GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell
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.
FBI Seized 144,000 Bitcoins ($28.5 Million) From Silk Road Bust
Is it possible to refuse to accept any bitcoins that were seized? If so then management becomes like the spam blocking lists.
Company To Balloon Tourists To the Edge of Space For $75,000
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 :)
Charged Superhydrophobic Condenser Surface May Make Power Plants More Efficient
Would a coating like this help lower the weight of water clinging to the inside of an insulated steam balloon?
Magnetic Levitating Trains Get Go-Ahead In Japan
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.
Verizon Exposes the Wrong 1,200 Email Addresses
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.
Age of Conan's "Kinda" Launch and Massive Pre-Orders
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.