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Submission + - The US Navy's awesome electromagnetic railgun programme (

RougeFive writes: Imagine a warship weapon that can launch projectiles at Mach 10 without explosives (more than three times the muzzle speed of an M16 rifle), that has a range 220 miles and that uses the enormous speed to destroy the target by causing as much damage as a Tomahawk missile. Meet the US Navy's electromagnetic railgun programme.

Submission + - First Bedrock Linux release, combines benefits of most other Linux distros

Paradigm_Complex writes: From the distro's front page:
"Bedrock Linux is a Linux distribution created with the aim of making most of the (often seemingly mutually-exclusive) benefits of various other Linux distributions available simultaneously and transparently.

If one would like a rock-solid stable base (for example, from Debian or a RHEL clone) yet still have easy access to cutting-edge packages (from, say, Arch Linux), automate compiling packages with Gentoo's portage, and ensure that software aimed only for the ever popular Ubuntu will run smoothly — all at the same time, in the same distribution — Bedrock Linux will provide a means to achieve this."

The timing of this release is particularly nice for those who were excited to hear that Valve was bringing Steam to Linux, but were disappointed that it was targeting Ubuntu as Ubuntu was not their distro of choice. If it works on Ubuntu, it should work fine on Bedrock Linux, while still ensuring the majority of the system feel very, very similar to Fedora or Slackware or whatever you prefer.

Submission + - Assassin's Creed Is Coming To The Big Screen (

An anonymous reader writes: Assassin's Creed is coming to the big screen. And while that's not always a good thing — Super Mario Bros, Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Wing Commander, House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne and Tekken.

Submission + - Alcohol, Not Marijuana, A Gateway Drug ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: While it may not settle the debate over how drug use begins, researchers found that alcohol, not marijuana, is the gateway drug that leads teens down the path of hard drug use, according to a new study that will be published in the August edition of the Journal of School Health

Submission + - Chinese Censors are Being Watched ( 1

Rambo Tribble writes: The Economist is reporting, (registration may be required), on two research teams, one at Harvard and another at the University of Hong Kong, who have developed software to detect what posts to Chinese social media get censored. One surprise, comments critical of the regime are much less likely to be suppressed than calls to action, like assemblies or protests. Chinese censors may soon have to deal with an unprecedented transparency of their actions.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang