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Comment: Re:To make it worth it. (Score 1) 427

by chaotixx (#47324559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?
I'm with you. The only other feature I would add is to be aesthetically pleasing. I don't have giant wrists/hands so I don't want a giant watch. I'd like to be able to switch out the watch band to any aftermarket one I like. It seems like the watch we want doesn't really need to be "smart" at all. I think Bluetooth could handle all of those features.

Comment: Re:GEOS! (Score 1) 654

by chaotixx (#41013335) Attached to: GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...
Yes! I came here to vote for GEOS. My dad installed the 16-bit version on our 486 and it was pretty great. The included apps were solid and fun for a kid to play with. I used GEOS to create a classroom newspaper in the third grade using GEOWrite. I thought it was awesome to be able to create pages with multiple fonts, columns, and graphics. It seemed way better than hacking around in the white on blue screen of WordPerfect. I think we eventually started using Windows 3.1 so we could dial up to the net.
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Lucasfilm Unveils "Sandcrawler" Singapore Office 159 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the breaks-over-jawa dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The massive, slow moving Sandcrawlers from George Lucas' Star Wars films inspired the form of Lucasfilm's new regional headquarters in Singapore. Designed by Aedas, the Sandcrawler Building will house a 100 seat theater, Lucasfilm Singapore offices, a public podium and other employee spaces. Neither rusty nor slow moving in this case, the glassy and streamlined building will combine a high performance facade with lush gardens and foliage that spills over terraces, resulting in a highly efficient commercial space. With construction already underway, we can look forward to this real life Star Wars manifestation sometime in 2012."

Comment: Who needs physical copies? (Score 1) 1162

by chaotixx (#35869232) Attached to: Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?
I no longer see the point in owning physical copies of media. Why spend my limited viewing time watching something I've seen before when my Netflix streaming queue has so much new stuff for me to see?

There's also the DRM issue. DVD players pretty much just work. My in-laws purchased a Blu-Ray player, but no longer use it since it refused to play a handful of movies they had rented. They're not going to bother with updating the firmware on their device when they could just watch a DVD instead.
Math

Erdos' Combinatorial Geometry Problem Solved 170

Posted by Soulskill
from the math-that's-way-over-your-head dept.
eldavojohn writes "After 65 years, Paul Erdos' combinatorial problem has been solved by Indiana University professor Nets Hawk Katz. The problem involved determining the minimum number of distinct distances between any finite set of points in a plane and its applications range from drug development to robot motion planning to computer graphics. You can find a description of the problem here and the prepublication of the paper on arXiv. The researchers used the existing work on the problem and included two new ideas of their own, like using the polynomial ham sandwich theorem, to reach a solution that warranted at least half of Erdos' $500 reward posted for solving this problem way back in 1935."
Supercomputing

IBM Building 20 Petaflop Computer For the US Gov't 248

Posted by timothy
from the because-the-nsa-hates-drm dept.
eldavojohn writes "When it's built, 'Sequoia' will outshine every super computer on the top 500 list today. The specs on this 96 rack beast are a bit hard to comprehend as it consists of 1.6 million processors and some 1.6TB of memory. That's 1.6 million processors — not cores. Its purpose? Primarily to keep track of nuclear waste & simulate explosions of nuclear munitions, but also for research into astronomy, energy, the human genome, and climate change. Hopefully the government uses this magnificent tool wisely when it gets it in 2012."

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