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Submission + - Where to start on home automation?

GeneralTurgidson writes: I'm just starting to dip my feet into the world of home automation, and the Linux HA site is sparsely updated. I'd like to use software that is preferably open source (written in python or perl would be great!). Has anyone had successes with open source home automation? Any resources to share?

Submission + - Gamers succeed where scientists fail (scienceblog.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for more than a decade. The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Foldit, an online game that allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules. After scientists repeatedly failed to piece together the structure of a protein-cutting enzyme from an AIDS-like virus, they called in the Foldit players. The scientists challenged the gamers to produce an accurate model of the enzyme. They did it in only three weeks.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.