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KDE

KDE SC 4.7 May Use OpenGL 3 For Compositing 187

Posted by timothy
from the that's-software-compilation-to-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes "KDE SC 4.5 is about to be released and KDE SC 4.6 is being discussed. However, Martin Graesslin has revealed some details about what they are planning for KDE 4.7. According to Martin's blog post, they are looking at OpenGL 3.0 to provide the compositing effects in KDE SC 4.7. OpenGL 3.0 provides support for frame buffer objects, hardware instancing, vertex array objects, and sRGB framebuffers."
Earth

Nuclear Energy Now More Expensive Than Solar 635

Posted by samzenpus
from the sunlight-is-free dept.
js_sebastian writes "According to an article on the New York Times, a historical cross-over has occurred because of the declining costs of solar vs. the increasing costs of nuclear energy: solar, hardly the cheapest of renewable technologies, is now cheaper than nuclear, at around 16 cents per kilowatt hour. Furthermore, the NY Times reports that financial markets will not finance the construction of nuclear power plants unless the risk of default (which is historically as high as 50 percent for the nuclear industry) is externalized to someone else through federal loan guarantees or ratepayer funding. The bottom line seems to be that nuclear is simply not competitive, and the push from the US government to subsidize it seems to be forcing the wrong choice on the market."
Programming

When Rewriting an App Actually Makes Sense 289

Posted by timothy
from the old-app-was-starting-to-fester dept.
vlangber writes "Joel Spolsky wrote a famous blog post back in 2000 called 'Things You Should Never Do, Part I,' where he wrote the following: '[T]he single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make: They decided to rewrite the code from scratch.' Here is a story about a software company that decided to rewrite their application from scratch, and their experiences from that process."
PlayStation (Games)

Valve's Newell Thinks PS3 Needs To Be "Open Like a Mac" 348

Posted by Soulskill
from the open-like-something dept.
Eraesr writes "Apparently Valve boss Gabe Newell thinks the PS3 needs to be more of an open platform, drawing a comparison to Apple's Mac platform. In an interview with 5BY5.TV, he said he would like to see the PS3 be 'open like a Mac' instead of being 'more closed like a Gamecube.' 'Platform investments, like the Mac, are difficult because you have to be aware of what direction that platform is moving,' Newell said, referring to the firm's recent move onto Macs with its titles and distribution service Steam. 'We need to target platforms that do a better job of looking like where we want to be in a few years.'"
Space

Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the moving-to-better-quarters dept.
DarkKnightRadick writes "An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy. According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast. The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory). The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging."
Space

Supermassive Black Holes Can Abort Star Formation 67

Posted by Soulskill
from the glad-our-galaxy-is-pro-life dept.
cremeglace writes "Astrophysicists have found that when a supermassive black hole quickly devours gas and dust, it can generate enough radiation to abort all the embryonic stars in the surrounding galaxy. It's not clear what this means for life's ability to take hold in such a bleak environment, but the research shows that the process might have determined the fates of many of the large galaxies in the universe."
Space

Geomagnetic Storm In Progress 110

Posted by Soulskill
from the sky-is-falling dept.
shogun writes "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports a strong geomagnetic storm is in progress. The shuttle, ISS and GPS systems may be affected." They think this storm was caused by a weak solar flare on April 3rd. As you may expect, this has caused some unusually impressive northern lights since it started. What you may not expect is a photograph from Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard the International Space Station showing the aurora from orbit. He apparently tweets a lot of pictures from space. He and his crewmates have taken over 100,000 pictures since coming aboard the ISS.

Comment: Re:3...2...1... Wake up! (Score 1) 617

by aJester (#31720102) Attached to: iPad Launches, FCC Teardown Leaked

The technical process of making people lose all sense of reality and simply consume whatever is most successful at telling them "buy me because I'm cool, and you can be too" is pretty straightforward to describe, but actually quite complicated to implement. It's called marketing. Apple is a marketing company that also makes electronics, they are quite adept at their core business, such that people don't even realize that they are pretty mediocre when it comes to their secondary, and in fact believe them to be the absolute greatest of all time.

Think about it: Macs and iPods crash all the time, they require special software which is incompatible with other hardware to operate, they cost a ton of extra money, they are not measurably better for any particular use or application than competing products, and yet they still have legions of fanatical users who couldn't even imagine using something else.

Once you take off the sex appeal, Apple's actual devices don't have much going for them, yet they still dominate because the marketing is so good.

All the people making comments like the above are just clueless. Get your head out of your ass, for Pete's sake. A ton of people using Apple computers are intelligent geeks (some probably a lot intelligent than this clueless poster above) who don't care two hoots about being cool. A computer (be in a Mac, windows or linux or *nix) are a tool. Use the one that fits you the best. I don't get why people waste their time belittling people who choose Macs over their chosen platform. It is not that big a deal. If you do not want to buy/use a Mac, just don't. Nobody cares. I use Windows, linux, Solaris professionally. A couple of years back, I bought my first mac. Having used the "evil mac" for a few years, I don't get what the big deal is. It does everything that one would want to do with a computer. I do not get the reason why these haters get all riled up when Apple (or Mac) is mentioned in any article. I do not get the hatred.

Comment: Re:3...2...1... Wake up! (Score 1) 617

by aJester (#31719914) Attached to: iPad Launches, FCC Teardown Leaked

The first time I saw an iPhone, I thought to myself that it's clever and works fairly well. Then I tried to make a phone call. Ooops. Then I looked at the music capabilities... another ooops. Every time the device added lock-in or required that I jump through hoops to use it with Linux, it's coolness factor dropped by at least half.

You couldn't figure out how to make a phone call with an iPhone? You think there is some problem with the "music capabilities" of an iPhone? Give that millions of people are able to use the iphone well as a phone and as a music player, I think the problem might be you..!?! I don't even know what the last sentence means. But do you whine and complain that an xBOX360 game does not work in PS3 too? No one cares if you do not buy one, but your opinions about products that you do not use are so factually incorrect it is embarrassing.

Math

Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes 538

Posted by samzenpus
from the less-math-more-social-science dept.
artemis67 writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus, a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,' used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote 'the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.'"
GUI

IDEs With VIM Text Editing Capability? 193

Posted by timothy
from the one-keybinding-to-rule-them-all dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I am currently looking to move from text editing with vim to a full fledged IDE with gdb integration, integrated command line, etc. Extending VIM with these capabilities is a mortal sin, so I am looking for a linux based GUI IDE. I do not want to give up the efficient text editing capabilities of VIM though. How do I have my cake and eat it too?"
Programming

An Open Source Compiler From CUDA To X86-Multicore 71

Posted by timothy
from the abstraction-gains-a-layer dept.
Gregory Diamos writes "An open source project, Ocelot, has recently released a just-in-time compiler for CUDA, allowing the same programs to be run on NVIDIA GPUs or x86 CPUs and providing an alternative to OpenCL. A description of the compiler was recently posted on the NVIDIA forums. The compiler works by translating GPU instructions to LLVM and then generating native code for any LLVM target. It has been validated against over 100 CUDA applications. All of the code is available under the New BSD license."
Media

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac 398

Posted by timothy
from the vlc-generally-rocks dept.
plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."

Comment: Build infrastructure using profits (Score 1) 501

by aJester (#29707335) Attached to: Why AT&T Should Dump the iPhone's Unlimited Data Plan
Before iPhone, my cellphone bill was $29.99/month + tax. I used the phone for emergencies only. After I got an iPhone, my cell phone bills is $75.00/ month + tax. So in effect, I am paying 2.5 times as much per month MORE than I used to... AND I signed a 2 year contract with AT&T. Where is all this money going? If AT&T is paying the CEOs and the senior executives a BIGGER salary and HUGE bonus,... or distributing it to the shareholders, this is THEIR mistake. They should instead use all the profits they are making by the massively new HIGH PAYING customers and build a lot of infrastructure. If they have to double or triple their network capacity, they should. I thought that was the reason for the iPhone exclusive deal and consequently getting the ability to poach customers from other networks. If AT&T failed to capitalize on this and build their network, it is the mistake of the executives and they must all be fired...

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