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Math

Submission + - NIST Releases Handbook of Mathematical Functions

An anonymous reader writes: NIST announced the publishing of NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions reference text (967pp), also available in digital form at the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions. Access with a MathML enabled browser (Firefox or IE+plugin) to view equations as scalable text rather than bitmaps; the 3D graphs can also be viewed with a VRML plugin for local rotating / zooming.
Government

Submission + - Facebook, Twitter, and more on DoD Computers (af.mil)

poormanjoe writes: Well it's official. AFMC social media access to begin 01 MAY 2010. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google apps are among the sites that will be accessible on government computers. Command officials said that while using social media sites allows for broader communication with varying audiences, Air Force personnel should keep safety and security of the network foremost in their minds.
Is this a "good idea fairy" that looks good as a tool now, but in the long run will turn out poorly.

Iphone

Submission + - Ubuntu 10.04 adds iPhone and IPOD touch Support (starryhope.com) 2

zaphod777 writes: Among other things in the recent 10.04 Alpha3 release Ubuntu has added support for iPhones and IPOD touch. I know this has been a pain point for many users. Personaly I use an Android phone with Songbird. But I know this will make a lot of people happy.

Hopefully now they will fulfill their promise for a nicer non brown theme but I am not holding my breath. They have made that promise many times before and it doesn't take long to tweak the appearance to the way I like it anyway.

Education

Submission + - 9 of the Best Free Linux Educational Games

Steve Emms writes: "Educational games are games designed to teach people, typically children, about a certain subject or help them learn a skill as they play. Sometimes this type of software is known as games edutainment because they combine education and entertainment.

Linux has many attributes which make it an ideal platform to run educational games. This type of software typically runs perfectly well on older hardware. It makes little sense for an elementary school to purchase state-of-the-art computers, just so that the operating system runs at a reasonable speed when the educational software itself is much less demanding. Moreover, as the vast majority of Linux distributions are available to download at no cost, parents and schools have more reason to provide a full complement of software and student learning materials even in these recessionary times.

We have compiled a list of 9 high quality Linux educational games/suites that all have the virtue of being free to play. The selection is predominately aimed at a young target audience, but the software nevertheless offers a wide variety of learning experiences.

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