Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: Fake Thermostats (Score 2, Interesting) 402

by JDHawg (#34111918) Attached to: The temperature where I am now is controlled by...
Several years ago, I was in a meeting about some building modifications at an Air Force Base that my squadron was relocating to. The base Civil Engineer asked if we would like thermostats on the walls, and my response was "Sure, it will be nice to adjust the temperatures in the offices." He looked at me and started laughing, and then with a straight face told me that most thermostats in government office buildings were for show only, and the real controls were in an obscure closet somewhere.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Code Review of Doom For the iPhone 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the old-dogs-new-tricks dept.
Developer Fabien Sanglard has written a code review for id Software's iPhone port of Doom. It's an interesting look into how the original 1993 game (which he also reviewed to understand its rendering process) was adapted to a modern platform. "Just like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom was rendering a screenframe pixel per pixel. The only way to do this on iPhone with an acceptable framerate would be to use CoreSurface/CoreSurface.h framework. But it is unfortunately restricted and using it would prevent distribution on the AppStore. The only solution is to use OpenGL, but this comes with a few challenges: Doom was faking 3D with a 2D map. OpenGL needs real 3D vertices. More than 3D vertices, OpenGL needs data to be sent as triangles (among other things because they are easy to rasterize). But Doom sectors were made of arbitrary forms. Doom 1993's perspective was also faked, it was actually closer to an orthogonal projection than a perspective projection. Doom was using VGA palette indexing to perform special effect (red for damage, silver for invulnerable...)."
The Almighty Buck

EA Flip-Flops On Battlefield: Heroes Pricing, Fans Angry 221

Posted by Soulskill
from the put-your-money-where-your-gun-is dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Ben Kuchera from Ars Technica is reporting that EA/DICE has substantially changed the game model of Battlefield: Heroes, increasing the cost of weapons in Valor Points (the in-game currency that you earn by playing) to levels that even hardcore players cannot afford, and making them available in BattleFunds (the in-game currency that you buy with real money). Other consumables in the game, such as bandages to heal the players, suffered the same fate, turning the game into a subscription or pay-to-play model if players want to remain competitive. This goes against the creators' earlier stated objectives of not providing combat advantage to paying customers. Ben Cousins, from EA/DICE, argued, 'We also frankly wanted to make buying Battlefunds more appealing. We have wages to pay here in the Heroes team and in order to keep a team large enough to make new free content like maps and other game features we need to increase the amount of BF that people buy. Battlefield Heroes is a business at the end of the day and for a company like EA who recently laid off 16% of their workforce, we need to keep an eye on the accounts and make sure we are doing our bit for the company.' The official forums discussion thread is full of angry responses from upset users, who feel this change is a betrayal of the original stated objectives of the game."

Comment: An April Fools Day joke in May? (Score 3, Funny) 274

by BiloxiGeek (#28014811) Attached to: Google Tricycles To Map Footpaths For Street View
History has shown that the human leg is an often untapped behemoth of energy, having in the past powered generators, submarines and, of course, deep space hair dryers aboard Red Dwarf.

Next thing you know they'll be reporting that Lister has been hired to peddle the thing around London. They tried to hire Cat but he was afraid being outside in the summer heat and humidity would ruin his fantastically perfect hairdo.

Comment: Re:One problem... (Score 1) 291

by JDHawg (#26486875) Attached to: RIAA Hearing Next Week Will Be Televised

Kelly Clarkson has had several hits which landed in the Billboard Top 100 for 2004, 2005, 2006, et cetera, but none of the others "idols" have made it.

Wow, someone had better tell Kellie Pickler and Carrie Underwood that they haven't "made it" yet. Hmmm... I'll bet they think having #1 songs and headlining tours actually means something.

Comment: Re:Always read it as "Degree or Experience" (Score 1) 1123

by JDHawg (#25944509) Attached to: IT Job Without a Degree?
I agree. I entered the U.S. Air Force 30 days after High School graduation and "earned while I learned" for the next 20 years. I was officially a computer programmer my whole career, but back in the 80's and 90's that meant being part programmer and part sys admin. When I retired in 2003 I took my experience and found a very nice contractor job paying more that double my military pay as a UNIX admin. When that ended I already had my current job lined up as a programmer/administrator for a major government contractor. No degree, but now with 25+ years experience I don't need it. Should I have gone to college? Maybe, but it really wasn't for me. I hated going to school and would have probably failed miserably. The irony of it all is that my last 10 years in the Air Force I was an instructor teaching others to be programmers and UNIX admins. Do you need to do 20 years in the military? No. Even a four-year stint will get you experience that college just can't match up to.
Hardware Hacking

+ - SysAd Hardware search

Submitted by BiloxiGeek
BiloxiGeek (872377) writes "I'm trying to find a piece of equipment and so far I'm coming up with nothing. I have a number of workstations scattered throughout the building that are headless. No monitor, no mouse, and some have no keyboard. They just sit in a corner and do their thing. It would be nice to move them into the server room and connect them to our IP KVM but that's not an option at this time.

What I'm trying to find is a lightweight, easy to carry, monitor, keyboard and mouse. Occasionally I need to get to those systems directly and have to lug around an LCD, keyboard and sometimes a mouse and that gets really obnoxious. I'm thinking the LCD should be no more that 17" or it would kind of ruin the whole portable idea. The keyboard and mouse should be USB and PS/2 compatible but I'd settle for just USB. I suppose it would probably end up looking like a laptop, but be more like a single port, portable KVM, without the KVM switch capability.

Do you know of anyone manufacturing such an item?"

Comment: Let just ignore... (Score 1) 82

by BiloxiGeek (#23273126) Attached to: Video Demo of Microsoft's "Containerized" Data Storage
The fact that the military has had containers hosting communications, power production and AC equipment for decades. All of them transportable by air, land or sea. I worked in just such a box in Saudi Arabia in 1986, and that thing was probably 20 years old then.

But of course all these companies are the great innovators. Didn't MS invent them internets for us?

Communications

+ - SIPRNet in a handheld!

Submitted by BiloxiGeek

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."

Working...