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Video codecs: The ugly business behind pretty pictures
Authored by: JamesK on Friday, March 15 2013 @ 04:49 PM EDT
Google's settlement with MPEG-LA is a fresh development in a decades-old story of software patents. Will it finally open video codec technology to open source developers?

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Google actually did me a favour with the brouhaha over its closure of Google Reader
Authored by: SilverWave on Friday, March 15 2013 @ 08:07 PM EDT
Google actually did me a favour with the brouhaha over its closure of Google Reader…it introduced me to Feedly. Feedly Is A Revelation, somewhat like the first time you used Gmail, this is a fantastic RSS reader, really fantastic.

It is a big change to the way I normally consume RSS content, something more like a constantly updating newspaper… but not really, because it is its own thing.

And you have fantastic opportunities for customisation, and you can use it in various different ways depending on how much time you have.

How the heck have I missed this for so long?!?

Feedly Is A Revelation! – But a quick introduction is useful.

Notes:

I set-up a dedicated Google Account just for Feedly, this is to be used at home (Linux), at work (Windows) and on my phone (Android).

This thinking here was that I don't want to compromise the security of my main account by using it to sign in at a work machine just to use Feedly.

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RMS: The 4 Freedoms
0 run the program for any purpose
1 study the source code and change it
2 make copies and distribute them
3 publish modified versions

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Full Text RSS Feed Builder Rids You of Truncated RSS Feeds Forever
Authored by: SilverWave on Saturday, March 16 2013 @ 05:13 AM EDT
Full Text RSS Feed Builder Rids You of Truncated RSS Feeds Forever

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RMS: The 4 Freedoms
0 run the program for any purpose
1 study the source code and change it
2 make copies and distribute them
3 publish modified versions

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Federal Judge Finds National Security Letters Unconstitutional, Bans Them
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, March 16 2013 @ 01:21 PM EDT
Ultra-secret national security letters that come with a gag order on the recipient are an unconstitutional impingement on free speech, a federal judge in California ruled in a decision released Friday.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered the government to stop issuing so-called NSLs across the board, in a stunning defeat for the Obama administration’s surveillance practices. She also ordered the government to cease enforcing the gag provision in any other cases. However, she stayed her order for 90 days to give the government a chance to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We are very pleased that the Court recognized the fatal constitutional shortcomings of the NSL statute,” said Matt Zimmerman, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed a challenge to NSLs on behalf of an unknown telecom that received an NSL in 2011.

Kim Zetter, Wired

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UK Government mandates a preference for Open Source
Authored by: TiddlyPom on Saturday, March 16 2013 @ 03:12 PM EDT
This is just amazing and wonderful news. The UK government has stated that open source software should be used for all future projects in preference to proprietary or closed source alternatives! The manual itself is being held on Github!

Now what we need is to break the stranglehold on Microsoft software in government offices and schools...

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Support Software Freedom - use GPL licenced software like Linux and LibreOffice instead of proprietary software like Microsoft Windows/Office or Apple OS/X

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  • Looks good, but ... - Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, March 16 2013 @ 03:31 PM EDT
    • Oh cool - Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, March 17 2013 @ 08:15 AM EDT
  • Old News - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, March 18 2013 @ 05:30 AM EDT
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