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Russia to develop Linux-based Windows alternative to reduce its US tech dependence

In a move to decrease Russia's dependence on American technology, the Russian government has announced plans to develop a state-sponsored national operating system. Shifting away from Windows would mean both money savings for Russia, and increased digital security. 150 million rubles (5 million dollars) have been set aside to create an operating system that will be based on Linux. It's not yet...

Torrentreactor.net claims to have bought Russian village and renamed it "Torrentreactor"

Remember when the Pirate Bay tried to raise enough money to buy the Principality of Sealand? Well, this is a bit different. Torrentreactor.net, one of the most popular torrent sites on the Internet today, says it has bought the small village of Gar, in the Tomsk province of Russia. The single requirement was that the town rename itself to "Torrentreactor." Whether this is legit or not is still...

Ask MetaFilter thread saves two girls from a life of slave prostitution or worse

Ask MetaFilter poster Dan Reetz reached out to the community on that site to ask for help when he discovered that a friend of his -- an ex-student from Russia -- may have found herself caught up in a human trafficking scam. She and a friend had traveled to the US on the promise of work when they arrived, only to have the job offer mysteriously dry up. The thread is an emotional roller coaster, as...

Live Journal offers basic accounts... again

Due to many complaints from users of LiveJournal the company announced it will again offer basic accounts. Unlike most other free blogging platforms, LJ's basic account has limited capabilities but the bonus of no advertising. The option of signing up for a basic account was removed in March. Makes sense considering a free account with no advertising generates no money for LJ and in fact,...

Russian government backing Linux version for schools

Russian authorities are backing Linux for schools in a somewhat significant way. According to Webplanet.ru, a recent 3.1 billion ruble funding package for school software includes 50 million for the development of a school-centric version of Linux. We reported some time ago on a copyright infringement case against a Russian teacher, and a program such as this could help push copyright protected...

Microsoft keeps distance from 'pirate' Russian school teacher

In an interview with Russian IT news site CNews, Microsoft Russia President Olga Dergunova responds to critics of the piracy crackdown which caught school-teacher Alexander Ponosov in the cross-hairs and prompted a personal request from former Soviet Premiere Gorbachev for Bill Gates to intervene on the teacher's behalf. Dergunova avoided most questions about Microsoft's reaction to, and position...

Gorbachev asks Gates to show mercy on pirate teacher

Bill Gates has been asked by former Soviet Premiere Gorbachev to show "mercy" in the case of a Russian teacher accused of software piracy. Gorbachev's open letter to Gates is available on the website of the former Premiere's charitable foundation. According to CNN, in the letter Gorbachev calls accused pirate Alexander Ponosov, "A teacher, who has dedicated his life to the education of children...

Dublin Code Jam

Google Dublin hosted the finals for the Code Jam Europe 2006. 10,000 registrants competed in Three rounds, with 50 finalists being flow to Dublin for the major final competition. 15 Countries were represented in the finals. Earlier this year, Google had Code Jams in China and India. Another Code Jam is set for this Fall. Tomasz Czajka won the €2500 grand prize, and Petr Mitricheve from...