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Submission + - The Russian Utopian Designs That Never Became Reality (bbc.com)

dryriver writes: The BBC reports: Had Tatlin's Tower been built, its spiral steel frame would have stood taller than the Eiffel Tower, at that time — 1919 — the world’s tallest manmade structure, by some 91m (299 ft). And its record as the world’s tallest building would have gone unsurpassed for over half a century, until the construction of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, which opened for business in 1973. The steel frame would contain three glass units: a cube, a cylinder and a cone. These would rotate once a year, once a month and once a day respectively, and house a conference hall, a legislative chamber and an information and propaganda centre for the Third Communist International (also known as the Comintern – the organisation that advocated world communism). It would stand at just over 396 m (1,306 ft). But for reasons of cost (Russia was bankrupt and in the middle of a civil war) and practicality (was its realisation even structurally possible, and where, after all, would they get all that steel?) this staggeringly audacious symbol of modernity was never built.

Submission + - NVIDIA Lifts Veil On GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Performance, Faster Than Titan X (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: NVIDIA is officially launching its most powerful gaming graphics card today, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. It was announced last week at the Game Developers Conference and pre-orders began shortly thereafter. However, the cards will begin shipping today and NVIDIA has lifted the veil on performance reviews. Though its memory complement and a few blocks within the GPU are reduced versus the NVIDIA's previous top-end card, the Titan X, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti makes up for its shortcomings with a combination of refinement and the brute force of higher memory clocks, based on new and improved Micron GDDR5X memory, faster core clocks and an improved cooler. For gamers, the good news is, the 1080 Ti retails for $699, versus $1200 for the Titan X, and it is in fact faster, for the most part. Throughout a battery of game tests and benchmarks, regardless of the resolution or settings used, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti performed on par with or slightly faster than the NVIDIA Titan X and roughly 30 % – 35% better than a standard GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition. Versus AMD's current flagship GPU, the Radeon R9 Fury X, there is no competition; the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was nearly 2x faster than the Fury X in some cases.

Submission + - Blue Origin gets a paying customer

nickovs writes: Blue Origin was started as a "moon shot" company by Jeff Bezos and recently claimed that it would be offering an "Amazon-like" delivery service to the moon by 2020. In the mean time it seems their customers will be slightly closer to Earth: this week they announced that they now have a paying customer in the form of the satellite TV company Eutelsat. While this isn't a huge technical milestone it is a major business milestone, turning Blue Origin from a hobby business into one which might eventually make a profit. According to a New York Times article:

The commercial partnership brings Blue Origin closer in line with SpaceX, created by Elon Musk, which has been launching satellites and taking NASA cargo to the International Space Station for several years.

Comment Re:Not news until his salary is $0 (Score 0, Troll) 336

HP added the thickness to their 15" laptop and not a 17" only to cover the increased need to power a screen that has more resolution than what someone will notice. I don't call that a design accomplishment so much as obligation to account for a 4k display that no one really is going to need in a 15" screen. verge article. Apple dumped 17" laptops years ago. Very few people give a shit about 17" laptops.

Comment Re:"Adding no Value" (Score 1) 327

If they didn't add value to it then people would not be going through Apple EVERY MONTH for the convenience. Same thing with people paying $8+ to Time Warner for a modem rental. If the price is too high and there is an alternative to do things cheaper it is up to the consumer to make that decision. Should the consumer opt for convenience at a price it is up to them.

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