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Submission Gabe Newell calls Windows 8 a 'catastrophe'->

SilentSheep writes: Speaking at the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, Gabe Newell said "Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space .. We've been a free rider, and we've been able to benefit from everything that went into PCs and the internet," he told the conference. "And we have to continue to figure out how there will be open platforms."
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Submission Cray XK6 supercomputer used to simulate ice cream->

An anonymous reader writes: The processing power available inside modern supercomputers isn’t just able to help us better understand the universe we live in, develop better medicines, and model complex systems. Apparently it is also helping to make better ice cream.

Research has been carried out at the University of Edinburgh to simulate the soft matter that makes up ice cream. More specifically, scientists are trying to understand the complex interactions occurring between the many different ingredients that make up your favorite flavor of the delicious cold stuff.

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Comment Re:EFD does what exactly? (Score 1) 117

You're wrong. Currently when a flight enters an Air Traffic Controllers sector, a piece of paper is printed out with details of that flight on it, these are called 'Flight Progress Strips'. Controllers use these strips to keep track of where a flight is supposed to be going and what instructions have been given to it. Basically EFD aims to replace these paper strips with an electronic version.

Comment Re:You can tape my punchtape when you pry it... (Score 1) 117

They don't write the fliight number on a piece of paper. When a flight is due to enter a controllers sector, a strip will be printed and given to the controller. This strip will have all the details for the flight including callsign/route/destination etc... When a controller gives instructions to that flight, he writes on the piece of paper so he can keep track of what instructions have been given to it.

Submission Blizzard Eliminating Privacy on Battle.Net Forums->

Goatbert writes: Today Activision-Blizzard announced that in addition to the current (and controversial) implementation of their RealID social network for World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2, going forward all posts to the official Blizzard/SC2/World of Warcraft forums will display the posters First and Last Name. Handles or nicknames of any sort will not be allowed.
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100 Million Pixels of Virtual Reality 190

Roland Piquepaille writes "It's ironic that Iowa State University (ISU) announced a big upgrade of its C6 virtual reality (VR) room the same day as SGI filed for bankruptcy. Back in 2000, this 10x10x10 foot room was powered by SGI Onyx2 computers. The new version of this six-sided VR room will use 96 graphics processing units from Hewlett-Packard. And with its 24 Sony digital projectors, the researchers at ISU will immerse themselves into images of about 100 million pixels in the most realistic VR room in the world. Of course, this upgrade is not cheap. But with this $4 million addition, this new C6 should lead to new advances in urban planning, genetics, engineering or unmanned aerial vehicles."

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_