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10 classic mistakes in sci-fi movies

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dedoimedo.com: Sci-fi movies come in two major flavors. Still, regardless of their genre, they all have one thing in common - the same classic mistakes over and over again.

HTML 5, Codecs and the Video Tag

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Spending the last two days at the Open Video Conference has been a great experience, lots of interesting speakers and I've learned a few things. Perhaps I'll write more in general later, however it's worth mentioning, while still fresh in my mind, today's sessions around royalty-free codecs and the HTML 5 <video> tag.

BBC R&DTV - Creative Commons Tech TV

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In an interesting, and to be applauded, move from the BBC, they are now releasing a technology based television programme under a Creative Commons non-commercial attribution licence. R&DTV's first episode is now available for free download in a number of file formats.

81st Annual Academy Awards Winners

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The 81st Annual Academy Awards was broadcast this evening and the winners are in. The actresses were dressed beautifully and all the men looked like penguins. I saw many of the movies nominated this year and it was hard to pick my favorites.

Open Source is Already Naturally Green

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linuxplanet.com: For years now, there's been talk brewing about the concept of Green IT. Pundits have predicted in years past that sustainable IT would be job one soon, really soon.

Revolution OS: A Review

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thelinuxblog.com: Went by the library today and picked up a few Linux newb books (no LINUX FOR DUMMIES, I WAS SADDENED). So I’ll be reading that. In the meantime, here’s a review for a documentary about Linux I just got my hands on, relatively speaking. The documentary: REVOLUTION OS.

Tron sequel already in production

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theregister.co.uk: Tron - quite possibly the best example of a movie that could benefit from a legitimate sequel - is finally getting one. And who knew? A few dedicated - and better informed - film buffs maybe. But for the rest of us sci-fi supporters, certainly on this side of the Pond, it remained a secret.

First Trek film footage unveiled

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bbc.co.uk: Lost creator JJ Abrams has unveiled footage from his Star Trek prequel at a press event in London. The clips featured US actor Chris Pine as the young Captain Kirk, Heroes star Zachary Quinto as Mr Spock and Simon Pegg as Enterprise engineer Scotty.

'The Shining' gets remade with WowWee bots

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engadget.com: All work and no play makes Robosapien a dull bot. All work and n0 play makes R0b0sapien a dull bot. All w0rk and no play makes R0101ap1en a dull b0t. A11 w0rk a1d n0 play m01es R0101ap1en a dull b0t. A11 101k 11d n0 p10y m01es R010101e0 a d011 b0t.

The Blender Foundation's "Big Buck Bunny" is a Peach!

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: The Blender Foundation’s second free-content movie, Big Buck Bunny, is the product of the foundation’s “Peach Open Movie” project, and the results are impressive. Like the previous Elephants Dream movie, this film pushes the technical envelope for the “Blender” free software 3D rendering and animation application; unlike it, it succeeds as pure entertainment.

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