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Comment Re:like anything else.. (Score 1) 580 580

Amen.

The moment I truly understood this, I started working seriously on an applied math and mechanics education resource that tries to use interesting applications to motivate abstract theory.

If anyone is interested in helping out, I'd be delighted to hear from you.

Comment Udacity will soon put up an physics class (Score 1) 166 166

Udacity has now expanded its courses to include a new introductory physics class. In this class, you get to travel around Europe virtually and learn the basics of physics on location by answering some of the discipline's major questions from over the last 2000 years.

It looks like a lot of fun, and do also check out the MIT Tech TV videos mentioned on the page I've linked above. They are a fun way to learn physics too.

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Submission + - The FEniCS Project reaches 1.0

wahgnube writes: "Mathematical modelling geeks rejoice! After 10 years of hard work, the FEniCS Project team is pleased to announce the release of FEniCS 1.0. FEniCS is an integrated problem solving environment for solving differential equations which often arise in mathematical modelling. Its goal is to allow researchers to easily pose their problems in a straightforward manner, so that they may focus on higher-level modelling questions and not be hindered by specific implementation issues. FEniCS is available for a multitude of platforms, with prebuilt binaries for Debian/Ubuntu, Mac OS X and Windows and is supported by extensive documentation. Download it today and check it out!"

Comment Re:Scarcity and Information (Score 1) 949 949

This sort of requires that people have to work for a living. Performing on stage every time you want to earn a buck sounds like a lot of work. What happened to the good old days where you somehow belted out a catchy jingle, had a record company latch on and promote it everywhere, and watch the millions roll in for life? That's the sort of world in which I want to live. ;)

Comment Discoverable URLs (Score 4, Insightful) 314 314

I personally feel that user-discoverable URLs are the biggest usability strengths of Apple's web site over Microsoft's. Say you want to learn about Safari. You go to apple.com/safari, as you'd expect. What if you wanted to learn about Internet Explorer? You need to go to microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/default.aspx. Who could have guessed that without a search engine? What about the page for, say, information on a Macbook Pro vs. Microsoft Office? One of these is easily guessable from a consistent URL scheme, the other is not. Easily being able to find content is just as important as good, clear content.

Comment Re:A Debian release! (Score 5, Informative) 386 386

Huh?

While it's easy to pile on with the melodrama, the last stable release, Etch, was in the middle of '07. A year and a half is an entirely reasonable amount of time to wait for an operating system release.

I, for one, congratulate them on and thank them for their timely release!

GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - GNU Emacs 22.1 Released!

pundit writes: "GNU Emacs 22.1 has been released, and is available for download on the GNU FTP site and its mirrors. This new release features support for the GTK+ toolkit, enhanced mouse support, a new keyboard macro system, improved Unicode support, and drag-and-drop operation on X, plus many new modes and packages including a graphical user interface to GDB, Python mode, the mathematical tool Calc, the remote file editing system Tramp, and more!"

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