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Submission + - Did you avoid update KB3035583? Too bad; Microsoft still installing Windows 10 (softpedia.com) 1

LichtSpektren writes: Those who wished to avoid Windows 10, and/or were annoyed by the "Get Windows 10" (GWX) advertisement that popped up on Windows 7 & 8.1 machines, were told to remove update KB3035583. This removed the GWX center. However, a more recent update for 7 & 8.1 (the culprit appears to be KB2952664, which my machine received on October 7) appears to have restored it anyway, and worse, is now downloading and installing Windows 10 without permission. This appears to happen even if "Install updates automatically" is turned off, so some users who are away from their machine for more than a day may return to find Windows 10 installed.

Submission + - How to Create Art With Mathematics (quantamagazine.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Lavished with many beautiful illustrations of this kind, Farris’ book is a joyful yet serious exploration of how mathematics can create beautiful patterns and provide us with a deep understanding of symmetry, one of the underlying principles of great art. “Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare,” wrote the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Frank Farris shows us what that means. His book uses the abstract, esoteric beauty of mathematical equations to create the universally appealing beauty of visual art. I believe our ability to find beauty in both mathematics and art reveals something deep about the human mind, a topic we may explore in the solution column. For now, let’s tackle today’s puzzles. They are inspired by the more elementary parts of Farris’ book, which discusses different types of symmetries in wallpaper, friezes and Escher-esque morphing patterns using a host of mathematical techniques involving groups, vector spaces, Fourier series, rosette functions, wave functions and several others. The puzzles below merely skim the surface of the connection between math and art that the book explores in depth, but they are designed to encourage all of our readers to create stunning visual patterns using mathematics.
Data Storage

ZFS Hits an Important Milestone, Version 0.6.1 Released 99

sfcrazy writes "ZFS on Linux has reached what Brian Behlendorf calls an important milestone with the official 0.6.1 release. Version 0.6.1 not only brings the usual bug fixes but also introduces a new property called 'snapdev.' Brian explains, 'The snapdev property was introduced to control the visibility of zvol snapshot devices and may be set to either visible or hidden. When set to hidden, which is the default, zvol snapshot devices will not be created under /dev/. To gain access to these devices the property must be set to visible. This behavior is analogous to the existing snapdir property.'"
PlayStation (Games)

Sony Reveals More PS4 and Dual Shock 4 Details 242

Yesterday, Sony gave a presentation explaining a bit about the new PS4 hardware, the development environment (Windows 7 based IDE), and the changes to the Dual Shock controller. From the article: "The system is also set up to run graphics and computational code synchronously, without suspending one to run the other. Norden says that Sony has worked to carefully balance the two processors to provide maximum graphics power of 1.843 teraFLOPS at an 800Mhz clock speed while still leaving enough room for computational tasks. The GPU will also be able to run arbitrary code, allowing developers to run hundreds or thousands of parallelized tasks with full access to the system's 8GB of unified memory. ... The DualShock 4 controller that's standard on the PS4 eliminates one feature that was seldom used on the PS3 —the analog face buttons..." The trackpad will support two touch points, the rumble motors can be controlled more finely, and the analog sticks were tweaked for "reduced dead zone and better feeling tension that grips your thumbs."
Java

Everything About Java 8 233

New submitter reygahnci writes "I found a comprehensive summary of the developer-facing changes coming in Java 8 including: improvements to interfaces, functional interfaces, lambdas, functions, streams, parallels, date/time improvements, and more. The article includes example code with realistic examples of use as well as explaining the reasoning behind some of the choices made by the developers who are working on Java 8."

Comment Re:Its justified price (Score 1) 536

>>>Paying $60 for a 40-100 hour RPG experience complete with full score, FMV and incredible rendering that took thousands of man-hours to produce is actually pretty cheap.

Yeah.

Too bad most of those RPGs are dull and I quit after only 10 hours. So that's what? $6/hour. About double the cost of a movie (~$3.50/hour) and 3 times more than a TV show (~$2 per hour) but not as entertaining as those other formats. This is why I prefer to wait until RPGs and other games drop to a reasonable pricepoint of $20 or less.

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