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Submission + - Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, And What Qt Does Better

Freshly Exhumed writes: Phoronix has an article about how Dirk Hohndel of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has stirred the hornet's nest with a talk at Australia's Linux.Conf.Au (MP4 file) about what he views as the biggest problem with the GTK: he finds dealing with upstream GTK/GNOME developers to be tough, with frequent abuse and flame-wars, with accusations from the developers that "you're doing it wrong." Conversely, he found the Qt development community to be quite the opposite: willing to engage and help, with plenty of application developer documentation and fewer communication problems than with their GTK counterparts.

Submission + - Intel Edison: an SD card-sized PC (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has revealed the company's vision for wearable computing — and at its core is an SD card-sized PC called Edison.

Edison is based on Quark technology, the tiny, low-power system-on-a-chip that was designed for wearable computers, such as smart watches, and the Internet of Things. "It's a full Pentium-class PC in the form factor of an SD card," Krzanich said. It not only supports multiple OSes and has built-in support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but it also has its own app store — and has Wolfram Alpha's Mathematica baked in by default.

Edison will be integrated into devices such as wireless headsets, smart watches — which won't need to be tethered to another device — and the "smart turtle", a monitoring device can be clipped to a baby's clothing to keep watch of its movement, pulse or breathing.

Submission + - Finally, a Bill to End Patent Trolling (arstechnica.com)

jellie writes: According to Ars Technica, a new bill introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has received bipartisan support and has a real chance of passing. In a press call, lawyers from the CCIA, EFF, and Public Knowledge had universal praise for the bill, which is called the Innovation Act of 2013. The EFF has a short summary of the good and bad parts of an earlier draft of the bill. The bill will require patent holders who are filing a suit to identify the specific products and claims to are being infringed, require the loser in a suit to pay attorney's fees and costs, and force trolls to reveal anyone who has a "financial interest" in the case, making them possibly liable for damages.

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