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Vim Releases ‘Killersheep’ Game To Demo Two New Features In Vim 8.2

Today at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

The creators of Vim have released a game called “Killersheep” to show off two new features in Vim 8.2.

“Before I did the keynote at VimConf 2018 I asked plugin developers what they wanted from Vim,” reads the announcement at Vim.org. “The result was a very long list of requested features. The top two items were clear: Popup windows and text properties.”

After more than a year of development...

Do You Remember the Y2K Bug?

Today at 14:34 PM, via Slashdot

harrymcc writes:

In the late 1990s, lots of people were concerned that the Y2K bug could lead to power outages, financial collapse, riots, and worse when the clock rolled over to January 1, 2000. Hundreds of books about the problem and suggestions on how to respond (quit your job, move to the country, stockpile food) not only capitalized on this fear but helped to spread it.
Over at Fast...

Race against time to launch Europe’s troubled mission to Mars

Today at 12:04 PM, via The Guardian

European Space Agency asks for help from Nasa with ExoMars project as trials fail and cost rises to €1bn

Space engineers are racing against time to fix major faults in the robot probe they plan to send to Mars next year. The complex parachute system that should slow ExoMars – Europe’s largest ever planetary mission – as it plunges into the Martian atmosphere failed catastrophically during...

What does it take to be a gold medal superstar?

Today at 11:30 AM, via The Guardian

The attention after winning gold in Doha was amazing – but success really begins by staying focused, says Dina Asher-Smith

I love being the hunter. The one in pursuit. In training, I’ll latch on to the boys and chase them down. Even when I was younger, I tended to race girls who were older than me – at 17 I was racing 30-year-olds. It’s where I’m comfortable. But the hunter can go on to...

This is what it takes to be a gold medal sprinter | Dina Asher-Smith

Today at 11:30 AM, via The Guardian

The attention after winning gold in Doha was amazing – but success really begins by staying focused

I love being the hunter. The one in pursuit. In training, I’ll latch on to the boys and chase them down. Even when I was younger, I tended to race girls who were older than me – at 17 I was racing 30-year-olds. It’s where I’m comfortable. But the hunter can go on to become the hunted. And...

‘The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer’

Today at 10:34 AM, via Slashdot

“A new generation of reactors will start producing power in the next few years,” writes Wired, addingi that “They’re comparatively tiny — and may be key to hitting our climate goals.”

For the last 20 years, the future of nuclear power has stood in a high bay laboratory tucked away on the Oregon State University campus in the western part of the state. Operated by NuScale Power, an Oregon-based...

There was no sabotage at Eskom – Report

Today at 09:09 AM, via MyBroadband

Energy expert and former advisor to Eskom, Mike Rossouw, has questioned president Cyril Ramaphosa’s claim that sabotage was one of the major contributing factors to stage 6 load shedding this past week.

Inside the culture war tearing at Google

Today at 08:43 AM, via TechCentral

Google’s idealistic history increases the burden on its executives to bring along reluctant employees as it adopts more conventional corporate practices. It’s not going to be easy as tensions boil over.

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