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Comment: Re:Global Warming is good for something. (Score 4, Interesting) 77

by Jagasian (#43846827) Attached to: Researchers Regenerate 400-Year-Old Frozen Plants

You know enough to be dangerous. Yes biodiversity was higher in the distance past when the Earth was warmer, but even more telling is what happened in the distant past when the Earth warmed at a very fast rate. The Permian–Triassic extinction was likely caused by an approximately 10 degree warming event that took place over tens of thousands of years. That lead to the extinction of almost all life on Earth. The current warming trend that the Earth is in is much faster than the trend associated with the Permian-Triassic extinction, and the obvious concern should be that this will lead to an even larger extinction event than the Permian-Triassic extinction. Plants can only migrate at a certain rate. Similarly for animals. Most won't be able to adapt, causing ecosystem failures. Maybe 99.9% of life will go extinct, who knows. Let's just dive right in!

Random fact: You can easily spot the Permian-Triassic sediment deposits because there are two layers: (i) the Permian layer is loaded with fossils, and (ii) the next layer has only sand stone. Why? When almost all of the plants and animals die, all that is left is a giant dust bowl.

Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Unveils it's own Surface tablets-> 1

Submitted by Necroloth
Necroloth (1512791) writes "Microsoft has unveiled Surface — its own-brand family of tablets.

It aims to challenge the iPad with a device that can run standard applications such as its own Office programs and Photoshop.

However other hardware makers are likely to feel aggrieved by the news as Microsoft can offer a competitive price as it doesn't need to pay itself a licence for the Windows 8 software which other manufacturers will have to do.

The devices have 10.6 inch (26.9cm) displays, built-in kickstands and are housed in magnesium cases — which the company described as the first of their kind.

The ARM-based tablets are 9.3mm (0.4 inches) thick — slightly less than the iPad — and run the Windows RT version of the new system. The Verge reported that the chipset will be built by Nvidia.

The versions using Intel's x86 technology run Windows 8 Pro and are 13.5mm (0.5 inches) thick.

A variety of accompanying covers can be attached using built-in magnets. They double as keyboards with trackpads. One version is flat while the other offers keys that can be depressed.

The devices are also designed to work with a pen accessory using what the firm dubbed "digital ink". When the stylus is held close to the screen of the tablet it ignores touch-input from the users' hands."

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Comment: Nice technical approach (Score 2) 459

by maudefan (#38726472) Attached to: Microsoft Announces ReFS, a New Filesystem For Windows 8

There's a blog post linked from the article.

There's all kinds of promising stuff, like data corruption resilience and dropped/extended limits.

Much more interesting read than the linked ZDNet article.

Indeed very interesting - their approach seems sound and modern. First, they remove the non-essential features from the filesystem to keep it lean. They could be possibly reimplemented on top of the filesystem. And second, they mention using B+trees and allocate-on-write principle, which some modern filesystems use - Reiser4 springs to mind.

Interesting project to follow (and imitate in open source).

Intel

PandaBoard ES Benchmarked 77

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the entering-calendar-entries-was-never-so-fast dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Phoronix has benchmarked the Texas Instruments PandaBoard ES and compared its performance against Intel Atom N270, Atom Z530, Pentium M, and Core Duo T2400 processors. The OMAP4660 dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 development board generally loses out to Intel's older competition, but does manage to win in ray-tracing and other tests, and is advantageous on a per-Watt basis."

Comment: Re:Like ITC will find in favor of a Taiwanese comp (Score 5, Informative) 81

by maudefan (#38133834) Attached to: ITC Rules Apple Does Not Infringe S3 Graphics Patents

When did that happen for the last time in known history? ITC has one purpose only -- to protect US companies from competition.

It will come back to bite them eventually. Other companies are doing the same like getting apple banned in Taiwan. By setting up this framework of protectionism now they will suffer when being banned in China becomes worse for multinationals than being banned in the USA

The article you are linking to actually talks about banning APPLES (the fruit) imported from the US in Taiwan. You probably wanted to refer to the ban of selling some Apple products in South Korea, which is seeked by Samsung. This ban, however, did not happen so far it seems.

Graphics

Adobe Adds GPU Acceleration To Creative Suite 4 246

Posted by timothy
from the let's-see-this-in-more-software dept.
arcticstoat writes "GPU computing has just taken a major step into the world of mainstream software development, as Adobe has now released a GPU-accelerated version of its Creative Suite, comprising Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro. Both Premiere Pro and After Effects only support GPU features on Nvidia's professional range of Quadro GPUs, but Photoshop CS4 allows GPU acceleration on any mainstream GPU that supports Shader Model 3.0 (such as Nvidia's GeForce 6200 series of GPUs). Built on OpenGL, Photoshop CS4's GPU features allow real-time rotation of images and accelerated zooming and panning. As well as this, Photoshop CS4 also uses the GPU for anti-aliasing on text and objects, and it can tap the GPU for brushstroke previews, HDR tone mapping and colour conversion."
Transportation

+ - France unveils TGV's successor->

Submitted by maudefan
maudefan (726762) writes "French engineering giant Alstom unveiled a new super-fast train on Tuesday. The AGV train will travel at speeds up to 360km/h and, just like the TGV, can use standard rail tracks for traveling at lower speeds. Key design change of AGV is that motors are placed under each car which provides more space for the passengers, as there are no separate power cars, and higher energy efficiency.

This is great news as high speed railway combined with nuclear power is the only sensible alternative for transport in 1000 km range that does not release massive amounts of CO2."

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Comment: Re:Math not essential - Logic is! (Score 1) 942

by Jagasian (#19793603) Attached to: Forget Math to Become a Great Computer Scientist?
Strongly statically typed languages tend to generate faster, more correct machine code. Thanks to type inference and soft typing, such languages also do not require more coding because types do not have to be written by the programmer (type inference) and type errors do not need to be worked around if the code is in fact correct (soft typing). In fact, soft typing demonstrates that the distinction between static and dynamic typing can be blurred.

So on what grounds do you make the claim that strongly statically typed languages are not objectively better?

IE7 Blocking Google Image Search? 253

Posted by kdawson
from the play-nicely-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes, "I just tried a Google Image Search in IE7 for the first time. Whenever I click on an image, my browser tells me in big bold letters, "This is a reported phishing website." Try it yourself: make sure automatic phishing detection is turned on and do an (adorable) image search; click on one of the result thumbnails. MSN Live Image Search has no such issues. Insert Microsoft evil conspiracy theory here." I get this behavior under IE7, Win XP Pro, SP2, Parallels, Mac OS X.

International Fusion Reactor Project Moves Forward 265

Posted by Zonk
from the good-political-news-for-once dept.
mjgp2 writes to mention a BBC article about an agreement which will begin construction on the second most expensive scientific collaboration, after the ISS : the world's first large-scale fusion reactor. From the article: "The seven-party consortium, which includes the European Union, the US, Japan, China, Russia and others, agreed last year to build Iter in Cadarache, in the southern French region of Provence ... He said that the participants would aim to ratify their agreement before the end of the year so construction on the facility could start in 2007. Officials said the experimental reactor would take about eight years to build. The EU is to foot about 50% of the cost to build the experimental reactor. If all goes well with the experimental reactor, officials hope to set up a demonstration power plant at Cadarache by 2040. "

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