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Revolutionary Wants Technology To Transform Libya 117

pbahra writes in with the story of Khaled el Mufti, the network-security engineer who was in charge of providing telecommunications for the Libyan revolution. "It isn't often you get the chance to meet a real revolutionary. It is a term cheapened by misuse, but Khaled el Mufti is a revolutionary. It is no exaggeration to say that the role he played in the Libyan uprising last year was crucial; had he and his telecoms team failed, it isn't hard to think that Col. Muammar Gadhafi might still be in power. Today, Mr. Mufti is a telecoms adviser to the interim government and heads the e-Libya initiative, a bold plan to use the transformative powers of technology to modernize the Libyan state, overturning 40 years of corruption and misrule under Gadhafi. Mr. Mufti is an unlikely revolutionary, a softly spoken network-security engineer with a degree from Imperial College in London. Almost by chance he was in his native Libya when the revolution took place, working on a project with BT in the capital, Tripoli."
IBM

OpenOffice Is Dying (And IBM Won't Help) 298

jfruhlinger writes "OpenOffice.org, now separate both from corporate sponsor Oracle and the Document Foundation's LibreOffice, is in trouble, with its team putting out a dramatic press release detailing the organization's trouble. One missing player in all this is IBM, who has backed OpenOffice.org in the past. One possible reason for Big Blue's silence is that it might be a prelude to the killing of Lotus Symphony, its OpenOffice-based suite." The Apache Software Foundation, on the other hand, insists OpenOffice.org is not at risk.

Comment Math and the Rubik's Cube (Score 2, Informative) 386

David Joyner has a book which explores some of the math behind the Rubik's cube: http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Group-Theory-Merlins-Mathematical/dp/0801869471

If you are interested in playing around with the symmetry group associated to the Rubik's cube, Sage (http://www.sagemath.org) has good support for it; the documentation can be found at http://www.sagemath.org/doc/html/ref/module-sage.groups.perm-gps.cubegroup.html . Sage also includes a number of efficient solvers for the Rubik's cube.

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