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Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

AceRimmer1980

Re: Put OpenGL ES onto Windows Phone

For the same reason that other Microsoft products support cross-platform industry standards. Kind of like why IE is *so much better* now (CSS3/ACID3 etc) why Unreal Tournament runs better when using OpenGL drivers.

If MS want more WinPho8 games, lack of OGLES is what is scaring developers away (Y'know, both Android and IOS has it)

(OGLES, because, well, Paris)

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AceRimmer1980
Windows

Put OpenGL ES onto Windows Phone

then I'll be interested.

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Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO

AceRimmer1980
Pint

This.

My Grandad was working at Honeysuckle Creek at the time. I have a piece of the Eagle.

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Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

AceRimmer1980
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+1 for the battery

Timex, reintroduce the Ironman USB (and give it bluetooth), you were ahead of your time.

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Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

AceRimmer1980
Pint

Was it written in Occam?

Good guess :-) but no, we had a parallel-C compiler (I'm guessing this linked to a similar RTL)

Obviously not suited to every problem, but still, if you could express your algorithm using what must've been some sort of Map/Reduce paradigm, you could do your development on a single TRAM and then run it on the departmental beast when ready.

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AceRimmer1980
Boffin

auto-parrallelise code?

20 years ago, I worked for a company which made image processing boards based around Transputers. You could have as many chips as your wallet could stand, and the code would indeed auto-parrallelise, and scale nicely. If the principles were well-known then, why can't this still be done?

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Boffins measure 27 quantum states of light

AceRimmer1980

27 States?

3 cats may have been harmed during the course of this experiment.

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Brit boffin tests LETTUCE as wire for future computers

AceRimmer1980

Lettuce upgrade?

All fine and dandy, until Carrot becomes the new standard.

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

AceRimmer1980
Big Brother

The Sergeybrin Project

There is another:

(Microsoft) Guardian..

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Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

AceRimmer1980
IT Angle

Were they really doing serious experiments?

or just going through the motions?

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Watery asteroid discovered 150 light-years off hints at habitable worlds

AceRimmer1980
Alien

Re: Ceres is 26% water? Hmmm...

Wrong kind of water. Ceres County Council have a hosepipe ban anyway.

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Brew me up, bro: 11-year-old plans to make BEER IN SPACE

AceRimmer1980
Pint

Blackthorn?

Dark cider the force.

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Google's robot army learns Spanish

AceRimmer1980
Alien

Worf, at Khitomer

sharpening his bat'leth..

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Want FREE BEER for the rest of your life?

AceRimmer1980
Alien

The Culture's favourite fight juice

How can I learn to gland 'Special Brew' at will?

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

AceRimmer1980

Re:80's?

+1 on the CD's, they were prevalent in the early 80's.

And in 1986, you could have a C64, Amiga, Atari ST, 386 PC with EGA running Windows, dial into a BBS, have an analogue laser disc, drive a Sierra Cosworth..

There was Internet in 1986, just no WWW. And the GSM standard was ratified in 1987, not far off.

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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

AceRimmer1980
Black Helicopters

Showing results for 'Scruples in Mountain View'

0 results found

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Tell me, professor, what is big data?

AceRimmer1980
Alert

Re: Signal to noise

"It is now possible to scan the sensor data looking for temperature and vibration patterns that are characteristic of an imminent component failure and get the part shipped and fitted before it fails."

Dave, the ooo-arr-35 inside the combine blades is about to fail, I suggest you pop down and take a look.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

AceRimmer1980

' initial contact with the landed object was handled using a robot'

Klaatu, Barada Nikto..

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US Navy robot stealth fighter in first unmanned carrier landings

AceRimmer1980
Pirate

Re: So "Tinman" is a go.

It will prove itself undefeatable in air combat, but will be busted by the RIAA, when it downloads every MP3

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Voyager 1 'close' to breaking through to DEEP SPACE - boffins

AceRimmer1980
Alien

Huge vacuum pump in space?

V'Ger will become one with the creator. Just having a bit of, erm, difficulty.

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30 years on: Remembering the Memotech MTX 500

AceRimmer1980
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I had one!

An MTX512, the 64k edition. Bought in 1984, still worked fine when I (very reluctantly) had to let it go last year.

Ah the good old days, when the *user manual* for a computer listed all the hardware registers (this) , or the CPU opcodes (Spectrum)

But not as shocking as when I met someone who had not only heard of it, but had written a game for it!

Where are you now, Gremlin?

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Boffins create tabletop ANTIMATTER GUN

AceRimmer1980
Mushroom

Unlicenced nuclear accelerator?

Don't cross the streams!

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

AceRimmer1980
Boffin

That's what they're *telling us* they're building

It's actually 'The Machine', from Contact.

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

AceRimmer1980
Pint

Re: A sad loss...

"We'll never know; if you're reading this he's long dead; had his appointment with the displacement drone and been zapped to the very livid heart of the system, corpse blasted to plasma in the vast erupting core of Chiark's sun, his sundered atoms rising and falling in the raging fluid thermals of the mighty star, each pulverised particle migrating over the millennia to that planet-swallowing surface of blinding, storm-swept fire, to boil off there, and so add their own little parcels of meaningless illumination to the encompassing night...Ah well, getting a bit flowery there."

'The Player Of Games'

Beer, cos I can't gland Crystal Fugue State.

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Euro PC shipments plummet into bottomless pit of DOOOOM

AceRimmer1980
Boffin

It Lives!

I've had many PCs for the last 20 years, but I can count the number of ready-made systems on one hand.

Most of mine have been FrankenPCs, put together from parts. As bits get upgraded, bits are left over, and eventually there is a big enough pile of bits to make another machine </circleoflife>

If you add in motherboard sales, how many's that? I doubt my purchases would've been logged as PC shipments.

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

AceRimmer1980
Pint

Re: DIP

I had a Sharp PC3100, very similar to the Poqet, and it was brilliant. You could underclock the CPU down to 1mhz, to use it as an ebook reader, and the batteries would last for ages. The particular LCD technology used didn't need a backlight. People even managed to shoehorn Windows 3.0 onto it!

<misty eyed>Turbo C 2.0, LIST.COM, Borland Sidekick..

I guess the spiritual successor would be something like the Vaio P-Series, and as the trend for content consumers is PC->touch device, we may never see their like again, as the market for content producers is just too small.

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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

AceRimmer1980
Boffin

A rep warp civilization?

So, the spacelanes will be full of FTL white van men. It's theorised that as objects accelerate past c, they lose mass. Hence, contents may be lost in Transit.

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

AceRimmer1980
Facepalm

and in other news

"Turkeys love Christmas", says a recent survey from Bernard Matthews.

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

AceRimmer1980
Boffin

Re: possibly one of the dumbest things i've ever read

5th Gear did something like this in the UK. Not on a track, but at a training centre designed to simulate public roads, while being well away from public roads.

There was a drunk driver (illegal), a driver stoned on weed (illegal) and a sleep-deprived driver (legal). The metric of 'better' was quantity of accidents, near-misses, and general driving precision at normal road speeds.

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'Quantum fridge' gets close to absolute zero

AceRimmer1980
Thumb Up

This will go next to the DB9 fridge

for the LaFerrari.

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Another new asteroid-mining firm: 'First commercial space fleet'

AceRimmer1980
IT Angle

It's been said

that the first *trillionaire* will be made, from space mining.

By the way, you've been woken early cos we need you to check out a distress signal.

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

AceRimmer1980
Pirate

Re: Fine, but does it have a large moon?

Yes, it does. Oh wait, that's no moon.

Where'd the planet go?

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Brit physics student debuts zombie flick shot inside LHC

AceRimmer1980
Boffin

Residen

TeV-il.

The white one. Er, guys, you're putting it on me back-to-front..guys?

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

AceRimmer1980
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Rounded corners?

That's asking for trouble.

On a less un-seriouser note, I know a fair few folks who have Windows phones, and the story is the same: great OS, needs more apps.

+1 for MS offering free SDK's and app store membership to IOS/Android devs, to woo them towards WinPho.

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Saucy MINX in a THONG makes GoDaddy's hy-PHWOAR-visors go

AceRimmer1980
Paris Hilton

Re: On the subject of dubious images...

Oh, better than that, how about Richard Branson *as* a flight attendant.

Yes, it happened.

I believe the flight went over Paris.

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Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

AceRimmer1980
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Leela's

wrist thingy.

That is all.

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Army patents neural chip design for quantum internet

AceRimmer1980
Terminator

Sounds like a great idea

What can go wrong?

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Google shares dive as profits reported down 20%

AceRimmer1980
FAIL

We all know they're imitating Facebook with social

but isn't this taking things a bit far?

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Air China passenger arrested for in-flight phone abuse

AceRimmer1980
WTF?

As far as I can tell..

..he wasn't actually using the phone to make calls, he was taking photos and playing music. If he was using a digital camera or an MP3 player, would that've been OK? Most smartphones these days are sold as all-in-one devices, to save carrying around separate gizmos.

Does the airline training only go so far as 'phones are bad, mkay'? I've been on quite a few airlines, and they usually say something like 'switch your phone to flight mode now' midflight. If I was reading a work-related PDF, or playing Angry Birds, with no sound or radios active, how is that affecting anyone else?

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Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants

AceRimmer1980
Alien

Re: If we are no alone

The research has already been done.

We have Macbooks that can upload a virus to the mothership.

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Yahoo! boss! boots! out! CFO! and! Google! kisses! up! for! future! search! deal!

AceRimmer1980

Re: @dogged

I think I use their brother

ixquick.com

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Micro Anvika goes titsup after Olympics fails to save its shops

AceRimmer1980
Unhappy

RIP

I bought my first Amiga there in 1988. They ran out of them at the Commodore Christmas show, and promised that I could get one from the shop at the same price. So I did. And carried it on the train back to Bristol. And a 1084S monitor.

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Hands on with LG's 21:9 monitors

AceRimmer1980
Pint

Re: Argh!

+1. I recently needed to source a new 24" monitor, and the selection of those that can do 1920x1200 pix is pitiful.

Note to manufacturers: This isn't a telly, it's a monitor. To be connected to a PC*. To *do work on*. We need a massive desktop for many open windows at once, and playing videos is only a *tiny fraction* of how it'll be used.

*Other computers are available.

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Investor pulls out of Facebook, pumps cash into pork-printing joint

AceRimmer1980
WTF?

Re: Prior art ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r3tx3IEsN4

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Qubits turn into time travellers

AceRimmer1980
Pint

Re: The brain is in fact a quantum computer

Yes. Read 'Quarantine', by Greg Egan.

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AceRimmer1980
Boffin

Quantum fluctuations?

So, you'll be needing some sort of capacitor, for quanta in flux..

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The Higgs boson search continues ... into ANOTHER dimension

AceRimmer1980
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In another dimension?

With voyeuristic intention?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDKo7pTwIwA

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UK.gov to clear way for Britain's first SPACEPORT

AceRimmer1980
IT Angle

Hive of Scum and Villainy

Only if I can trade Alien Items in the departure lounge.

The scruffy-looking one, with 'Nerf Herding for Beginners'.

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Darwin alarmed by six-legged mutant cane toad

AceRimmer1980
IT Angle

All Glory

to the hexotoad.

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Chinese 'nauts couple successfully without help of machines

AceRimmer1980
Alien

I always needed a docking computer meself

But they could spend it instead on an escape pod, or a fuel scoop

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