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Submission + - Distributed Computing on Mobiles (

bobby1234 writes: Back End provider Kinvey has an interesting article about an app called the Evolution Prize. The app is trying to solve the Heritage Provider Network Health Prize ( using Genetic Programming and off loading the compute to individual's Mobiles (SETI@Home style).

At first this seems crazy but then you begin to realise that the modern mobile is actually a pretty fast device (relatively speaking). Add to that most mobiles sit idle at night after spending only a couple of actual hours charging and that there are a ever increasing number of smart phones out there and you might have a ripe opportunity for distributed computing!

So Slashdot what do you think the practicality is of distributed computing using mobiles? A dead end or a new paradigm?

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 175

correct. And they allow others to use their invention if they pay an agreed royalty.

Otherwise there wouldn't be any incentive for them to invent new things. They spent time and money creating the new tech and they need to get a return. As they are not a product company then they rely upon royalties and such to keep inventing the next great thing!

Comment Context vs platform tweeking (Score 3, Interesting) 649

I think you will find his complaint was that he was spending all his time making up for androids fragmentation and thus not producing content.

He uses Unity which is a great tool for doing much of the underlying work so the developer can focus more on the game. But if android is dragging him back to messing around with boring details (platform specific and multiple variation for that platform) then the cost/fun/productivity balance gets all wonky.

Comment Copiers not innovators (Score 0) 542

Apple has led the way with its design in the Music Player, OS, Phone, Tablet etc markets. Hardware wise they aren't great money for value but add in the design and ease of use and you have a leading product.

Many of the copiers haven't innovated at all they have just copied Apple's original work and many times missed the point of the Apple Designs.

I am not a great supporter of Patents but Apple has the right to try and protect its IP from cheap knockoffs.

Many of these companies would be much better off trying to work out Apples design DNA and innovate the market (not just copy).

The Internet

Submission + - Remote Controlled Tanks you can drive over the net (

bobby1234 writes: "A new type of online game has launched at that connects up Real Remote Controlled Tanks (1/24 Scale) to the internet. You can drive them around in real time and battle it out, even firing at other tanks straight through your browser. Wicked fun driving these things around. Something positively surreal about driving real hardware around via your internet connection. They are European based so lag becomes a problem for some people. You have to pay to play but there is a complimentary (as in beer) weekend this weekend, were you can just log in and have a go. They aren't running 24x7 at the moment so you need to check out the front page for the session times. Looks like they are streaming the games live via on their front page and there is a YouTube video showing how the game looks when you play. Something quite unique and revolutionary!"

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas l'Informatique. -- Bosquet [on seeing the IBM 4341]