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Submission + - Batman demands 12GB RAM for Windows 10 (

An anonymous reader writes: Back in June, Warner Brothers removed Batman: Arkham Knight from sale after a lot of graphics and performance issues found on the PC version. Now, after spending five months trying to fix this mess, Rocksteady and Warner Bros re-released the game on Steam with some free Batman titles for those who acquired the launch edition. However, Warner Bros noted there are still a few caveats with Windows 10 users recommended to have 12GB of RAM to avoid paging issues: “For Windows 10 users, we’ve found that having at least 12GB of system RAM on a PC allows the game to operate without paging and provides a smoother gameplay experience.”
Some initial tests show no performance gains on the re-released version. Warner Bros claims that it’s still working closely with its GPU partners in order to enable SLI/Crossfire for the game.

Submission + - Most of the Universe's gold doesn't come from supernovae

StartsWithABang writes: Building up the heaviest elements in the periodic table seems like a task well-suited to stars in the final stages of their lives. Red giants produce neutrons that are captured through the s-process, building up elements one-by-one all the way up to lead and bismuth, but only in small quantities and very slowly. Supernovae produce free neutrons copiously and that can be captured many-at-a-time through the r-process, giving us the full suite of known elements in much greater abundance. But the majority of elements like gold, platinum and tungsten comes from neutron star-neutron star mergers instead, which are very rare, but a single merger produces 20 times the mass of the Moon in gold. It's not supernovae after all!
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When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly 177

An anonymous reader writes: Bruce Byfield writes for Linux Magazine about the unfortunate side-effect of people being passionate about open source software: discussions about rival projects can get heated and turn ugly. "Why, for example, would I possibly to see OpenOffice humiliated? I prefer LibreOffice's releases, and — with some misgivings — the Free Software Foundation's philosophy and licensing over that of the Apache Foundation. I also question the efficiency of having two office suites so closely related to each other. Yet while exploring such issues may be news, I don't forget that, despite these differences, OpenOffice and the Apache Foundation still have the same general goals as LibreOffice or the Free Software Foundation. The same is true of other famous feuds. Why, because I have a personal preference for KDE, am I supposed to ignore GNOME's outstanding interface designs? Similarly, because I value Debian's stability and efforts at democracy, am I supposed to have a strong distaste for Ubuntu?"

Comment Re:Actually doubles in 60 days (Score 1) 244

You are, of course, correct. And my round figure of 60 days is only a round figure. Anyone who is interested can try it themselves, with as much accuracy as they needed.

I had actually noted this the |irst time I tried to comment, but I went to log in, and my comment evaporated.

Specifically, I had said that if you believed the data, it was 60 day doubling. But if you didn't, you had to go back to the previous curve.

We will find out, in time, whether the infection rate was on the slower curve shown, or at the faster, previous rate.

Comment Actually doubles in 60 days (Score 4, Interesting) 244

Regardless of sourcing the information, the information is incorrect. According to this graph, Ebola is doubling every 60 days now -- so there has been some improvement.

Best way to keep up on this, that I can tell, is to google "ebola africa timeline wiki", and pan down to the timeline, near the bottom of the article. You'll see the graphs.

My favorite graph for keeping track is the logarithmic scale based on population , because it's easy to see where infection totality is: it used to be at 1 1/2 years, and now is about 5 years out.

Another thing of interest that I noted, though: The infection rates before a country mounts a serious response, can be as fast as doubling every 3 or 5 days. For that reason, I think our CDC's active attempts to STOP a proper response, was the worst thing they could do.

Just something to think about.

Comment Re:Magnetic field. (Score 1) 77

For myself, I'm more partial to the De Meijer idea that calcium bergs in the mantle collect uranium; I would posit that a collection of such calcium bergs might make enough of a reactor to power Hawaii or iceland.

Or, for that matter, a plume under the Scotia Plate / African Karoo (at least until a large, shallow asteroid struck one of the collection, driving it to the center, it in the Permian).

Maybe another under the Carribean Plate â"Hudson bay, until the shock waves from the first super-critical explosion caused that one to detonate, too, splitting Pangea.

Comment Re:Some technical info for slashdotters (Score 1) 61

I got about halfway through the video before the kids interrupted me (and it). So let me just ask:

Did your model take into account the energy gathering and discharge that would show a multi-amp, million-volt DC discharge? Because the energy implications of that are going to be enormous to the model.

Did it also have a mechanism that generated the lightning discharges of the storm? Because again, the lightning discharges are going to affect the electrical energy available to help / hinder the tornado.

Comment Re:oh boy! (Score 1) 253

From my experience, the boneheads were almost exclusively in the HR agencies.

About a year ago, in my previous job, I was recruiting for some Linux Kernel/Drivers/Embedded C (with a bit of C++) people. I was dealing with some of these boneheads but I made sure I had a very good, strongly-worded chat with them to explain the types of candidates I was looking for, making it absolutely clear that I needed people who were proficient in C, not just C++.

The reply that took the biscuit was, "To be honest, you'd be better off looking for C# programmers."

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