Peaceful_Patriot (658116) writes "According to this article, The Dutch laboratory Erasmus Laboratory in Rotterdam Netherlands filed for a patent on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus after recieving a sample from a Saudi researcher last year. The Saudi Ambassador to Oman said it best, “We haven’t been able to go very far with diagnostics and finding a vaccine for the virus as of today. The main reason is that the virus was patented by a foreign laboratory and is not allowed to be used for investigations by other scientists...Intellectual property rights and patents should not stand in the way of public interest, especially when it concerns the health of a large number of people." MERS has been quietly spreading in the Arabian Peninsula and Europe. Although infection rates are still low, millions of pilgrims are expected to visit Saudi Arabia next month." top
Peaceful_Patriot writes "This would have been Douglas Adams' 61st birthday and Google has honored the author of the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' series with a Google Doodle. The doodle touches on many HGTTG themes, including a towel, babelfish, Deep Thought, Marvin and more. Happy Birthday, Douglas. Thank you for those unforgetable characters and amazing adventures." Link to Original Source top
Canonical mulls replacing X Windows with new Display Server "Mir'
Peaceful_Patriot writes "l is again considering Replacing the X Window Server , which has powered the displays of Linux boxes since the 1980's, with 'Mir', which will run the much anticipated Ubuntu powered tablets and phones. According to the article, "Canonical yesterday unveiled "Mir," which it describes as "a system-level component targeted as a replacement for the X window server system to unlock next-generation user experiences for devices ranging from Linux desktop to mobile devices powered by Ubuntu." The article also mentions that Canonical announced it is moving Unity away from Nux, an OpenGL-based widget toolkit and canvas for creating user interfaces. Nux will be replaced by Qt/QML."" Link to Original Source top
Peaceful_Patriot writes "According to Reuters, Microsoft has been working on a version of XP which will run on the OLPC project's XO laptop. We're spending a non-trivial amount of money on it," Microsoft Corporate Vice President Will Poole said in an interview on Thursday. "We're working hard. But we're still at least a few months away." "The (XO) laptops were designed specifically to run Linux programs. If the machines run only Linux, Microsoft will lose an opportunity to expose tens of millions of children worldwide to its Windows system." Link to Original Source top
Peaceful_Patriot writes "According to the LA Times nine minutes before the midnight deadline, Secretary of State Debra Bowen decided to require additional security measures on electronic voting systems, including reinstalling the software before the Feb. 5. election to ensure it has not already been tampered with; placing special seals at vulnerable parts of the machines to reveal tampering; securing each machines at the close of each day of early voting; assigning a specific election monitor to safeguard each machine; and conducting a complete manual count of all votes cast. Diebold and Sequoia machines were limited in use to one machine per precinct for disabled voters." Link to Original Source