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Comment: Re:So it is a peacock? (Score 4, Informative) 144

Well, it is a stomatopod. I keep a couple of mantis shrimps, and they don't seem to have any inclination to break their aquarium glass. They are partial to the many snails in the aquarium though. Roy Caldwell has a lot of information on keeping mantis shrimps and the different varieties.
Biotech

Graphs Show Costs of DNA Sequencing Falling Fast 126

Posted by timothy
from the we've-got-your-number dept.
kkleiner writes "You may know that the cost to sequence a human genome is dropping, but you probably have no idea how fast that price is coming down. The National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the US National Institute of Health, has compiled extensive data on the costs of sequencing DNA over the past decade and used that information to create two truly jaw-dropping graphs. NHGRI's research shows that not only are sequencing costs plummeting, they are outstripping the exponential curves of Moore's Law. By a big margin."
Android

Trend Micro Chairman Says Open Source Is a Security Risk 258

Posted by Soulskill
from the with-friends-like-these dept.
dkd903 writes "Steve Chang, the Chairman of Trend Micro, has kicked up a controversy by claiming that open source software is inherently less secure than closed source. When talking about the security of smartphones, Chang claimed that the iPhone is more secure than Android because being an open-source platform lets attackers know more about the underlying architecture." This comes a week after Trend Micro released a mobile security app for Android.
Biotech

Hunting Disease Origins By Whole-Genome Sequencing 124

Posted by timothy
from the motivation-defined dept.
ChocSnorfler writes "James Lupski, a physician-scientist who suffers from a neurological disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, has been searching for the genetic cause of his disease for more than 25 years. Late last year, he finally found it — by sequencing his entire genome. While a number of human genome sequences have been published to date, Lupski's research is the first to show how whole-genome sequencing can be used to identify the genetic cause of an individual's disease."
News

Vermont City Almost Encased In a 1-Mile Dome 456

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the yeah-it-could-happen dept.
destinyland writes "A Vermont city once proposed a one-mile dome over its 7,000 residents. (They paid $4 million a year in heating bills, and HUD seriously considered funding their proposal.) The city's architectural concept included supporting the Dome with air pressure slightly above atmospheric pressure. (Buckminster Fuller warned their biggest challenge would be keeping it from floating away...) There would be no more heating bills, fly-fishing all year, and no more snow shoveling. And to this day, the former city planner insists that 'Economically it's a slam dunk.'"

Comment: Re:When you have a machine from that era... (Score 3, Informative) 507

by rouge86 (#29929993) Attached to: Installing Linux On Old Hardware?
Actually, I would consider using new software. Gentoo excels in the area of customized builds that meet only the needs of the hardware. When I used to build my system, my idea of bloat is anything that required GTK or QT. I installed Evilwm, and Ratpoison works really well too. I would also compile Enlightenment's Engage dock. The dependencies were fairly small. If you need a file browser, there are some that don't need GTK or QT, but I would prefer xterm as a file browser over those graphical versions. You may need to experiment some with the system to see what works for you as opposed to just taking someone's suggestion. Debian distros probably would work since they tend to support older hardware.

Comment: Re:Doom (Score 4, Interesting) 427

by rouge86 (#29824333) Attached to: A Look At How Far PC Gaming Has Come
First Person Shooters ruined the game industry for me. The games are without plot and are entirely brain dead in the attempt to finish any sort of tasks. Adventure and RPG games have always been my favorite. I sure do miss the days of Hero's Quest/Quest for Glory games, which was a hybrid of RPG and adventure. Considering that Neverwinter Nights 2 is probably the last of the DND franchise to be made for some time, I am thinking that these games are also going the way of the dodo. Then we will all be stuck with the next FPS that is just point and shoot with new pretty graphics and no plot.
PC Games (Games)

A Look At How Far PC Gaming Has Come 427

Posted by Soulskill
from the from-windows-3.11-all-the-way-to-windows-7 dept.
Bit-tech is running a feature examining the progress PC games have made over the past couple decades. The article highlights aspects of modern games we often take for granted or nitpick, and compares them to earlier games in which such features were implemented poorly or not at all. Quoting: "Doom's legacy is still being felt today in fact and it's a fair bet that you can take any shooter off a shelf, from America’s Army to Zeno Clash, examine it, and list a dozen things that those games owe to Doom. Things like the wobble of the guns and the on-screen feedback that tells you which direction you are being shot from — these were things that id Software invented. On the other hand, from a story perspective, Doom was absolutely rubbish. You start in a room, no idea what’s going on and you are surrounded by demons. You have to read the manual and supporting media to get a grip on it all — something modern games would get heavily slated for doing. Yet the idea that plot was optional caught on and the same flaw was replicated in other games of the era, such as Quake and (to a lesser extent) Duke Nukem 3D. There were years and years where the lessons of early story-driven games were forgotten and all anyone really cared about was having as many sprites or polygons as possible."
Government

What Kind of Cloud Computing Project Costs $32M? 158

Posted by timothy
from the those-investors-should-be-pissed dept.
coondoggie writes "The US Department of Energy said today it will spend $32 million on a project that will deploy a large cloud computing test bed with thousands of Intel Nehalem CPU cores and explore commercial offerings from Amazon, Microsoft and Google. Ultimately, the project, known as Magellan, will look at cloud computing as a cost-effective and energy-efficient way for scientists to accelerate discoveries in a variety of disciplines, including analysis of scientific data sets in biology, climate change and physics, the DOE stated. Magellan will explore whether cloud computing can help meet the overwhelming demand for scientific computing. Although computation is an increasingly important tool for scientific discovery, and DOE operates some of the world's most powerful supercomputers, not all research applications require such massive computing power. The number of scientists who would benefit from mid-range computing far exceeds the amount of available resources, the DEO stated."
Windows

Windows 7 To Sell In UK For Half the US Price 487

Posted by kdawson
from the but-wait-you-also-get dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In the UK, a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium is going to cost less than half the price Americans will have to pay, and in fact less than Americans have to pay just for the upgrade-only edition. Full details and prices were published in an article on CNet, in which it was concluded that, at least for the time being, Microsoft is honoring the prices it set for the now-discontinued European version of Win7, which did not contain Internet Explorer 8 and was only available as a full-install edition."

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