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March 2005

Internet Music Theft Likely To Survive

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Web
Legal

Justices appeared divided, both worried that new lawsuits could stunt the next iPod, and also deeply troubled by what they see as Grokster's efforts to encourage rampant Internet piracy and profit from it. However they rule, it's unlikely to solve once and for all, internet copyright issues, say observers.

Naomi Campbell 'beat assistant with PDA'

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Hardware

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has angrily rejected US reports that she assaulted a personal assistant with a PDA. The 34-year-old catwalk babe and author is alleged to have set about her PA with a Blackberry during a jaunt to Rio de Janeiro.

'Game theft' led to fatal attack

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Gaming
Legal

Shanghai gamer Qiu Chengwei killed player Zhu Caoyuan when he discovered he had sold a "dragon sabre" he had been loaned, said the china Daily.

Mr Chengwei only got the powerful virtual weapon shortly before it was sold for 7,200 yuan (£460) or about $800US.

Before the attack Mr Chengwei told police about the theft who said the weapon was not real property.

Hollywood seeks iTunes for film

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Movies
Sci/Tech

In other movie news, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment is trying to develop and own the next iTunes--but for films.

Taking the Film out of the Film Industry

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Movies
Sci/Tech

Wired.com is running a story about how Mark Cuban, co-owner of Landmark Theatres, is converting his theaters to all digital playback of movies. Starting with theaters in San Francisco and Dallas, he plans to change all 60 to the "first all-digital theater empire".

Mandrake Thinking Name Change?

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MDV

There's an interesting thread running on one of the mandrake mailing lists discussing the possibility of an upcoming name change since their buy out of Connectiva. Seems there may be some truth to the rumors as a whois it might prove.

The Guide to 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

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Movies
Web

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Learn all about Vogons, Deep Thought, and Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters in the guide to 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.'

Do You Like to "Blog"?

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Web

Some blogs are endless diatribes from people with too much time on their hands, yet others are interesting and news breaking. I personally don't read too much unless they make headlines in revealing some new technology or the like. But if you like to blog or read other's blogs, here might be a site for you.

O'Reilly Releases "Linux Network Administrator's Guide, Third Edition"

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Linux
Misc

Perhaps it's not a Linux system administrator's bible, but it's nearly so. For a decade, Linux administrators have regularly consulted their own dog-eared but prized copies of this book for the facts and guidance they need to do their jobs. Now in its third edition, the "Linux Network Administrator's Guide" (O'Reilly) by Tony Bautts, Terry Dawson, and Gregor N. Purdy, brings sys admins up to date with an in-depth look at all of the essential networking software and utilities that come with the operating system, including basic infrastructure (TCP/IP, wireless networking, and firewalling) and the other popular services on Linux systems.

Growing Up With Computers

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Hardware

As another birthday comes closer with its ugly reminder of how short life is, it makes me think of you younger folks.

Because while you grew up with computers, my situation was just the opposite - computers grew up with me.

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Leftovers: Kate, Krita, UCLA Library and RcppExamples

  • Kate - Document Preview Plugin - Maintainer Wanted!

    At the moment the Document Preview plugin that e.g. allows to preview Markdown or other documents layout-ed via embedding a matching KPart is no longer maintained. If you want to step up and keep that plugin alive and kicking, now is your chance!

  • The Sprint

    Hi -)) haven’t posted for some time, because I was busy travelling and coding for the first half of the month. From Aug 5 to Aug 9, I went to the Krita Sprint in Deventer, Netherlands. According to Boud, I was the first person to arrive. My flight took a transit via Hong Kong where some flights were affected due to natural and social factors, but fortunately mine was not one of them. Upon arrival in Amsterdam I got a ticket for the Intercity to Deventer. Railway constructions made me take a transfer via Utrecht Centraal, but that was not a problem at all: the station has escalators going both up to the hall, and down to the platforms (in China you can only go to the hall by stairs or elevator (which is often crowded after you get off)). When I got out of Deventer Station, Boud immediately recognized me (how?!). It was early in the morning, and the street’s quietness was broken by the sound of me dragging my suitcase. Boud led me through Deventer’s crooked streets and alleys to his house. For the next two days people gradually arrived. I met my main mentor Dmitry (magician!) and his tiger, Sagoskatt, which I (and many others) have mistaken for a giraffe. He was even the voice actor for Sago. He had got quite a lot of insights into the code base (according to Boud, “80%”) and solved a number of bugs in Krita (but he said he introduced a lot of bugs, ha!). Also I met David Revoy (my favourite painter!), the author of Pepper and Carrot. And Tiar, our developer who started to work full-time on Krita this year; she had always been volunteering to support other Krita users and always on the IRC and Reddit. And two of other three GSoC students for the year: Blackbeard (just as his face) and Hellozee. Sh_zam could not come and lost communications due to political issues, which was really unfortunate (eh at least now he can be connected). It is feels so good to be able to see so many people in the community – they are so nice! And it is such an experience to hack in a basement church.

  • How UCLA Library preserves rare objects with open source

    The University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Library houses a collection of millions of rare and unique objects, including materials dating from 3000 BCE, that could be damaged, destroyed, or otherwise threatened if they were displayed. To make these special collections widely available while keeping them secure, the UCLA Library has been modernizing its digital repository, which was established 15 years ago on now-outdated software. [...] Watch Jen's Lightning Talk to learn more about the UCLA Library's rare collections digitization project.

  • RcppExamples 0.1.9

    The RcppExamples package provides a handful of short examples detailing by concrete working examples how to set up basic R data structures in C++. It also provides a simple example for packaging with Rcpp.

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