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Grad Student Looking To Contribute To Open Source 283

An anonymous reader writes "I'm an Applied Math grad student who knows a bit of Mathematics and a bit of programming. C++ is my first programming language — I am decent at it. I wish to start contributing to a numerical library with two purposes — contribute to open source and develop my C++ skills at the same time. I looked at the Boost libraries and joined the developer list. However, I have no idea on how to start contributing. I'm not an expert in template programming, having written only toy programs to understand that concept. I've used some of the OOP constructs like inheritance,but only for very small projects. Do you have any tips on how to get started on contribution? Are there any other emerging numerical libraries to which I can contribute? Are there any other avenues where I can contribute to open source and improve programming skills?"
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Submission + - CBC Bans Creative Commons Music On Radio

Chaonici writes: The popular Canadian radio show Spark reports that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada's publicly owned and funded national radio broadcaster, has banned podcasts that use Creative Commons-licensed music. 'The decision is apparently the result of restrictions in collective agreements the CBC has with some talent agencies,' writes Canadian copyright scholar Michael Geist. 'In other words, groups are actively working to block the use of Creative Commons licenced alternatives in their contractual language.'
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - We're crashing, put your affairs in order. (wordpress.com)

foliehasseveral writes: On an airplane, boarding is typically a very busy time. While the Flight Attendants are juggling their 15 different balls in the air, the Pilots are audibly going through their pre-flight checklist. Apparently, there had been some research conducted by social scientists that suggested the Pilots responded more quickly to the sound of a woman's voice. Therefore the voice on the pre-recorded cockpit warning system was, and I'm pretty sure about this, a digitally remixed version of Marilyn Monroe.

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