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Engadget Experiences the Solidoodle 3 3D Printer

December 15th, 2012 12:18 admin View Comments

Hardware

Engadget reports that former MakerBot employee Sam Cervantes has brought to market — or at least to Engadget headquarters in prototype form — a working, cheap(ish) 3D printer from his own company Solidoodle. Originally, the new Solidoodle 3 printer was announced at $500; the price has crept up to $800, but that still sounds like a bargain in the world of home fabrication. Unlike the current MakerBot, it has no built-in card slot, so a computer connection is required for the length of a build.

Source: Engadget Experiences the Solidoodle 3 3D Printer

Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

December 7th, 2012 12:22 admin View Comments

Ubuntu

Deathspawner writes “Perhaps hinting at the fact that the official Steam for Linux launch isn’t too far off, Valve has begun updating some game pages to include Linux system requirements. Some games don’t list only Ubuntu as the main supported distro, with some listing Linux Mint and Fedora as well. A common theme is that Valve recommends you always use a ‘fully updated’ OS, regardless of which distro you use. And based on the system requirements laid out so far, it’s safe to say that Serious Sam 3: BFE will undoubtedly be the most system-intensive game released at launch.”

Source: Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

What “Earth-Shaking” Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

November 20th, 2012 11:13 admin View Comments

Mars

Randym writes “NASA scientists have some exciting new results from one of the rover’s instruments. On the one hand, they’d like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument. The exciting results are coming from an instrument in the rover called SAM. ‘We’re getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting,’ says John Grotzinger. He’s the principal investigator for the rover mission. SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) is a suite of instruments onboard NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something Earth-shaking. ‘This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good,’ he says.”

Source: What “Earth-Shaking” Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

John McAfee Launches Blog, Offers $25K Reward For “Real Killers”

November 19th, 2012 11:02 admin View Comments

Crime

An anonymous reader writes “The IT security pioneer John McAfee has launched a blog to document his life on the lam, as Belize police chase him down for suspicion of killing a neighbor. McAfee is using the blog to state his case, raise suspicions about Belize authorities and to offer a $25K reward to find the real killer or killers. From the article: ‘McAfee writes that he is on run with a 20-year-old female named Sam, photos of whom are in the blog, along with a post from her. McAfee says a handful of friends and associates have been rounded up by police over the past week or so. His posts are filled with dramatic descriptions of his actions (including returning to his home in disguise to find police digging up his dead dogs and cutting off their heads) and lay bare his suspicions about Belize authorities. ‘”

Source: John McAfee Launches Blog, Offers $25K Reward For “Real Killers”

John McAfee Launches Blog, Offers $25K Reward For “Real Killers”

November 19th, 2012 11:02 admin View Comments

Crime

An anonymous reader writes “The IT security pioneer John McAfee has launched a blog to document his life on the lam, as Belize police chase him down for suspicion of killing a neighbor. McAfee is using the blog to state his case, raise suspicions about Belize authorities and to offer a $25K reward to find the real killer or killers. From the article: ‘McAfee writes that he is on run with a 20-year-old female named Sam, photos of whom are in the blog, along with a post from her. McAfee says a handful of friends and associates have been rounded up by police over the past week or so. His posts are filled with dramatic descriptions of his actions (including returning to his home in disguise to find police digging up his dead dogs and cutting off their heads) and lay bare his suspicions about Belize authorities. ‘”

Source: John McAfee Launches Blog, Offers $25K Reward For “Real Killers”

A Proposal To Fix the Full-Screen X11 Window Mess

October 25th, 2012 10:22 admin View Comments

X

jones_supa writes “The SDL developers Ryan Gordon and Sam Lantinga have proposed a window manager change to work out the full-screen X11 window mess, primarily for games. The proposal is to come up with a _NET_WM_STATE_FULLSCREEN_EXCLUSIVE window manager hint that works out the shortcomings of the full-screen hint used currently by most games, _NET_WM_STATE_FULLSCREEN. Ryan and Sam have already worked out an initial patch for SDL but they haven’t tried hooking it to any window manager yet. Those interested in the details, information is available from this mailing list message. One of the key changes is that software would make the request to the window manager to change the resolution, rather than tapping RandR or XVidMode directly. Martin Gräßlin of KDE was rather wary about the patch and said that games changing the resolution just tend to mess up the desktop.” Seems like a reasonable idea, given a bit of time to mature as a spec. In KDE’s case, a separate daemon from the window manager handles resolution changes so going through the WM would add complexity, and the plasma shell still has no way to realize that it shouldn’t reflow the desktop widgets. Setting window properties seems like a sensible IPC method for communicating intent though (without making yet another aspect of the X desktop reliant upon the not-very-network-transparent dbus): “hey, I need to resize, but just for me so don’t reshuffle the desktop and docks.”

Source: A Proposal To Fix the Full-Screen X11 Window Mess

Prefab Greenhouse + Ardunio Controls = Automated Agriculture (Video)

October 12th, 2012 10:38 admin View Comments

Biotech

Sam Bagot and Will Bratton operate Horto Domi (hortodomi.com), an agricultural project they describe as “beyond organic.” They’re working with small prefab greenhouses, adding sensors and Arduino-actuated controls, and even including an earthworm breeding area in most domes, because earthworms are good for the soil and can increase plant production. If you’re the kind of person whose plants always seem to shrivel up and die, this may be a great way to garden. With watering and other functions automated, it looks like all you have to do is set your controls, plant what you want to grow, and wait for the “time to harvest” alarm to go off. Okay, it might not be that simple, but Sam and Will say their gardening method saves a lot of energy and time. It also looks like fun, besides being an easy way to grow your own 100% organic fruits and vegetables.

Source: Prefab Greenhouse + Ardunio Controls = Automated Agriculture (Video)

XBian’s Koenkk Replies To the XBian/RaspBMC Flap

September 22nd, 2012 09:42 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

New submitter juenger1701 writes Xbian‘s developer Koenkk has posted a reply to the code stealing accusations mentioned here Friday.” In response, Sam Nazarko of Raspbmc has replaced his earlier complaint, “on the agreement that XBian participate with compliance of the GPL.” Koenkk makes the case that his project has always complied with the GPL.

Source: XBian’s Koenkk Replies To the XBian/RaspBMC Flap

GPL Kerfuffle Takes Xbian For Raspberry Pi Offline

September 21st, 2012 09:50 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

tetrahedrassface writes “Rasbmc developer Sam Nazarko is reporting that Xbian had violated the GPL and stolen his installer code without providing attribution and not releasing their source. His breakdown of events is interesting, and currently the Xbian project has been taken offline with several tweets saying Xbian development is terminated.”

Source: GPL Kerfuffle Takes Xbian For Raspberry Pi Offline

Ubuntu NVIDIA Graphics Driver: Windows Competitive, But Only With KDE

September 13th, 2012 09:07 admin View Comments

Graphics

An anonymous reader writes “The NVIDIA Linux driver across multiple GeForce graphics cards can compete with Microsoft Windows 7 on Ubuntu, but only when using the KDE desktop and not the default Unity/Compiz. It turns out based upon recent desktop environment benchmarking, Ubuntu’s Unity desktop is now noticeably slower than GNOME/KDE/Xfce/LXDE with multiple GPUs/drivers. Sam Spilsbury of Canonical/Compiz acknowledges the problem but it may take longer than one Ubuntu cycle to correct.”

Source: Ubuntu NVIDIA Graphics Driver: Windows Competitive, But Only With KDE

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