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+ - Japanese Developer Builds Virtual Reality Table-Flipping Simulator->

Submitted by Blacklaw
Blacklaw (311963) writes "Created by Katsuomi Kobayashi using an Arduino microcontroller, the Unity game engine and an Oculus Rift headset, the chabudai gaeshi simulator brings the Japanese idiom of flipping the table in anger to (safe) life. Taking gameplay cues from the meme, the game sees players physically flip a hinged table-top with the Arduino and an accelerometer tracking movement and replicating it in the virtual world of the game. More than just a home version of esoteric Japanese arcade game Cho Chabudai Gaeshi , Katsuomi's build is clever and uniquely Japanese.

People who have actually done Overturning a Table in Anger are, I think, very few — and it's too dangerous to do normally, and is harder to clean up. That is why I cooked up the "VR Overturning a Table in Anger Simulator", which lets you Overturn a Table in Anger as often as you want, using the Oculus Rift and Arduino.

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Linux

+ - Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Heading to the Raspberry Pi->

Submitted by Blacklaw
Blacklaw (311963) writes "Scott Brooks, a server-side architecture developer and system administrator at Beamdog is taking the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition source code and attempting to compile a Linux version tweaked to run on the £30 Raspberry Pi — a computer which, it must be noted, costs less than did the original boxed Baldur's Gate game at launch.

Speaking to the Raspberry Pi Foundation via Twitter, Brooks confirmed his plans: 'First attempt at compiling Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition on our Raspberry Pi,' wrote Brooks. 'Step 1: sort out all the dependencies.'"

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Open Source

+ - Qualcomm Goes Open Source With AllJoyn Project->

Submitted by Blacklaw
Blacklaw (311963) writes ""It's unexpected from Qualcomm," Qualcomm Innovation Center president Rob Chandhok admits in an interview with thinq_ about the company's open source AllJoyn proximity-based networking platform project. "Like 'wait, is this a guy from Qualcomm that just said that?' In my mind there's two ways that you standardise something: one is you wind your way through a standards body, and you standardise the APIs, and you then have proprietary implementations. The other way is that you open-source it and it becomes a de facto standard, because it's useful." The full interview has plenty of detail about Qualcomm's belief in the open source methodology, plus details of the AllJoyn project itself."
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Education

+ - Tech educators Point Schmidt at Success in School->

Submitted by Blacklaw
Blacklaw (311963) writes "Eric Schmidt's announcement last week at the MacTaggart Lecture that Britain is "throwing away [its] great computing heritage" by ignoring computing in education was a wake-up call for the industry and the education sector alike. But the Google chairman isn't the only one thinking that way: 24 hours prior to Schmidt's speech, an industry and educational summit was taking place that aimed to address that exact issue."
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Open Source

+ - Raspberry Pi Takes Aim at the Education Market->

Submitted by Blacklaw
Blacklaw (311963) writes "Attendees of the Educating Programmers Summit found themselves treated to a demonstration of the Raspberry Pi single-board computer by co-creator Eben Upton. Based on chips from Upton's day job at Broadcom, the Raspberry Pi is an entirely functional computer which will hit a retail price of just $25 in its basic incarnation — addressing one of the issues preventing the teaching of programming in schools today."
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Hardware

+ - JEDEC Reveals DDR4 DRAM Enhancements->

Submitted by Blacklaw
Blacklaw (311963) writes "The new DDR4 standard includes an increase in maximum theoretical performance to 3.2 gigatransfers per second per pin, from the 1.6GT/s per pin of DDR3. However, the group admits that DDR3 looks like smashing the originally set 1.6GT/s maximum, meaning that DDR4 could have its upper limit raised still further before the standard becomes set in stone."
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