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Comment Re:What's the point of buying a Sony PC? (Score 1) 242

the internals are not "PC architecture", the internals are using PC CPU and GPU, but the cache and bus are not the same. once engines are optimised for the hardward specificities on a PS4 they won't run the same way on PC.
I predict vastly superior performance for the PS4 compared to a PC of the same price because of the dedicated hardware.
that doesn't mean there won't be cross-platform games, on the contrary it will be easier than before, but to havbe the same quality on PC will required many more dollars of hardware

Comment Re:Nuh uh (Score 2) 242

like most people you underestimate the advantage of using unified memory. there's no data transfer on the bus when you want to send data calculated from the cpu onto the gpu, the graphics perf are going to be vastly superior to an "equivalent" PC when we devs tune our engine to make the most of it.

Comment Re:Smart people know already... (Score 2) 616

Game developers use C# to write their pipeline tools (level editors, particle editors, AI editors, etc.), not the game itself. except for XBLA indies, all major console games are pretty much 100% C++.
some also include scripting languages like lua or python for higher level, non time critical processes (like level scripting), but if you want your game to run fast (and you do, as faster=more stuff on the screen at the same time) you use a visual tool that internally generates C++ code.
as long as C++ is the fastest, closest to the machine language it's never going to go away.
and don't talk to me about managed code, when you have 64MB of ram to run a game on the wii I can tell you you better know exactly how you use your memory at any given point in time. you ban dynamic allocations and make sure all objects are placed in a nice contiguous way (to avoid cache misses) in your memory pools.


Salad Spinner Made Into Life-Saving Centrifuge 87

lucidkoan writes "Two Rice University students have transformed a simple salad spinner into an electricity-free centrifuge that can be used to diagnose diseases on the cheap. Created by Lauren Theis and Lila Kerr, the ingenious DIY centrifuge is cobbled together using a salad spinner, some plastic lids, combs, yogurt containers, and a hot glue gun. The simple and easily-replicated design could be an invaluable tool for clinics in the developing world, enabling them to separate blood to detect diseases like anemia without electricity."

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 354

come on, that's naive. the real reason for wars is always power, and power nowadays comes with money. and politicians follow what they are told by the people in charge.
it's not oil they are after at the moment, it's controlling the power of the dollar. in the future it will be wars about water or any kind of expensive resource

Comment Re:Look at claims, NOT the abstract (Score 1) 236

the difference is that in europe you cannot patent a simple idea.

which seems to be the case in the US. you can call that software patent, an algorithm or whatever, at the end of the day it's just an idea.

patents were designed for "inventions", which at the time implied a realisation (a prototype) of the thing, now with software patents you can simply patent an idea, without actually using it for something.

when the european parliaments rejected software patents they rejected the concept of patenting lines of codes, as being just an idea, and already covered by copyright. I guess you can patent software in europe, but it has to be part of a technical realisation of something, you cannot patent an algorithm or a process, as is done in the US.

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