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The Social Network: The loneliness of the Linux-based programmer

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beehivecity.com: “Creation myths need a devil.” So says one of The Social Network’s minor characters in its final scene, unwittingly revealing both the film’s greatest strength and its greatest weakness in but five words.

Sintel Blender open movie released

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James Franco to make movie of Nina Reiser murder

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cinemablend.com: James Franco has purchased the rights to the memoir The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder by Stephen Elliott with the intention of adapting, directing, producing and starring, according to Variety.

Blender's Open Movie Will Premiere in 14 Days

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techdrivein.com: Sintel is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender.

Earth's first all Klingon opera debuts

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theregister.co.uk: Earth has witnessed its first Klingon opera. On Friday in The Hague, Netherlands, the Terran Research Ensemble raised the curtain on "U," the first Earth opera performed entirely in Klingon.

10 Best Hacker Movies of all Time

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junauza.com: As a certified geek, it is always pleasing to see movies that involve computer hacking or hackers in action. Although most of these films don't always represent the real deal, some of them have what it takes to excite, amuse, and inspire.

Open source media Centre Boxee adds Movie Library

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h-online.com: According to Boxee VP of Marketing Andrew Kippen, the latest public beta adds "the foundations of a new Movie Library to complement the TV Show Library"

MediaWiki and Script Translation for the Morevna Project

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We are getting very close to wrapping up the English translation of the script for “The Beautiful Queen Marya Morevna: Underground” (which is the working title of the film being produced by the Morevna Project). So it seems like a good time to talk about the software we’ve been using, which is MediaWiki.

Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.

82nd Annual Academy Awards Winners

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It's that time of year again when all of Hollywood dressed to the nines came together to honor the best performances and movies of 2009. I didn't see as many of the nominees this years as in the past, but the awards ceremony was as glamorous as ever.

Save "Sita Sings the Blues" from the Flash format: can you convert FLA?

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Nina Paley’s “Sita Sings the Blues” is becoming a huge critical success, and may even succeed financially, which is unusual for any independent film, but virtually unprecedented for free culture films (“Sita” was released under the CC By-SA). There’s only one sad thing about this for free software fans, and that’s that “Sita” was made using proprietary software, and the “source code” is in a proprietary format: Adobe Flash’s “FLA” format, to be precise. Paley has posted these files on the Internet Archive, but she doesn’t know how to translate them into any free software friendly format (and neither do Sleepy. Can you help?

Read the full story at Free Software Magazine.

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