Science/computing news snippets

The UK government have decided to steal 68 million pounds from the science budget to pay for corporate failures. This is unprecented so far as I know – this is earmarked science money which is now being taken away. If there’s any legal recourse available to the UK research community, I hope that they’re pursuing it.

In local news, the tentacles of the Fairfax media empire have reached Brisbane and according to issue #1 of the Brisbane Times, Australian university students are being offered Microsoft Office for AUD 75. The question is – why? Don’t they know that they could get Open Office for free? If not, they should be told.