Here I am, faced with a deadline for thursday while our network has crashed and I’m unable to do any work. Now if even God is against me, then how can I get any work done? Anyways, I thought I’ll make use of this time to round up today’s news. Not even half the day is over and its turning out to be a real happening day already.
First [[http://ibm.com/|IBM]] made its Java based database Cloudscape open source, and turned it over to the Apache foundation (more [[http://arstechnica.com/news/posts/20040803-4063.html|here]] and [[http://apache.slashdot.org/apache/04/08/03/1212255.shtml?tid=136&tid=148&tid=198&tid=108|here]]).
Then Real released Real Player 10 for Linux, now completely GPLd and based on the open source Helix Player ([[http://linux.slashdot.org/linux/04/08/03/155212.shtml?tid=141&tid=162&tid=218&tid=106|Slashdot story here]]). Intel also released new chips today, most notably the 64 bit Xeon processors (read more [[http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/08/03/185238|here]] and [[http://arstechnica.com/news/posts/20040802-4061.html|here]]).
Finally, I came across a very interesting article on Rediff. An Indian scientist working at BARC claims to have disproved Stephen Hawking’s theories on black holes, and infact, it seems that since this guys paper, Stephen Hawking has been gradually changing his stand and subtly changing his theory to bring them in line with the results proposed by this fellow at BARC, Abhas Mitra. Read more [[http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/dec/22barc.htm|here]])