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Comment: I haven't bought an EA Game in ages. (Score 1) 346

by jzilla (#43405143) Attached to: EA Repeats As 'Worst Company In America'
EA makes games like laundry detergent. Every year they make a new box, slap a "10% more whitening power" sticker on it, and try to sell you the same shit game they sold you last year. I have time to play like 5% of the games out there nowdays, cause there are so many. I want to play a game that has something else to say than "Give me yo' fucking money". So I don't really avoid EA games because i hate EA, they do me a favor really and point out the shitty games i don't want to play by putting their name on them.

Comment: Its not about confidentiality. (Score 5, Insightful) 165

by jzilla (#42669397) Attached to: Mega Defends Its Security Practices
The encryption is there for mega to maintain plausable deniabity about copyright infringement. If you want to keep something private don't upload it to mega. The question is not whether the encyrption scheme is sound, but whether it is reasonable in court to expect a company to break encryption (and most likely laws) to ferret out copyright violations.

Multicellular Life Evolves In Months, In a Lab 285

Posted by Soulskill
from the selecting-for-extroverted-cells dept.
ananyo writes "The origin of multicellular life, one of the most important developments in Earth's history, could have occurred with surprising speed, U.S. researchers have shown. In the lab, a single-celled yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) took less than 60 days to evolve into many-celled clusters that behaved as individuals. The clusters even developed a primitive division of labor, with some cells dying so that others could grow and reproduce. Multicellular life has evolved independently at least 25 times, but these transitions are so ancient that they have been hard to study. The researchers wanted to see if they could evolve multicellularity in a single-celled organism, using gravity as the selective pressure. In a tube of liquid, clusters of yeast cells settle at the bottom more quickly than single cells. By culturing only the cells that sank, they selected for those that stick together. After many rounds of selection over 60 days, the yeast had evolved into 'snowflakes' comprising dozens of cells."

Comment: Unity... it unites everyone in not liking it. (Score 1) 798

by jzilla (#37903770) Attached to: Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?
I use Ubuntu because out of the box, it has the best looking console. I like the excellent readability of font it uses, and i like the how the color scheme works really we ll with vi's syntax highlighting. To me the console is genius. I don't really like unity, it changes things up, yet offers no new innovations, or no new features, or anything compelling from the user experience point of view. Theres nothing in unity that has grown on me. There is nothing i really like, or hate for that matter. Mr. Shuttleworth says its a forward looking change that in the future the desktop won't exist and unity will be running on whatever replaces it. It seems there is currently no shortage of OS options in the sub desktop category, and Ubuntu will be the late entry to this market which is already pretty cut throat. His argument seems pretty absurd. To have a chance be significant in that market it would need to have some significant innovation, but its just a coat of paint over some stale features that aren't even new to the desktop. Unity is pretentious and I'm embarrass to use it. It just feels dirty.

Comment: flywheels at a consumer level (Score 1) 325

by jzilla (#36309660) Attached to: Using Flywheels to Meet Peak Power Grid Demands
When i was in engineering school a classmate did a presentation on using flywheels at a consumer level. You buy it and put in in your house and it soaks up at offpeak times and delivers during peak times. Using flywheels at the consumer level also has the advantage of using the resource of lines during peak times, as only so much electricity can saftely travel through a line. The biggest challenge to this method is that detail of the power consumption/generation would have to be exposed to the consumer so that these device would understand when to best consume or release energy.

Comment: mobile providers are like junkies (Score 2) 182

They keep raising prices on a service that gets cheaper every year. They use fraudulent billing practices. They don't compete in prices. They have convinced everyone on the planet they need a cellphone and every child over the age of 4 needs one for their safety. I look at my cellphone bill, and wonder how could they be so desperate for more money they have to resort to this level of depravity? They exhibit the same pattern as coke/crack heads. They will never have enough money, and they will resort to shadier and shadier practices to keep the coke flowing.
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USAF Unveils Supercomputer Made of 1,760 PS3s 163

Posted by Soulskill
from the going-for-the-gusto dept.
digitaldc writes with this excerpt from Gamasutra: "The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has connected 1,760 PlayStation 3 systems together to create what the organization is calling the fastest interactive computer in the entire Defense Department. The Condor Cluster, as the group of systems is known, also includes 168 separate graphical processing units and 84 coordinating servers in a parallel array capable of performing 500 trillion floating point operations per second (500 TFLOPS), according to AFRL Director of High Power Computing Mark Barnell."

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.