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Comment Not gonna fly (Score 0) 253 253

They can of course do whatever they like once they default and are forced to go off on their own to protect the rest of the Eurozone. I'm sure having a currency of their own again may sound tempting considering their current predicament.

But current cryptocurrencies are popular only because of the promise of easy wealth to early adopters. The concept of taking control away from established capital and the concept of states is only interesting as long as such adopters have not yet become established themselves. A state backed cryptocurrency will not have that dodgy get rick quick appeal so it's hard to see who will benefit from this.

Comment Re:A highly relevant comment from the previous pos (Score 1) 262 262

Writeup doesn't make sense. The problem is supposedly a fundamental limit in Direct3D 11.2, which would be unable to handle the large nunber of draw calls. Yet the Nvidia 970 and 980 are claimed to offer great ('ideal') performance. Using D3D 11.2. Wut?

Maybe AMD should spend more time optimizing their D3D path rather than spending their limited development resources on the Mantle detour that benefits noone but their own hardware.

Comment Re: Rescued? (Score 1) 190 190

A kidney stone attack can have very similar symptoms to an acute appendicitis (searing pain around the abdominal area, vomiting) which qualifies as an emergency. It is possible that an accurate diagnosis could not be performed on site.

Other than that, kidney stones are among the most painful afflictions there are. Patients are best brought to a place where windows can't be opened as some may decide to jump out on the spot. They will do anything to get the pain to stop, and a guy like Bezos just happens to have some resources.

Comment Re:Like xbox (Score 5, Funny) 371 371

Yes but the Superphone will go further than that. It will channel the qualities of all the Microsoft mobile products we've come to know and love over the years, like Pen Windows, the Pocket PC, Tablet PC, Windows Mobile, the Zune, the Courier, the Kin, and yes of course Windows CE!

Err ok maybe most people didn't exactly love them. Or know them, for that matter.


Stanford Students Build "JediBot" 157 157

An anonymous reader writes "By combining a dexterous robotic arm, a foam-padded lightsaber, the movement tracking capabilities of Microsoft's Kinect sensor, and some clever software, students at Stanford University have created what can only be called a JediBot. Using a series of pre-programmed 'attack moves', and Kinect to detect the location of the enemy's light saber, JediBot can attack and defend with surprising grace. For now its attack moves are fairly slow — it can only attack once every 2 or 3 seconds — but presumably you could tweak a knob (and remove the foam padding) to turn JediBot into a real killing machine." I look forward to model that can also "force choke" an opponent.
Hardware Hacking

Wipeout Recreated With an RC Car 90 90

An anonymous reader writes "If you've owned any of Sony's PlayStation consoles then there's a good chance you've also played one of the Wipeout games. It's a high-speed racing game that helped make the PSOne popular, and it's now been recreated using a remote control car. The project is the idea of Malte Jehmlich. He decided to create a track out of cardboard reminiscent of the Wipeout tracks. He then hooked up a wireless camera to a remote control car, and modified the controller to be an arcade cabinet with a wheel and forward/reverse selector."

Wine 1.2 Released 427 427

David Gerard writes "Stuck with that one Windows app you can't get rid of? Rejoice — Wine 1.2 is officially released! Apart from running pretty much any Windows application on Unix better than 1.0 (from 2008), major new features include 64-bit support, bi-directional text, and translation into thirty languages. And, of course, DirectX 9 is well-supported and DirectX 10 is getting better. Packages should hit the distros over the weekend, or you can get the source now."

Comment Re:Interesting concept, however... (Score 1) 115 115

Without a way to selectively shut it off, (no, keeping your eye closed for long periods of time is not an option, it actually get tiring) it would be very inconvenient.

We got this covered. Why do you think most pirates wear eyepatches?

I reckon it's usually because they're worried that the level of debauchery be unfit for their bionic eye.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982