The openstreetmap project hasmade quite a lot of progress, For example, they have mapped the entire Isle of man in much more detail than google etc. They have also been donated data to help with the project.
An anonymous reader writes: Its been a good few weeks for distro releases with Ubuntu, OpenSuse, Fedora and Mandriva all releasing new versions but which ones best? The Lugradio team talk to Adam Williamson from Mandriva then don asbestos suits and put all four through a series of real world tests. Find out which came out best and which just suck here
joedoc writes: "Ed Morrissey, who operates the politically-conservative blog Captain's Quarters, posts an entry describing a bit of slimy Internet redirection aimed at damaging potential presidential candidate Fred Thompson. Morrissey reports that a California lawyer set up a fake pro-Thompson link that, when clicked, took the viewer to a pro-Ku Klux Klan site. The fake link was close to an actual Thompson site URL, formatted in a way that is similar to other political candidates' sites in recent years.
Unfortunately, the link's creator wasn't bright enough to cover his tracks. Morrissey was easily able to track down the fake domain's owner, along with his address (which he posted), phone number (which he didn't) and evidence of political contributions. That the guy in question supports non-conservative causes should come as no surprise.
While some on the liberal side of the political spectrum might find this amusing, it says a lot about what depths some people will allow themselves to sink in order to push their agenda, or smear another's. No matter what road you take, this kind of thing is uncalled for. I assume that most politically-engaged people will see this for what it is, but what if this were directed at some ordinary person, perhaps as some sick joke? We all know that what goes out on the 'Net can stay there forever, whether we like it or not."
Ernesto writes: The Pirate Party of the United States, a sister organization to the Swedish Piratpartiet, has officially announced that it is forming a state party in Utah. This is the first state that this burgeoning political party has announced it is forming in.