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Comment: Re:Factor in one more thing though? (Score 3) 166

by Cryect (#39107437) Attached to: Carbohydrate-Based Synthesis To Replace Petroleum Derived Hydrocarbons?

You are off by a factor of ten on the density of corn oil. 77 pounds per gallon should throw a red flag, since that is almost as heavy as lead. End result is corn oil has almost as much energy as the corn itself.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_density_of_corn_oil

Comment: Re:How about learning some statistics? (Score 1) 332

by Cryect (#35731950) Attached to: Which Grad Students Are the Most Miserable?
I will say Bioengineering programs are much better as a result for R&D into biology. There is still push back as the changing of the guard is occurring with research guided by engineering methodology slowly gaining ground over almost random testing of traditional biology. Check out systems biology, where you need a strong background in math and computer science to create complex models to use your research results and guide your further research. Note, I was a PhD student in a MolBio program till I dropped out (classes were somewhat depressing how it was really the same stuff as undergrad but slightly more detailed) and eventually moved into programming for the game industry. Anyways need all the basic headway of traditional biology to have the rich amount of data that allows system biology to work.

Comment: 5+ Year Old Laptop (Score 2) 789

by Cryect (#35572766) Attached to: My $200 Laptop Can Beat Your $500 Tablet
Its not a new laptop but at least a 5 year old laptop the ThinkPad X30 it looks like http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-44111 Really its a weird comparison and he's arguing with things like a dvd/cd burner that I've not even used on my desktop computer in over 2 years at this point.
Games

8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision 265

Posted by Soulskill
from the of-doors-and-ways-out dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Activision, after acquiring Vivendi, became the new copyright holder of the classic King's Quest series of adventure game. They have now issued a cease and desist order to a team which has worked for eight years on a fan-made project initially dubbed a sequel to the last official installment, King's Quest 8. This stands against the fact that Vivendi granted a non-commercial license to the team, subject to Vivendi's approval of the game after submission. After the acquisition, key team members had indicated on the game's forums (now stripped of their original content by order of Activision) that Activision had given the indication that it intended to keep its current fan-game licenses, but was not interested in issuing new ones."
Idle

Hand Written Clock 86

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-to-the-minute dept.
a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."
Government

Two Senators Call For ACTA Transparency 214

Posted by kdawson
from the we-got-more-senators-than-that dept.
angry tapir writes "Two US senators have asked President Barack Obama's administration to allow the public to review and comment on a controversial international copyright treaty being negotiated largely in secret. The public has a right to know what's being negotiated in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Senators Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, and Bernard Sanders, a Vermont Independent, argue in the letter."
Businesses

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the say-goodnight-folks dept.
lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."
Medicine

Computer Activities for Those With Speech and Language Difficulties? 145

Posted by timothy
from the yr-voice-is-yr-password dept.
An anonymous reader writes "My girlfriend is training to be a speech and language therapist here in the UK (speech pathologist in the US). A number of clients are guys who enjoy playing computer games, and for a variety of reasons some have no incentive to try and improve their speech. The issue is, this can obviously inhibit options for jobs and/or other aspects of life. I was trying to think of fun computer-based activities for those with speech and language difficulties that encourage individuals to speak, and furthermore to speak with greater clarity. Or games/activities that might encourage them to do more speech work. The first options that sprang to mind were the online games with team-speak / team-talk for those with mild difficulties. The sampling / accent issue might force them to speak with greater clarity or wish to have that ability. Obviously, they can just type. Any thoughts?"

+ - Malware and standards – is it possible?->

Submitted by Je$tie
Je$tie (1668868) writes "I quote the Auditor ... " I am excited to be involved in the joint industry effort of defining an XML format which will allow for the rapid exchange of information between security companies. This work was done by the “Malware Working Group” operating as part of the “Industry Connections Security Group” (ICSG) and under the umbrella of the IEEE. If you Google for “IEEE” and “ICSG” you should have the link at the top of the list – IEEE ICSG .

There were about 20 people from multiple security companies who contributed to the development of the proposal for the standard and I am very pleased with the results. It is a simple, flexible and powerful format that is already being used by 4 anti-malware companies to transmit meta-data about the prevalence of malware in the field. Wider adoption of this meta-data sharing will replace the trivial malware sample exchange of the past with a real-time exchange of threat intelligence data. Communicating the relationships between malware samples, domains, IPs will open endless possibilities for improving the security of all Internet users."

With so many threats coming out ... will security companies start to excersize a unified consolidate security strategy ..with each other to combat the bad stuff ?"

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Movies

+ - Happy Halloween: Forbes.com Looks at Zombies->

Submitted by blackbearnh
blackbearnh (637683) writes "No doubt, there will be more than a few brain-munching glassy-eyed zombies showing up on the typical doorstep tomorrow night, demanding brains, brains, BRAINS, or at least some Milk Duds. But according to this essay over on Forbes.com, zombies are more than just the trendy monster on the block, they are to Americans what Godzilla is to Japan, a personification of our fear of science and technology. "It seems you can't throw a half-eaten cerebrum these days without hitting a posse of zombies brought to life by some kind of biological mishap (28 Days Later, Resident Evil, Planet Terror, Quarantine). Like Godzilla, zombies keep up with the times, always ready to mirror whatever aspect of science and technology people feel most uncertain about at the moment.""
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