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Freedom Toaster to allow user uploads

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The Shuttleworth Foundation's Freedom Toasters are set to receive a content-sharing upgrade, which will be music to some users' ears.

French approve copyright protection bill

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The French National Assembly approved a digital copyright bill today that will require DRM (digital rights management) developers to reveal details of their technology to rivals that wish to build interoperable systems. The bill will make it illegal to develop, distribute or promote P2P and threaten [the development of] free and open-source software.

Math For Programmers

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Programmers don't think they need to know math. I hear that so often; I hardly know anyone who disagrees. Even programmers who were math majors tell me they don't really use math all that much! Knowing even a little of the right kinds of math can enable you do write some pretty interesting programs that would otherwise be too hard.

McNealy pumps open standards, open source

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Government agencies need to move towards open standards and managed services to cut IT costs and improve service to customers, Sun Microsystems chief executive Scott McNealy said during his keynote speech at the recent FOSE (Federal Office Systems Expo) conference in Washington DC.

OSS dreams do come true

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The Pietermaritzburg Linux Enthusiasts Group (PLEG, pronounced "pledge") recently made the dream of Ayanda Mthethwa, a 13-year-old with congenital heart disease, come true. What caught the attention of PLEG was Mthethwa's dream to have her very own laptop.

PC Collective Cracks 2nd Enigma U-Boat Message

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A distributed computing project has cracked another 63-year-old message encrypted with the German navy's vaunted Enigma machine, the M4 Message Breaking Project has announced.

One Laptop per Child's Negroponte to keynote LinuxWorld

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LinuxWorld Conference & Expo announced Tuesday that Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and former head of MIT's Media Lab, will headline its lineup of keynote speakers. LinuxWorld is set for April 3-6, 2006 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Today is National Pi Day

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Written in the USA date format, March 14 is an unofficial celebration for Pi Day derived from the common three-digit approximation for the number π: 3.14. This day is celebrated in a variety of ways.

ASCII Art - 1948 (Keyboard Art)

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WHILE purely entertaining, doodling with a typewriter gives vent to the imagination and originality of both the experienced and the hunt-and-peck typist. Fill-in pictures are the easiest to “draw” with a typewriter.

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