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Comment: Hyper-realistic (Score 1) 33

researchers at the University of Houston's Graduate School of Social Work are building hyper-realistic virtual worlds

I'm not sure about "hyper-realistic". :) Sprite characters which say a pre-recorded line when you trigger them? Whoopy. Actually, looking at the video, it resembles a lot the game Under a Killing Moon from 1994.

Despite the slightly crusty appearance, I do not want to completely stomp the idea though.

+ - Taiwan to shutter near-completed nuclear plant->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "Taiwan's government said Thursday it would seal off a nuclear power plant due to open next year but repeatedly attacked as unsafe by the public, pending a referendum on its future.

Deputy economic affairs minister Woody Duh said maintenance fees could reach Tw$4 billion ($133 million) to shutter the power station for three years — the estimated time required to organise and hold the referendum.

In April, the government said it would halt construction after an estimated 28,500 protesters blockaded a main street in Taipei demanding the plant be scrapped. Police used water cannon to dislodge hundreds who refused to leave the scene, in clashes that left 40 people injured."

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+ - Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Nokia's future as a company focused on providing network solutions, rather than mobile phones, looks to be bright. The company made big profits in the second quarter of 2014 after selling its mobile devices unit — the cornerstone of Nokia's rise in the 1990s — to Microsoft. Meanwhile Nokia has been buying up other businesses such as the Chicago-based SAC Wireless. Now Nokia is acquiring part of Panasonic's network business in an effort to boost its presence in Japan. The deal announced Thursday will give the Finnish firm control of roughly one third of Japan's mobile network market."

+ - Why TCP/IP is on the way out->

Submitted by jcatcw
jcatcw (1000875) writes "Researchers at Aalborg University in Denmark, in association with MIT and Caltech, reckon that the Internet can be made faster, and more secure, by abandoning the whole concept of packets and error correction. Error correction slows down traffic because the chunks of data, in many cases, have to be sent more than once.
The researchers are using a mathematical equation instead. The formula figures out which parts of the data didn't make the hop. They say it works in lieu of the packet-resend."

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It seems that more and more mathematicians are using a new, high level language named "research student".