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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Twinbee Aero in season again yet? (186 comments)

More eye candy? How about making it look less flat - you know, how like Aero used to look? You could distinguish windows and panels and widgets more easily, and didn't have to squint to be productive.

Or.... you could be Edgy!! Yeah let's go with edgy...

yesterday
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Twinbee Re:Performance (283 comments)

Do you have a reference for the coal rollers thinking this or are you going by your own experience? Be interested to hear more.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Twinbee A few options... (294 comments)

Speedtest.net used to be good at one stage. But when I tried them relatively recently, I found that they measure the speed once it gets going, and ignore the regular dropouts that may occur. Speedtest.net claimed about 1gigabit, but in reality it was a tenth or even a fiftieth of that.

I had more luck with the following:

http://speedof.me/ - HTML5 Internet speed test (no Flash or Java needed). It claims to be the "smartest and most accurate online bandwidth test".
http://testmy.net - Nice graph and intelligent picking of the size of the test file to download.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

Twinbee Re:As well they should. (243 comments)

Because it's just so hard to cover that LED with a small piece of tape?

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Twinbee Re:I think it's a power and propulsion issue (203 comments)

Maybe they could have some kind of guided manual mode where you could fly it wherever you wanted but a set of safety and guidance systems kept it from crashing into objects or other cars

You're on the right track. This is the second or third time I've said this in the thread, and I've said it numerous times elsewhere, but it's worth emphasizing again.

Flying a car using AI to drive would be great, but how much more enjoyable would it to drive by yourself? A solution to the safety problem is to have a repelling motion inversely squared proportional (or cubed maybe?) to the distance between your car and another object (whether it be a building, or another flying car.), and also inversely squared proportional to the relative speed of the objects (so if you're going slow, you can be quite close to another flying car, and if you're going fast, then the repelling motion would be much greater, and if you're both going fast in the same direction, you can be quite close again, because the relative speed is almost zero).

This would allow for safe, and immensely fun, freestyle flying - we'd just need decent maneuverability from the flying car.

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Twinbee Re:Perhaps misnamed (203 comments)

Just wait until Tesla / Elon Musk tries to create a flying car. He's the only person I'd trust to get the qualities the average person would expect in a flying car (pure electric, low noise/sound and excellent maneuverability control, as well as VTOL).

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Twinbee Re:Right. Yet another, "There ought to be a law... (203 comments)

I followed some jerk whose brake lights didn't work last week.

You would become that jerk if your lights failed mid-way through a drive, or you didn't check them every single journey.

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Twinbee Re:You mean our nightmare could become a reality (203 comments)

Two flying cars needn't get close though. The higher the speed, the less a car will be able to get close to another flying car or object. The repelling force will be proportional to the distance from that other object, and also both of their speeds (so you could go at 5mph at be very close to another flying car, and that would be okay).

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Twinbee Re:You mean our nightmare could become a reality (203 comments)

Not this again.

Of all the problems that flying cars actually DO have (relatively poor batteries, and terrible sound/noise pollution both to the occupants and surrounding neighbourhood), and you go on about safety.

Ignoring that AI may drive instead of humans, or that we could create a lane system in the sky to keep traffic from colliding, another simple solution is to have a 'magnetic'-style repel, where if you get too close to another vehicle or object, your craft would repel and vice versa. This would allow immense freestyle fun flying and all the practicality of a real flying car.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Twinbee To the core! (549 comments)

I love the idea, but I think it's been mentioned on Slashdot before that the best way to preserve humanity is to build a colony underneath the Earth's surface. Quite far underneath to protect against various threats, including medium sized asteroids and super volcanoes etc. We're talking about a self-contained, self-sustained system, to the furthest extent that we can manage.

about three weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Twinbee Re:Aero Or Go Home (545 comments)

That's what happens when blind relativism is taken to its extreme. 'Everything is as good as everything else' and all that.

about three weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Twinbee Re:Nothing Useful (545 comments)

Here's an example of Windows 3.1 for those who are wondering. Similar to Win 8/9/10, notice how it's visually awkward to distinguish between windows: http://osxbook.com/book/bonus/...

about three weeks ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

Twinbee Re:What, no positional tracking? (88 comments)

I did watch it. I was pleasantly surprised to see a focus on latency and fps throughout.

Perhaps G-Sync and a high frame rate is a simpler way to reduce latency, and then we can still keep the three frame pipeline. I don't think he mentioned G-Sync which was a surprise. JIT rendering also sounds good though.

about three weeks ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Twinbee Re:The 57% in the title is misleading. (182 comments)

You missed the idea behind my post. I'm talking about the 'closeness' to 100%. From a particular perspective, something that's 99.9% efficient is 10x as efficient than something that's merely 99% efficient, since the former is 0.1% from 100% whilst the latter is 1%.

That means, heat loss will be 10x greater.

However, from the perspective of brightness (rather than efficiency), you're right, 99.9% is only about 1.01x more efficient than 99%.

about three weeks ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Twinbee Re:The real breakthrough - no more electrolytic ca (182 comments)

How can I tell whether a given LED bulb from the shop has this tech? What companies currently use this tech?

about three weeks ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Twinbee Re:The 57% in the title is misleading. (182 comments)

If you dig deeper into the math, it's a 55% improvement rather than 57%. That sounds like a trivial difference I know, but the logic is important for future comparisons. Let me explain.

Presume the new efficiency was 99% and the old efficiency was 38%. Naively, that sounds like 2.6x better. However, it's far more constructive to look at it in terms of how close it comes to 100%. So really, the formula is (100 - 38) ÷ (100 - 99) which means it's not 2.6x more efficient, but 62x more efficient. To get the percentage improvement, we add a little more to the formula: (100 - 38) ÷ (100 - 99) × 100 - 100 = 6100% improvement.

With the original numbers we calculate (100 - 38) ÷ (100 - 60) × 100 - 100 = 55% improvement.

about three weeks ago
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Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

Twinbee Re:Proprietary (64 comments)

So......... What are the differences between GSync and Adaptive Sync? Other than proprietariliness, is one better than the other qualitatively?

about three weeks ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

Twinbee Re:What, no positional tracking? (88 comments)

I hope small amounts of lag in VR causes nausea too, because if there's one thing developers don't seem to care about enough, it's latency/lag and frame rate (no, even 60fps isn't good enough). If they can get it below 10ms lag, then I'll start to be a bit happier.

about three weeks ago

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The Insidious Creep of Latency Hell

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Twinbee writes "Gamers often find 'input lag' annoying, but over the years, delay has crept into many other gadgets with equally painful results. Something as simple as mobile communication or changing TV channel can suffer. Software too is far from innocent (Java or Visual Studio 2010 anyone?), and even the desktop itself is riddled with 'invisible' latencies which can frustrate users (take the new Launcher bar in Ubuntu 11 for example). More worryingly, Bufferbloat is a problem that plagues the internet, but has only recently hit the news.

Half of the problem is that it's often difficult to pin down unless you look out for it. As Mick West pointed out: "Players, and sometimes even designers, cannot always put into words what they feel is wrong with a particular game's controls.....Or they might not be able to tell you anything, and simply say the game sucked, without really understanding why it sucked.""

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Top 20 Apps for an Infinitely Fast Computer

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Twinbee writes "What would you do if you had access to an infinitely fast computer with infinite memory and zero latency? The question has rarely been asked before, but the implications could prove interesting. Some of the applications include more obvious things such as weather prediction, and games featuring incredible path-traced graphics with worlds made from molecules. But more subtle ideas explore what a programming language may look like, how graphics creation may fundamentally change, and the chance to use sheer brute force to find a Grand Unified Theory for the universe."
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Renoise 2.1 Goes Gold

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Twinbee writes "The music DAW — Renoise 2.0 (and more recently 2.1) has been released for Mac, Linux and Windows. For those not familar with the 'tracker' style of music editing, many would say it's a welcome change from programs such as Logic, Cubase or Reason due to the sheer speed of editing and navigating notes, which are fed into a compact and information-rich spreadsheet-like structure. Although the learning curve may be a little steeper at first than the aforementioned (keyboard shortcuts are king), trackers have come a long since the early days of Protracker, OctaMED, FastTracker et al.

Essentially, it's suitable for create anything from classical to electronic, to jazz. Standard features include full VST/LADSPA/AU support, PDC, multi-core load balancing, rock-solid GUI, envelope automation, MIDI i/o, and a decent community/forum. The latest 2.1 version offers ReWire / Jack Transport support, and pattern 'scheduling' to allow for live performance mixes."

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Existence of Real 3D Mandelbrot?

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Twinbee writes "Could there ever exist a true 3D analogue of the Mandelbrot which isn't just an extruded mountain, lathed rotation or Quaternion cross section? If such an object did exist, it could look indescribably beautiful. This site goes in search of the mythical beast, and gives us hope that we may even find it one day. There's also a nice 'cream of the crop' collection of 3D fractal pics on display at the end (from many artists) which are well worth a look."
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MP3 Player Comparison - Winamp vs iTunes vs WMP

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Twinbee writes "Skytopia recently featured a comparison of four of the most popular music organizers for Windows, including Winamp v5.51, iTunes v7.6, Windows Media Player v11.05, and MediaMonkey v3.01. The review focuses on "basic operation, including file types, searching features, tagging, and the speed of the program", and goes into quite some depth over the five pages.

Winamp turned out to be the winner, but only just. According to the writer, all of the players may be close enough to warrant sticking with for now, especially if you're used to their way of working."

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Greatest Widget Toolkit for C/C++

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  about 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "I'm a C/C++ programmer looking to expand into the world of the GUI. The ideal widget toolkit should be cross-platform, but adhere to the native widgets where possible. It should also be simple to use with the shortest code possible, yet flexible and mature to suit large-scale projects. Finally, the applications should all run like greased lightning and have decent WYSIWYG GUI editors if possible.

After a cursory look, it would seem there are so many; wxWidgets, Ultimate++, JUCE, GTK, QT, V, Fox, Lgi, WTL, ZooLib, and SmartWin. After experiencing some of the horrors with the Win32 API, which of these are worth trying out?"
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Aerogel Hailed As New Wonder Material

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "The amazing properties of the space-age material aerogel have been known for some time, but only now is it beginning to be manufactured for widespread use. Highlights of the news article include resistance from a blowtorch at more than 1,300C, and how "6mm of aerogel was left almost unscathed by a direct dynamite blast". Perhaps the most obvious use for the 'super-sponge' like material is for insulation, whether we're talking about mountain boots, house insulation, or any winter wear.

Quote: "However, it has failed to convince the fashion world. Hugo Boss created a line of winter jackets out of the material but had to withdraw them after complaints that they were too hot.""

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Record Cost/watt for Solar Panels

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "We've just had a Slashdot story which reports the efficiency of solar panels has increased yet again, this time from 40.7 to 42.8%. However, what's surely more important is the price per watt statistic. It's the benchmark which more than anything else, will help propel us into a cleaner energy age.

So, Slashdot readers, what is the current record? From a quick Google, I find a few results to get us started: $26.60 per watt (Maplins). $4.40 per watt (the-green-company) $4.16 per watt (GE Energy GEPV-173 Solar Panels)

I have zero affiliation with the above companies, and no, I have no idea why Maplins panels are so expensive.

Can anyone find anything better $4.16 per watt?"
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Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "I was wondering what you lot would consider the best 2+ player games of all time. Apart from games for mixed skill players, this has never been asked on Slashdot before, so it would be interesting to see. From my own experience and research, it looks as though a top 50 would include games such as Streetfighter 2, World of Warcraft, Speedball 2, Super Mario Kart, SWIV, Ikaruga, Stunt Car Racer, Super Monkey Ball, Puzzle Fighter, and Mario Party. Whether they are competitive or cooperative, Slippery slope or Perpetual comeback, 2-player or multiplayer, retro or cutting edge, I want to hear them! I would prefer MMOG games not to be included, unless there is a good deal of interaction between the people in the 'same house' (e.g. perhaps they can team up and play against the world)."
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Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Twinbee writes "Well 57 to be precise. Ever wondered how far off we are to creating a working flying skateboard, disintegrator disc, or anti-sleep pill? Mysteria Onera from Skytopia.com is a rather strange, but entertaining article that sets out to discover how useful these gizmos would be, the closest we've got so far, and a prediction date for when (or if) we can expect it to appear. As always with these kind of things, it's not going to be 100% accurate, but it's an interesting and humorous look at some of the weirder technologies out there."

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