Nebulo (29412) writes "In an apparent 180-degree turn, Apple has eliminated their requirement that all iOS applications be developed using Xcode, provided the applications do not download and execute code. This opens the floodgates for alternative environments such as Flash, REALbasic, and many others. Apple also announced that they will be publishing a clear set of guidelines for submissions to the App Store. "We hope it will make us more transparent and help our developers create even more successful apps for the App Store."" Link to Original Source top
Nebulo (29412) writes "Popular geek-technical-libertarian website./ (pronounced "slash-dot") has apparently been taken over by a mysterious figure calling himself "Cmdr. Taco". "Slashdot" is a news aggregator, providing a clearing house for links to sites that contain "news for nerds, stuff that matters" for over ten years. Normally, stories are submitted by readers and later reviewed and approved by a cadre of editors; however, in the early morning hours of September 2, 2010, all stories on the site became to show "Cmdr. Taco" as the approving editor. Details are sketchy, with no word from "Taco" on his demands or agenda after this unexpected coup, and there is no word on the safety of the former editors." top
Can anyone recommend a good basic astronomy/cosmology book that I can give him to bring him somewhat up to speed? For reference, I had to explain that all the stars in the sky are just like our sun; that's his level of understanding. He's very smart and motivated to learn, but has very little background in science.