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Comment: Re:Linus Torvalds is his own worst enemy (Score 2) 786

by wolf1oo (#43005415) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

Watch out there. You're drawing an incorrect analogy between Linux and Windows/Mac. Linux is a kernel, not an operating system.

If you asked where to change screen resolution or network settings on Gentoo, Ubuntu, Fedora, or Arch, they all have a single answer. While these answers may not agree with each other, they may be changed by the user if they find that a certain management application offers more comprehensive controls over their settings, or if they are more used to one over the other.

You cannot compare Linux as an operating system.

Comment: Re:How heavy is the rover ? (Score 1) 36

by wolf1oo (#41608289) Attached to: Water-Prospecting Lunar Rover Prototype Built

I'm not sure of the actual mass, they never mentioned it last time I saw them, but they did say that the rover could be operating for a large portion of the "day" on the moon.

It has a footprint of about 7 feet by 12 feet, give or take a foot in each. Two reasonably strong men were able to lift up one end of it when they were positioning it for a movement demo, so it can't be too massive...

Comment: Re:So... (Score 3, Interesting) 36

by wolf1oo (#41603619) Attached to: Water-Prospecting Lunar Rover Prototype Built

When they say permanently shadowed, they mean from directly above. I have seen the rover (I attend CMU), it has solar cells that face toward the horizon, to capture the small amount of energy that comes over the side. Apparently it works pretty well and efficiently, or so they say :)

Comment: Re:It's the right move, unfortuntately (Score 1) 148

by wolf1oo (#39127007) Attached to: KDE KWin May Drop Support For AMD Catalyst Drivers

I've actually been using the ATI drivers with a 4 year old, but still very reliable, ATI HD3850. I've had no complaints, besides the fact that horrendous screen tearing occurs if you don't have a composition manager like xcompmgr running. I still agree though, they are making the right move. If ATI can't maintain their code or care to improve it, so be it. I do know the next card I'm getting is nVidia for sure. But honestly, I run a lot of games both through wine and natively, and they all run with on average top fps, with highest settings.

Nowadays I wouldn't quite refer to linux gaming as limited, you just can't quite play the latest and greatest games. Although Skyrim worked (almost) right out of the box, and after about 6 months of a game being out there are usually ways of making it work decently :)

Comment: Re:Still Today (Score 1) 95

by wolf1oo (#34741024) Attached to: <em>Super Mario Bros. 3</em> Level Design Lessons

I was just thinking along the same lines, having also just played through Braid. The game really was much different and introduced unique concepts to the player, but it allowed the player to ease into the situation and feel out how the game should be played. Of course, upon dying for the first time, and having the game indicate to press the "Shift" key, I was momentarily nonplussed when I came back to life. I hadn't seen anything about the game before I played...


Life Found In Deepest Layer of Earth's Crust 335

Posted by Soulskill
from the gabbroic-added-to-spellchecker dept.
michaelmarshall writes "For the first time, life has been found in the gabbroic layer of the crust. The new biosphere is all bacteria, as you might expect, but they are different from the bacteria in the layers above; they mostly feed on hydrocarbons that are produced by abiotic reactions deep in the crust. It could mean that similar microbes are living even deeper, perhaps even in the mantle."

The ~200 Line Linux Kernel Patch That Does Wonders 603

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-isn't-that-special dept.
An anonymous reader writes "There is a relatively miniscule patch to the Linux kernel scheduler being queued up for Linux 2.6.38 that is proving to have dramatic results for those multi-tasking on the desktop. Phoronix is reporting the ~200 line Linux kernel patch that does wonders with before and after videos demonstrating the much-improved responsiveness and interactivity of the Linux desktop. While compiling the Linux kernel with 64 parallel jobs, 1080p video playback was still smooth, windows could be moved fluidly, and there was not nearly as much of a slowdown compared to when this patch was applied. Linus Torvalds has shared his thoughts on this patch: So I think this is firmly one of those 'real improvement' patches. Good job. Group scheduling goes from 'useful for some specific server loads' to 'that's a killer feature.'"

Comment: Flawed Statistics... (Score 1) 234

by wolf1oo (#34236378) Attached to: 'Smart' Vending Machines Triple Sales

Obviously, the lurking variable that the people in Japan MAY just be drawn to a vending machine that talks to them and is technologically advanced could not have possibly been a cause of the pickup in sales....

the only way to prove it's suggestion ability is what draws the people would be to put in a machine that suggests based upon random selection, that is identical to the others.


'Smart' Vending Machines Triple Sales 234

Posted by Soulskill
from the by-tom-cruise's-eyeballs dept.
bossanovalithium writes "A vending machine in Japan which recommends drinks to customers based on facial recognition data has tripled sales. JR East Water Business has previously installed two vending machines in JR Shinagawa station and it is believed that the recognition technology is responsible for a vast increase in sales in comparison to traditional machines. The vending machines recommend beverages after physical attributes of customers are picked up by sensors which allow the machines determine age, sex and other attributes, before offering a number of suggestions."

Android Phone Solves Rubik's Cube In 12.5 Seconds 76

Posted by timothy
from the varies-with-the-cube dept.
DeviceGuru writes "A Lego Mindstorms robotics kit controlled by an HTC Nexus One smartphone successfully untangled a Rubik's Cube puzzle in 12.5 seconds at this weeks ARM technical conference in Silicon Valley. The current 3x3x3 cube-solvers's 15-second average represents a substantial improvement over the 25-second solutions of an earlier version, which was powered by a circa-2006 Nokia N95 smartphone, thanks to a faster (1GHz) CPU, more RAM, and revamped cube-solving algorithms. ARM Engineer David Gilday, who created the robotic cube-solver, claims the current version's algorithms can handle cube complexities up to 100x100x100, assuming he build the mechanics. In terms of racing humans, Gilday says the Lego robotics kits can only manage around 1.5 moves per second, whereas human players can make between 5 and 6 moves per second, amazingly enough." Update: 11/12 03:45 GMT by T : Apologies to creator David Gilday, whose name was earlier misspelled.

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