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  • First release of LibreOffice arrives
    The betas have been surprisingly usable though starting as a fork of an established project no doubt reduces the usual mountain of quality challenges. Ryan Paul at Ars Technica has a good overview of what the first official release delivers above and beyond its Oracle owned progenitor. He also includes a backgrounder if you missed the events surrounding the establishment of the Document Foundation, the organization responsible for LibreOffice.
  • ECMAScript 5 strict mode in Firefox 4
    Mozilla has an exhausted post written by Jeff Walden and sharedf by Chris Heilman explaining the purpose of strict mode in modern browsers along with its eventual benefits. I am more curious about the possible security advantages over the speed optimizations it may allow down the road. More than just an overview, the article is also a pretty comprehensive, hands on primer for working with strict mode.
  • Potential power savings through reversible computing
    Reading through this post at Technology Review about the work of Thapliyal and Nagarajan Ranganathan at the University of South Florida, it seems pretty straightforward. Reversible computing is what it says, computation that can be run in reverse. Doing so requires much more rigorously designed chips. This work is purely theoretical at the moment but could easily offer several orders of magnitude, up to eight, improvement in power efficiency if realized in proper hardware.
  • Using a security exploit to patch a game without autoupdate, ht @cthulhim
  • New open government effort for states mirrors existing site for federal, ReadWriteWeb
  • State of the Union to stream from WhiteHouse.gov along with supplemental data, comments, Slashdot

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