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Mozilla Corporation

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

The Mozilla Foundation has announced the creation of the Mozilla Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary that will continue the development, distribution and marketing of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. Unlike the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, the Mozilla Corporation will be a taxable entity (that is, a for-profit rather than a non-profit) but the Foundation is eager to emphasise that it will pursue the same public benefit goals as the Foundation itself and will not be driven purely by revenue goals.

The change will not affect the day-to-day development of Mozilla, with the current system of module owners, drivers, reviewers and super-reviewers staying in place. End-users are unlikely to notice any difference either, though the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation will eventually have separate websites. At the moment, only Firefox and Thunderbird will be developed under the auspices of the Mozilla Corporation; other projects, such as Camino and SeaMonkey, will continue to be overseen by the Mozilla Foundation

Full story:
Mozilla Foundation Announces Creation of Mozilla Corporation – MozillaZine Talkback

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Teaching Computers to See with Games

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

“The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a story on Peekaboom,
a two-player on-line game in which one player tries to get the other player to guess a word associated with an image, by revealing parts of the image one click at a time. From the article, ‘The process of revealing objects, or highlighting images within the larger context of the photo, is the sort of thing that researchers in computer vision must do to teach computers to see.'”

Slashdot | Teaching Computers to See with Games

Robots Explore ‘Lost City’

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Roland Piquepaille writes “A large team of oceanographers is again exploring ‘Lost City,’ an hydrothermal vent field located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which was discovered in 2000 and named like this because of the myth of Atlantis. But this time, the oceanographers are not on a ship. Most of them are in a room at the University of Washington in Seattle. And according to this article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, they’re using high-speed Internet connections to control robotic vehicles exploring the deep Atlantic Ocean thousands of miles away. Thanks to satellites, the remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) Argus and Hercules can transmit videos back to Seattle in real time. After analysis, the scientists can move the ROVs to specific areas of interest without having their feet wet. Read more for other details, references and pictures about this project.”

Slashdot | Remote-Controlled Robots Explore ‘Lost City’

10th Planet Larger Than Pluto?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

nova_planitia writes “The Minor Planet mailing list is buzzing with the discovery by an amateur astronomer of a 17th magnitude object 51 astronomical units from the Sun, tentatively designated 2003 EL61. For those not versed in astronomical lingo, this is an object several times brighter than Pluto even though it is 25% farther out from the Sun (the orbit vizualised by JPL). This means that barring a strangely reflective surface, this object is larger than Pluto, possibly Mars-sized! The debate whether Pluto is a planet is likely to get rekindled by this discovery.”

JCY2K writes “According to The Inquirer, hackers gained access to the secure server where the data about the new planet was being held and threatened to reveal it. Evidently the discoverers have been withholding this information from the public since 2003 while they waited for full analysis.”

Update: Bob Waters was so kind to send me a correction on this post: “Actually, the object larger than Pluto is 2003 UB313, discovered the next day, and also hailed as the tenth planet. Unlike 2003 UB 313, however, 2003 EL 61- which appears to have about a third of Pluto’s mass – has a moon.

Slashdot | Planet X Larger Than Pluto?

Slashdot | Hackers Forced Announcement of 10th Planet Find

Tatooine-like Planet Discovered

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

ATP writes “CNN is reporting that a planet has been discovered in a solar system with 3 suns. The observation brings into doubt the theory stating that planets form from the dust orbiting around a single sun. The discovery also resulted in a new method of searching for extrasolar planets — until now most searching focused only on single-sun systems.”

Slashdot | Tatooine-like Planet Discovered