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Submission + - Sometimes a Bug Is More Than a Nuisance (around.com)

sproketboy writes: All it took to explode the European Space Agency's 10 year and $7 billion Ariane 5 less than a minute into its maiden voyage last June, was a small computer program trying to stuff a 64-bit number into a 16-bit space.

One bug, one crash. Of all the careless lines of code recorded in the annals of computer science, this one may stand as the most devastatingly efficient. From interviews with rocketry experts and an analysis prepared for the space agency, a clear path from an arithmetic error to total destruction emerges.

Submission + - New Quartz Coin Can Store 360TB of Data for 14 Billion Years (futurism.com)

sproketboy writes: Researchers at Southamton University in the UK have developed the technique of storing data digitally using laser light. 360 terabytes of information can fit on one sliver of nanostructured quartz. The storage system, in addition to being long lasting, is also pretty safe—the quartz can withstand up to 157 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).

Submission + - Lead developer quits bitcoin saying it 'has failed' (reuters.com)

sproketboy writes: Bitcoin slid by 10 percent on Friday after one of its lead developers, Mike Hearn, said in a blogpost that he was ending his involvement with the cryptocurrency and selling all of his remaining holdings because it had "failed".

Submission + - Commodore returns as an Android phone (fut-science.com)

sproketboy writes: Commodore is a company that has been around since 1954, a company that built its reputation among customers with the legendary Commodore 64 and Amiga computers that users mainly used them for playing games in the 80’s and 90’s years of the last century.

Unfortunately, this company went bankrupt in 1994, after which the brand ownership was changed several times in the last 20 years. This week at the market will be presented a new Android phone that will carry the Commodore brand name PET. PET was a small personal computer introduced in 1977.

Submission + - 1980s computer controls GRPS heat and AC (woodtv.com)

sproketboy writes: A 30-year-old computer that has run day and night for decades is what controls the heat and air conditioning at 19 Grand Rapids Public Schools.

The Commodore Amiga was new to GRPS in the early 1980s and it has been working tirelessly ever since. GRPS Maintenance Supervisor Tim Hopkins said that the computer was purchased with money from an energy bond in the 1980s. It replaced a computer that was “about the size of a refrigerator.”

Submission + - Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (vimeo.com)

sproketboy writes: Based on the hit web series of the same name, the science fiction/adventure/comedy, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, follows a disgruntled gamer who must overcome his fear of the worst video game of all time in order to save his fans. Hilarity ensues as a simple road trip becomes an extravagant pursuit of the unexpected.

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