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Submission + - How Windows 10 Performs On a 12-inch MacBook->

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."
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Prescription Handguns For the Elderly and Disabled Screenshot-sm 1093

Repton writes "Thanks to the Second Amendment, even the elderly have the right to keep and bear arms. The problem is that many of the guns out there are a bit unwieldy for an older person to handle. However, the inventors of the Palm Pistol are planning to change all that with a weapon that is ideal for both the elderly and the physically disabled. In a statement submitted to Medgadget, the manufacturer, Constitution Arms, has revealed the following: 'We thought you might be interested to learn that the FDA has completed its "Device/Not a Device" determination and concluded the handgun will be listed as a Class I Medical Device.' Physicians will be able to prescribe the Palm Pistol for qualified patients who may seek reimbursement through Medicare or private health insurance companies."

Comment Brief Overview (Score 2, Informative) 292

Interesting - whole system runs on RHEL (told you it was evil..) and multiple Squid processes. Adds some latency into browsing (obviously...) Old system dropped javascript tags into URLs but later version did not (resulting in some users having some javascript appearing in their forum posts - like that guy on the motorbike phorum if anyone remembers that incident) Apple.com among the 'download target' sites (page 49) but surprisingly due to Evil, not Microsoft or Google.
Education

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."
Power

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->

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."
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Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Photosynth technology/NASA announcement->

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/
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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...
The Internet

Submission + - Bill to store all ISP activity indefinitely

An anonymous reader writes: Once again government uses the boogie man of child pornography to propose the most draconian internet legislation to date. ISP's would be required to store indefinitely all user online data or face prison. http://www.infowars.com/articles/bb/internet_congr ess_wants_monitor_all_emails_ims.htm

Apple's Growing Pains 375

Tyler Too writes "Is Apple having an unusually large number of quality control problems since its switch to Intel? Ars Technica runs down the litany of problems MacBook and MacBook Pro users have experienced since their launch. From the article: 'Is Apple's quality control slipping through the cracks with this Intel transition? Given the volume of available evidence that has appeared in such a short timeframe, it's simply impossible to say that Apple isn't having problems.'"

Ubuntu to Bring About Red Hat's Demise? 435

Tony Mobily has written a thought-provoking editorial for Free Software Magazine that makes the bold prediction of Red Hat's eventual demise at the hands of Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu. Calling on memories of Red Hat alienating their desktop user base to focus on their corporate customers and making money, Mobily states that many of those alienated desktop users are also system administrators who now feel more comfortable with Ubuntu and will make the choice to use Ubuntu Server over Red Hat now and in the future.

TUAW Recommends Joke App 65

ejdmoo writes "The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a very popular Apple enthusiast site, has accidentally posted (and since retracted) a recommendation for an application called Procrastinatr. Though the original website for Procrastinatr promises to 'efficiently prioritize your calendars and regain lost time,' it gives no real description of the functionality. In reality, the application was written as something of an extensive joke between friends, moving all iCal appointments and tasks forward a week. The author has since apologized and posted a fix for users who borked their calendars. This story once again highlights the importance of making sure something is legitimate before letting it run loose on your system, even if it appears to be coming from a reputable source."

MacBook Pro Batteries Swelling and Failing 388

JohnnyCakes writes "MacBook Pro batteries are apparently swelling, then failing. MacFixIt has some grotesque pictures of their own swollen MBP battery, which looks like it has suffered an internal explosion. Apple is replacing batteries on a case-by-case basis, but hasn't yet admitted any wide-scale issues."

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