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Retro City Rampage Getting a DOS Version

Slashdot - 2 hours 44 min ago
jones_supa writes: There is an indie game port in works which certainly cracks a smile on one's face. Vblank Entertainment is bringing Retro City Rampage — its homage to 8-bit games and Grand Theft Auto — over to one of the influential gaming operating systems of all time: DOS! Retro City Rampage 486 is a port of Retro City Rampage DX, an enhanced version of the game featuring a story mode, arcade challenges, and free roaming. As the name suggests, if one wants to run the game natively, a beefy 486 CPU is required, along with 3.7 MB of disk space and 4 MB of RAM. But of course, DOSBox can be used as well. A release date for the DOS version of the game is not yet known.

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Qt 5.5 Released

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-02 00:30
New submitter mx+b writes: The latest version of Qt, the cross platform GUI toolkit and development platform, is out for all major platforms. Highlights include better 3D, multimedia, and web support, as well as better support for the latest OS X and Windows releases (including Windows 10) and more Linux distributions.

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Exploring the Relationships Between Tech Skills (Visualization)

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-07-01 23:30
Nerval's Lobster writes: Simon Hughes, Dice's Chief Data Scientist, has put together an experimental visualization that explores how tech skills relate to one another. In the visualization, every circle or node represents a particular skill; colors designate communities that coalesce around skills. Try clicking "Java", for example, and notice how many other skills accompany it (a high-degree node, as graph theory would call it). As a popular skill, it appears to be present in many communities: Big Data, Oracle Database, System Administration, Automation/Testing, and (of course) Web and Software Development. You may or may not agree with some relationships, but keep in mind, it was all generated in an automatic way by computer code, untouched by a human. Building it started with Gephi, an open-source network analysis and visualization software package, by importing a pair-wise comma-separated list of skills and their similarity scores (as Simon describes in his article) and running a number of analyses: Force Atlas layout to draw a force-directed graph, Avg. Path Length to calculate the Betweenness Centrality that determines the size of a node, and finally Modularity to detect communities of skills (again, color-coded in the visualization). The graph was then exported as an XML graph file (GEXF) and converted to JSON format with two sets of elements: Nodes and Links. "We would love to hear your feedback and questions," Simon says.

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Cuba Connecting Universities With Fiber

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-07-01 21:00
lpress writes: Two Cuban universities have fiber links and fiber connections will be available to all Cuban universities in January 2016. One of the currently connected universities is in the west, near Havana (satellite ground station) and one in the east, near the undersea cable landing. Cuba will use Chinese equipment for DSL to the home and Wifi access points.

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Federal Wiretaps Down Slightly, Encryption Impact Decreases

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-07-01 19:30
coondoggie writes: According to the 2014 Wiretap Report, released today by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts a total of a total of 3,554 wiretaps were reported as authorized, with 1,279 authorized by federal judges and 2,275 authorized by state judges. Compared to the applications approved during 2013, the number approved by federal judges decreased 13% in 2014 and the number approved by state judges increased 8%. One state wiretap application was denied in 2014, the report stated.

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The Polygonal Desktop

Lifehacker.com - Wed, 2015-07-01 19:00

Reader Pushkar submitted this good-looking desktop to our Desktop Showcase, and we love the look of it. Useful as a second screen or when it’s time to work, here’s how he set it up.

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How the Next US Nuclear Accident Might Happen

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-07-01 18:43
Lasrick writes: Anthropologist Hugh Gusterson analyzes safety at US nuclear facilities and finds a disaster waiting to happen due to an over-reliance on automated security technology and private contractors cutting corners to increase profits. Gusterson follows on the work of Eric Schlosser, Frank Munger, and Dan Zak in warning us of the serious problems at US nuclear facilities, both in the energy industry and in the nuclear security complex.

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Mash Avocados with a Knife for Super Chunky Guacamole

Lifehacker.com - Wed, 2015-07-01 18:00

If you love super chunky guacamole, try using a knife to “chop” everything together, the way this video from Ina Garten demonstrates. You’ll get the texture you’re looking for, and it speeds up the process.

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Windows 10 Shares Your Wi-Fi Password With Contacts

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-07-01 18:00
gsslay writes: The Register reports that Windows 10 will include, defaulted on, "Wi-Fi Sense" which shares wifi passwords with Outlook.com contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, Facebook friends. This involves Microsoft storing the wifi passwords entered into your laptop which can then be used by any other person suitably connected to you. If you don't want someone's Windows 10 passing on your password, Microsoft has two solutions; only share passwords using their Wi-Fi Sense service, or by adding "_optout" to your SSID.

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Depression: The Secret Struggle Startup Founders Won't Talk About

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-07-01 17:15
mattydread23 writes: In May, Cambrian Genomics CEO Austen Heinz committed suicide. The news stunned friends and family, and sparked a conversation about the growing problem of depression among startup founders. Some estimates say 30% of startup founders suffer from depression, but many are reluctant to talk about their struggle for fear of alienating investors and employees. This feature by Business Insider includes conversations with a friend of Heinz, plus many investors and other startup founders who are starting to talk about the problem and figure out how to make things better.

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Keep Your Extension Cords from Unplugging with a Carabiner

Lifehacker.com - Wed, 2015-07-01 17:00

When you’re running at least two extension cords to power something, a rough tug on the line can easily separate them. A carefully placed carabiner fixes that.

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Always Be Able to Read Your Kid Bedtime Stories with This DIY Recorder

Lifehacker.com - Wed, 2015-07-01 16:30

When you’re a kid, there’s nothing like a good bedtime story from someone you love. This custom recorder can attach to any children’s book and let your little one listen to you read it to them whenever they like.

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First Human Colonies Should Be Among Venus' Clouds

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-07-01 16:30
StartsWithABang writes: When we talk about humans existing on worlds other than Earth, the first choice of a planet to do so on is usually Mars, a world that may have been extremely Earth-like for the first billion years of our Solar System or so. Perhaps, with enough ingenuity and resources, we could terraform it to be more like Earth is today. But the most Earth-like conditions in the Solar System don't occur on the surface of Mars, but rather in the high altitudes of Venus' atmosphere, some 50-65 km up. Despite its harsh conditions, this may be the best location for the first human colonies, for a myriad of good, scientific reasons. NASA proposed something similar last year and released a report on the subject.

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I'm Mike Senese, Executive Editor of Make, and This Is How I Work

Lifehacker.com - Wed, 2015-07-01 16:00

For ten years Make: Magazine has been sharing stories of people making incredible projects, from flying robots to whittled spoons to bee keeping, and has been a central pillar of the maker movement. Helping to ferry that enthusiasm along is Mike Senese.

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Meet the Makers of an Exotic (Partially) 3-D Printed Car (2 Videos)

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-07-01 15:46
Last month, in a story headlined 3D Printed Supercar Chassis Unveiled, we promised video interviews with builders Kevin and Brad "in the near future." Here they are. First, we have Kevin Czinger, Founder & CEO of Divergent Microfactories. He says the way we build cars is more important from an environmental standpoint than how we fuel them, and that the way we make cars now is a lot less efficient and a lot more expensive than it needs to be. Divergent's first demo vehicle, the Blade, is a tandem-seating 700 HP supercar its makers say does 0 - 60 in 2.5 seconds. Price? No word yet, but it's safe to assume "plenty" might be an accurate guess. In the second video, Blade project lead Brad Balzer goes into detail about how, why, and where they use 3-D printing, and explains the modular nature of their car chassis design. He says they don't need to change many parts to go from ultra-sports car to pickup truck. He also says that while Divergent Microfactories is working on cars right now, their manufacturing system can be applied to many different industries. Indeed, their long-range goal is to help people build microfactories making many different kinds of products faster, more flexibly, and for less money than it takes to make similar manufactured items today. Note: The transcript covers both videos and has a little 'bonus' material in it, too.

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Get out of the Couch Potato Trap by Not Going Home Right After Work

Lifehacker.com - Wed, 2015-07-01 15:30

Having a routine can be comfortable, but it can also get you stuck in a lazy rut. If you’re tired of coming home from work only to plop on the couch, don’t let yourself come home until you’ve done something else.

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Start Your Transition to LED Lighting for $4 Per Bulb

Lifehacker.com - Wed, 2015-07-01 15:14

If you’re still using ugly CFL bulbs, or heaven forbid, energy-hogging incandescents, it’s time to transition to LED. Philips’ unique SlimStyle 60W equivalents are only $4 each today on Amazon, which is within a few cents of an all-time low. At that price, they’ll pay for themselves in the short term with energy savings, and in the long term with a lifespan that could stretch over multiple decades. Plus, many utility companies will pay you a buck or two for each bulb, if you submit a receipt.

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Microsoft To Launch Minecraft Education Portal For Teachers

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-07-01 15:01
Mickeycaskill writes: Microsoft wants to help educators use Minecraft to teach pupils about maths, history, creative design and other subjects and skills, claiming the game is already being used in classrooms in the US and UK. Minecraft developer Mojang was bought by Microsoft last year for $2.5 billion and the game has been featured in a number of HoloLens demos, an indication of how it sees the former indie phenomenon as more than just a game. "Very soon after Minecraft launched, we noticed teachers bringing the game into their classrooms," said a blog post. "Often inspired by the passion of their students, they started using Minecraft to design history lessons, teach language classes, explore mathematics, physics, computer science, writing, and more."

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Evernote's Web Clipper Now Works Better with Gmail, YouTube, and Amazon

Lifehacker.com - Wed, 2015-07-01 15:00

Evernote’s Web Clipper extension is a great way to save clips from the web to your Evernote account, and now it works a lot better with Gmail, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Amazon. Better still, the Clipper can now grab attachments from Gmail.

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