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Comment: Re:qualcomm is right (Score 1) 526

by Thalagyrt (#44459771) Attached to: Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

Virtual instruments and effects run at the very least in their own thread within the host process, and some run as their own process and use a form of IPC to communicate with the host. Sure, the single virtual instrument won't parallelize, but a typical project has dozens of effects/instruments, and a bunch of threads that pretty much just read data from one buffer and write data to another buffer without any inter-dependencies is pretty trivial for the kernel to schedule across as many cores as available.

Australia

Aussie Wi-Fi Patent Nears Expiry In the United States 48

Posted by samzenpus
from the time-to-share dept.
Bismillah writes "Australia's national science and research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization or CSIRO, has netted hundreds of millions on developing the near-ubiquitous Wi-Fi technology — and patenting it. Now however the patent is about to expire in the United States and eighteen other markets and the question is, can CSIRO come up with anything similarly successful in the future?"
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Is Code.org Too Soulless To Make an Impact? 384

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the whatever-works dept.
theodp writes "By trotting out politicians (Bill Clinton, Mike Bloomberg, Marco Rubio, Al Gore) and celebrities (Chris Bosh, will.i.am, Ashton Kutcher), Tuesday's Code.org launch certainly was a home run with the media. But will it actually strike a chord with kids and inspire them to code? Dave Winer has his doubts, and explains why — as someone who truly loves programming — code.org rubbed him the wrong way. 'I don't like who is doing the pitching,' says Winer, 'and who isn't. Out of the 83 people they quote, I doubt if many of them have written code recently, and most of them have never done it, and have no idea what they're talking about.' Code.org's because-you-can-make-a-lot of-money-doing-it pitch also leaves Dave cold. So, why should one code, Dave? 'Primarily you should do it because you love it, because it's fun — because it's wonderful to create machines with your mind. Hugely empowering. Emotionally gratifying. Software is math-in-motion. It's a miracle of the mind. And if you can do it, really well, there's absolutely nothing like it.' Nice. So, could Code.org use less soulless prattle from 'leaders and trendsetters' and more genuine passion from programmers?" Just force all ninth graders to learn Scheme instead of Microsoft Word.
Sony

Sony Announces the PS4 587

Posted by samzenpus
from the brand-new dept.
As many expected, Sony has officially announced the PS4 at the Sony PlayStation Meeting today. The new PlayStation will have an X86 processor, "state of the art" GPU, 8 GB of high-speed unified memory, and a hard drive for local storage. The PS4 will allow gamers to share their gameplay stream and even remotely take control of friend's games. Along with the PS4, Sony has unveiled a new DualShock 4 controller which features a built-in touchpad at the center of the controller, and a built-in microphone jack.

Comment: Re:I thought it was standard (Score 1) 172

by Thalagyrt (#42475209) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deploy Small Office Wi-Fi SSIDs?

So, rather than useless MAC filtering, how about doing what's sane and secure: run WPA2-Enterprise and require users to use 802.1x to get on your wireless network. You're either authing user/pass against a RADIUS server (which can hit corporate AD or LDAP) or authing the client cert against an internal CA revocation list, or both. Someone leaves? Invalidate their cert and disable their account. Problem solved.

Mars

Mars Rover Finds Complex Chemicals But No Organic Compounds 137

Posted by samzenpus
from the plastic-not-included dept.
techtech writes in with the results from the first soil samples tested by the Curiosity rover. "Although NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't yet confirmed the detection of organic compounds on Mars, it's already seeing that the Red Planet's soil contains complex chemicals — including signs of an intriguing compound called perchlorate. The first soil sample analysis from Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars lab, or SAM, was the leadoff topic today at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting in San Francisco. The findings were eagerly awaited because of rumors that the Curiosity team was on the verge of announcing major findings — and although NASA tamped down expectations, the scientists said they were overjoyed with the first round of analysis."
Cellphones

Happy (Early) Bday! :) SMS Txt Msgs Turn 20 54

Posted by timothy
from the compression-of-need dept.
CWmike writes "In the fast moving world of technology, there are perhaps few things that have proved as resistant to change as the simple SMS text message. While a dizzying number of options exist today to interconnect people, the text message remains a 160 character deliverer of news, gossip, laughs, alerts, and all manner of other information. It connects more people than Facebook and Twitter, has brought down governments, and in so much of the world still holds the ability to change lives. Dec. 3 is the 20th anniversary of the sending of the first SMS text message. Its origins can be traced back to a Danish pizzeria in 1984. Matti Makkonen, a Finnish engineer, was in Copenhagen for a mobile telecom conference and began discussing with two colleagues the idea of a messaging system on the GSM digital cellular system."

Comment: Re:Jesus, stop being pathetic! (Score 1) 518

by Thalagyrt (#40529099) Attached to: Linux Users Banned From <em>Diablo III</em> Servers

In my admittedly anecdotal experience Diablo 3 runs better in a Parallels Win 7 VM on my MBP than it does natively in OSX. Of course, that's a rare exception because of how poorly optimized D3 is on OSX. Typically with other games I see about 80-85% of the native (dual boot Win7, specifically) framerate when running in Parallels.

Of course, if you're using something like VirtualBox or QEMU, yeah, expect total crap performance. However, VMWare and Parallels devote a lot of time to 3D acceleration and it's very usable in their products.

Government

RIAA CEO Hopes SOPA Protests Were a "One-Time Thing" 441

Posted by samzenpus
from the wishful-thinking dept.
hapworth writes "After posting a controversial op-ed in The New York Times saying Wikipedia and Google 'misinformed' the public about SOPA and PIPA, Cary Sherman, CEO of the RIAA said in an interview yesterday that he hopes the SOPA protests were a 'one-time experience.' He also said that Wikipedia and Google users were duped into thinking SOPA was a bad bill because they assume "if it comes from these sources, it must be true." In another hilarious comment, Sherman blames the Internet for making it impossible for Congress to get out its side of the story, and for not spreading information with the same 'clarity and integrity' of broadcast journalists."

Comment: Re:Barefoot ? (Score 2) 502

by Thalagyrt (#39156469) Attached to: The correct number of shoes to own:

Hila hila plant is what they call it over in Hawaii. It folds up into itself on contact, and it has thorns. It's classified as an invasive weed, and it lays low to the ground. Those suckers hurt when you step on them, as due to their structure the thorns actually get thrust upwards when the plant folds. Species is called mimosa pudica. Couldn't tell you if the story's true, but the plant certainly is there and isn't native to the area.

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