Galestar writes "Citrix today said that software for building Amazon EC2-style cloud platforms will be submitted to the Apache Software Foundation in an effort to accelerate its development.
Known as CloudStack, the software was acquired by Citrix when it bought the vendor Cloud.com in July 2011 for a reported $200 million. CloudStack was initially a mix of proprietary software and open source code released under the GPL free software license. Citrix said CloudStack will now become a "full open source Apache project," to be released today under the Apache 2.0 license, and also announced that it has increased its financial sponsorship and engineering support for the Apache Foundation." Link to Original Source top
Galestar (1473827) writes "Google's open source Android operating system is not as free as it seems, Microsoft argues, because it infringes a number of patents. When asked whether open source models created problems for vendors with licensed software, the software giant went on the offensive. "It does infringe on a bunch of patents, and there's a cost associated with that," Tivanka Ellawala, Microsoft financial officer told MarketWatch. "So there's a... cost associated with Android that doesn't make it free."" Link to Original Source top
Galestar (1473827) writes "Dutch Designer Wieki Somers just might have found the next new renewable building material — human ashes. For the Grand Hornu Images gallery exhibit “In Progress,” she used a 3D printer to turn human ashes into art. Somers created three pieces — a toaster, a mini vacuum cleaner and a scale — for the exhibit that was meant to have the designers rethink the idea of progress. The haunting pieces, which you can see in detail over at Designboom, were a way of asking how we could become more attached to objects in order to move away from consumer culture." Link to Original Source top
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The RCMP has arrested a Quebec man after a seizure uncovered hundreds of counterfeit video games. The RCMP release states that "modifying a console and computer is considered an illegal act under Section 342.1 of the Criminal Code and is punishable by imprisonment for up to ten years.""