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Earth

Scientists Cut Greenland Ice Loss Estimate By Half 414

bonch writes "A new study on Greenland's and West Antarctica's rate of ice loss halves the estimate of ice loss. Published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the study takes into account a rebounding of the Earth's crust called glacial isostatic adjustment, a continuing rise of the crust after being smashed under the weight of the Ice Age. 'We have concluded that the Greenland and West Antarctica ice caps are melting at approximately half the speed originally predicted,' said researcher Bert Vermeeersen."
Games

Infinite Mario With Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment 103

bgweber writes "There's been a lot of discussion about whether games should adapt to the skills of players. However, most current techniques limit adaptation to parameter adjustment. But if the parameter adaptation is applied to procedural content generation, then new levels can be generated on-line in response to a player's skill. In this adaptation of Infinite Mario (with source [.JAR]), new levels are generated based on the performance of the player. What other gameplay mechanics are open for adaptation when games adapt to the skills of specific players?"

Comment I'm fully in favour of this (Score 1) 911

Some people seem to think this is too draconian - an infringement of rights etc. Thing is, the way I see it, once you get caught drunk driving once you've demonstrated that you are not competent enough to be trusted with a motor vehicle. There's nobody who needs to drive drunk and there's no excuse to do it. Basically, fuck 'em. They're lucky they're allowed a car at all any more.

Comment I'm old (Score 1) 362

Shit. I just had one of those realisations that I'm properly middle aged.

I was reading this 'review' of a guy vaguely dabbling in Doom and it was annoying me. A proper 'you young people, you don't understand' moment. Doom was fucking mind blowing at the time.

Comment Re:More to lose than to gain (Score 1) 360

There are software packages and appropriate cables available to let you deal with OBD on a laptop for peanuts. From what I've seen it's superior even to what the main dealers tend to have. I agree that, if anything, modern OBD makes it far easier to troubleshoot electric issues. I've been chasing a misfire on my early 80's Porsche 928 for weeks now!

Games

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."

Comment Re:It's not about how much it costs to make (Score 3, Insightful) 110

So the accelerometer set up you propose would cost about the same as the wiimote only they'd have to build it from scratch and write some software for it? Plus, why would you want to process the data on board? You're not doing anything with it immediately. I see your point about the camera though. What res are wiimote cameras?

Comment Re:my son did this... (Score 1) 249

Not really anymore. I don't know about the Abrahms but we've only lost one Challenger 2 and that was to FF from another Challenger 2. One near Basra took ~70 RPG hits and only sustained fairly minor damage. If I had to be sent to Iraq I'd take being a tank jockey over wandering around as a foot soldier any day.

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