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Submission + - How Windows 10 Performs On a 12-inch MacBook (alexvking.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As Microsoft prepares for the launch of Windows 10, review sites have been performing all sorts of benchmarks on the tech preview to evaluate how well the operating system will run. But now a computer science student named Alex King has made the most logical performance evaluation of all: testing Windows 10's performance on a 2015 MacBook. He says, "Here's the real kicker: it's fast. It's smooth. It renders at 60FPS unless you have a lot going on. It's unequivocally better than performance on OS X, further leading me to believe that Apple really needs to overhaul how animations are done. Even when I turn Transparency off in OS X, Mission Control isn't completely smooth. Here, even after some Aero Glass transparency has been added in, everything is smooth. It's remarkable, and it makes me believe in the 12-inch MacBook more than ever before. So maybe it's ironic that in some regards, the new MacBook runs Windows 10 (a prerelease version, at that) better than it runs OS X."

Submission + - Driving to shops better for planet then walking?

apodyopsis writes: The Times Online has done some research into uses of carbon, and come up with some startling research.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/a rticle2195538.ece

from TFA:

"The climate could benefit if people avoided exercise, ate less and became couch potatoes. Provided, of course, they remembered to switch off the TV rather than leaving it on standby."

Submission + - British scientists reverse Casimir effect (telegraph.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The Telegraph reports that Scientists at the University of St. Andrews have developed a technique to cause the Casimir effect to repeal instead of attract. This discovery could lead to near frictionless machines or in theory even levitation.

Submission + - Car powered by AA batteries runs at 76 miles/hr

An anonymous reader writes: After the first AA battery powered airplane, Panasonic Japan has developed a car which is powered by 168 AA batteries or normal pencil cells. In test runs the car touched speeds upto 122 km/hr (76 miles) thus entering into Guniness book of records. The car is shaped like an aircraft but has no wings, it is 3.3 meters long and has a F1 car styled cabin. The body is made from aramide honeycomb which is also used in bulletproof vests.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - id Software gets Steamed (blogspot.com)

gaanagaa writes: "Valve to share its Steam platform with video game publisher id Software. The deal will distribute a range of the company's popular game franchises on Valve's Steam network. Games can be purchased for download individually or in collections, including the id Superpack which includes every id game on Steam. Starting today, Steam users can download full versions of the complete Doom series and Quake I — III, including mission packs, as well as a collection of retro classics."

Submission + - Microsoft Photosynth technology/NASA announcement (labs.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft Live Labs is announcing a collaboration with NASA using Photosynth technology to create 3-D environments of space shuttle Endeavour and surrounding buildings at Kennedy Space Center in Florida prior to the shuttle's launch next week. For the first time, viewers can experience unprecedented views of shuttle Endeavour on the launch pad, the interior and surrounding area of the Vehicle Assembly Building, and the return of previous flight Shuttle Atlantis atop a 747. Photosynth is able to capture the depth and complexity of the shuttle's structure, providing exclusive images to viewers around the world enabling the unique ability to explore this NASA mission. Photosynth is an innovative imaging technology that uses hundreds of standard digital camera images to construct a 3-D environment. Similar to a 3-D gaming experience, viewers can zoom in to see greater detail or zoom out for a more expansive view. Viewers can experience this innovative technology of the four shuttle Endeavour collections at: http://media.live.com/photosynth/NASA/default/htm, and view a video demo at: http://labs.live.com/photosynth/video.html beginning Sunday August 5 at 9:01 pm PDT. For more information on Microsoft Live Labs and Photosynth technology go to http://live.labs.com/

Submission + - Vista Strongly Recommended Against by BECTA

Dracul writes: BECTA — the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency — have just released a report which analyses whether Vista should be adopted by UK schools

The recommendations of the report basically say it all:

The enhancements in Vista add value but do not justify its early deployment in the educational environment Early deployment [of Vista] is considered high risk and strongly recommended against
I expect higher education world wide is going to try to adopt a similar position. It will be interesting to see how hard Micro$oft fights back. The report estimates that upgrading would cost the UK schools £167 million — universities are going to be spending billions on this...

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