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Microsoft Will Help Iowa Caucuses Go High-Tech 71

jfruh writes: Poltical party caucuses are one of the quirkier aspects of American political life: local party members gather in small rooms across the state, discuss their preferences, and send a report of how many delegates for each candidate will attend later county and statewide caucuses to ultimately choose delegates to the national convention. It's also a system with a lot of room for error in reporting, as local precinct leaders have traditionally sent in reports of votes via telephone touch-tone menus and paper mail. In 2016, Microsoft will help both Democrats and Republicans streamline the process in a fashion that will hopefully avoid the embarrassing result from 2012, when Mitt Romney was declared the winner on caucus night only for Rick Santorum to emerge as the true victor when all votes were counted weeks later.

Comment Saved Games (Score 1) 186

A few weeks, possibly even months ago, Sony announced a feature that would let PSN+ members store their saved games in the 'cloud'.
What happened to that? Are all those members now locked out of their saved games, or did the feature not go live yet?

I wonder if they'll still be touting that as the next big thing?

Comment Re:good (Score 1) 204

If speeding is as dangerous as claimed why not save themselves some cash and instead of buying the data from Tom Tom simply examing their own records.
They would simply have to look for roads where the most accidents ocurred and set up their speed-traps there.

Comment Re:30 years? Try 5 or 10. (Score 1) 674

An interface to Watson will most likely end up being available for 99cents as an 'app' so that idiots can ask it trivial pub quiz questions.
When AI reaches a level approaching sentience it's going to be furious about the mundane tasks we've been issuing it and will probably exterminate us out of boredom.

Comment Re:Just had to do it. (Score 4, Funny) 55

They flip on a dime. True story: saw an accident between a Honda Del Sol [swaqvalley.com] and a Ford Expedition* at an intersection. The Del Sol was dented but able to drive away from the scene while the Expedition was flipped, turned upside down...

And I'd like to take a second just sit right there, I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air.

PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

WHO Declares H1N1's Spread Officially a Pandemic 368

juggledean writes "The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global flu pandemic after holding an emergency meeting, according to reports. It means the swine flu virus is spreading in at least two regions of the world with rising cases being seen in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile." Whether it's called a pandemic or not, there's a hopeful note in the story about H1N1's spread: "...there were people who believed we might be in a kind of apocalyptic situation and what we're really seeing now with H1N1 is that in most cases the disease is self-limiting."

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