It used to be just a backbencher's suggestion, the government decided to back the bill a few days ago. Barring something unforeseen, it will become law.
The one thing that struck me is how much easier it is to navigate that profile in their subpoena response than it would if I was looking at it when using Facebook through a browser. They should really consider adding a "Subpoena view" view on their website, kind of like a "Print view", but even better yet!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leibniz_formula_for_pi#Inefficiency discusses the algorithm in a bit more detail. To calculate 10 digits correctly requires n=5,000,000,000, it seems. So there are definitely better algorithms (a variant with better convergence is presented in the same Wikipedia article), but as you say, it's just an example to show concurrency in the Go language.
As it mentions in the code, it's an approximation of pi using concurrency. The number of "goroutine" calls used determines the accuracy. In the code comments, they refer you to http://goo.gl/ZuTZM if you want more information on the algorithm they are using. Increasing the accuracy is just a matter of increasing n in their example.
I use two email addresses, one that I provide to companies that I do business with, and one that I use for personal correspondance and everywhere else online (public forums, etc.). The "business" email has always received much more spam than the one I use and give out liberally everywhere else online. Looks to me like they're just sorry that someone got my email address for free, rather than them being able to sell my address to another one of their "partners".
And shockingly, she did exactly what the prime minister asked her to do. Just like the governor general always does. That event only CONFIRMED (by the GG herself) that the role of the governor general is ceremonial and that her job is to confirm and carry out the wishes of the government.
Okay, I can see why you might want volume control in a media player (I'd still prefer a central volume control for everything, but I understand where you're coming from), but how far do you go with adding sound control options to every application? Do you add it to your RSS reader, to your email client and anything else that might display HTML content? Honestly, when Thunderbird gets a volume control dialog...
I really see my web browser and email client in the same light here. Neither one really produces sound themselves (with a few minor exceptions, really, and people aren't complaining about the new mail sound). It's usually a third-party plugin that makes the sound. I don't see a reason for either one to add additional support for audio, especially when it's so easy to control the sound coming from your computer right from the notification area.
Nice job raging against the GP because your OS doesn't have a feature that's standard among pretty much every other modern operating system.
To respond to the second part of your post, no, it would not be inconvenient; it would be *ideal* to remove volume control from each application and have it controlled by the OS.
The key would be to not have it buried 10 layers down. While it's not quite ideal (imo) in every operating system, there is already a volume control widget in most operating systems. This widget can be expanded to list the applications accessing audio, and I can adjust their volumes the same way I adjust the volume for the entire computer. Even in Windows Vista, it's already in there, and is pretty easy to get to, and in Ubuntu at least, it's fairly simple as well.
I'm a little surprised to find out that LaTeX support isn't going to be available until next year. I understand that the journals published by the societies funding this project use LaTeX, and that they are funding STIX for use with their publications.
And yet, LaTeX support is coming in after even Microsoft Word support (does anyone actually use Word for scientific papers?). It doesn't really make any sense.
(Any browser, as long as it's running on a Mac.)
DVI doesn't include images or font embedding. It really would not work well, unless you wanted to package everything up in a tarball or similar, which would quickly become rather large and unwieldy.