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Comment Epic South Pole (Score 4, Informative) 49

In other news, Daniel Burton, a former Word Perfect and Novell software engineer, is currently attempting the first bike ride (two wheels) to the South Pole. You can follow Daniel with live blog updates at http://epicsouthpole.blogspot.com/ Daniel has quite a story switching from programmer to cycling enthusiast http://www.ksl.com/?sid=25470585

Submission Planetary Resources to crowd fund its first Arkyd space telescope->

MarkWhittington writes: Planetary Resources, a company that proposes to capture and mine asteroids for profit, announced on May 29, 2013 that it has started a Kickstarter campaign to finance its first Arkyd space telescopes with which it intends to find likely asteroid candidates. The goal is to raise $1 million by the end of June, 2013, which would launch the telescope, build the interfaces, and set up a variety of education programs. The idea that the first commercial space telescope will further space and science education as well as the company's business plan as various levels of sponsorship will allow one to pay for schools and museums to be given time on the telescope.
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Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

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 What would I do without the web? (Score 1) 418

As a younger developer (~5 years) I often wonder what it was like to be in the industry 25 years ago, before the web is what it is today. Documentation is ALL online. I only read software books for academics or to learn something new. In order to get the job done, there is no substitute to google and/or sites like stack overflow.

Submission Goatman spotted in the mountains above northern Utah->

SecretSquirrel33 writes: A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches. Coty Creighton, 33, spotted the goat man Sunday during his hike. He said he came across the herd, but noticed something odd about one goat that was trailing behind the rest. "I thought maybe it was injured," Creighton said Friday. "It just looked odd." He said he pulled out binoculars to get a closer look at the herd about 200 yards away and was shocked. The man appeared to be acting like a goat while wearing the crudely made costume, which had fake horns and a cloth mask with cut-out eye holes, Creighton said.
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Submission Staples executive outs six new Kindle Fire tablets->

zacharye writes: Staples (SPLS) president Demos Parneros has gone on record in stating that Amazon (AMZN) has plans to introduce as many as six new Kindle Fire tablets. A new report on Monday reports that Amazon has plans to add up to five or six new tablet SKUs to its lineup. According to the claim, Parneros confirmed that the Kindle Fire tablets will vary in size, and will include at least one 10-inch tablet model...
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Submission Apple denies iPhone4 signal woes, offers free case

recoiledsnake writes: Apple has rejected calls for a manufacturing hardware fix to the iPhone 4 antenna woes in the highly anticipated press conference today. Instead, Apple will offer a free case to anyone who faces the issue. According to Jobs, only 0.55 % of iPhone 4 customers have contacted AppleCare with the issue and the return rate is less than that of the previous iPhones.While all phones might have a signal drop, according to Consumer Reports' findings in a RF-shielded lab, other phones tested(including the iPhone 3G) do not have the extra drop because of not having an exposed external antenna like the iPhone 4. This also jives with multiple Anandtech articles and field tests that there is indeed a problem specific to the iPhone 4 and call for Apple to fix the hardware. And just as a clarification to their devoted fanbase, Jobs included this gem: "You know, we're not perfect. We know that, you know that. And phones aren't perfect either."

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