Apache co-founder calls for "neutral" open source community work

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Software

"Speaking at the Evans Data developer conference in San Jose, California, Brian Behlendorf said that "good" open source software is more likely to result from projects that are not dominated by the interests of one group or person."

Longhorn and the Linux long-game

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Linux
Microsoft

"The next installment of Windows will act as the cornerstone in Microsoft's ongoing battle with IBM and Linux. When the next version of Microsoft's operating system eventually launches, it will be into an environment unlike any faced by its predecessors."

(Free) Apple Mac wins over Linux creator

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Linux
Mac

"Linux creator Linus Torvalds said on Wednesday that he's now running an Apple Macintosh as his main desktop, mainly for work reasons, although partly simply because he's a self-described "technology whore"."

Open source shields BitTorrent from legal attacks

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OSS

"The fact that Bram Cohen decided to make BitTorrent open source may be the biggest reason why the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) has not gone after it. If you read headlines all over the Internet you see that the MPAA launched a pretty heavy assault on some of the biggest BitTorrent sites like LokiTorrent but don't be confused, BitTorrent as a technology or Bram Cohen its author has not come to any harm legally. Also BitTorrent is often viewed as its own P2P network, which it is not."

IDC Says Linux Server Market Grew 36 Percent in Q4 2004

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Linux

"The growing adoption of Linux as a server platform is helping push the X86 server market to new heights and is similarly propping up the sales of non-X86 platforms that support Linux. According to market research from IDC, sales of X86 servers were up 14.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2004 to $6.3 billion as unit shipments increased by 16.8 percent to 1.6 million X86 units shipped. Interestingly, 25 percent of the X86 servers that shipped in the fourth quarter has 64-bit main memory support from either Intel or AMD."

Open source's open sore

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OSS

"In a case which, over the course of several years, has spiralled to encompass some of the biggest names in computing, a Utah federal court has finally ordered IBM to turn over the code-base of its AIX and Dynic operating systems for scrutiny by SCO, a relative software minnow."

Reefer Madness: the musical movie!

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Movies

"Hold on to your baggie, your bowl, and your DVD player - the madness is back!

Midnight classic Reefer Madness has been juiced up with dance routines, an all-star cast, a stirring Broadway score, mercilessly ironic song lyrics with a powerful political message, and best of all for the habitués of reefer dens around the world, a lot of laughs."

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Hacking Google Print

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Software

"Many people are curious about the inner workings of Google, but they are mostly interested in keeping it a secret. So, any information we can glean comes from "black box" analysis. Recently, I wrote a short article that explains how I wrote some simple code that can instantly create PDFs of entire books from Google Print. Maybe some k5ers have more ideas on how to expand the concept, but, as you'll soon find out, I probably can't help in the efforts. Read on ..."

BBC investigates Doctor Who leak

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Misc

"The BBC is investigating how an episode of the new Doctor Who series ended up on the internet three weeks before the show is due to begin on BBC One. A show spokesperson said the leak was a "significant breach of copyright"."

Halloween writer Debra Hill dies

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Movies
Obits

"Screenwriter and producer Debra Hill, best known for her work on the 70s horror classic Halloween, has died in Los Angeles aged 54."

Student in High School zombie terror threat

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Misc

lol "An 18-year-old US student is today behind bars after police uncovered his plot to raise a zombie army and attack his high school. The wannabe Papa Doc Duvalier's chilling plan was uncovered after the youth's grandparents discovered his written proposal for the outrage in Winchester, Kentucky, lex18.com reports."

Atop chief accused of selling stolen AMD chips

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Hardware
Legal

"AMD has accused the chairman of Atop, a Taiwanese electronics firm, of masterminding the theft and re-sale of 60,000 dud chips earlier this year, according to police sources cited by local media."

Open-source software boon to Oregon economy

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OSS

"As the open-source movement has matured, its backers say it has grown beyond a fanatical element rebelling against the high-tech establishment into a viable model for technological development."

Linux Making Inroads into Automotive Industry

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Linux

"The automotive industry is choosing Linux because it offers vendor neutrality, lower cost of entry and faster time to market, according to Glenn Seiler, director of product marketing at MontaVista Software. "There are more Linux developers becoming available on the market and the 'time-to-debug' is usually much less," he said."

Cooperation platform for Linux founded

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Linux

"The Linux Solutions Group began its work today. According to a self-description, what it is is a cooperation platform that is determined to promote the application of Linux-based solutions in companies and advance market acceptance of these solutions. The platform was said to be supported in this endeavor by, among others, IBM, MySQL, Novell, RedHat and Siemens Business Services, as well as by universities and users from both the private and public sectors. The initiative also means to support small and medium-sized companies dealing with Linux and Open Source."

The Fall of AT&T Wireless

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Sci/Tech

The SeatlePI is speculating that "a single event may have sealed AT&T Wireless's fate: the opportunity for its customers to leave" citing that they were "infamously apathetic" to it's customers.

I can only tell you in my sparse experience this was certainly not the case. As at&t wireless agents/representatives, we had strict guidelines for customer service and were monitored several times each month

Google Moves Desktop Search Out of Beta

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Web

"Google Inc. is taking its desktop search application out of beta on Monday with a release that supports more file formats and opens access to third-party developers."

"Google Desktop Search 1.0 moves beyond the beta version's Microsoft focus by introducing support for applications from the Mozilla Foundation and America Online Inc.'s Netscape Communications."

Gaming Shorts

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Gaming

Mercenaries holds chart top spot

Final Fantasy legends hits Xbox

Defender creator honoured at GDC

Game award nominations announced

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DOD offers $1b in contracts for auditors

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Misc

"The Defense Department's inspector general is paying nearly $1 billion to 20 auditing and IT firms to assist the department in improving its bleak financial systems picture."

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