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Comment Re:How long does it take to boot? (Score 1) 181

I'm a developer of Linux based car radios for a major OEM, so I'm getting a kick of of these replies. Linux can boot fast. A lot has to do with the hardware itself. Managed NAND can take a long time to initialize, SPI NOR flash has a low bandwidth, etc. The manufacturers are asking for things like 1 second boot time. A major concern is how it takes to get the back-up-camera working. I've managed to get a radio booting from POR to userspace in about 220 ms, and getting to done with Linux system startup by 500 ms. The leaves 500 ms for the application software to startup which was enough to meet the customer's requirements.

Porting Lemmings In 36 Hours 154

An anonymous reader writes "Aaron Ardiri challenged himself to port his classic PalmOS version of Lemmings to the iPhone, Palm Pre, Mac, and Windows. The porting was done using his own dev environment, which creates native C versions of the game. He liveblogged the whole thing, and finished after only 36 hours with an iPhone version and a Palm Pre version awaiting submission, and free versions for Windows and Mac available on his site."

Comment Re:What year is it for Voyager 1 & 2? (Score 1) 260

You've taken into account special relativity, but there is also general relativity to take into account. Gravity slows time. Near the Earth's gravity time is slowed. For GPS satellites, their 3.9 km/sec speed slows their clocks by 7 us/day, but the reduced gravity at 20,000 km speeds their clocks relative the earthbound clocks by 45 us/day. So in that case the effect of gravity is greater than that of speed, and they gain time relative to us. Voyager 2 is going about 139 us/day slower than us due to it's speed. Once gravity is taken into account, I'd guess the result is somewhere around 82 us/day slower. Of course it's speed and the gravity it's experienced hasn't remained constant.

Submission + - HBO aquires rites to 'Song of Ice and Fire'

jimfinity writes: HBO has picked up the rites to start a series based on George R. R. Martin's popular fantasy series 'Song of Ice and Fire.' From the article ( ategoryid=14&cs=1 ):

"The series will begin with the 1996 first book, "A Game of Thrones," and the intention is for each novel (they average 1,000 pages each) to fuel a season's worth of episodes. Martin has nearly finished the fifth installment, but won't complete the seven-book cycle until 2011."

Martin's journal ( also has some comments about the series.

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