The Gold Tooth writes: Professor Sir Maurice Wilkes, who died on Nov. 29 aged 97, led the Cambridge University team that built the world’s first operational stored-program computer. The computer, known as EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator) was a huge contraption that took up a room in what was the University’s old Mathematical Library. It contained 3,000 vacuum valves arranged on 12 racks and used tubes filled with mercury for memory. Despite its impressive size, it could only carry out 650 operations per second.
gyrogeerloose writes: While Apple has sourced it's microprocessors solely from Intel since it's switch to the x86 architecture, AMD executives and sales reps have been seen on the company's campus recently giving rise to speculation that Apple may be considering using AMD chips in future offerings. Various theories have been put forth for this, including issues of limited availability of certain Intel chips and new chipset designs from Intel which have interfered with Apple's partnership with NVida to develop a standardized graphics chipset design that could be used across it's entire line. There is also speculation that the talks with AMD may amount to nothing more than something to be used as a bargaining chip in Apple's negotiations with Intel.
MonsterTrimble writes: "At the Linux Collaboration Summit, Google and Linux Kernel Developers are meeting to discuss the issues surrounding the Android fork and how it can be re-admitted to the mainline kernel. From the article: "James Bottomley, Linux SCSI subsystem maintainer and Novell distinguished engineer, said during the kernel panel forks are prevalent in embedded systems where companies use the fork once then "throw it away. Google is not the first to have done something like this by far, just the one that’s made the most publicity." Bottomley said. "Hopefully the function of this collaboration summit is there is some collaboration over the next two days and we might actually solve it.""
Kemeno writes: The SEC has filed suit against Goldman Sachs, alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent behavior by packaging and selling bonds likely to default to investors such as foreign banks and pension funds, while claiming that the content of the bonds would be selected by an independent manager. It should be interesting to see where this goes.
from the also-no-telegraph-compatibility-mode dept.
Kemeno writes "Blizzard has announced that they will be dropping LAN support for Starcraft II, citing piracy and quality concerns. Instead, all multiplayer games will be hosted through their new Battle.net service. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by this move, but wasn't LAN play how the original Starcraft became popular? Blizzard said, 'More people on Battle.net means ... even more resources devoted to evolving this online platform to cater to further community building and new ways to enjoy the game online. World of Warcraft is a great example of a game that has evolved beyond anyone's imagination since their Day 1 and will continue to do so to better the player experience for as long as players support the title. ... We would not take out LAN if we did not feel we could offer players something better.'"
Spy Handler writes: "The Horton 229 Flying Wing, one of the more famous "Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe" produced in the latter days of WWII, is noted for its striking similarity to the modern B-2 Stealth Bomber. The question remained, "How effective would it have been against Allied air defenses of the day?". Unfortunately no surviving example existed for testing... until now. Northrop Grumman, on its own time and money, built a replica using the original blueprints and conducted radar tests. The result? Very good for the Nazis, bad for Allied defenses trying to detect it.
National Geographic Channel will be airing a new documentary about this on Sunday July 5th. (Although Nat Geo calls it "Hitler's Stealth Fighter", the size and shape of the aircraft dictates that it wouldn't have been used for anything other than dropping bombs)"
royallthefourth writes: VirtualBox 3.0 was released today. In addition to numerous other fixes and feature additions, it includes experimental support for OpenGL 2.0 and DirectX 9 on Windows guests. This sort of 3D support is a first for freely available virtual machines on Linux.