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Editorial

+ - Searching For "Open Source" Puzzles 1

Submitted by
Adam Weiss
Adam Weiss writes "I am the creator and co-host of The Puzzle Podcast, a short weekly audio puzzle in the spirit of the Car Talk Puzzler and the NPR Sunday Puzzle. [For those of you who can use it, here's an iTunes link in case my site gets completely Slashdotted.] The puzzles we pose are from all genres, but so far, most of our puzzles come from books and games that are available commercially (we have of course been giving credit). I would love to be able to present our listeners with some puzzles that are in the public domain (or Creative Commons licensed) for variety and to support independent puzzle makers. Does anyone know of an online source of puzzles that would fit the bill?"
Space

+ - Astronaut to Run the Boston Marathon From Space

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BostonBehindTheScenes
BostonBehindTheScenes writes "American astronaut Sunita Williams will run 26.2 miles on a treadmill on Patriot's Day (April 16th for those of you outside of Massachusetts) while runners on the ground will compete in the 111th Boston Marathon, according this New Scientist article:

She says she is doing it to motivate children to be fit. "I encourage kids to start making physical fitness part of their daily lives," Williams said. "I think a big goal like a marathon will help get this message out there."
And yes, she is an actual registered participant who qualified by finishing among the top 100 women in the Houston Marathon in 2006. NASA's press release touts this as yet another space first:

She will run the famed race in April as an official entrant from 210 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. This will be the first time an astronaut in space will be an official participant in a marathon.
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Censorship

+ - France Bans Filming of Violence By Non-Journalists

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BostonBTS
BostonBTS writes "According to this Macworld Story, the French Constitutional Council has made it illegal to film (or distribute video of) violence unless you are a professional journalist. The law was approved exactly 16 years after Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King were filmed by amateur videographer George Holliday. From the article:

The broad drafting of the law so as to criminalize the activities of citizen journalists unrelated to the perpetrators of violent acts is no accident, but rather a deliberate decision by the authorities, said [Pascal Cohet, a spokesman for French online civil liberties group Odebi]. He is concerned that the law, and others still being debated, will lead to the creation of a parallel judicial system controlling the publication of information on the Internet.
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Software

+ - The Beginning of the End for PowerPC Mac Software?

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BostonBTS
BostonBTS writes "With yesterday's beta release of their new Soundbooth audio application, Adobe is stepping away from support for the PowerPC chip. Most new Mac software is "Universal" — it will run on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs, but not Soundbooth. The multimedia software company said back in February (PDF) that "Adobe has plans to support both Intel and PowerPC microprocessors in the next versions of its creative applications for the Mac OS." However, it looks like new products may be Intel-only. In their Soundbooth FAQ, Adobe answers the question "Will there be a PowerPC version?" this way:

"No. Apple is quickly moving its focus towards Intel Macs, and no longer sells Power PC systems in many places. By focusing on Apple's future, we have been able to bring this powerful application to the Mac platform much more rapidly, and with a stronger feature set.""
Software

+ - Adobe Going Intel-Only With New Mac Software?

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BostonBTS
BostonBTS writes "With yesterday's beta release of their new Soundbooth audio application, Adobe is stepping away from support for the PowerPC chip. Most new Mac software is "Universal" — it will run on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. The multimedia software company said back in February (PDF) that "Adobe has plans to support both Intel and PowerPC microprocessors in the next versions of its creative applications for the Mac OS." However, it looks like new products may be Intel-only. In their Soundbooth FAQ, Adobe answers the question "Will there be a PowerPC version?" this way:

"No. Apple is quickly moving its focus towards Intel Macs, and no longer sells Power PC systems in many places. By focusing on Apple's future, we have been able to bring this powerful application to the Mac platform much more rapidly, and with a stronger feature set.""
Media (Apple)

+ - New Red iPod Nano Benefits AIDS Charity

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BostonBTS
BostonBTS writes "Apple has just released a new special edition red iPod nano. The 4GB iPod is available now for $199 — the same price as the current 4GB lineup. The iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED is part of a line of red credit cards, cell phones, and fashion items that donate a portion of each sale for AIDS work in Africa. Apple will donate $10 from each sale to The Global Fund, an organization that, according to their website, is "a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities." Their purpose is to "attract, manage and disburse resources to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. [The Global Fund does] not implement programs directly, relying instead on the knowledge of local experts.""
Media (Apple)

+ - New Red iPod Nano to Benefit AIDS Work

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Colgate2003
Colgate2003 writes "The Associated Press has an article on on a line of products being rolled out to benefit AIDS work — including a new special edition red iPod nano. The 4GB iPod will be available on Friday and will sell for $199 — the same price as the current 4GB lineup. Apple will donate $10 from each sale to The Global Fund, an organization that, according to their website, is "a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities." Their purpose is to "attract, manage and disburse resources to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. [The Global Fund does] not implement programs directly, relying instead on the knowledge of local experts." The Chicago Tribune has an article with a photo of Oprah and U2's Bono trying out the new iPod at an Apple Store in Chicago."
Media (Apple)

+ - Apple to Give Part of RED iPod Sales for AIDS Work

Submitted by
BostonBTS
BostonBTS writes "The Associated Press just let the cat out of the bag on a special edition red iPod nano. The 4GB iPod will be available on Friday and will sell for $199 — the same price as the current 4GB lineup. Apple will donate $10 from each sale to The Global Fund, an organization that, according to their website, is "a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities." Their purpose is to "attract, manage and disburse resources to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. [The Global Fund does] not implement programs directly, relying instead on the knowledge of local experts." The Chicago Tribune has a photo of Oprah and U2's Bono trying out the new iPod at an Apple Store in Chicago."
Wine

+ - CrossOver Mac beta now available

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BostonBTS
BostonBTS writes "CodeWeavers has just released a free beta of the Wine-based CrossOver Mac.

From their website: "CrossOver Mac will be the very best way to run your Windows applications on your Intel Mac. It will let you install and run Windows programs as though they were native, all without having to buy or run a copy of Windows itself." The final version is also available for pre-order for US $39.95."

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