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IDEs With VIM Text Editing Capability? 193

An anonymous reader writes "I am currently looking to move from text editing with vim to a full fledged IDE with gdb integration, integrated command line, etc. Extending VIM with these capabilities is a mortal sin, so I am looking for a linux based GUI IDE. I do not want to give up the efficient text editing capabilities of VIM though. How do I have my cake and eat it too?"
Science

Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus 205

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from an AP report: "Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. ... 'I was gobsmacked,' said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. 'I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh.'"
Image

The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza 282

iamapizza writes "New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article; 'The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-center, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-center cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighboring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?' This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of 'sharing' a pizza."
Earth

Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought 451

drewtheman writes "New studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. University of Utah research professor of geophysics Robert Smith led four separate studies that verify a plume of hot and molten rock at least 410 miles deep that rises at an angle from the northwest."
Space

Submission + - Meteor impact caught on traffic cam (thesun.co.uk)

Megaport writes: Amazing video of a meteor streaking across the sky and exploding was caught on a traffic camera in Jo'burg. "There was a sudden flash, like an orange stripe in the sky, followed by a very bright explosion where the sky lit up as if it was daytime."
The Matrix

Submission + - Music sharing a social, not ethical, issue

athloi writes: "Recent studies by two Kent State University professors suggest that file sharing and downloading music is "more of a social phenomenon than an economic one." As one article related,

> "That is," say the researchers, "downloaders of free, so-called 'pirate' music
> seemed to be more motivated by the social aspect of trading and sharing music with
> other music enthusiasts rather than the proposition of saving money on music
> purchases."


In other news, students are finding out the hard way that downloading is where the law intrudes on what they see as a fun, social hobby and a way to interact with other kids.

> Barg couldn't imagine anyone expected her to pay $3,000 — $7.87 per song — for
> some 1980s ballads and Spice Girls tunes she downloaded for laughs in her dorm room.


Socialization has been the promise of the music industry for teenagers since the 1940s, justifying its sale of a cheap product at high prices through years of marketing portraying rock music as a way to socialize teenagers and introduce them to interaction with others (since they don't have exciting jobs, neurotic sex lives and life insurance to gab about like adults)."
The Media

Submission + - A new weapon against tsunamis

Roland Piquepaille writes: "A new mooring system has been developed by U.S. researchers to install a seismic monitoring station on the top of an active underwater volcano in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. According to the researchers who installed the underwater earthquake monitoring system on top of Kick'em Jenny volcano, their Real Time Offshore Seismic Station (RTOSS) will significantly improve the ability of natural hazard managers to notify and protect the island of Granada's residents from volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. Read more for additional details and illustrations about the RTOSS."
The Internet

Submission + - Can regular people order takedowns?

slapdfsckr writes: Can a regular person order a takedown of site content? What is a takedown anyway? Is it just a threat? I ask because recently I found out that my company launched a pirate ship full of lawers at a popular social networking site to remove content from a disgruntled employee. I didn't notice anything outstandingly damaging about these comments, however they didn't exactly paint a pretty picture and I can understand why certian people would be rather upset. The point is that the content was removed, the account seems quite inactive and for all I know this guy is no longer employeed. Whatever. My concern is how fast and seemingly easy it was to have the content removed. So I query: If I read some defamatory comments about myself on someones blog, can I order them to take it off or do I need the backing of a well paid legal team?
Books

Journal SPAM: Dune 5

The other day I finished reading Frank Herbert's Dune. I read it at least once a year. I'm not sure how many times I've read it but it has to be up there a bit.

Feed Blood DNA Can Be Early Predictor Of Liver Cancer (sciencedaily.com)

Researchers have discovered a means for early detection of liver cancer. Using DNA isolated from serum samples as a baseline biomarker, the scientists examined changes in certain tumor suppressor genes that have been associated with the development of liver carcinomas. This is the first study to prospectively examine potential biomarkers for early detection of liver cancer in high-risk populations.
Music

Submission + - RIAA and $9 billion spent on ringtones

Jared writes: A detail that seems hidden in all the fuss over declining music sales by the RIAA and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), is the fact that people bought over $9 billion USD worth of ringtones worldwide last year. That's right, $9 billion USD! This is about a 41% increase over last year and is expected to hit about $32 billion USD by the year 2010. http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8635/Why+doesn't+the+ RIAA+talk+about+the+%249+billion+USD+in+ringtone+s ales%3F

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