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Submission + - Boltzmann equation solved, the new way

xt writes: The Boltzmann equation is old news. What's news is that the 140 year old equation has been solved, using mathematical techniques from the fields of partial differential equations and harmonic analysis, some as new as five years old. This solution provides a new understanding of the effects due to grazing collisions, when neighboring molecules just glance off one another rather than collide head on. We may not understand the theory, but we'll sure love the applications!

Submission + - First Anarchist's Cookbook Convictions (

analysethis writes: In the UK last month the author/compiler of the well-known-in-internet-circles 'terrorist handbook' pleaded guilty to seven counts of collecting information that could have been used to prepare or commit acts of terrorism, with a maximum jail term of 10 years. Today the first people caught with downloaded copies have been put behind bars — a white supremacist father and son pairing getting 10 & 2 years respectively, convicted of three counts of possessing material useful for acts of terror. How many will be emptying their recycle bins after this conviction?

As of writing, the book is still freely available on to buy.

Comment Re:Ubuntu (Score 3, Interesting) 279

But, an earlier poster mentioned the fact that corporate and financial institutions have all this money to pay high powered administrators. If the administrators are working with a decent operating system, and if the administrators are competent, then Enterprise is safe, right? And, the military too, right?

How's that British thing working out now? Windows for Submarines? The last I heard, it was down. Who has more expertise in securing computers than the US or the UK departments of defense? If THEY can't secure Windows, then who can?


Submission + - Adobe, can we please have a 64-bit Flash player? (

InvisiBill writes: "In Dear Adobe, can we please have a 64-bit Flash player?, Ed Bott blogs about how Adobe has yet to release Flash for x64. He mentions that the Adobe TechNote instructing you to use a 32-bit browser so that you can use the 32-bit plugin hasn't been updated since February and that people have been asking for a 64-bit plugin for over a year. Why Won't Macromedia Release 64-bit Flash? was posted here almost three years ago, in October 2005 (and mentions that the above TechNote was posted in September 2005). It's been two years since an Adobe engineer blogged that it required a lot of work, not just a recompile. There is talk that Flash 10 will support x64, but it doesn't as of Beta 2.

With the increasing number of x64 users, I wonder when Adobe will decide the market segment is valuable enough to warrant a build of Flash. If you too would like to see Flash for x64, you can ask for it on the Adobe Feature Request page."


Submission + - Open Source Amiga clone pricing announced

downix writes: "For those who have not been following, Dennis VanWeeren created the first cloned Amiga hardware earlier in 2007. Up until now, the only way to have one of these MiniMigs was to build it yourself, not an easy task for all people. But, ACube systems, the guys developing the SAM440 PowerPC motherboard, have stepped up, making available a fully assembled Minimig for the cost of 138 euro. The idea of having your own, brand new, Amiga is exciting to some, but a full open-source hardware platform should be exciting to all of us."

Submission + - OOXML or ODF - BIS debates on its vote to ISO (

Karthik writes: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has formed a commitee to decide on its ISO vote for document standards between Microsoft's OOXML and IBM & Sun backed ODF. Various high profile Indian institues and companies have joined different sides of the debate as the September 2 deadline for submission to ISO nears.

Submission + - Linux Foundation Calls for 'Respect for Microsoft' (

kripkenstein writes: "Jim Zemlin (executive director for the Linux Foundation) has said at LinuxWorld that the open source community should stop poking fun at Microsoft:

Open source vendors have to recognise that Windows is here to stay and that together with Microsoft it will form a duopoly in the market for operating systems. This also requires that the Linux community respects Microsoft rather than ridicule it.

"There are some things that Windows does pretty well," Zemlin said. Microsoft for instance has excelled in marketing the operating system, and has a good track record in fending off competition.
An interesting perspective, but saying Microsoft has "a good track record in fending off competition" is like saying Muhammad Ali was "good at hitting his opponents in the ring"."


Submission + - Carmack's Rage, plus games for the Wii & DS

ILikeRed writes: In a Quakecon 2007 interview, John Carmack introduced his new high end game Rage, and then went on to call the Wii "a spark of newness". He talks about creating a Quake Arena themed game for the DS, and porting Orks & Elves to the Wii. He was less than happy with current cell phone hardware and Java however.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.