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On the same day that [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11225197"]UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has been explaining that Government sees "no justification for taxpayers' money being used to support research which is neither commercially useful nor theoretically outstanding"[/URL] and that universities will be expected to "do more for less" an event has been showcasing the latest near-market products and technologies that have evolved from just such research. [youtube]5yMEYXweFjc[/youtube] The 'Meerkats and Avatars' event held at the Hauser Forum and organized by St John's Innovation Centre, took place today and served as a great reminder that commercially viable science and technology innovation is most certainly …

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I just had to get this one out there. I love daniweb, and I'm sure the [B]VAST[/B] majority of the users here do as well. And, unlike many other websites this one's community is made up of some of the greatest IT and Development minds around "as well as noobs trying to learn how to climb the ladder such as myself". In my humble opinion I believe it would be possible, maybe even a good idea to outsource some IT or Development related tasks to volunteering community members to reduce some costs "and likely make both a tighter community and …

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That is the general thrust of an interesting article that appeared in the [URL="http://www.latimes.com/technology/la-fi-wikipedia10mar10,1,2707818.story"]Los Angeles Times[/URL] this week. It starts by describing how the offices of one of the world's most popular websites is a rented space stuffed with furniture bought off of eBay and with a printed paper sign taped to the door which states 'Wikimedia Foundation' the name of the not for profit organisation that actually runs Wikipedia. It goes on to quote the foundation Executive Director, Sue Gardiner, as saying that as far as money is concerned "we are about as unsophisticated as we could possibly be" …

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If you were one of the just seven people in the first half of the year who went to the Washington State Department of Transportation web page using free wifi from the rest areas along its highways, you're out of luck -- the state dropped the little-used service as of September 1. The state [URL="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2008/08/28_RestAreaWiFi.htm"]implemented the service[/URL] at 28 of its 42 rest areas two years ago. While highway signs promoted it as "free" wifi, in reality only access to the Washington State Department of Transportation website was free; access elsewhere cost $6.95 per day, $29.95 per month, or $2.95 …

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The state of Maine has found an innovative way to find funding to supports its technology industry – the state issued $50 million in bonds and just awarded $30 million in grants, with the remaining $20 million to be allocated this fall. Funding for the Maine Technology Asset Fund was arranged and made through the [URL="http://http://www.mainetechnology.org/"]Maine Technology Institute[/URL], a state-funded nonprofit founded in 1999 that offers early-stage capital and commercialization assistance for the research and development of innovative technology-based projects that create new products, processes and services and generate high-quality jobs across Maine, and announced by Democratic Governor John Baldacci. …

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