This. It's not even more sensational if it fails after 'seconds' rather than in a minute, so this is probably a routine journo hyperbole, the problem is, as you say, that they write without considering the target audience (i.e. they don't give a shit about them).
Birds use a simpler approach: no 3d modeling; they just respond to relative speed of edges on their retina.
This. While most replies assume it's okay for local responders to triage, it's just a waste of time. Even calling security adds a layer of indirection. In case of emergency, call 911 and then security - this way the ambulance will be on the road and security will still have ample time to give guidance to them.
The fact that people obviously versed in the art are commenting on Slashdot, rather than excitedly hunching over the algorithm, putting it in whatever they work on, is telltale sign that it's not as revolutionary as the gushing summary states.
Alphabet, the wholly owning subsidiary of Google
Why would anyone switch to encrypted if unencrypted packets get higher priority?
Because the ISP can't tell what is being encrypted. Naturally, if torrents are throttled and encrypted streams aren't, then all P2P data sharing will move to encrypted.
Thanks, got it!
The simulation part is very performance intensive, but the visualizations themselves look like something you could do with WebGL, or often, just some SVG and CSS. What are the thousands of cores used for? Not even a super-high resolution seems warranted, because of the continuity of material properties etc. Apparently the result is some 3D model which can be interactively rotated and zoomed, likely on a single local machine that takes direct input from the user, i.e. the thousands of cores don't even seem to do the real time part of the rendering.
Doubles as a password.
I'm gonna whoosh on this but there was something about the approachability of computers for kids in the Commodore era. Kids of course including girl kids too. You took out a keyboard-sized device, plugged it in the wann and a tv, switched it on mechanically, and you were instantly greeted with a REPL prompt. There was no facebook or web or 'online', so you had a chance to explore what it does, do some programming initially with a book or magazine article on the side, and of course gaming.
Now, a kid has to wade through lots and lots of unappealing layers (the OS, installing some language, selecting its application etc.) and alternative diversions (social, slashdot etc.) and the programming part, to a beginner, can feel really artificial, they can't create anything like what surrounds them on the desktop.
So, in the past, using a personal computer typically meant programming, and the meaning first shifted to using Lotus / Excel / Word, then to just browsing. From programming, to content creation, to content consumption.
I see you waited with getting your six digit accout as long as you could
No worries unless it turns out someone has another 249 patents like this, which actually isn't a lot of patents.
A 7 digit id can be a result of a rich, fulfilling professional and personal life (no time for slashdot posting; only reading when it was still worth it); he might also be a good listener who didn't speak up on first inclination (i.e. didn't need a user id). In the good old days the summaries were still bad, but there was enough meat in the discussion to reverse engineer what it was about. These days, I'd have to RTFA - I'm in the middle of the stream and still haven't an idea of what Apple did as optimization that was proprietary, not to mention how many other CPU patents there may be that will have a similar outcome. A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you're talking real money.
"Everybody is talking about the weather but nobody does anything about it." -- Mark Twain