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Submission + - Japan nuclear crisis spirals out of control (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: About 200,000 people have now been evacuated from the region of Japan's damaged nuclear plant as the crisis continues to worsen. Workers are now being prepared to sacrifice their lives in heroic measures to prevent another situation which many nuclear experts are saying may become a second Chernobyl. US military personnel are not being allowed inside a 50 mile radius from the plant, and the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has testified to the president that the situation is "deteriorating".

"This is a situation where people may be called in to sacrifice their lives. ... It's very difficult for me to contemplate that but it's, it may have reached that point.", said a spokesman from the Japanese government.

What will this worsening crisis and the broken promises about safety mean for the future of nuclear power?

Emulation (Games)

A JavaScript Gameboy Emulator, Detailed In 8 Parts 62

Two9A writes "JavaScript has shed its image of being a limited language, tied to DOM manipulation in a browser; in recent years, new engines and frameworks have given JS a reputation as a language capable of bigger things. Mix this in with the new elements of HTML5, and you have the capacity to emulate a game console or other system, with full graphical output. This series of articles looks in detail at how an emulator is written in JavaScript, using the example of the Gameboy handheld: starting at the CPU, and (as of part 8) running a copy of Tetris."

Comment Re:Cost (Score 1) 240

The printer also erases the pages... so no actual requirement to "clean" the pages, just feed them in and it erases and writes the new info onto the page.

Not saying I think this is a great idea for home use, but maybe some businesses could use it.

However, unless they've figured out how to make this special paper not turn black if placed on or near a heat source, these pages will be somewhat useless.


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?"

Amazon Patents Changing Authors' Words 323

theodp writes "To exist or not to exist: that is the query. That's what the famous Hamlet soliloquy might look like if subjected to Amazon's newly-patented System and Method for Marking Content, which calls for 'programmatically substituting synonyms into distributed text content,' including 'books, short stories, product reviews, book or movie reviews, news articles, editorial articles, technical papers, scholastic papers, and so on' in an effort to uniquely identify customers who redistribute material. In its description of the 'invention,' Amazon also touts the use of 'alternative misspellings for selected words' as a way to provide 'evidence of copyright infringement in a legal action.' After all, anti-piracy measures should trump kids' ability to spell correctly, shouldn't they?"
Red Hat Software

Fedora 12 Beta Released 236

AdamWill writes "The Fedora project has announced the release of Fedora 12 Beta, which is available here. This will be the final pre-release before the final release in November. New features of Fedora 12 highlighted in the announcement include substantial improvements and fixes to the major graphics drivers, including experimental 3D acceleration support for AMD Radeon r600+-based adapters; improved mobile broadband support and new Bluetooth PAN tethering support in NetworkManager; improved performance in the 32-bit releases; significant fixes and improvements to audio support, including easy Bluetooth audio support; initial implementation of completely open source Broadcom wireless networking via the openfwwf project; significant improvements to the Fedora virtualization stack; and easy access to the Moblin desktop environment and a preview of the new GNOME Shell interface for GNOME. Further details on the major new features of Fedora 12 can be found in the release announcement and feature list. Known issues are documented in the common bugs page."

Comment SGI 1600SW (Score 1) 370

Sure, it may be a decade old but mine is still going strong and has 110dpi, 17.3" widescreen, 1600x1024 native resolution.

Only downsides are that it not supported by anyone, so eBay is the only real place to find them, and you need an adapter to convert the LVDI to DVI, though many of the ones I have seen on eBay come with the adapter built in.

However, if you want a high-quality screen that is still comparable to monitors made today, I would suggest looking at them.

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