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GNU is Not Unix

GCC Moving To Use C++ Instead of C 546

An anonymous reader writes "CodeSourcery's Mark Mitchell wrote to the GCC mailing list yesterday reporting that 'the GCC Steering Committee and the FSF have approved the use of C++ in GCC itself. Of course, there's no reason for us to use C++ features just because we can. The goal is a better compiler for users, not a C++ code base for its own sake.' Still undecided is what subset of C++ to use, as many contributors are experts in C, but novices in C++; there is a call for a volunteer to develop the C++ coding standards."
Linux

Submission + - Why Linux will dominate Australia (delimiter.com.au) 1

daria42 writes: It looks like Australia's biggest telco, Telstra, is all set to launch a Linux-based media centre box to millions of Australian consumers. This rollout and the incoming wave of mobile phones based on Google's Android platform, this commentator argues, goes far to demonstrating the fact that Linux will come to be mainstream in Australia — just not in the desktop form factor that many have predicted for more than a decade. Fair point.
Apple

Submission + - Rent an iPad for inflight entertainment (theage.com.au)

OzPeter writes: Jetstar will be trialling the renting out of pre-loaded iPads as a form of inflight entertainment instead of the the more typical seat back video system. No word in the article on how or if they will handle wi-fi connections, but interestingly it does mention that they will be usable during takeoff and landings — something that will be sure to spark lots of discussion regarding planes and modern electronics.
Privacy

Submission + - Quit Facebook Day (quitfacebookday.com) 1

robbievienna writes: The movement to quit Facebook due to privacy concerns has just taken a new turn. Over 2^15 facebookers think so, and have pledged to cancel their accounts. Quitting Facebook isn't easy. Facebook is engaging, enjoyable and quite frankly, addictive. Quitting something like Facebook is like quitting smoking. It's hard to stay on the wagon long enough to actually change your habits. Having peer support helps, but the way to quit Facebook is not to start a group on Facebook about leaving Facebook.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 520

ARIN will for the very first time, sometime between the middle and end of next year, receive a request for IPv4 address space that is justified and meets the policy"

They say no all the time, to anyone that doesn't meet their criteria, ie "the policy".

I dunno exactly what that is, but I'm going to assume it includes some kind of need or size requirements.

Image

School Putting Autistic Children in Fenced Enclosure 56

In an attempt to deal with autistic children who "have no sense of boundaries and do not respond to staff asking them to stop," a Sydney primary school has created pens which hold the disabled children during play time. As you might expect, parents have expressed outrage that their kids are forced to stand inside a fenced enclosure that has one tree, a bench and a dirt floor. The Department of Education said in a statement: "The school is located on a busy road. Without this area, the students may leave the school grounds and could potentially be injured. Some of these children have no sense of boundaries and do not respond to staff asking them to stop. Once the school is satisfied a student will listen to directions from staff members and is also aware of playground boundaries, the child can use the playground."

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