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Comment Re:what does open mean? (Score 1) 197

You're just making stuff up now. In no way are PHP and LISP mid level languages. -- Only machine code and ASM are low level languages, everything else is high level.

LISP is about as high level as you can get, with garbage collection, macros, and more abstractions than most other languages combined.
PHP, likewise, is interpreted, and even it's array datatype is quite a bit above the machine level memory array, supporting dynamic resizing and the like.

It's not about what you consider "low-level" and "high-level." There are definitions for these terms...

Probe Shows Jupiter Moon 'Puking' Into Space 152

Tablizer writes "The New Horizons probe caught the moon Io in the act of 'barfing' into space. A five-frame sequence from the New Horizons probe captured a beautiful plume of ash from Io's Tvashtar volcano. "Snapped by the probe's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) as the spacecraft flew past Jupiter earlier this year, this first-ever "movie" of an Io plume clearly shows motion in the cloud of volcanic debris, which extends 330 kilometers (200 miles) above the moon's surface ... The appearance and motion of the plume is remarkably similar to an ornamental fountain on Earth, replicated on a gigantic scale.""

Submission + - Write Code in English->

JoeShmoe950 writes: "Write programs in English, and this page translates them into Javascript and then runs them. An example program is as follows:
Make radius be the result of asking "What is the radius of the circle?"
Make area be 3.1415 times radius to the power of 2.
Make area look nice.
Say "The area of the circle is the value of area."

Other examples include a number guessing game and an "RPG.""

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Submission + - FFE - modern 3D engine.

Adam Cichocki writes: "I'm finishing my Master's Thesis, and the 3D engine, which is its most important part. I was wondering if the community would like to share their views on the future of 3D engines, features that could be embedded in such engines and possibly some hints to design and implementation. Some examples of my work — the techdemo video of FreeFormEngine, exposing its advanced effects system with seamless indoor/outdoor environment support — which could help start the discussion can be found here."

Submission + - Computationally Cheap Ray Tracing

Xocet_00 writes: BBC News has an article discussing a new algorithm for generating ray-traced graphics using only high end PC graphics cards. The algorithms were developed by a research group at the University of Saarland, in Germany. Apparently the technique has already been applied to Quakes 3 and 4, so hopefully this isn't Duke Nuke'em style vapourware.

The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much.