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Microsoft

Submission + - Gabe Newell calls Windows 8 a 'catastrophe' (bbc.co.uk)

SilentSheep writes: Speaking at the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, Gabe Newell said "Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space .. We've been a free rider, and we've been able to benefit from everything that went into PCs and the internet," he told the conference. "And we have to continue to figure out how there will be open platforms."
Hardware

Submission + - Cray XK6 supercomputer used to simulate ice cream (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The processing power available inside modern supercomputers isn’t just able to help us better understand the universe we live in, develop better medicines, and model complex systems. Apparently it is also helping to make better ice cream.

Research has been carried out at the University of Edinburgh to simulate the soft matter that makes up ice cream. More specifically, scientists are trying to understand the complex interactions occurring between the many different ingredients that make up your favorite flavor of the delicious cold stuff.

Privacy

Submission + - Blizzard Eliminating Privacy on Battle.Net Forums (battle.net)

Goatbert writes: Today Activision-Blizzard announced that in addition to the current (and controversial) implementation of their RealID social network for World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2, going forward all posts to the official Blizzard/SC2/World of Warcraft forums will display the posters First and Last Name. Handles or nicknames of any sort will not be allowed.

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