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GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

IdeaMan DSP (291 comments)

A GPU is no longer a Graphics Processing Unit, it's a general purpose DSP usable for tasks that have simple logic that must done in a massively parallel fashion. No, I'm actually not talking about mining bitcoins or specialty stuff, I'm talking about things like physics engines.
On the other hand, they are still WAY behind the curve measured by the "My screen isn't 4xAA RAYTRACED yet" crowd.

about a year ago

FBI Seized 144,000 Bitcoins ($28.5 Million) From Silk Road Bust

IdeaMan Refuse Receipt? (162 comments)

Is it possible to refuse to accept any bitcoins that were seized? If so then management becomes like the spam blocking lists.

about a year ago

Company To Balloon Tourists To the Edge of Space For $75,000

IdeaMan Re:lol @ escape velocity (104 comments)

Go play Kerbal Space Program. It's fun and (sshh don't tell anyone:) educational. You will learn about escape velocity, Isp, Periapsis, Apoapsis, Orbital intercepts, aerobraking, etc. Oh and don't kill too many Kerbals while you're at it :)

about a year ago

Charged Superhydrophobic Condenser Surface May Make Power Plants More Efficient

IdeaMan Steam Baloon (72 comments)

Would a coating like this help lower the weight of water clinging to the inside of an insulated steam balloon?

about a year ago

Magnetic Levitating Trains Get Go-Ahead In Japan

IdeaMan Nice answer but the problem is: (425 comments)

Liability. It is the problem that will kill any idea that moves liability from the driver to anything else. A fully automated machine? It's the company that makes the machine. In the train scenario, it's the lead driver.

I'd prefer that the vehicles automatically follow, and closely, however I want better roads. We need to add track-like features to our roads for two reasons:
1: Gives automated vehicles a chance and being able to stay in the lane.
2: Gives better stopping performance.
A regular asphalt/concrete road greatly limits how fast a car can stop. We need some kind of a track that will allow us to lower our stopping distance. So many accidents would be avoidable with a decent way to stop quickly (3g-4g deceleration. Previously I'd thought that sucker cars might be the way to go, however those tend to throw rocks around and would have difficulties with our pothole filled roads.

more than 6 years ago

Verizon Exposes the Wrong 1,200 Email Addresses

IdeaMan I think it's awesome. (94 comments)

Maybe now we can have secure, authenticated email.
It's only laziness and the lack of any security mandates that prevents us from having decent email.

more than 6 years ago

Age of Conan's "Kinda" Launch and Massive Pre-Orders

IdeaMan REMEMBER BNETD! (582 comments)

Don't forget people, Blizzard is evil.

They were one of the early abusers of the DMCA hammer, and they used it to shut down reverse engineering of the server protocol that would have allowed widespread modifications of the Diablo 2 engine.

Blizzard does not allow mods like Valve does.

more than 6 years ago



Meet our new robotic server underlings.

IdeaMan IdeaMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

IdeaMan (216340) writes "What has Nolan Bushnell, creator of Pong, been doing recently? Well, he's still in games, but he deplores the direction they have taken and has created a new type of restaurant. At Uwink, ordering food is accomplished at your table by touchscreen. Each table is capable of seating 6, and provides multi-player games such as Foosball, Pong (of course), and various card games."
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15 Moderator points??

IdeaMan IdeaMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I got 15 moderator points today for the second time this month. Last time it happened was two weeks ago, May 5'th. Apparently I'm not the only one that has gotten 15.
I think what is happening is this:
If you post too often, it won't give you mods points. However, if you stop reading slashdot (like over the weekend) the mod points it would have awarded you are saved up and you get them the next time you log in after the break. I'm not the only one that has had this happen, I saw a journal entry mentioning the same phenomenon but my Google-fu is lacking today and I can't find it.

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