Rinisari writes: "Finally, the day has come. Adobe has released a prerelease version of the 64-bit Flash player. It is available at the Adobe Labs Flash Player 10 download site immediately.
Where are the Windows and Mac versions? "Release of this alpha version of 64-bit Flash Player on Linux is the first step in delivering upon Adobes commitment to make Flash Player native 64-bit across platforms. We chose Linux as our initial platform in response to numerous requests in our public Flash Player bug and issue management system and the fact that Linux distributions do not ship with a 32-bit browser or a comprehensive 32-bit emulation layer by default. Until this prerelease, use of 32-bit Flash Player on Linux has required the use of a plugin wrapper, which prevents full compatibility with 64-bit browsers. With this prelease, Flash Player 10 is now a full native participant on 64-bit Linux distributions." Windows and Mac OS X 64-bit versions will follow, and the final versions all will be released simultaneously. Tamarin, the JIT compiler in Flash, is now capable of producing 64-bit code and nspluginwrapper is no longer required. There are, however, no plans to release a debugger version of the 64-bit plugin.
I've been following this for some time now at issue FP-37 at Adobe Bugs "AMD64 support needed in Linux.""
Rinisari writes: "Creative Labs message boards user Daniel_K had been modifying the Vista driver to re-enable functionality which was apparently available on Windows XP but disabled for Vista. In a somewhat DMCA-like claim this past Friday, Phil O'Shaughnessy, VP Corporate Communications at Creative Labs, wrote a message on Creative's message boards asking using user Daniel_K "to respect our legal rights in this matter and cease all further unauthorized distribution of our technology and IP." This created an immense outcry from folks who have paid a premium for Creative's X-Fi line of sound cards, which is "intentionally crippled" on Vista. Creative doesn't seem to care, though. "If we choose to develop and provide host-based processing features with certain sound cards and not others, that is a business decision that only we have the right to make." It appears that the modified drivers are still available, but will no longer be updated as per Creative's request."
Rinisari writes: "February 4 is a significant day because it's the day before the February 5 Super Tuesday elections, when a large, large number of states will hold their primaries or caucuses. Recognizing that many voters have either never read the US Constitution or haven't read it in a very long time, I urge the people of the Internet to post the entirety of the US Constitution on their blogs, in their forums, and in any other public space to which they can post it. A brief statement of statement of intent, directions, and both HTML and BBcode versions of the Constitution are available at my blog post entitled, "Post the Constitution Day"."
Rinisari writes: "I'm a senior computer science major at a small private school in Pennsylvania. I'd eventually like to teach high school computer science, but I'm unsure how to get there. I know grad school—or at least a secondary education certification program—is probably in my future, but I'd love to hear how other computer science teachers got into their position. I'm aware of the Business, Computer, and Information Technology secondary education certification in Pa., but I fear that certification would put me in a position to be teaching less-desirable classes like keyboarding or accounting. How did you get to be a computer science teacher?"