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[News] Google Declares Data Liberation, Openness in Humanoid Seen Also

  • Subject: [News] Google Declares Data Liberation, Openness in Humanoid Seen Also
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 21:29:25 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Google Launches the Data Liberation Front

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| As well as being welcome, I think this is a shrewd move on Google's part. It is 
| essentially raising the bar for *all* cloud computing providers. It is 
| obviously pretty confident that it can supply good enough services for people 
| to want to keep their data in them, even if they can remove stuff quite easily. 
| The bet is probably that users will shy away from cloud computing providers who 
| *don't* offer the same kind of pledges as Google. It will be interesting to see 
| how the other major players respond.


MakeHuman Makes Open Source More Human

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| Even the alpha version is incredibly impressive - real drag and drop 3D 
| humanoid manipulation (*very* eerie), with a simple-to-use interface. If you 
| think that free software is only about important but boring stuff, try out 
| MakeHuman, and be amazed.



Ogg Theora Book Sprint

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| The event is another in the growing body of FLOSS Manuals Book Sprints,
| kicked off by our first meeting to write a manual for Inkscape. The aim
| of these sprints is to write a book in 5 days. Actually, we have done
| it it in shorter time â in February of this year we wrote a 260 page
| manual introducing newbies to the Command Line in 2 days. Though
| created quickly, these books are extremely well written texts:
| comprehensive, readable, and complete.
| [...]
| For a long time we have been wanting to add to the available material
| on how to use Ogg Theora â the premier free video codec. Waiting until
| now to do it turned out to be very fortuitous as Firefox 3.5 was
| released just weeks before and hence Theora has been given a very
| recent boost with native support via the HTML5 video tag. As it happens
| a lot of the technologies supporting Theora have come to recent
| maturity. Only a few months ago it was hard to find a simple GUI editor
| for Theora video but now PiTiVi can manage simple editing very easily
| and smoothly and the development track looks very good. Theora also has
| great subtitling support, either through embedded subtitles or using an
| extension to JQuery javascript libraries.

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