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An anonymous reader writes: I've been on the hunt for a decent ADSL router that is also open and hackable. For some reason, it seems that such thing might not exist. Sure I've looked at all the OpenWRT and its variants but in the long list of hardware compatibility, I'm unable to find one platform that would work both WiFi and ADSL in a reliable way. I suspect that the reason is the ADSL chip manufacturers holding away the drivers. But still, why can't there be one manufacturer that would just sell an open platform for tweaking and customization by OEMs?
Note that large-scale vendors would indeed be open to adding a tweak or two if you order bulk but won't allow you to do your thing.
Open Source

Submission + - Flightgear 2.10 released (

arnodf writes: "The FlightGear development team is happy to announce the v2.10 release of FlightGear, the free, open-source flight simulator. This new version contains many exciting new features, enhancements and bugfixes. Highlights in this release include improved usability, better terrain rendering and a fully scriptable 2D rendering system."

"Highlights to FlightGear 2.10 include improved usability, a fully-scriptable 2D rendering system, and better terrain rendering. There's also improved modularization, atmospheric light scattering, improved performance, better internationalization support, Rembrandt renderer improvements, AI improvements, and much more. An extensive list of FLightGear 2.10 changes can be found from their Wiki-based change-log. "


Submission + - Mozilla Named "Most Trusted Internet Company For Privacy" (

redletterdave writes: "Mozilla announced on Tuesday that it has been named the "Most Trusted Internet Company For Privacy" in 2012, according to a new independent study released by the Ponemon Institute early this morning. Ponemon Institute surveyed more than 100,000 adult-aged consumers over a 15-week period ending in December 2012; of the 6,704 respondents, representing 25 different industries, Mozilla was ranked the top Internet and social media company. While this is a great achievement for Mozilla, especially considering this was their first year making the list, Mozilla's team took note of the fact that "Internet and social media" was still the least trustworthy sector out of the 25 total industries listed. “It means we as an industry all have a lot more work to do,” Mozilla wrote on its blog."

Submission + - Elon Musk offers Boeing SpaceX batteries for the 787 Dreamliner (

An anonymous reader writes: Boeing is currently dealing with a bit of a disaster as the company’s 787 Dreamliner has been grounded due to safety concerns. Boeing is currently investigating the situation, but they aren’t alone. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has stepped in to offer his help and technology if Boeing wants it.

Musk has had to harness battery tech not only to run his Tesla Motors, but also to function flawlessly aboard SpaceX spacecraft as they travel both in and out of the Earth’s atmosphere. If you need a battery to work at any altitude, you’d trust Musk to supply one, and that’s exactly what he’s offering Boeing.


Submission + - A Digital Public Library Without Paper Books (

CowboyRobot writes: "In San Antonio, a judge and a precinct commissioner are proposing a plan to create a library called BiblioTech that offers electronic media exclusively, offering patrons only e-readers and digital materials. "BiblioTech intends to start with 100 e-readers that can be loaned out, 50 pre-loaded e-readers for children, 50 computer stations, 25 laptops and 25 tablets, with additional accommodations planned for the visually impaired." But the economics have yet to be ironed out. "A typical library branch might circulate 10,000 titles a month... To do that electronically would be cost-prohibitive — most libraries can't afford to supply that many patrons with e-reading devices at one time. And expecting library visitors to bring their own devices may be expecting too much.""
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Humble Indie Bundle 6 Released (

quantumphaze writes: "You can pay whatever you want to get these DRM-free games on Mac, Windows, and Linux: the critically acclaimed action-RPG Torchlight; the rugged sci-fi action platformer Rochard; physics-based brick breaker Shatter; top down space combat sim Space Pirates and Zombies; and steampunk puzzle platformer Vessel. If you choose to pay more than the average price, you will also receive the incredible, frantic acrobatic platformer, Dustforce! Many of the games also come with their own soundtrack!"


An anonymous reader writes: ‘Krzywy Las’ is a ‘magical’ grove of about 400 hundred scotch pine trees, that have all been mysteriously bent into strange angles. This ‘enchanted wood’ can be found close to the German border, some twenty eight kilometres south of Szczecin, in the village of Nowe Czarnowo, near the town of Gryfino. The trees are believed to have been planted shortly before the Second World War.

Submission + - Roundup tolerant GM maize linked to tumor development (

spirito writes: The first animal feeding trial studying the lifetime effects of exposure to Roundup tolerant GM maize, and Roundup, the world's best-selling weedkiller, shows that levels currently considered safe can cause tumors and multiple organ damage and lead to premature death in laboratory rats, according to research published online today by the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.

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This is a topic of great interest in aerodynamics. Aim is to understand how uncertainties in the input data (flow conditions, geometric imperfections, ....) affect the predicted aircraft performances. Some research has already taken place in Europe, for example see the project nodesim (

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