jamesswift writes: "The GNU project and the GCC developers are pleased to announce the release of GCC 4.5.0. This release is a major release, containing new features (as well as many other improvements) relative to GCC 4.4.x."
The changes are too numerous to list but the additional C++0x work is particularly encouraging.
jamesswift writes: The FSF have written an open letter to Google urging them to free the VP8 codec with an irrevocable royalty-free licence.
"With its purchase of the On2 video compression technology company having been completed on Wednesday February 16, 2010, Google now has the opportunity to make free video formats the standard, freeing the web from both Flash and the proprietary H.264 codec."
jamesswift writes: Vaughan Bell at Slate has written an interesting article on the centuries old phenomenon of hysterical suspicion of new media and the technologies than enable them. The best line comes near then end "The writer Douglas Adams observed how technology that existed when we were born seems normal, anything that is developed before we turn 35 is exciting, and whatever comes after that is treated with suspicion."
jamesswift writes: Version 1.0 of ChaiScript has been released.
According to the developers "ChaiScript is the first and only scripting language designed from the ground up with C++ compatibility in mind. It is an ECMAScript-inspired, embedded functional-like language.".
This looks very nice if you want to quickly add a scripting interface directly to c++ code.
James Swift writes: "Ben Goldacre of Bad Science fame writes in The Guardian about the most recent iteration of media hype and inaccuracies about the "Pixie Dust" that helped regrow a man's finger.
Sometimes I don't want to believe."