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Comment: All iPhone screenshots? (Score 4, Interesting) 267

by nd (#43568519) Attached to: The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment

Why are all the screenshots from iPhones?

Android phones account for 51.2% of smartphone sales, with iPhones trailing at 43.5% [1].

So how likely is it that out of a sample of 10 screenshots, all 10 of them would be from iPhones? Seems suspicious.

[1] http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/News/Android-Sprint-and-Samsung-Increased-Share-In-Early-2013

Science

+ - Life found in deepest layer of Earth's crust->

Submitted by michaelmarshall
michaelmarshall (1132405) writes "For the first time life has been found in the gabbroic layer of the crust. The new biosphere is all bacteria, as you might expect, but they are different to the bacteria in the layers above: they mostly feed on hydrocarbons that are produced by abiotic reactions deep in the crust. It could mean that similar microbes are living even deeper, perhaps even in the mantle."
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+ - Chinese military developing drone ducks->

Submitted by Sara Chan
Sara Chan (138144) writes "The Wall Street Journal has a story about how China's military is developing unmanned aerial vehicles, i.e. drones. Some of the latest models are quite sophisticated. The story tells that "One model under development ... is about the size of a large duck and has flapping wings. It is designed primarily for carrying out reconnaissance behind enemy lines.""
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Cellphones

Carmack & Mustaine Talk Doom Resurrection For the iPhone 57

Posted by Soulskill
from the portable-demon-killing dept.
themacgamer writes "Luis Sosa had a chance to sit down with John Carmack and Tom Mustaine of id Software and discuss Doom Resurrection for the iPhone: 'At the start we thought it was just a touch screen, so you'd tap to shoot the monsters, but it was never fun; it felt too clinical. It didn't feel like you were swinging your heavy gun around to bring down the monster before he chews off your head,' said Carmack. Mustaine added, '[The shooting mechanic] was definitely a trial-and-error thing. You said the word "distilled," and that's definitely a word we've been using. We really wanted to distill the visceral Doom experience into the iPhone.' He also said, '... we have P2P co-op play that's not in the shipping version, but will come later. We didn't expect the 3.0 OS out so quickly! Two players join together, they see each other's cursors, and they either compete or co-op for a score. We're hoping to patch it in down the road. We're also looking at additional levels and potentially some stat-tracking stuff as well.'"
Science

Dinosaur Posture Still Wrong, Says Study 226

Posted by kdawson
from the sit-up-straight dept.
An anonymous reader sends along a piece in Cosmos about new dissension to the current prevailing wisdom on dinosaur posture. The researchers admit that blood pressure presents an unresolved obstacle to their model of dinosaur heads held high. "The current depiction of the way giant sauropod dinosaurs held their necks is probably wrong, says a new study. 'For the last decade the reigning paradigm in palaeontology has been that the big sauropod dinosaurs held their necks out straight and their heads down low,' said co-author Matt Wedel, who researches biomechanics at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. But 'our research [now] suggests that this view of sauropods is simply incorrect, based on everything we know about living animals,' he said." The researchers worried that some other team might beat them to publication, so obvious did they consider their methodology of looking at living animals to gain insight into the biomechanics of extinct ones.
Puzzle Games (Games)

Tetris Turns 25 177

Posted by timothy
from the where-were-you dept.
teh.f4ll3n writes "25 years ago a Russian (Soviet) researcher thought of one of the world's most popular games. It is now that we celebrate its 25th anniversary. 'Twenty-five years ago, inside the bowels of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow, a young artificial intelligence researcher received his first desktop computer — the Soviet-built Elektronika 60, a copy of an American minicomputer called a PDP-11 — and began writing programs for it.'"
AMD

AMD's Six-Core Istanbul Opterons 123

Posted by kdawson
from the nothing-outruns-my-v8-ford dept.
EconolineCrush writes "AMD's latest 'Istanbul' Opterons add two cores per socket, for a grand total of six. Despite the extra cores, these new chips reside within the same power envelope as existing quad-core Opterons, and they're drop-in compatible with current systems. The Tech Report has an in-depth review of the new chips, comparing their performance and power efficiency with that of Intel's Nehalem-based Xeons. Istanbul fares surprisingly well, particularly when one considers its performance-power ratio with highly parallelized workloads."

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