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Comment Re:Not enough memory per Cell (Score 1) 276

The trouble with the Cell processor is that there's not enough memory per processor. Each of the little processors (the "SPE" units) in the PS3 only has 256KB of RAM. That's not enough to store a frame. It's not enough to store a game level, or a significant amount of geometry. It's more like having a number of DSPs available.

256K of memory should be enough for anyone!!

Comment Re:Mark Twain... (Score 1) 560

In this day and age of "Soulja Boy Tell 'Em", "Lady Gaga" and "50 Cent" (as Google wrote in the link above), is there any difference between "Mark Twain" and "Authordude88"?!?! Is one less valid of a pseudonym?

How does one establish a name they are "Commonly referred to" other than by using it to establish a persona? Isn't that an activity they might do on a social networking website?!?


Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life 486

scottbomb sends in this feel-good story of an engineer-hero, calling it "one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time." "A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — 'there was no time to take a vote' — Innes kicked into engineer mode. 'Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together,' Innes explained."

Theremin Guitar Hero 79

An anonymous reader writes "Greig 'Theremin Hero' Stewart has developed a way to play Guitar Hero with a theremin, like an air guitar. The results speak for themselves, in this rocking video complete with awesome costumes and some sweet artwork. It even has a Co-op mode. ROCK ON! This needs to be a real product!" The beginning is a bit annoying, but this has to be one of the coolest "projects" I've seen in a long time.

Submission + - EU Appeals Board Overturns Beer Naming Decision (irishtimes.com)

Jackazz writes: IF YOU’RE moved to drown your sorrows after a week of financial gloom, a German brewer has produced a drink that might just match your feelings. The company has been allowed by the European Trademarks Office to register a new brand of beer under the label “Fucking Hell”.

The brewers say their “hell” – German for light ale – is named after the Austrian village of Fucking (pronounced Fooking) near Salzburg. But the 93 Fucking villagers are worried that the unsolicited dedication will boost further the village’s notoriety among English-speaking tourists.

Submission + - Barbie as a Computer Engineer? (barbie.com)

dylannika writes: It looks like it's time again for Barbie to find a new job. She's already tried her hand at being a race car driver, a rock star, an olympic athlete and an astronaut, now you can vote for her to try the field of Computer Engineering. Maybe there are some brains behind those big blue eyes. Maybe she won't find that "math is hard" this time...

Should Barbie try Computer Engineering?

Submission + - Smart Pen syncs audio w/ notetaking on plain paper (hexus.net)

quintin3265 writes: The Pulse Smart Pen, released by Livescribe at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Showcase, allows users to draw their own user interfaces on paper they can print for freeat home. The pen records audio while a lecture is occurring, and as notes are taken, the position of the words the user writes is stored in 2GB or 4GB of onboard memory. Later, when the user taps a word that was previously written, it plays the portion of the lecture beginning at the time the word was written.

In the linked video, the company's CEO also demonstrates an application that allows the user to draw a piano on a piece of paper, and the pen plays the keys that are tapped. Should the user decide (s)he prefers not to play his or her own music, (s)he can draw a menu bar to select a song by a classical composer. Finally, by writing and clicking on words, the pen recognizes the words that are written and translates them into a selection of languages. And should the user be dissatisfied with the controls printed at the bottom of the paper, (s)he can draw custom interfaces to access the pen's various features. Best of all, this gadget isn't a pipe dream, but one that's on sale right now for around $220.


NASA Tests Flying Airbag 118

coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."

Zombie Pigs First, Hibernating Soldiers Next 193

ColdWetDog writes "Wired is running a story on DARPA's effort to stave off battlefield casualties by turning injured soldiers into zombies by injecting them with a cocktail of one chemical or another (details to be announced). From the article, 'Dr. Fossum predicts that each soldier will carry a syringe into combat zones or remote areas, and medic teams will be equipped with several. A single injection will minimize metabolic needs, de-animating injured troops by shutting down brain and heart function. Once treatment can be carried out, they'll be "re-animated" and — hopefully — as good as new.' If it doesn't pan out we can at least get zombie bacon and spam."

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