zakeria writes "Baffled officials say a fiery object was spotted plummeting from space at high speed in Latvia last night. The mystery 'meteor' smashed a 50-foot wide and 16-foot deep hole in a field next to a farm in the north of the Baltic country." Link to Original Source top
zakeria writes "How do you go about creating different licensing of software code on different platforms? for example I'm currently developing a software library to accelerate the creation of user interfaces in games that use SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer) and would like to have it under some form of free software license on Linux but on Windows, Mac and games consoles "excluding Linux" under a commercial license. The reasoning behind this is simply to help push games development on the Linux platform and at the same time help with my income as a self employed developer." top
zakeria writes "Microsoft views its string of deals with Linux vendors — the latest being Linspire, announced this week — as part of a broader companywide push to improve interoperability.
That's the word from Tom Robertson, Microsoft's general manager of interoperability and standards, and Jean Paoli, its general manager of interoperability and XML architecture (and a co-creator of the original XML standard). On Friday, the pair published an open letter, again calling on the industry to give the Office Open XML document format a fair shake as a standard. " top
zakeria writes "Red Hat Linux has received a new level of security certification that should make the software more appealing to some government agencies.
Earlier this month IBM was able to achieve EAL4 Augmented with ALC_FLR.3 certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, putting it on a par with Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Trusted Solaris operating system, said Dan Frye, vice president of open systems with IBM." top
zakeria writes "A CAR dealer in Northern Ireland risked bringing down packed jumbo jets by haggling over motor prices on a dodgy cordless phone.
His illegal handset was tuned to the same frequency air traffic controllers use for talking to passenger jets.
Pilots feared that the Arthur Daley-style banter about makes and prices of used cars would block out vital instructions from controllers on the ground.
Investigators used a spy plane and radio wave detector vans to trace the man and eventually tracked the chatter to a used car yard in Bally — mena, Co Antrim.
One pilot said: "We could hear the general chit-chat and talk about cars and phone numbers. But we never heard enough to find out who was talking or where it came from. The interference could have caused very serious problems.""