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Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered 95

grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."

Submission + - Best Example of Good Open Source Code?

Anonymous Coward writes: "As a burgeoning software developer, I regularly use GPL'd software. Occasionally, I even take a peek at the code. But looking at the source code for firefox or thunderbird, I'm left wondering what a software developer who wishes to support open source does in his spare time. Learning such a complex code base would take a big commitment for even the simplest patches. I'm interested in knowing which piece(s) of software with an open source license have a model for good development. What applications stand out for good design and coding practices, as well as easily read and maintained source code? If open source produces better code (and I think it does), what are the best examples of good code? (and perhaps some examples of the worst as well)"

Submission + - Firefly MMOG

Barny writes: "Multiverse, makers of an upcoming customizable mmog engine, have secured the rights to produce an online saga in the firefly universe.
First reported by Wired News,I think we can all admit to the same feelings summed up by Tim Absath.

Man I hope they don't butcher this.

Journal Journal: The Wii and ST:TNG 5

Remember phaser practice on the holodeck? All the dots circling the room and you had to shoot the correct color? Yeah, I wonder how long until there's a game like that on the Wii.

Submission + - HP Pays $14.5M to Make Civil Charges Disappear

theodp writes: "The California Attorney General's Office negotiated a $14.5 million payoff from HP as part of a settlement that calls for the state not to pursue civil charges related to the now infamous spy scandal against the company and its current or former officers or directors (felony criminal charges against five individuals still remain). HP also agreed to maintain the watchdog positions of chief ethics officer and chief privacy officer for five years."

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