Misc

Anything else, off-topic, or stuff that's difficult to classify

OpenCola - Open Source Coca Cola

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If you’ve been to a computer show in recent months you might have seen it: a shiny silver drink can with a ring-pull logo and the words “opencola” on the side. Inside is a fizzy drink that tastes very much like Coca-Cola. Or is it Pepsi?There’s something else written on the can, though, which sets the drink apart. It says “check out the source at opencola.com.”

Also: Free Beer

How to Explain DRM to Your Dad

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My friend John was trying to think of a way to explain the problem with digital rights management to his dad and friend of ours who don't see what's wrong with it. He compiled a list of examples of DRM-related problems to help people understand what the big deal is with DRM.

When will we hear the end of computer quacks?

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It seems no matter how much you think you know, the information architects and desktop Feng-Shui consultants want you to believe that you know nothing. Then they can explain all their gibberish and snake-oil solutions to you. And if you don't watch it, they'll steal your own ideas - and then sell them back to you!

First and ten: the technology behind the Super Bowl broadcast

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Ever wondered how that first down stripe worked? Ars takes a look at some of the technology that goes into the most-watched television broadcast in the US.

Online documentation: what's missing

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For several years I’ve been fascinated with technical information people get online, instead of from books or journals. Everybody looks online for help installing software, finding programming library calls, fixing bugs, and solving any other technical problem they have on their systems. A lot of information is still missing online.

A happy feat for penguins

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"Penguins have always been a popular animal, but they do seem to be taking the nation by storm," says Christina Slager, curator of the penguin exhibit at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium.

What's black and white and selling everything?

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Never mind what the Chinese calendar says. This is going to be the year of the penguin, at least on Madison Avenue. Penguins have long been popular in advertising, but they have become even more so after three successful movies with penguin characters.

Nouveau pledge successful: 1k donators

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Just saw that the attempt to collect money for the free nvidia driver project is a success: over 1k people signed the promise. Together with the already existing free 3D drivers for the ATI and Intel cards and the upcoming X.Org 7.3 this could give a massive boost to graphics in general in Linux. I cross my fingers.

Gates Foundation's 'dirty secret'

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In a contradiction between its grants and its endowment holdings, a Times investigation has found, the foundation reaps vast financial gains every year from investments that contravene its good works.

A history lesson: How we almost lost Ogg Vorbis support on all MP3 players

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Until today (where I stumbled over an article describing the problem) I was never aware of the fact that we almost lost support for Ogg Vorbis on all MP3 players. And that would have been a pity, because quite a lot of my music is stored as Ogg Vorbis - and yes, my portable player, the IAudio U2 plays Ogg Vorbis!

Rwanda joins low-cost laptop project

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Rwanda is the eighth developing country to join the One Laptop Per Child initiative aimed at giving away inexpensive computers to all young students.

Open source personal tracking system gets first test

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An open source wireless tracking system for following people around buildings got its first public use last week at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

Open source, security, talent top list for '06, '07

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Security issues, open-source development and a tech talent shortage dominated software industry headlines during 2006 in New England, and the rest of the nation.

'$100 laptop' software may prove revolutionary

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Forget windows, folders and boxes that pop up with text. When students in Thailand, Libya and other developing countries get their $150 computers from the One Laptop Per Child project in 2007, their experience will be unlike anything on standard PCs.

Linux group wants software patents made null

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An open source advocacy group has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a Microsoft Corp. case asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate all software patents.

A medical open-source legal hell-hole

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To open-source or not to open-source was never in question as far as Steve Shreeve, founding CEO and largest shareholder of Medsphere Systems Corp., was concerned. So, this summer, Steve, self-proclaimed open-source software leader, and his twin-brother Scott, released the company's matured code on SourceForge under the GPL. Their reward? They were then sued for $50 million by their company.

The Top 10 Tech Stories of 2006

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Mergers, acquisitions, lawsuits, scandals, and battery recalls kept journalists busy in 2006. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, are the IDG News Service's top news stories of the year.

The year in pop culture

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It's not always about you, you know. Except in 2006, it was.

It was all about YouTube, the Internet phenomenon that felt like the final elimination of the increasingly blurry line between the providers of entertainment and the consumers. On YouTube and its multiplying online kin, you're both.

Predictions for 2007 (and how I did on 2006)

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Let's dig up my predictions for 2006 and see how I did first. So two and two, with one partial. Time for 2007.

Penguins are this winter's hot trend

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Forget polar bears. This winter's "it" critter is unquestionably the penguin. America's love affair with penguins stretches from Hollywood to publishing to the Internet.

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