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Maine waters down, passes network neutrality resolution

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arstechnica: Maine has become the first state in the US to pass network neutrality legislation, although the resolution that was finally passed is significantly weaker than the initial bill that was considered.

The Peer to Patent Project Has Begun - 5 patents listed

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Groklaw: The first patent applications we are invited to try to disqualify by looking for prior art have been posted on the Peer to Patent Project website. This is the project working to provide the USPTO with information about prior art during the application process.

US Patent Office to Try 'Open Source' Approach

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betanews.com: As urgent appeals for lawmakers to finally address multiple defects in US patent law appear to finally be taken seriously, the US Patent and Trademark Office is considering riding this wave of upheaval and making a tremendous change of its own: Last week, it announced its official support of a Web site whose purpose will be to encourage citizens to assess the validity of patent applications for themselves, and issue challenges where necessary.

Distributed versus centralized version control systems

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503 Service Unavailable: Version control systems, sometimes called revision control systems or source code management systems, are programs whose purpose is to let you track changes made to a set of, usually, plain text files. There’s usually a repository, a place in which your changes are recorded. The two most famous centralized version control systems are CVS and Subversion.

It is can be LOLCODE time plz?

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linux.com: They're in ur Intarwebs, creating a programming language. The attack of the lolcats has spilled over to programming, with LOLCODE, a language based on the mangled grammar of lolcats. Pull up a buckit and I'll help wif ur understanding of LOLCODE.

Linux vs. Wikipedia

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BusinessWeek: Crowds are not wise. Nor are they ignorant. The intelligence, or lack thereof, resides in those of us who are trying to capture their momentum. One fascinating point: once the crowds have been rallied to do their work, often a central authority possessing considerable talent is necessary to meld their efforts into a tangible product.

The Next Generation

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Linux Today: But what really floored me was Andy's youngest son, 10-year-old Greg, who chimed in the middle of the conversation and asked me (and I quote): “how hard is it to run Windows programs, like executables, on Linux?”

Net taxes could arrive by this fall

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CNet: The era of tax-free e-mail, Internet shopping and broadband connections could end this fall, if recent proposals in the U.S. Congress prove successful.

Watch Moon and Venus together after sunset on Saturday, May 19, 2007

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iTWire: At sunset look to the west and the waxing crescent Moon and the planet Venus will be within one degree of each other, being the two brightest objects in the evening sky.

What Happened To XGI Graphics?

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Phoronix: XGI Technology is still in business, but what has happened to them? We once saw hope in them for providing discrete graphics processors to take on the NVIDIA and ATI duopoly, but they have since discontinued their Volari 8 series.

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