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Comment: The elements of computing systems (Score 1) 525

I went through most of this book with one of my sons: http://www1.idc.ac.il/tecs/ The Elements of Computing Systems.

You start with NOT gates and build (in simulation) RAM, CPU, etc. Then you go on to program it in assembly and then implement a VM and compiler. It eables somebody to understand how a line of java code is implemented down to the gates in the CPU. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Music

Ozzy Osbourne's Genome Reveals Some Neanderthal Lineage 151

Posted by samzenpus
from the born-to-rock dept.
ByOhTek writes "CNN reports that in July, rocker Ozzy Osbourne became one of few to submit his blood to have his full genome sequenced and analyzed. The results are in, and it turns out his genome reveals some Neanderthal lineage. What does Ozzie have to say about it? 'I was curious, given the swimming pools of booze I've guzzled over the years - not to mention all of the cocaine, morphine, sleeping pills, cough syrup, LSD, Rohypnol... there's really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive. Maybe my DNA could say why,' he wrote."
AMD

AMD Multi-Display Tech Has Problems, Potential 138

Posted by Soulskill
from the emptying-my-bank-account-is-a-problem dept.
EconolineCrush writes "While AMD's Eyefinity multi-display gaming tech is undeniably impressive at first glance, digging deeper reveals key limitations. Some games work well, others not at all, and many are simply better suited to specific screen configurations. A three-way setup looks to be ideal from a compatibility perspective, and given current LCD prices, it's really not all that expensive. But would you take that over a single high-resolution display or a giant HDTV?"

Comment: Re:hopefully.. Control-F is NOT the same! (Score 1) 168

by Gumby (#31683862) Attached to: Adobe Flash Now Officially a Part of Google Chrome

No! In Firefox - when I search for a term on a page - I can hit enter and FOLLOW a link! In Chrome, (unless I have the extension type-ahead-find) pressing Enter during the search just closes the Find window - and DOES NOT leave the link selected! This kills keyboard navigation - which in some cases is far quicker than mousing to the link.

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."
Graphics

DX11 Tested Against DX9 With Dirt 2 Demo 201

Posted by Soulskill
from the shadows-with-shadows dept.
MojoKid writes "The PC demo for Codemasters' upcoming DirectX 11 racing title, Dirt 2, has just hit the web and is available for download. Dirt 2 is a highly-anticipated racing sim that also happens to feature leading-edge graphic effects. In addition to a DirectX 9 code path, Dirt 2 also utilizes a number of DirectX 11 features, like hardware-tessellated dynamic water, an animated crowd and dynamic cloth effects, in addition to DirectCompute 11-accelerated high-definition ambient occlusion (HADO), full floating-point high dynamic range (HDR) lighting, and full-screen resolution post processing. Performance-wise, DX11 didn't take its toll as much as you'd expect this early on in its adoption cycle." Bit-tech also took a look at the graphical differences, arriving at this conclusion: "You'd need a seriously keen eye and brown paper envelope full of cash from one of the creators of Dirt 2 to notice any real difference between textures in the two versions of DirectX."

Comment: Re:High-end graphics cards went away a long time a (Score 1) 618

by Gumby (#27755967) Attached to: A $99 Graphics Card Might Be All You Need

Hmm - Professional products from Nvidia site:
http://store.nvidia.com/DRHM/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayProductDetailsPage&SiteID=nvidia&Locale=en_US&Env=BASE&productID=67049700

Quadro FX 5600 $2,999.00
Quadro FX 4600 $1,999.00

and...
PNY Quadro FX 5800 Graphics Card - nVIDIA ... $3,039.35

I heard about these from my co-worker who is shopping for a couple. Perhaps the high-end cards are still around, just not where you are looking for them.

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