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Gene Roddenberry's Mac Plus Is Coming Up For Auction

jshriverWVU Re:By Neruos (162 comments)

If so I would dd dump the drive and bit scan it. Would be neat to pull out an old unreleased work that he scratched.

more than 5 years ago
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Gene Roddenberry's Mac Plus Is Coming Up For Auction

jshriverWVU Good Piece of History (162 comments)

I bet it'll go for 3-4k. If they were to auction it for charity I'd bet it'd easily go over 10k

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Students Take Pictures From Space On $150 Budget

jshriverWVU Re:No kidding (215 comments)

If you look at their actual web page and not the article it does say they paid $20 for the balloon (300g latex weather balloon) and around $30 for the helium. So yeah it looks like it is within the reach of mortals now :) Probably to late in the year to do it now, but I'm definitely going to do this next spring/summer.

more than 5 years ago
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Students Take Pictures From Space On $150 Budget

jshriverWVU Cost of Balloon? (215 comments)

I love articles like this, and I've dreamed of doing a similiar project. While the costs of the equipment is doable and with a little know how you can get a rig together for less than $200 it's the flight that cost so much. Does the $150 cover the weather balloon and the tank(s) of helium it took to get the payload there? If so I'd love to know where they bought it. Last time I priced a modest balloon it was in the $500-$1k US range (just for the balloon).

more than 5 years ago
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Mechanical Reasoners Battle It Out In Sydney Today

jshriverWVU More info please (45 comments)

Perhaps I'm the only one who doesnt understand what this is, can someone else elaborate? From my understanding of the page these are programs if given a dataset or description of a dataset can tell you how that data was derived. I can see this being useful in AI. If you have significant dataset of possibilities and trying to yield the best algorithm you could spawn a million children processes with their own genetic algorithm to come up with variations. Perhaps I'm way off. Would like some clarification or pointers to more info.

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Google Mirror of Chess Endgame Tablebases

jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jshriverWVU writes "Seeking Googles help. There was a post a while back about Google offering to host "open source scientific data" for researchers. While the term is somewhat loose, I'm trying hard to promote and hope Google will promote mirroring the entire Chess endgame tablesbase set (3-4-5-6men) which runs about 1.5TB. This should be a drop in the bucket for Google, but for us chess researchers it's been a little rough. After Dr. Hyatts (main source ftp) lost it's array group of us researchers pooled together via management from Mr. Kirill Kryukov who setup a dedicated site and my own efforts to host data. While right now the entire dataset has been brought together beautifully via p2p sharing via edonkey. It would be very beneficial to have a single source mirror of the entire data set.

For my question, what do you all recommend for getting Googles attention? I've tried the various channels I've found via google (email) but no responses. If any research have been granted access to this wonderful project what did you do to get there?

The Chess community needs your help. There's at least 1 person in the world right now with the entire set who's willing to upload the dataset. Please bump this up. Perhaps a strong /. following will help the cause."

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Sun Accommodates Linux and Solaris

jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jshriverWVU writes "San Francisco (InfoWorld) — With an incremental update to its Solaris 10 OS, Sun is extending the platform's virtualization capabilities to accommodate Linux and Solaris on the same computer."
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Dell Ubuntu not for Consumers

jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jshriverWVU writes "Dell doesn't sell Ubuntu n-series machines to consumers only businesses. Having a new job and going to school part time I thought I'd vote with my wallet and went online to order a Dell notebook with Ubuntu. After a while of declining a ton of extras (even windows software) I finally get to the order form. Then proceed to checkout only to be asked for a business ID or tax ID to make the purchase. Being an individual I found no way around this so I called Dell sales directly to see if I could order it that way. After 15 minutes on the phone I am told that I can't get the laptop as an individual and they are only sold to businesses. So without a business ID I couldn't get one. WTF?"
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360-degree Holographic Display

jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jshriverWVU writes "Researchers at USC have taken another step towards that holiest of sci-fi dreams: the 3D holographic display. Using a spinning mirror covered with a "holographic diffuser," a special DVI implementation, and a high-speed projector, the team's device can project a three-dimensional image that can be viewed from 360 degrees — regardless of the viewer's height and distance. That's impressive, but that spinning mirror looks pretty dangerous. Check a video of the system in action after the break."
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AMD announces 128-bit SSE5 extension

jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jshriverWVU writes "AMD is looking to repeat the market-leading success they had with x86-64 by introducing another major change to the venerable x86 ISA: a three-operand instruction format for vector instructions in the form of the newly announced "SSE5" extensions."
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Sony to release new PS2

jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jshriverWVU writes "In what might be a way to regain some turf in the console war Sony is releasing a revamped PS2 this winter season.

"Sony plans to attract casual and non-casual gamers with a Ceramic White limited edition of PlayStation 2, bundled with SingStar Pop, the second installment in the popular SingStar franchise. Of course, for wannabe artists that would be an incomplete package without the two high-quality USB microphones Sony plans to add to the promotional wrapping.""

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Wine 0.9.44 released

jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jshriverWVU writes "This is release 0.9.44 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. What's new in this release: — Better heuristics for making windows managed. — Automatic detection of timezone parameters. — Improvements to the builtin WordPad. — Better signatures support in crypt32. — Still more gdiplus functions. — Lots of bug fixes."
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X-Video support

jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jshriverWVU writes "The open-source "Nouveau" NVIDIA driver now contains X-Video support for most NVIDIA GPUs.

"This is the 26th edition of the Nouveau Companion which provides an updated status on the Nouveau driver with the progress being made in the areas of X-Video, video overlays for the different NVIDIA GPU series, and renouveau-parse for parsing XML dumps.""

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ATI releases new drivers

jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jshriverWVU (810740) writes "ATI has released new linux drivers version 8.39.4 Some of the issues resolved are: * The kernel module build no longer fails on kernel version 2.6.22. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28556

* Starting AMD CCC-LE no longer fails with a floating-point exception when started in certain configurations. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28557

* When playing videos in I420 color format using the Xv extension and TexturedVideo (the default on R5xx), colors are no longer displayed incorrectly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28558

* Running aticonfig — initial in X with the Vesa driver no longer segfaults resulting in the xorg.conf file not being available. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28559"

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DLDI for Games N Music Released

jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jshriverWVU (810740) writes "Chishm the main developer of the dldi interface has released a driver for the Datel Games N Music device. Like other DS homebrew dev's I didnt want to buy a slot one card from some random place in Taiwan. The GnM, for better or worse, lets you play home brew on your DS and is available to anyone near a Best Buy. The only drawback till now is the lack of file system support. So if you needed to write or read files you were out of luck. Though with the new DLDI interface this is no longer a problem. This is great news as it'll open up the homebrew market even more for the DS as the average consumer can pick up this device and most homebrew will support it now."
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jshriverWVU jshriverWVU writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jshriverWVU (810740) writes "Vudu Box The Vudu box looks like a nifty new device for buying digital media and viewing it on your TV. Here is a snipet from the article: Vudu, if all goes as planned, hopes to turn America's televisions into limitless multiplexes, providing instant gratification for movie buffs. It has built a small Internet-ready movie box that connects to the television and allows couch potatoes to rent or buy any of the 5,000 films now in Vudu's growing collection. The box's biggest asset is raw speed: the company says the films will begin playing immediately after a customer makes a selection."

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