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Submission + - Ditto, trying to fight two patent trolls, one of them extremely large. (indiegogo.com)

poet writes: This company has a great technology where they take a picture of your face from a web cam and then you can try on (and buy) different kinds of prescription glasses online. The technology allows you to see what the glasses look like on your face before you purchase them. However, because of this technology the big bad are now trying to crush them.
Databases

Submission + - John Dvorak's take on the Sun/MySQL deal

hunter44102 writes: John Dvorak's latest article is saying the Sun/MySQL deal "is perhaps the worst single event I have ever witnessed in the history of tech mergers and acquisitions". He says that Oracle has something to do with it, using SUN to kill off the competition: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/sun-mysql-deal-stinks/story.aspx?guid={88606B4A-A4AF-46FC-9C80-6B186A622456} hunter44102
Software

Submission + - A journey in i18n

MrNaz writes: "I have recently been doing a lot of work in i18n, and have become more and more frustrated by just how badly it is currently done on the web and in software in general. I have decided to share my experiences in this area in the hope that other developers may be inspired to pay more attention to this increasingly important aspect of software development."
Republicans

Submission + - Conservative Website Blames "Liberal" Deve 2

Kizzle writes: RedState.com, a conservative political website, is asking for donations because they want to upgrade their software. Why? FTA:

When we started RedState in May of 2004, we used a website program called Scoop — the same program a lot of similar sites on the left used. But, as the number of visitors to our site grew, Scoop kept crashing on us...If we'd been a liberal website, we would have been able to fix the problem quickly and relatively cheaply. The online left loves Scoop. Unfortunately, there weren't really any conservative Scoop developers out there to help us. We kept crashing and were out of money. We had to close down or take drastic action.
Space

Submission + - Keeping Cool on Venus

Hugh Pickens writes: "In the 1970s and 80s, several probes landed on Venus and returned data from the surface but they all expired less than 2 hours after landing because of Venus' tremendous heat. It's hard to keep a rover functioning when temperatures of 450 C are hot enough to melt lead but NASA researchers have designed a refrigeration system that might be able to keep a robotic rover going for as long as 50 Earth days using a reverse Stirling engine. The rover's electronics would be packed in a ceramic-based insulator and placed it inside a metal sphere about the size of a grapefruit. Heat would then be pumped out of the sphere by compressing and then expanding a gas with a piston. When the gas expands, it absorbs heat from the electronics chamber then, as the gas is compressed and its temperature rises, the heat is allowed to dissipate in the atmosphere via a radiator. NASA has not committed to a Venus rover mission, but a 2003 National Academies of Science study recommended that high priority be given to a robot mission to investigate the Venusian surface helping to answer such questions as why Venus ended up so different from Earth and if the changes have taken place relatively recently."
Businesses

Submission + - Computerworld's 2007 IT Salary Report (computerworld.com)

jcatcw writes: "Computerworld's 21 Annual Salary Survey has some good news and some bad. The good news is that salaries are going up at a more rapid pace than they have been in the past few years. The bad news is that not everyone in IT is getting those benefits. Use the Smart Salary Tool 2007 for easy comparisons across regions, industries and job titles. According to the survey, application development skills are in greatest demand by hiring managers. Survey respondents said writing and public speaking are two of the most important soft skills they look for when hiring new employees."
The Military

Submission + - Russians Honor the Spy Who Stole the Atomic Bomb

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Times reports on the life of George Koval, codenamed "Delmar", one of the most important spies to have infiltrated the Manhattan Project, the secret program that created the world's first nuclear weapon. President Putin recently granted Koval a posthumous Hero of the Russian Federation award, the highest honorary title that can be given to a Russian citizen. Koval was born in Iowa, spoke fluent American English, and played baseball. But he was also recruited and trained by the GRU, Russia's largest intelligence agency.
Censorship

Submission + - Facebook Censoring Mothers' Breastfeeding Photos (breastfeeding123.com)

NewsCloud writes: "Some Facebook moms report having their accounts deleted for uploading photos of breastfeeding their newborns. 'Photos containing an exposed breast do violate our Terms and are removed,' says Facebook. In response, more than 33,431 concerned Facebook members created the "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" [group req. reg.]. Facebook's censorship thresholds were covered earlier on Slashdot. Meanwhile, Flickr's foot fetish groups are going strong."
Linux Business

Submission + - Wal-Mart's $200 Linux PC Sells Out (ecogeek.org)

hankmt writes: "About a week ago Wal-Mart began selling a $200 linux machine running on a 1.5 ghz Via C7 processor and 512 megs of RAM. While the specs are useless for vista, it works blazingly fast on Ubuntu with the Enlightenment Window Manager. The machine is now officially sold out of their online warehouses, and the product sales page at WalMart.com is full of glowing reviews from new and old linux users alike."
The Internet

Submission + - Do Frames Still Suck? 5

Gonoff writes: Last year, I decided to broaden my abilities a little and started an evening, 2 year, university course. This year a major part of what I am doing is web development and I will be creating a website.

I had never used Dreamweaver before so I expected to have to learn but what caught my attention was the huge dislike I see the course leader has for frames.

I had already read Jakob Neilsens material but being keen to learn, I read it again. Much of what he put in seems completely out of date now.
The only browser I have that can't do frames is Lynx.
All major development packages do them a lot better than when that article was written — Dreamweaver, Frontpage or even Open Office do them fine. I find that it is not too hard in a text editor either...

Obviously, I will do it the way that I am instructed. I just can't see wanting to do it this way for real afterwards. Templates and layers seem much more complicated and I suspect that they are less simple to maintain once a site goes live. I know the need for maintainable source code. Surely maintainable HTML is the same?

What do other people think? Forget aesthetics and coolness. Can people convince me that this is a better way to work?
The Internet

Submission + - Citizendium after one year

Larry Sanger writes: "Citizendium, "the Citizens' Compendium" — a free, non-profit, ad-free, wiki encyclopedia with real names and a role for experts — has just announced that it's celebrating the one year anniversary of its wiki, an occasion for which I wrote a project report. Make up your own mind about whether "we've made a very strong start and an amazing future likely lies ahead of us." We have been the subject of a lot of misunderstanding, but we've still proven a lot, such as that a public-expert hybrid wiki is consistent with accelerating growth and leads to high quality, or that eliminating anonymity helps remove vandalism. We've got lots of initiatives and plans, and signs are good that we are starting into a serious growth spurt. Might the Web 2.0 umbrella be expanded to include real name requirements and roles for experts? It's looking that way."
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Sues Usenet, Decries it as Napster, Kazaa (wired.com) 1

mytrip writes: "The Recording Industry Association of America is suing usenet.com, decrying it as the next Napster, Kazaa and other peer-to-peer, illicit file-sharing sites.

"Defendant provides essentially the same functionality that P2P services such as Napster, Aimster, Grokster and Kazaa did (prior to being enjoined by the federal courts) — knowingly providing the site and facilities for users to upload and download copyrighted works — except that defendant goes further than even the P2P services to facilitate and encourage copyright infringement by its users," said the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. "Defendant customizes its service to make it as convenient and seamless as possible for subscribers to distribute and obtain copyrighted music without authorization and without paying for that music."

The suit, comes two weeks after the RIAA won its first pirating jury trial targeting an individual. A Duluth, Minnesota jury ordered Jammie Thomas to pay the RIAA $222,000 for pirating 24 songs on the Kazaa system in 2005."

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