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Submission + - Folding@home client can now run on supercomputers (

MrSeb writes: "Earlier this week at the supercomputing SC11 conference, researchers from the long-running Folding@home project demonstrated a new distributed framework named Copernicus that's designed to allow F@h to scale across geographically-dispersed supercomputing clusters. Folding@home's primary mission is to understand each step in the protein-folding process. Copernicus, in contrast, lets the user specify the desired end results — and then the Copernicus run-time, taking into account all of the available computational resources, then breaks down the desired end results into specific, efficient task packages. "It opens the door to huge crowds of people using these methods, which have matured with Folding@home," Vijay Pande (F@h's founder) said. "This method should be able to use any supercomputer on the planet completely," Pande said. "Strong scaling to these extremes is unusual.""

Submission + - US gives Raytheon $10.5M for "serious games" ( 1

coondoggie writes: "These aren’t your basic video gaming systems here. The US government gave Raytheon BBN Technologies a $10.5 million today to develop what it called “serious games” that feature an international detective theme developed by game designers, cognitive psychologists and experts in intelligence analysis and in measuring game-player engagement."

Submission + - ChevronWP7 - breaking out is hard to do (

mikejuk writes: Even if you don't have the slightest interest in Windows Phone 7, you probably should be following the antics at ChevronWP7 if only to see if you can follow the distorted logic behind it all.
Put simply, the history is that a bunch of talented guys engineer a jailbreak for WP7 and put it online for all to download and play with. Microsoft notices and doesn't like it, but instead of sending the guys to jail, along with the phone, it makes a polite call, convinces them to go legit and gives them some nice T-shirts. In return for withdrawing their evil software, Microsoft suggests that they do the job properly and create an approved jailbreak site.
Now they have don't it and you can get an official unoffical jailbreak for $9 — but with many of the original Microsoft restrictions. However even with Microsoft's help the whole things seems to be very difficult and there are lots of bugs and this is quite a shock — can unlocking the phone be that hard? But the real puzzle is why Microsoft wants WP7 to be both open and closed at the same time?

Submission + - Zynga forces employees to give pay their stock ben (

An anonymous reader writes: So, you work for a dinky little startup for less than you are worth, in order to get some pre-IPO stock in the Next Great Thing and rake in dough once it goes public.

Not so fast, cowboy. You already know that your stock is restricted and thus isn't worth anything right now. But did you know that they can take it away from you for no reason other than regretting that they gave you so much?

Zynga's doing it now. The employees are being told to give back that stock, or be fired (in which case you lose all of it anyway.

Bottom line: pre-IPO restricted stock is worthless. Never figure it into your calculations when deciding whether or not to take the job. Don't accept pre-IPO stock as an alternative for what you're worth.


Submission + - Report Shows China, Russia Stealing US Economic Se (

hapworth writes: In a report to Congress released by the the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, China and Russia are called out by name for carrying out state-sponsored espionage. While it's unusual for the federal government to let the public in on classified information around foreign spies, counterintelligence expert Roger Cressey called this the first of many federal warnings to come about the ongoing cyber-war on US intellectual property. The report describes the breadth of information sought by foreign cyber-sleuths, including trade secrets about new pharmaceuticals, schematics for innovations in clean energy, and anything to do with technology or weaponry.

Submission + - Consumer Tech: An IT Nightmare (

snydeq writes: "Advice Line's Bob Lewis discusses the difficulties IT faces in embracing the kinds of consumer technologies business users are demanding they support. 'Let's assume the consumerization of IT is the big trend many think it is. But using consumer tech in a business environment is a very different matter from being satisfied with consumer tech in a business environment. One of IT's legitimate gripes is that we're often asked to turn consumer-grade technology into business-grade technology with a wave of our magic wands. On top of the intrinsic technical challenges, there's this: IT doesn't have anything that even resembles a methodology for performing the business analysis we need to figure out what it means to put consumer tech to productive day-to-day use.'"

Submission + - No Windows 8 plot to lock out Linux (

Bucky24 writes: ZDNet's Ed Bott decided to contact major PC makers to find out the truth about Windows 8 SecureBoot. The responses are encouraging for those of us who run third party operating systems.

Dell plans to have a BIOS switch to allow SecureBoot to be disabled, and HP assures us that they will allow consumers to make their own choice as to what operating system to run, though they have not given details as to how.


Submission + - Carbonite privacy breach leads to spam (

richi writes: "It looks like Carbonite, Inc. has been giving out customers' personal information. The company's admitted giving customer email address to a third party, in direct contravention of its privacy policy.

Lest we forget, this is the same online backup company that lost the backups of thousands of its customers, while denying any data were lost, despite reports from customers who said they had (ahem) lost data. It's also the company whose VP of marketing was caught red-handed astroturfing on Amazon, along with other Carbonite employees. When the news broke, the company denied it had sanctioned the phony reviews.

So I guess this is Strike Three, right?"


Submission + - Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem ( 3

jfruhlinger writes: "Even Linux's most passionate partisans will admit that its filesystem, which stashes vital files in a variety of arcane directories, can be baffling to users. The developers at the Fedora project want to cut the Gordian know and consolidate all executables into /usr/bin and all libraries into /usr/lib or /usr/lib64. One downside: this system would conflict with the standards developed by the Linux Standard Base, or the (rarely used) Filesystem Hierarchy Standard."

Submission + - Inventing The Future of Gaming (

donniebaseball23 writes: IndustryGamers reports on the University of California's Santa Cruz campus' Research Review Day last week, which examined the future of gaming and how today's young designers are building innovative new systems to revolutionize the industry. For example, what if a player is providing input to a procedural content generator, rather than a designer? Levels could be generated automatically based on the player's actions. In other words, the player would have infinite content. Associate Professor Michael Mateas wants to elevate games even further: “Games are mostly graphics with movement and collision detection.What about representing human nature? What are the equivalent of graphics for relationships and interaction?” Mateas wants to create "procedural everything,” and envisions systems to generate content, the equivalent of physics engines for characters, interaction, and stories.

Submission + - What We Really Learned from "Sesame Street" (

Diggester writes: It’s no secret that Sesame Street delivers more than just witty monster banter and great ideas for Halloween costumes that will inevitably take a turn for the worst (Sexy Elmo? Really?). The characters and scenarios on the show have always been meant as teaching tools, often intended to help kids deal with difficult issues. It’s in that tradition that Lily, a new Muppet from a low-income family who sometimes gets meals from a food pantry, made her debut on The Street earlier this month. Her arrival prompted us to reflect on the valuable and nuanced life lessons we learned from our most beloved furry friends. Click through and let the teaching begin.


"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead