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Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the guided-by-the-light dept.
First time accepted submitter markboyer writes "The Solar Impulse just landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California to announce a journey that will take it from San Francisco to New York without using a single drop of fuel. The 'Across America' tour will kick off this May when founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg take off from San Francisco. From there the plane will visit four cities across the states before landing in New York."
Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."
Firefox

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the cycle-is-nearly-complete dept.
MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.

Comment: Incoming Call Rejection Patent (Score 3, Interesting) 166

by Doctor Morbius (#42277901) Attached to: iPhone Infringes On Sony, Nokia Patents, Says Federal Jury

IncomingNumber := GetIncomingCallNumber();
RejectCall := SearchRejectedNumbersList(IncomingNumber);
If (RejectCall)
        RejectIncomingCall();
else
        AnswerIncomingCall();

There I just wrote the code to reject incoming calls if the number is in the rejected numbers list. How is this patentable?

Comment: Re:It is about time (Score 1) 1271

by Doctor Morbius (#39049337) Attached to: Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers
This is completely wrong. The belief that vaccines are bad and cause autism and other problems is distinctly a liberal issue. Yes, there are religious people who won't use medicine for religious reasons but they're a tiny minority among religious people. At least in the US. I'm not talking about crazy political conspiracy theories about the US using vaccines to kill people in foreign countries.

Comment: Bad summary (Score 5, Informative) 37

by Doctor Morbius (#38036252) Attached to: X-ray Facility To Simulate Conditions At Earth's Core
The summary makes its seem like they're using the X-rays to do the heating and compressing when in reality the material is compressed in a diamond anvil cell. The X-rays are used to study how the material changes under heat and pressure. The original article makes the same mistake.

Comment: Re:I like his IRS plan! (Score 0) 2247

by Doctor Morbius (#37778358) Attached to: Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)
This is the same stupid argument the libertarians always use. If private industry would have done it then why didn't they? I'd rather have something sooner rather than later. Who knows how much longer it would have taken for private industry to invent the internet on its own; 10, 20 years?

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