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+ - Linus' patch is in Metacity 2.19.8->

Submitted by deadowl
deadowl (1076025) writes "Linus Torvalds' patch is in Metacity 2.19.8, an unstable release of Metacity. Hopefully it will stay around. Apparently the release is mostly about cleaning up RTL (right to left text) support. I guess that's good for those who go by Hebrew or Arabic. Still, Linus' patch for configuration of titlebar actions is what makes this release an eye-catcher because of what happened earlier this year."
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+ - OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X Released!->

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An anonymous reader writes "Nearly 6 years after announcing a Mac port, OpenOffice.org has released the first release of OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X that can finally run without X11!! An alpha is available for download today, but a lot of help is still needed to make OpenOffice.org available for Mac OS X. Visit the Mac team to figure out how you can help today!"
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Power

+ - Saltwater as an Energy Source->

Submitted by Everette Scott
Everette Scott (666) writes "John Kanzius, an inventor from Erie, PA, has discovered a method for turning ordinary saltwater into usable energy. Kanzius uses a machine he invented to create radio waves to actually ignite ordinary saltwater. The energy created is in the form of a flame that won't even burn a paper towel. The flame burns at approximately 3000 degrees Fahrenheit. The energy created has been used to power a specially designed engine for up to 2 minutes. He also believes that the machine could be used to fight cancer.
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Saltwater as an energy source? Go figure..."

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Google

+ - Inside Google's Black Box

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Pcol writes "Google's "ranking algorithm" — the formulas that decide which Web pages best answer each user's question is crucial part of Google's inner sanctum, a department called "search quality" that the company treats like a state secret. Google recently allowed a reporter from the New York Times to spend a day with Google Fellow Amit Singhal and his search-quality team who explained how every week they make about a half-dozen major and minor changes to the vast nest of mathematical formulas that power the search engine. Mr. Singhal has developed a far more elaborate system for ranking pages than PageRank. The system, involving more than 200 types of information, are what Google calls "signals." Some signals are on Web pages — like words, links, images and so on. Some are drawn from the history of how pages have changed over time. Some signals are data patterns uncovered in the trillions of searches that Google has handled over the years. Increasingly, Google is using signals that come from its history of what individual users have searched for in the past, in order to offer results that reflect each person's interests. "People still think that Google is the gold standard of search," says John Battelle, author of "The Search," a book about Google. "Their secret sauce is how these guys are doing it all in aggregate. There are 1,000 little tunings they do.""

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