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Comment Re: Summary is kind of confusing (Score 1) 24

No, Vulkan is not superseding OpenGL. Vulkan is a low level API and although it can be used directly by applications, it's not its main use case. It's mostly intended for use by game engines and similar middlewareon, which application are then based. OpenGL is a high level API, which is intended to be used directly by applications.

Submission + - After deadly China tornado, rescuers clean up hazardou

Piolo Xander writes: BEIJING, June 26 (Reuters) — Rescue workers have been trying
to safely dispose of hazardous chemicals after a deadly tornado
hit eastern China on Thursday, killing at least 98 people and
injuring more than 800 others, Chinese state media reported late
on Saturday.

Submission + - US Navy to Test Powerful 150-Kilowatt Laser (

schwit1 writes: The U.S. Navy, which has already developed a 30-kilowatt laser that has been used operationally, will soon test a new directed energy weapon that is five times more powerful, said the vice chief of naval operations July 23.

The Office of Naval Research “will perform a shipboard test of a 150-killowatt laser weapon system in the near future,” said Adm. Bill Moran during a speech at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Directed Energy Summit, which was held in Washington, D.C.

The Navy’s 30-kilowatt laser weapon is currently onboard the USS Ponce. The system, which has been used operationally in the Persian Gulf, offers military leaders precision accuracy at a low cost, Moran said.

The laser weapon system, or LaWs, "has an extremely low-cost per engagement ratio,” he said. “We’re spending pennies on the dollars every time we use that capability.”

Submission + - Aphantasia - not having a mind's eye. (

hamster_nz writes: Picture something in your mind's eye — maybe a face of a loved one. Mozilla founder Blake Ross can't — and nor can I. When I close my eyes and all I see is the dark inside of my eyelids — apparently most of you don't, and can 'see' mental images of anything you think of!

Although talked about in the late 1880s but has remained largely unstudied until the last year it has been given the name — 'Aphantasia'. I guess that explains my love of non-fiction and technology... and my complete apathy towards Lord of the Rings.

I wonder if it is common among Slashdot readers? Does not requiring a 'mental canvas' have any implication for machine learning and AI?

Comment But it's fun! (Score 5, Funny) 98

C'mon, Klout is fun! Exactly because its metrics are so bizarre, it's really fun to check out yours and your friends' score, and compare it with some well known people. At my workplace we do it like every couple of days, and its like watching Monty Python. You can't keep a straight face when for example a guy sitting in the next cubicle suddenly turns out to be - according to Klout - more influential then the company CEO.

Submission + - Force Dell to give the user a choice of Ubuntu or Windows on all desktops... (

An anonymous reader writes: It is common knowledge that Dell, HP and other OEM PC manufacturers are currently engaged in a commercial conspiracy with Microsoft to deprive consumers of the ability buy laptops and desktops with alternative OS's to ensure a perpetual and complete Windows OS monopoly on all non-Apple hardware. Windows 8 Logo certification for OEM's will also include putting UEFI Secure Boot on all BIOS chips ensuring that all future laptops and desktops are locked down to prevent users from using or installing alternative operating systems, supporting the monopoly.

Dell has a special forum called "Ideastorm" where consumers can post product ideas and sometimes Dell responds directly such as the recent Project Sputnik laptop idea where they plan on making a special Ubuntu laptop for Web Developers. Recently a friend of mine posted an idea on Ideastorm to require Dell to make Ubuntu, Red Hat or Fedora available on all Dell Desktops and Laptops and provide driver support for them. I would love for Slashdot readers to support his idea and up-vote it and provide comments so that Dell will respond directly to this problem...

Click here to view the ideastorm entry and make comments so that Dell knows that we are fed up and sick and tired of their die hard support of the Windows Monopoly and to finally open up their machines and allow more user choice...



Submission + - Wind Map project brings Americas hidden winds into view (

techfun89 writes: "They say seeing is believing and that is just what the Wind Map does. The Wind Map is an art project found on that was founded by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg who also lead Google's "Big Picture" visualization research group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Wind Map shows the winds as they flow across the United States. Surface wind data is taken from the National Digital Forecast Database. The data is revised once per hour. This effectively makes what you see a live portrait."

The Military

Submission + - DARPA is pushing big data on the military (

sarfralogy writes: "Armed with a 1.8 gigapixel camera rig, A U.S. Army Hummingbird copters over Afghanistan looking for suspicious insurgent activity. On board, a robo cameraman called ARGUS pulls focus on 36 square miles and shoots six petabytes of video – all in a day’s work. Somewhere in that ocean of media, a military spy mission is accomplished. Somewhere on the ground, a bleary-eyed analyst stares at six petabytes of what the military calls Death TV. It’s not a wrap. And there will be a mountain more tomorrow, generated by other drones, blimps, spy planes and covert cameras patrolling the Afghan countryside, looking for the perfect shot. Air Force, Army – and even Homeland Security – now boast Hollywood technology, but can’t scale qualified personnel fast enough to view, process and communicate the montage of surveillance footage piling up in the name of freedom.
The U.S. Military has a big data problem. And DARPA, the neo-Frankenstein brains behind national security, has been trying to fix it through the Mind’s Eye, a brainy collective tasked to develop machine-based visual intelligence. And, as part of President Obama’s “Big Data Initiative,” DARPA has a new project called XDATA in March, a DoD related program focused on developing computational techniques and software tools for processing and analyzing large volumes of mission-oriented data collected by federal agencies. If they can build a flying humvee, maybe DARPA has enough imagination to transform big data into a strategic differentiator."

Emulation (Games)

Submission + - RetroArch - Bringing the Ultimate Emulation to PS3, 360 and Wii (

YokimaSun writes: RetroArch is a new Multi System emulator that supports emulators for systems such Snes, GBA, Sega Genesis, Master System, Sega Game Gear, Nes and the Final Burn Games and finally support for PRboom the Doom Clone.What makes this more impressive is the fact its released for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii (soon) and also Windows

Comment Vasily Degtyaryov and Vladimir Fyodorov (Score 1) 542

A lot of famous people mentioned in the comments did not really invent anything, but rather discovered things, such as laws of physics or natural phenomena. However, Vasily Degtyaryov and Vladimir Fyodor actually invented something, namely the first fully functional automatic rifle, predecessor to all currently used assault rifles. It's a pity almost nobody heard about them, while mostly everyone knows Kalashnikov, even though AL would not be possible without Degtyaryov and Fyodorov.

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