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Submission + - RIP John Ellenby, godfather of the modern laptop (nytimes.com)

fragMasterFlash writes: John Ellenby, a British-born computer engineer who played a critical role in paving the way for the laptop computer, died on Aug. 17 in San Francisco. He was 75.

Mr. Ellenby’s pioneering work came to fruition in the early 1980s, after he founded Grid Systems, a company in Mountain View, Calif. As chief executive, he assembled an engineering and design team that included the noted British-born industrial designer William Moggridge.

The team produced a clamshell computer with an orange electroluminescent flat-panel display that was introduced as the Compass. It went to market in 1982. The Compass is now widely acknowledged to have been far ahead of its time.

Comment Re:Wishful thinking... (Score 1) 96

You would need a USB stick that implemented a secondary device to uniquely identify the USB stick to avoid piracy. Implementing something like ARM TrustZone in a USB secondary function device would seem to suit this purpose nicely. Games downloaded to your USB stick could then only be used when that particular USB stick is physically present on your gaming system.

Comment Re:Generosity? (Score 1) 224

So if SpaceX fails, the taxpayer picks up the cost, with the billions we invested unlikely to ever be repaid. But if SpaceX succeeds, they reap the profits?

My good fellow, you do realize that if YOU are capable of offering launch services that are as reliable and cost effective as SpaceX that you could underbid them and reap those profits yourself, right? So unless you command a fleet of orbital launch capable vehicles I suggest you STFU and GTFO.

Submission + - Oculus founder Palmer Luckey must face lawsuit over use of confidential info (engadget.com)

fragMasterFlash writes: Oculus founder Palmer Luckey isn't going to escape that lawsuit over the alleged misuse of confidential data. A judge has ruled that Luckey has to face the core claim, which accuses him of breaching a contract with his former employer (Total Recall Technologies) by using its proprietary knowledge to get the early Oculus Rift off the ground.

Submission + - Microsoft Asks Node.js to Allow ChakraCore (Edge) Alongside Google's V8 Engine

campuscodi writes: Microsoft has submitted an official pull request to the Node.js project, through which it's asking the project's maintainers to enable support for ChakraCore, the JavaScript engine packed inside Microsoft's Edge browser, as an alternative to Node's built-in V8 engine, developed by Google. Earlier in December 2015, Microsoft open-sourced ChakraCore. Microsoft has also been one of the biggest companies to adopt Node.js early on, and is also part of the Node.js Foundation's Board o Directors. The main reason to add ChakraCore support in Node.js will help the IoT version of Windows 10 to run JS apps on IoT devices, just like Samsung is also thinking about.

Comment Nope! (Score 1) 196

I won't pick favorites here, I'll just mention that connected mobile devices go obsolete much faster than vehicles and vehicle manufacturers only care about vehicles they have already sold as long as some regulatory body makes them care. What I would like to see is an open standard for wireless display+input devices that can be a second screen for the mobile device that just about everyone has in their pocket these day. That way you can actually pay off that 6 year car loan before your factory infotainment system is completely worthless so long as you update/upgrade your "phone" on a regular basis.

Yes, "phone" because who the hell makes voice calls anymore?

Submission + - Uranium trade corrupt (wsj.com)

mdsolar writes: A Russian nuclear-energy official was sentenced to four years in federal prison and ordered to pay $2.1 million for arranging bribes to help U.S. companies do business with the Russian state-owned nuclear-energy corporation.

Vadim Mikerin, 56 years old, of Chevy Chase, Md., pleaded guilty in August to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Mr. Mikerin, who has been detained since October 2014, will get credit for time served. His lawyer, Jonathan Lopez said Mr. Mikerin plans to return to his home country.

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