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Comment: Re:People use outlook? (Score 1) 292

by ulricr (#45525029) Attached to: Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"
I'm always baffled when people complain that Outlook is slow. The corporate exchange server I am connected to is not even in the same country as I am. And outlook starts in about 7 seconds in a cool boot (ho often do you that, once a week?). That's still too long, but it's not 2 minutes. My mail is all on the server, no local .ost file. (probably the same for you too, since you switched to an (no longer developed afaik) imap client) But there are some crazy corporate spyware/management stuff that corporation install on our PCs that slow things down, and for sure "going rogue" and using another mail client that is not IT-managed works around that.

Comment: Re:Cinepaint (Score 2) 89

by ulricr (#44661849) Attached to: Autodesk To Follow Adobe's 'Rent Our Software' Business Model?
None of these has used cinepaint exclusivly. these productions used a hundred time more photoshop and roto tools than cinepaint. they also used Notepad, it doesn't mean that notepad is an awesome production tool. any crap gets used on production where there are hundreds of people and a dozen vfx companies involved. it's meaningless but the cinepaint people do love to hang on to the illusion. All of this only occured because of one programmer at Rhythm & Hues. Cinepaint was dump HARD quickly after.

+ - Canon's Mixed Reality headset aims to change the way consumers shop->

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Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "With products like Google’s Glass, the Oculus Rift, and even certain features found on the Nintendo 3DS, augmented, mixed, and virtual reality are starting to make some headway in the consumer space. Canon, best known for its cameras, is looking to break into the mixed reality scene with its new head-mounted display.

The core of the setup is the Canon HMD (head-mounted display) which works in conjunction with various sensors — optical and magnetic, as well as visual markers — to help create the mixed reality environment. The HMD employs two cameras located in front of each eye that captures video and shoots it off to an off-board, tethered computer. The computer then combines the real-world visuals with computer-generated visuals, and beams that back to two monitors placed in front of the eyes within the HMD. The unit combines with a development platform, dubbed the MR Platform, which allows companies to create mixed reality images to display on the HMD."

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Microsoft

+ - Nikon Agrees to Pay Microsoft "Android Tax" on Smart Cameras-> 3

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walterbyrd
walterbyrd writes "Remember Nikon Corp.'s (TYO:7731) Android-powered smart cameras like the Coolpix S800c? Well it appears that adding Google Inc.'s free operating system isn't going to be quite so free — Microsoft Corp. has successfully shaken down the Japanese camera maker for a licensing fee."
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Unix

+ - Minix 3.2.1 Released->

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kthreadd (1558445) writes "Minix, originally designed as an example for teaching operating system theory which was both inspiration and cause for the creation of Linux has just been released as version 3.2.1. Major new features include full support for shared libraries and improved support for USB devices such as keyboards, mice and mass storage devices. The system has received many performance improvements and several userland tools have been imported from NetBSD."
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Google

+ - Will Apple Get Over Its 'Laptop Haphephobia'?

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theodp (442580) writes "Ridiculed as a very uncool Microsoft thing by Apple CEOs Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, the idea of touchscreens on laptops and desktops got a major boost this week from cool kid Google, who essentially called BS on 'Gorilla Arm Syndrome' FUD with the introduction of its high-end Pixel Chromebook. So, with Google Pixel validating Microsoft's touch strategy, will Apple be forced to get over its 'laptop haphephobia' and join the c'mon-c'mon-c'mon-c'mon-now-touch-me laptop club? Hey, 'vertical touch' could yet become a 50-year-old 'overnight' success!"
Cloud

+ - Microsoft Azure total outage for secured storage-> 2

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rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "There has been worldwide (all locations) total outage of storage in Microsoft's Azure cloud. Apparently "Microsoft unwittingly let an online security certificate expire Friday, triggering a worldwide outage in an online service that stores data for a wide range of business customers." according to the San Francisco Chronicle (also Yahoo and the Register). Perhaps too much time has been spent sucking up to storage vendros and not enough looking after the customers? This comes directly after a week long outage of one of Microsoft's SQL server components in Azure. This is not the first time that we have discussed major outages on Azure and probably won't be the last. It's certainly also not the first time that we have discussed Microsoft cloud systems making user's data unavailable."
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The Military

+ - There is Plenty to Cut at the Pentagon 2

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "William D. Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, writes that although we have been bombarded with tales of woe about the potentially devastating impacts of cutting the Pentagon budget 8% under the sequester, examples of egregious waste and misplaced spending priorities at the Pentagon abound and one need look no further than the department's largest weapons program, the F-35 combat aircraft which has just been grounded again after a routine inspection revealed a crack on a turbine blade in the jet engine of an F-35 test aircraft in California. Even before it has moved into full-scale production, the plane has already increased in price by 75%, and it has so far failed to meet basic performance standards. By the Pentagon's own admission, building and operating three versions of the F-35 — one for the Air Force, one for the Navy and one for the Marines — will cost more than $1.4 trillion over its lifetime, making it the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken. And in an era in which aerial combat is of diminishing importance and upgraded versions of current generation US aircraft can more than do the job, it is not at all clear that we need to purchase more than 2,400 of these planes. Cutting the two most expensive versions of the F-35 will save over $60 billion in the next decade. But some say the F-35 program is too big to kill. The F-35 funnels business to a global network of contractors that includes Northrop Grumman and Kongsberg Gruppen ASA of Norway. It counts 1,300 suppliers in 45 states supporting 133,000 jobs — and more in nine other countries, according to Lockheed. “It’s got a lot of political protection,” says Winslow Wheeler, a director at the Project on Government Oversight’s Center for Defense Information in Washington. “In that environment, very, very few members of Congress are willing to say this is an unaffordable dog and we need to get rid of it.”"

Comment: Re:How long until the PS4 is irrelevant? (Score 1) 587

by ulricr (#42962681) Attached to: Sony Announces the PS4
running an emulator on your pc is rrelevant because 1) it'd a terrible user experience, and not mainstream. console is about simple and plugged to your tv set 2) even if it became so, Sony loses money on the hardware, the business model is royalties on selling the games. 3) if your pirating the software anyway, see 2).. Sony wasnt making money with you buying the hardware

Comment: Re:What the ??? (Score 1) 398

by ulricr (#42738281) Attached to: How <em>EVE Online</em> Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle
using thread is not necessary to do multiprocessing and use multicore machines, it's just one approach, one that is seldom used on multi cpu servers, especially back then. the alternative is to use multiple concurrent processes, which has been the UNIX way to do things since the beginning and is still widely used today for scalable systems - especially those that will also use multiple separate machines that don't share RAM

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