score 5, Insightful) 310

What I got out of it was that the core developers, not some other group, do the testing. Rather than hand the task of quality control/testing to some other group just prior to release, all developers are held to a high level of participation in this regard. Theo and other developers use nightly builds in their day-to-day work and the entire system compiles most every night.

Submission + - Crowd-motion software may prevent Mecca stampede

wattsup writes: "You may recall the stampede that killed hundreds during a mass pilgrimage to Mecca in 2006. Catastrophic stampedes have periodically afflicted the event. The most recent one killed 345 people and injured 289.

Physicists at Dresden University of Technology in Germany studied video recordings of the 2006 stampede, and wrote visual-recognition software to track and measure the motion of individuals in the crowd. Borrowing from the physics of fluids, the scientists have now analyzed the stampede and have recommendations that could make this year's pilgrimage go smoothly."

SCO Vs. IBM Leaks Exposed 89

Xenographic writes "Remember all the fuss about SCO subpoenaing PJ of Groklaw, where they allege that she's funded by IBM because she once got a publicly available document from a volunteer at the courthouse a little before it hit the Court's website? That's nothing. Groklaw has evidence that other materials have been leaked in this case — but they weren't leaked to Groklaw, and they weren't leaked by IBM. Information about the sealed materials in question made its way to Maureen O'Gara, who wrote a story based on inside information, displaying a positively uncanny insight into what SCO was planning, including far more than just the sealed document a SCO lawyer read out loud in open court. Interestingly, several witnesses report that Maureen O'Gara did not even attend that hearing, leaving us to speculate about her source."

Submission + - GeForce 8800 GTX 320MB, DX10 Graphics On The Cheap

TrackinYeti writes: Being an early adopter of leading edge graphics cards, can be an expensive proposition. Not to mention the fact that often times, new features that are offered, like NVIDIA's support of DX10, often lay dormant for the average end-user until games developers play catch up and begin making use of the new hardware in their game engines. However, the recent release of NVIDIA's lower-end GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB card, is a much more affordable step into next gen graphics. GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB performance is high enough at mainstream resolutions that its worth upgrading to a card like this from virtually any last-gen product. At around $300 or so, you won't break the bank doing it. You'll also end up with the added benefits of full HDCP and DX10 support for the future, a better video engine, and a more complete feature set overall, that includes things like CSAA and higher quality anisotropic filtering.
Linux Business

Submission + - ATM based on Suse Linux

sas-dot writes: Slashdot earlier reported the government of Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India, which has begun initiatives to convert all of their IT systems fully to OSS-based software. Now it's pushing forward for a Linux based ATM. The official incharge wrote in his email "ELCOT had successfully developed the first ever ATM (automatic cash dispenser) that runs on suse linux. The prototype was unveiled on the 21st March 2007. ELCOT also wishes to test the ATM in typical Government operations such as National Old Age Pension Scheme, cash dispensing schemes such as National Rural Employment programme etc. It depends on how the Government machinery is ready to accept a new technology such as an ATM" Here is the press release.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Trailfire: Social Bookmarking With a Twist

Social bookmarking has become extremely popular these days. It seems everyone that spends a lot of time on the Interent is probably a member of at least one of the many Social Bookmarking services today. Webmasters, web developers and bloggers have found them to be a good way to get the word out about their websites and blogs and to bring attention to their favorite articles and stories or even their own blog posts.

Submission + - GPLv3 third draft: Linus likes it, ACT hates it

An anonymous reader writes: Initial opinions on the latest GPLv3 draft have been wide ranging, including some praise from noted critic Linus Torvalds. Morgan Reed, ACT executive director has been less supportive: "The newest draft of the GPLv3 is clearly designed to build unscalable walls between open source and proprietary software." See more http://www.cio.com.au/index.php/id;2054769686
The Internet

Submission + - A New Democracy!?!

An anonymous reader writes: I've been considering an idea lately, somewhat inpired by a friend. He reminded me that we live in a constitutional republic and not a democracy. So bear with me as I share it here to flesh out this idea.

We all see that financial institutions are very capable of reliably completing hundreds of millions of transactions daily using computers. If only equal care was taken we could reliably get people to vote via the internet and have those votes counted fairly, accurately, and securely on a regular, if not daily basis, if we needed to, don't you think?

Well if this is possible, why don't we pretty much keep the system in place that we have now except that all registered voters get to vote on bills that are up for vote in the House of Representatives. This way, in my opinion, government would remain more responsive to the voters than they have been to date and we would be a more like a representative democracy.

Think about it, we could elect a representative who would go up to congress and work on laws, help set agendas, and try to build real consensus in order to persuade the regular online voters.

On voting we could have three options: 1)I cast my vote. 2) I abstain in voting. 3) I allow my elected representative to proxy my vote. My vote could be public where I and everyone else could see my vote for the sake of verification or I could keep it private.

Is this technically feasible today? What are the pitfalls I'm missing? Who's interested in this idea? Talk about an open source project — Subversion for Legislation Control.

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