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just_another_sean (919159) writes "The BBC reports that Russia is trying hard to get volunteers to crack TOR so that its users can be identified. The contest is open to Russians only and contestants are required to pay 195,000 roubles (~ 5,460 USD) to enter the contest.
* Open source code quality surpasses proprietary code quality in C/C++ projects.
* Linux continues to be a benchmark for open source quality.
* C/C++ developers fixed more high-impact defects. Analysis found that developers contributing to open source Java projects are not fixing as many high-impact defects as developers contributing to open source C/C++ projects." Link to Original Source top
just_another_sean (919159) writes "Milton Everett Olin Jr., A former chief operating officer of the online file-sharing service Napster was killed when he was struck by a sheriff’s patrol car while riding a bicycle, authorities said Monday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Olin and the patrol car were traveling in the same direction on Mulholland Highway in suburban Calabasas when the collision occurred.
The deputy, who was not named, was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises. The cause of the crash was under investigation." Link to Original Source top
just_another_sean (919159) writes "Alex Polvi is living the great Silicon Valley archetype. Together with some old school friends, he’s piecing together a tech revolution from inside a two-car Palo Alto garage. In a nutshell these guys are trying to use Linux to give the masses a cheap and reliable way to build server farms similar to Google or Amazon. It's an open source project called Core OS. Is "rebuilding the internet" on a single, standard server platform a good idea or is such an homogeneous environment an undesirable security problem waiting to be let loose?" Link to Original Source top
just_another_sean (919159) writes "The Free Software Foundation has chimed in on Oracle v. Google. The main point they make is that Oracle is only going to hurt Java in the long run by doing this. They mention Sun and the GPL'ing of Java in 2006 and Oracle's previous stance against software patents. And of course they get a plug in for IcedTea (suggesting Google would have been better off using it instead of rolling their own). More at Groklaw..." Link to Original Source top
Scientists working in Africa have discovered a Stone Age skull that could be a link between the extinct Homo erectus species and modern humans.
"[This skull] shows the continuity of the evolutionary record, so in that sense it is a link [between Homo erectus and modern humans]," said Scott Simpson, a paleontologist from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
Researchers discovered the skull five weeks ago at Gawis in Ethiopia's northeastern Afar region (map of Ethiopia). The area is rich in fossil and archaeological deposits ranging from 10,000 years to 5.6 million years in age.
Quoted at the LinuxWorld Conference in San Francisco, Bob thinks that what the open source community needs to make Linux popular as a desktop OS used by consumers and businesses are "some really good graphic designers."
This of course is on the heels of their announced initiative to partner with popular distros and push Linux out to the mainstream.
The article goes on to say
Sutor offered "predictions" that collectively seemed more like a roadmap of where IBM would like to see Linux evolve over the next 10 years. Among the areas developers should focus is in making the OS more green, Sutor said."
just_another_sean (919159) writes "Computer world has an interesting article up on why doesn't IT get the respect they deserve. I'm sure a lot of it will sound familiar to the/. crowd but one thing I didn't expect is that the lack of respect by employees goes far beyond IT... If the survey cited is to be believed the problem presents itself in all aspects of an orginization and is generally caused by... you guessed it... clueless management.
From the article: Why don't IT people get more respect?...when it comes to how our fellow employees think about us, IT work is a train wreck. Users break the rules we set up, ignore the processes we develop and generally act as if we're clueless in what we do.
But why? As it turns out, it's not just us.
According to a recent survey... More than one-third of employees surveyed — 37% — said they ignore company rules when they've developed a better way of getting work done.
just_another_sean (919159) writes "Todd Bishop has a post on his blog concerning some comments made by Eblen Moglen concerning the ramifications of MS distributing SLES vouchers once the GPLv3 goes into effect.
Eben Moglen, legal counsel to the Free Software Foundation, discussed the details of the draft General Public License Version 3 — including its defenses against the Microsoft-Novell deal — in an online seminar hosted by OpenLogic Inc. today....
Moglen said the recent "saber-rattling" further illustrated the importance of protecting against Microsoft's attempts "to disrupt free software production through the inculcation of a large inventory of most-likely invalid patents."
If this is correct can Novell afford to stay on GPLv2 versions of all it's software? Does even one distribution of a peice of GPLv3 software under the MS/Novell deal render MS's patent claims moot?
As usual, more coverage over at Groklaw." top
Quoth the article: "Santangelo is the son of Patti Santangelo, the 42-year-old suburban mother of five who was sued by the record companies in 2005. She refused to settle, took her case public and became a heroine to supporters of Internet freedom."
Having dropped the case against Patti in December of 2005 the RIAA turned around and sued her children. The article goes on to point out that the daughter, Melissa, has a default judgment against her to the tune (NPI) of $30,750. The reasoning behind both Robert's defense and countersuit are discussed and finally the article quotes an RIAA rep:
"The record industry has suffered enormously due to piracy. That includes thousands of layoffs. We must protect our rights. Nothing in a filing full of recycled charges that have gone nowhere in the past changes that fact."" top
An article at PC Pro UK (reg required) points out obvious big businesses bias and EU Patent Office collusion in a recent patent study. While this was supposed to be a comprehensive survey welcoming comments from many sources, in the end the study as published is nothing more then the opinions of a few big businesses (SAP and MS on the top of the list) and the European Patent Office. From the article:
A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking almost any participation by the small business community.
Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by large corporations and the patent industry." top
just_another_sean (919159) writes "Techworld has an article up discussing a letter (pdf) leaked to them about OSS in Europe. Written by the ISC (Initiative for Software Choice) it claims that OSS is a serious threat to the "software eco-system" and that wide spread adoption would have "dire consequences".
Funded by Microsoft (and others) the ISC exists to convince large governments around the world not to invest heavily in deploying and using OSS. From the article: - Lueders sent the letter on 10 October to leaders of the Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, in response to an EC-commissioned study into the role of open source software in the European economy (referred to by Lueders as Free/Libre/Open Source, or FLOSS).
In the letter, he criticized the study as biased and warns that its policy recommendations, if carried out, could derail the European software economy. - Is this a sign of desperation from the propriety world or just business as usual?"