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Comment: Re:Is this really news? (Score 1) 53

by jones_supa (#49179941) Attached to: A Versatile and Rugged MIDI Mini-Keyboard (Video)

Just about all USB midi keyboards/controllers are cross platform. I fail to think of one that isn't, to be honest. So save yourself a few bucks and pick up an Akai MPK or something like that...

Indeed. For reference, here's a link to Thomann's catalogue with over 50 of such mini MIDI-keyboards.

+ - Gunman Was On Run -- Shots Fired Near NSA->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "U.S. Park Police reported hearing gunshots fired near the NSA headquarters on Tuesday. Hours after gunfire ringing, the FBI said a suspect has been arrested for a series of shootings in the Washington-Baltimore area. The agency believes the suspect is responsible for several shootings, including one on the Intercounty Connector in Maryland and one at Fort Meade, Maryland — where the NSA is located. No one was injured, but NSA found damage to a building near the highway that passes by its campus, a federal law enforcement official said. Investigators are looking into the other shootings that have happened in the past couple of weeks to see if there is a connection. Those shootings happened outside a mall, a theater and a Walmart. Someone also shot a landscaping truck."
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+ - Soini: I'm Surprised More Immigrants Don't Come to Finland-> 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "In the first Yle News 2015 election interview, chair of the nationalist Finns Party Timo Soini offered his opinions on the European Union, immigration and the repeated racism scandals that have dogged his party. "I’m very proud of my party," said Soini. "I will say that this is a success story. We are challenging the established parties very well with new ideas, we are taking democracy back into the Finnish discussion, but I require — and also demand — that we also talk about the positive aspects of the Finns Party." The populist Eurosceptic was keen to emphasise that he wants Finland to be an open country to immigrants, despite his party's critical comments on the matter. He noted that Finland is one of the least-immigrated countries in the world. "Finland is a good country to work, educate and live, this is a safe country And I’m actually surprised that more immigrants are not interested to come here.", said Soini."
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+ - Lost City Discovered in Honduran Rain Forest->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with discovery of a previously unknown culture's lost city. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied "White City", also referred to in legend as the "City of the Monkey God". Archaeologists surveyed and mapped extensive plazas, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid belonging to a culture that thrived a thousand years ago, and then vanished. The team also discovered a remarkable cache of stone sculptures that had lain untouched since the city was abandoned. The objects were documented but left unexcavated. To protect the site from looters, its location is not being revealed."
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+ - Khronos Unveils Vulkan Graphics API->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "The Khronos Group has announced "Vulkan", its next generation API for high performance 3D graphics and GPU-based computation. Vulkan, previously known as Next Generation OpenGL or just GLnext, is designed to be a low-overhead API that facilitates multithreaded 3D development, enabling different threads to simultaneously prepare batches of commands to send to the GPU. It gives developers greater control of generating commands, putting tasks such as memory and thread management in their hands rather than relying on video drivers to handle these responsibilities. In so doing, it greatly reduces the amount of work that the driver must perform. The new API was created to make it a better fit for modern hardware: GPUs are complex, highly programmable devices, and CPUs have abundant cores and multithreading support. Shader compilation will adopt the Direct3D approach: instead of compiling from source on every run, programs will be stored as precompiled bytecode in a form called "SPIR-V". At least for now, OpenGL won't go away either, and Khronos will continue its development on the side."
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+ - NVIDIA Fixes Old Compiz Bug

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "NVIDIA has fixed a long-standing issue in the Ubuntu Unity desktop by patching Compiz. When opening the window of a new application, it would go black or become transparent on NVIDIA hardware. There has been bug reports dating back to Ubuntu 12.10 times. The problem was caused by Compiz, which had some leftover code from a port. An NVIDIA developer posted on Launchpad and said that the NVIDIA team has been looking at this issue and they also proposed a patch. "Our interpretation of the specification is that creating two GLX pixmaps pointing at the same drawable is not allowed, because it can lead to poorly defined behavior if the properties of both GLX drawables don't match. Our driver prevents this, but Compiz appears to try to do this.", wrote NVIDIA's Arthur Huillet. The Compiz patch has been accepted upstream."

+ - Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "In 2014, Epic Games took the step of making Unreal Engine 4 available to everyone by subscription for $19 per month. Today, this general-purpose game engine is available to everyone for free. This includes future updates, the full C++ source code of the engine, documentation, and all sorts of bonus material. You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. The business scheme that Epic set in the beginning, remains the same: when you ship a commercial game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. Epic strived to create a simple and fair arrangement in which they succeed only when your product succeeds."

Comment: Re:Google Double Plus Good (Score 1) 144

by jones_supa (#49164163) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

Sometimes I don't understand how people avoid running away screaming in terror.

Because the Big Brother aspect is hidden in daily use of these services, and at the same time they provide people the benefits of a powerful communication tool. Pretty simple really.

It's the same reason why people buy unethically produced goods: because the manufacturing process is hidden from them, but the price is cheap.

+ - Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A study of Finnish men suggests that frequent sauna baths may help you live longer. Previous research has suggested that saunas might improve blood vessel function and exercise capacity, or even lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension. The new study links long, hot sauna baths with more benefits, including fewer deaths from heart attacks, strokes, various heart-related conditions and other causes. The study tracked 2315 Finnish men for nearly 20 years on average. Most participants used saunas at least once weekly. Those who used them four to seven times weekly received the greatest benefits. The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine wraps up by saying that further studies are warranted to establish the potential mechanism that links sauna bathing and the aforementioned cardiovascular benefits."

+ - Android phone completely disabled after receiving an international call

Submitted by OneSmartFellow
OneSmartFellow (716217) writes "I was out with friends on Friday evening when I received an international phone call from a +7 phone number. It's not at all unusual for me to receive international phone calls, but, I'll admit I have never receievd one from the +7 dialing code. I answered the call, and I could only hear myself speaking. I hung up, and my phone immediately shut off. All attempts to power it back on have failed. I have tried removing the battery, and booting into recovery mode. Phone is a Nexus S with Cyanogenmod installed. It is now a paperweight. I presume I have been hacked somehow. Is there any way to recover from this experience ?"

+ - Xfce 4.12 Released

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "The Xfce team is pleased to announce the release of the Xfce 4.12, a new stable version of the fast and optimized desktop environment that supersedes Xfce 4.10, which was released 2 years and 10 months ago. While the version number looks like a small jump, there is a big amount of improvements and fixes all around. Most notable things that have seen changes are: the panel, power management, multi-monitor support, task manager, file manager, optical disc burning (Blu-Ray support), Alt-Tab popup, keyboard shortcuts, and wallpaper selector. An online tour of the changes in the new version is available. Looking into the future, the plan to upgrade from GTK2 to GTK3 is probably the hottest topic in the roadmap."

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.