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+ - Imagination to Release Open MIPS Design to Academia->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru writes: Imagination Technologies has developed a Linux-ready academic version of its 32-bit MIPS architecture MicroAptiv processor design, and is giving it away free to universities for use in computer research and education. As the MIPSfpga name suggests, the production-quality RTL (register transfer level) design abstraction is intended to run on industry standard FPGAs. Although MIPSfpga is available as a fully visible RTL design, MIPSfpga is not fully open source, according to the announcement from Robert Owen, Manager of Imagination’s University Programme. Academic users can use and modify MIPSfpga as they wish, but cannot build it into silicon. 'If you modify it, you must talk to us first if you wish to patent the changes,' writes Owen.
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+ - "Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine" gets Air Force nod->

Submitted by LeadSongDog
LeadSongDog writes: The US Air Force Research Lab has been looking at the SABRE concept from the UK maker Reaction Engines, which has already been endorsed by the European Space Agency. The hybrid runs as a jet from stationary to Mach 5.5, then it becomes a rocket for all the way up to Mach 25. The magic is all in keeping the heat exchanger from icing up. This now clears the way for funding the next step: build and test demonstrator engines.
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+ - Ames Labortory scientists create cheaper magnetic material->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets.

The new alloy—a potential replacement for high-performance permanent magnets found in automobile engines and wind turbines--eliminates the use of one of the scarcest and costliest rare earth elements, dysprosium, and instead uses cerium, the most abundant rare earth.

The result, an alloy of neodymium, iron and boron co-doped with cerium and cobalt, is a less expensive material with properties that are competitive with traditional sintered magnets containing dysprosium.

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Comment: Re:BAh, (Score 1) 115

So to clarify the question, if a developer writes a program on their own time and self publishes it, should they not reap the rewards of the program and only get paid for writing it?

When one sets out to fix someone's grammar, one should tread carefully. In English usage it is unclear whether your "not" is distributive over your "and". It is therefore better to write: "So to clarify the question, if a developer writes a program on their own time and self publishes it, should they get paid only for writing it and not reap the rewards of the program?"

Comment: Get out of there (Score 1) 1

Since you can log in, start by forwarding all new incoming email to an address that you control. Then get two copies of the old traffic on seperate servers. Verify you can read it. Delete everything from the AOL mailbox. From then on, just forget AOL has a mailbox, it'll always stay empty until they finally, inevitably, go out of business.

Comment: Re:TIL (Score 1) 117

by LeadSongDog (#49560539) Attached to: When Exxon Wanted To Be a Personal Computing Revolutionary
The Osborne, the original "Compaq portable", the original "IBM Portable", and the Hyperion were all classed as "luggable" by the real people who didn't work for marketting. It was roughly the 20 to 30 pound range (yes, we were still using pounds back then) with a fat-briefcase form factor. The Osborne product was first, but 8-bit g.p. machines were doomed by then. To my mind the Hyperion was the best of them, but they were months too late in the "IBM BIOS compatibility" race and it cost them the business.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson