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Submission + - Reverse photosynthesis is a biofuel "game changer" (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A team of scientists from Denmark’s University of Copenhagen has developed a “reverse photosynthesis” process that turns biomass into fuel using the sun’s energy. It’s essentially the opposite of what plants do by converting sunlight into chemical energy – and it could lead to industrialized forms of renewable energy that give fossil fuels a run for their money.

Submission + - HackingTeam's Global Export License Revoked

An anonymous reader writes: You might remember HackingTeam from an epic data leak back in July 2015. Now, the Italian Ministry of Economical Progress has revoked HackingTeam’s licence to export their Galileo remote control software abroad, two years before it would expire, on April 30, 2018. Until the situation changes, HackingTeam will have to ask express permission for every single commercial operation that involves the sale of their Galileo system abroad.

Submission + - French minister invites Elon Musk to turn nuclear site into Tesla factory (theguardian.com)

mdsolar writes: French energy minister Ségolène Royal has suggested to Tesla founder Elon Musk that he build an electric car factory on the site of France’s oldest nuclear reactor after it closes at the end of the year, AFP reported on Tuesday.

French President Francois Hollande has pledged to close down the Fessenheim nuclear plant in the Alsace region near the German border but has met strong resistance from local politicians and unions worried about job losses.

“The main problem is the site’s transformation,” Royal said at a briefing, according to the news agency. “We need to give hope to this community. My idea is to bring a Tesla factory.”

The outspoken minister, who has courted controversy before with off-the-cuff statements, said she had mentioned the idea to Musk himself and would see Tesla’s management in 10 days.

“I said to him: ’I have a place for you, Fessenheim’. He didn’t say no,” Royal said. “Who dares, wins,” she said.

Submission + - Nvidia Goes Deep With New DGX-1 Supercomputer (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Computing giant Nvidia has announced the world's first "supercomputer in a box" – the DGX-1. With a cool 170 teraflops of performance, the machine is designed to tackle the complex worlds of deep learning and artificial intelligence, areas of research requiring massive amounts of computing power.

Submission + - SPAM: Beginner's Guide To ClearOS - Linux Firewall

nickmartin24 writes: ClearOS Firewall is one of the best Open Source Linux firewall distribution. It is an extremely flexible Firewall App build to configure mainly for Open source platform. This firewall is mainly designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network that uses range from one hardware to multiple sharing. Here we provide you with the complete guide to access all features of Linux Firewall.
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Comment Re:Meh. Not that big a problem. (Score 1) 404

You seem to be describing a class of problems known as "embarrassingly parallel", as in "I'm embarrassed when I can't solve this problem in parallel." There are other parallel problems that are more difficult and that require actual brainpower to solve. Perhaps you just haven't run up against one.

Comment Re:Good free command line tool (Score 3, Interesting) 440

I recently had this problem and solved it with finddupe (http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/finddupe/). It's a free command line tool. It can create hardlinks, you can tell it which is a master directory to keep and which directories to delete, and it can create a batch file to do actually do the deletion if you don't trust it or just want to see what it will do. Highly recommend. In any case, 5 TB is going to take forever but with finddupe you can be sure your time is not wasted, unlike one of the free tools that analyzed my drive for 12 hours and then told me it would only fix ten duplicates.

I tried this vs. Clone Spy, Fast Duplicate File Finder, Easy Duplicate File Finder, and the GPL Duplicate Files Finder (crashy). (Side note: Get some creativity guys). There's no UI but I don't care. It doesn't keep any state between runs so run it a few times on subdirectories to make sure you know what it's doing first then let it rip.

Games

Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games 352

The Moving Pixels blog has an article about the delicate balance within video games between giving players meaningful choices and consequences that cannot necessarily be changed if the player doesn't like her choice afterward. Quoting: "One of my more visceral experiences in gaming came recently while playing Mass Effect 2, in which a series of events led me to believe that I'd just indirectly murdered most of my crew. When the cutscenes ended, I was rocking in my chair, eyes wide, heart pounding, and as control was given over to me once more, I did the only thing that I thought was reasonable to do: I reset the game. This, of course, only led to the revelation that the event was preordained and the inference that (by BioWare's logic) a high degree of magical charisma and blue-colored decision making meant that I could get everything back to normal. ... Charitably, I could say BioWare at least did a good job of conditioning my expectations in such a way that the game could garner this response, but the fact remains: when confronted with a consequence that I couldn't handle, my immediate player's response was to stop and get a do-over. Inevitability was only something that I could accept once it was directly shown to me."
Classic Games (Games)

20 Years of Commander Keen 152

angry tapir writes "This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Commander Keen game. For those too young to remember, Commander Keen was a series of shareware 2D platform games for the PC released by Apogee Software (aka 3D Realms) developed by no less than id Software — the developers of Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake."
Security

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.

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