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  • CAOS Theory Podcast 2010.01.08

    Topics for this podcast:

    *Google and the meaning of open
    *Nexus One smartphone and impact
    *JetBrains sets mind, strategy on open source
    *Linux in 2010 and beyond

  • The Economic Case for Open Source Foundations

    Every soft­ware devel­op­ment firm today should ask which open source foun­da­tion to sup­port or, if nec­es­sary, to found. The ben­e­fits are clear: Done right, the firm can expect cost sav­ings, increased prof­its per sale, a higher num­ber of sales, and a larger addressable mar­ket. The ques­tion then becomes one of invest­ment: How much to invest and what return to expect. At present, we lack eco­nomic mod­els and deci­sion processes to answer these questions.

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  • CMS

    • Acquia 2009 retrospective

      Yesterday I shared my 2009 retrospective on Drupal along with some predictions for 2010. Today, I want to reflect on Acquia’s 2009, as for obvious reasons, Acquia has been a big part of my life in 2009.


      To deliver on the vision outlined in our roadmap, we had to raise more money — no small thing given the downturn in the economy. Instead of reserving cash, Tom and I went out and raised an additional $8 million dollars in Series B funding, bringing our total funding to date to $15 million USD.

  • Python


  • Notion Ink Adam stripped bare and our in-depth video hands-on

    You have to have a pretty special product to get two Engadget posts discussing your wares during the maelstrom of CES, but this Adam thing just won’t leave us alone with its Pixel Qi display, Tegra 2 innards and bona fide potential to blow the bloody doors off the homogeneous tablet market.


    Speaking of the Qi, we consider it a glorious and definite step forward for displays. It looks gorgeous in both modes, and when the backlight is off you’re basically getting a monochromatic version of your normal display (check the gallery to see what we mean) which is both perfectly usable and the friendliest thing you can do to your battery. You can see the 1080p demo video below, with both modes showing you what you might expect from the screen while it was being washed by pretty strong Las Vegas sunlight. There’s also a patented 3 megapixel swivel camera (not pictured on this dev unit), which has other protected intellectual properties that we were not yet informed of, though augmented reality and educational uses were hinted at.

  • Cisco Acquired Most Start-Ups In Decade, But Oracle King In ‘09

    Cisco Systems Inc. is king of the “oughts,” at least when it comes to acquisitions of venture-backed companies.

  • Online Productivity Tools for the Small Business

    Small business owners may have more of a need than most to be able to access their chosen suite of productivity tools from more than one computer or platform. As a business or startup owner you may have occasion to bring your work home with you, or require frequent access to your to-do lists, notes and documents on the go.

  • Security

    • US authorites divert Air France flight carrying ‘no-fly’ journalist to Mexico

      Hernando Calvo Ospina, who works for Le Monde Diplomatique and has written on revolutionary movements in Cuba and Colombia , figured on the US authorities’ “no-fly list”.

      Air France said the April 18 flight was forced to divert to the French Caribbean island of Martinique before continuing its journey and that it might ask the US Transportation Security Administration for compensation.

    • Mother threatens suit after student is suspended over peppermint oil

      The mother of a 10-year-old girl suspended for bringing peppermint oil to her Commack, N.Y., school Monday says she is considering legal action if school officials don’t apologize and revoke her daughter’s suspension.

    • Former guards with US security firm charged in Afghanistan deaths

      Two former guards with the security company Blackwater have been charged in the US with the murder of Afghan civilians in a case likely to reinforce accusations that the firm ran a rogue militia that showed a reckless disregard for human life.

  • Environment

    • Plans for British ‘GM food revolution’ come under fire

      The vision of hi-tech British farming outlined this week by the UK government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir John Beddington, has been dismissed as unnecessary and potentially damaging by environmental groups and organic farmers.

    • Activists claim Japanese whalers rammed anti-whaling boat

      Anti-whaling activists today accused Japanese whalers of ramming and sinking one of their boats as international tension over Japan’s annual “scientific” culls in Antarctic waters grew.

      Japanese fisheries officials said the Ady Gil, a high-speed boat belonging to the Sea Shepherd conservation group, had been hit accidentally as it attempted to confront the Shonan Maru No 2, a whaling vessel.

  • Finance

    • Always the same face of the same coin

      I challenge anyone to change my mind and to make me believe that they earn this ROE because they are the brightest of the brightest… The brightest of the brightest have failed miserably through out history. Never in human kind bright minds managed to keep such an impressive track record and if they are so good, again I doubt it, maybe we should dismantle Goldman anyway because these brilliant minds could be doing much more productive activities for makind.

    • Bonus time as banks pay out £40bn

      The world’s biggest investment banks are expected to pay out more than $65bn (£40bn) in salaries and bonuses in the next two weeks, reinforcing the view that it is business as usual on Wall Street and in the City barely a year since the taxpayer bailout of the banking system.

  • Censorship/Civil Rights

  • Intellectual Monopolies/Copyrights

    • Google News Stops Hosting New AP Content

      In a sign that Google’s negotiations with the Associated Press over a new licensing contract may have reached a standstill, new AP articles are no longer being hosted in Google (NSDQ: GOOG) News; Search Engine Land‘s Danny Sullivan, who first reported the development, says that new AP articles haven’t been hosted on the site since Dec. 24. Google isn’t providing an explanation. The company’s full statement: “We have a licensing agreement with the Associated Press that permits us to host its content on Google properties such as Google News. Some of that content is still available today. At the moment we’re not adding new hosted content from the AP.”

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  1. satipera said,

    January 11, 2010 at 8:10 am


    Reference the article you linked to in relation to Iran. I do not support the Iranian regime or any other regime that restricts free speech or attempts to isolate its nationals. However, if you look at the history of western interference in Iran and the one sided and hypocritical news stories our media pumps out about them, then it is not surprising that they do not trust us. Lets face it some in the west were and are out to get them. Need I remind you that if things had gone better for Cheney and Bush junior in Iraq it would have been Iran who was the next victim. When is the west going to realise that it is not the 20th century anymore and we can’t impose our own far from perfect values on other people. We should also refrain from our usual infuriating and unwarranted air of moral superiority. With our constructive engagement they should be allowed to work things out for themselves.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    It’s important to have access to all points of view.

    Paranoia and sensitivity make censorship possible.

  2. satipera said,

    January 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm


    I agree it is important to have all points of view. But at what point do you think the obvious intention of the west becomes paranoia on the behalf of Iran? I am a great believer in standing in the other mans shoes and am very surprised that you do not acknowledge the designs of the west on Iran. How do you think the daily mail would react if it were an Iranian publication? The Iranians are neither paranoid or sensitive, they are intelligent people with their own people to represent and protect as do we. Do you think that if England was 24 months from being invaded then it would be us that was paranoid or sensitive?

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    When it comes to information/propaganda, the advantage of the West has a lot to do with language; Many nations — including Iran — can read English (the opposing side of the story), whereas few people in English-speaking countries can speak anything other than English, so less censorship is required; it’s almost a natural condition. Countries on the ‘sidelines’ (outside the conflict/s) find the English content more accessible/readily available, so they can relate.

    But anyway, that’s another type of discussion altogether.

  3. satipera said,

    January 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm


    It is not the language it is the intent. You have missed the point all together, There is no language advantage. Have you any knowledge of the Northern Ireland conflict. This one has worked post 1995 much to my pleasure and surprise.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I was not generalising at all actually.

    As a totally separate point, I’ve just finished watching this one-hour talk from John Pilger.

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