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Submission + - Cutty Sark ablaze

The Mysterious X writes: "The BBC is reporting that Cutty Sark, the 19th centuary clipper, is on fire. Greenwich town centre has been closed, as has the docklands light railway, and reports indicate there are 40 firefighters on scene fighting the blaze. The latest news is that 100% of the ship is on fire, and it is feared that gas bottles onboard, left there due to renovation works may explode. Firefighters are treating the blaze as suspicious."
Programming

Submission + - Is computer science dead?

warm sushi writes: An academic at the British Computing Society asks Is computer science dead? Citing falling student enrolments, and improved technology, British academic Neil McBride claims that off-the-shelf solutions are removing much of the demand for high level development skills: "As commercial software products have matured, it no longer makes sense for organisations to develop software from scratch. Accounting packages, enterprise resource packages, customer relationship management systems are the order of the day: stable, well-proven and easily available." Is that quote laughable? Or has the software development industry stabilised to an off-the-self commodity?
Software

Submission + - OpenOffice.org Submits Open Letter to Dell

jlbooker writes: OpenOffice.org has submitted an open letter to Michael Dell in response to the overwhelming requests on Dell's IdeaStorm site for the OpenOffice.org 2 software suite to be factory-installed on Dell systems. From the letter: "Let's have a conversation about how we could build an "OpenOffice.org supplied by Dell" product to give your customers what they are asking for."

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