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Comment: Not gonna fly (Score 0) 253

by florin (#49105303) Attached to: Will Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Support Cryptocurrency In Greece?

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

by florin (#48384781) Attached to: Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

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

by florin (#45872345) Attached to: Ecuadorian Navy Rescues Bezos After Kidney Stone Attack

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

by florin (#38550544) Attached to: Speculating On What a Microsoft Superphone Might Mean

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

Posted by samzenpus
from the may-the-grades-be-with-you dept.
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

Posted by Soulskill
from the eagerly-awaiting-his-xwing-project dept.
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

Posted by Soulskill
from the pop-the-cork dept.
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

by florin (#32557818) Attached to: Bionic-Eyed Man Wants To Stream Eye Video Online

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.

Data Storage

WD, Intel, Corsair, Kingston, Plextor SSDs Collide 56

Posted by timothy
from the will-it-collide dept.
J. Dzhugashvili writes "New SSDs just keep coming out from all corners of the market, and keeping track of all of them isn't the easiest job in the world. Good thing SSD roundups pop up every once in a while. This time, Western Digital's recently launched SiliconEdge Blue solid-state drive has been compared against new entrants from Corsair, Kingston, and Plextor. The newcomers faced off against not just each other, but also Intel's famous X25-M G2, WD's new VelociRaptor VR200M mechanical hard drive, and a plain-old WD Caviar Black 2TB thrown in for good measure. Who came out on top? Priced at about the same level, the WD and Plextor drives each seem to have deal-breaking performance weaknesses. The Kingston drive is more affordable than the rest, but it yielded poor IOMeter results. In the end, the winner appeared to be Corsair's Nova V128, which had similar all-around performance as Intel's 160GB X25-M G2 but with a slightly lower capacity and a more attractive price." Thanks to that summary, you might not need to wade through all 10 of the pages into which the linked article's been split.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.