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Shuttleworth Answers FSF Call for Free Software Drivers on Edge

muon-catalyzed Just hit $8M at the fundraiser (112 comments)

Hopefully Mark can make it happen, he should add some of this own fortune if the IndieGoGo campaign doesn't receive enough funds, but $8M is fantastic already.

1 year,19 days
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FreeBSD, Ubuntu Offer Same NVIDIA OpenGL Support As Windows

muon-catalyzed Re:AMD Shooting themselves in the foot (74 comments)

This is a great day for FreeBSD folk, now FreeBSD is even faster then W8 in some benchmarks. The closed source driver is a non-issue as long as nVidia would provide continuous support for it. Lots of key software is now working on FreeBSD like Libre and Apache office suites. PlayStation 4 is using FreeBSD too, so the AMD driver could also happen, interesting times!

1 year,20 days
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Legislators Introduce Bill To Stop Set Top Boxes From Watching You

muon-catalyzed Re:Don't stop there (161 comments)

In other words, you say that this law excludes things like the new "Xbox One" which has that mandatory camera.

about a year ago
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Ancient Roman Concrete Is About To Revolutionize Modern Architecture

muon-catalyzed Re:Prior art (322 comments)

Nope, we have lost the Roman concrete precisely thanks to the Christian led purges of the 4th century. Constantine and Theodosius did it and the dark age quickly followed. They burned libraries, melted artworks dating back to the Etruscan era, history been rewritten so they are the saints now..

about a year ago
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Graphene-Based Image Sensor To Enhance Low-Light Photography

muon-catalyzed Re:Real world graphene? (103 comments)

For example this UCLA guy has a very real world looking supercapacitor made of home made graphene
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oEFwyoWKXo

about a year ago
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MariaDB vs. MySQL: A Performance Comparison

muon-catalyzed Re:Never thought I'd see FUD from Open Source (112 comments)

If it isn't making Larry money, what did he buy it for and what is he planning to do with it?

Maybe for the same reason he bought Java, the thing is bringing people to Oracle.com, like million hits per day, do you think it is worth nothing?

about a year ago
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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

muon-catalyzed Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (782 comments)

PC games will be limited due to 32bit backwards compatibility issue, like 50% of the market is still 32bit. So buy yourself 16GB of RAM, but no game is gonna use it. Per process limit (32bit Windows) is about 2GB.. Cheers.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

muon-catalyzed Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (782 comments)

Not backwards compatible. The problem is that the old Xbox 360 has IBM Power inside while this new one is gonna get AMD64. The new CPU will probably not be that much faster, but the GPU should be plenty fast.

about a year ago
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64-bit x86 Computing Reaches 10th Anniversary

muon-catalyzed Re:Let us give thanks.... (332 comments)

The people at AMD who did this, an unquestionably biggest AMD's achievement to date, they should be rehired and given executive positions.

about a year ago
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Ouya Performance Not Particularly Exciting

muon-catalyzed Re:Benchmarks are nice, but... (305 comments)

The PS Vita has a lot of good games, assuming you like japanese games.

Japanese only? PS Vita has lots of gold classics euro games from the PS1, like this amazing racer I've once played, but could not find anywhere anymore.., it's on Vita! Comes with a great sountrack from the Scene's legend Blazer (Olof G) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ulV0Wa3r_Q

about a year ago
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"Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

muon-catalyzed Re:FUD summary as usual (263 comments)

> just stick a few geiger counters and recorders on planes and fly them near thunderstorms

Rewind the footage to about 5:00 when the airplane is at about the cruising altitude, it is that bad, even without the pesky thunderstorms.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2IMEk1dvNw

about a year ago
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Rackspace Goes On Rampage Against Patent Trolls

muon-catalyzed Re:Concerted lawsuits against linux? Who's behind (132 comments)

There other interesting tidbits revealed in this case. It looks like there are groups of people that actively use open source software to exploit ideas whithin them for their gains. Then companies like Rackspace that naively hurried to adopt the open source "free platforms" are now faced with unexpected "hidden fees" from patent parasites that crawl along.

about a year ago
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Lawsuit Could Expose Whether Top VC Firms Are Actually Good Investments

muon-catalyzed Re:Like laws and sausages (90 comments)

Most VCs are losing money, that is the norm, there a very few hits, sucessfull IPOs or buyouts..

about a year ago
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ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse Launching Today

muon-catalyzed Re:Non-commercial Internet? (49 comments)

You can register a name such as "free" as your top level gTLD and start doing just that, offering *yourservice*.free domains, you can act as the registrar and the policy maker overseeing your brand new domain pool. However the establishment of such a new top level gTLD requires the operation of a domain registry and demonstration of technical and financial capacity, it will be difficult for small players to easily register and manage gTLDs, but VCs alike can still create a useful utility in the domain system.

about a year ago
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A Glimpse of a Truly Elastic Cloud

muon-catalyzed Re:"stop using OSes"? (201 comments)

There many applications that run without an "OS", sometimes even made to fit inside the CPU's cache, big advantage is that no OS overhead is involved, lots of dedicated console setups or micro controller software uses such configuration for example.

about a year ago
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Jedi May Be Allowed To Perform Marriage Ceremonies In Scotland

muon-catalyzed Re:Because the Jedi code forbids it! (196 comments)

Jedi is the only religion compatible with the Higgs field (the force) and the standard model of the quantum universe, it is in fact the true religion. /s

about a year and a half ago

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Magellan II adaptive optics beats Hubble Space Telescope

muon-catalyzed muon-catalyzed writes  |  about a year ago

muon-catalyzed (2483394) writes "The incredible 'first light' images captured by the new adaptive optics system called Magellan|AO for "Magellan Adaptive Optics" in the Magellan II 6.5-meter telescope are at least twice as sharp in the visible light spectrum as those from the NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. "We can, for the first time, make long-exposure images that resolve objects just 0.02 arcseconds across — the equivalent of a dime viewed from more than a hundred miles away." said Laird Close (University of Arizona), the project's principal scientist.
The 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes in the high desert of Chile were widely considered to be the best natural imaging telescopes in the world and this new technology upgraded them to the whole new level. With its 21-foot diameter mirror, the Magellan telescope is much larger than Hubble with its 8-foot mirror. Until now, Hubble always produced the best visible light images, since even large ground-based telescope with complex adaptive optics imaging cameras could only make blurry images in visible light. The core of the new optics system the so-called Adaptive Secondary Mirror (ASM) that can change its shape at 585 points on its surface 1,000 times each second, counteracting the blurring effects of the atmosphere."

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Graphene-based supercapacitors produced at UCLA

muon-catalyzed muon-catalyzed writes  |  about a year and a half ago

muon-catalyzed (2483394) writes "Researchers at UCLA have successfully produced high-performance graphene-based supercapacitors using a computerized LightScribe DVD drive. These devices exhibit ultrahigh energy density values in different electrolytes approaching those of batteries, yet they can be charged in seconds. The devices can be charged and discharged for more than 10,000 cycles without losing much in performance compared with a normal life-time of less than 1000 cycles typical for batteries. Imagine having an energy storage device that stores as much energy as a conventional battery (YouTube video), yet, can be charged 100 to 1000 times faster."
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Micron ships phase-change memory

muon-catalyzed muon-catalyzed writes  |  about a year and a half ago

muon-catalyzed (2483394) writes "In a groundbreaking press release Micron (Boise, Idaho) has announced it has been shipping 45-nm 1-Gbit PCM multchip package to Nokia for use in the their phones and is now sampling a 512-Mbit PCM plus 512-Mbit LPDDR2 MCP. Nokia is using Micron's PCM solution to enrich the functionality of "select devices" in its portfolio, Micron said. At the time of the Electronica exhibition EE Times referenced a Micron executive saying that Micron will ship tens of millions of units of 1-Gbit PCM."
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FIA ands Rome to Formula E 2014 inaugural season

muon-catalyzed muon-catalyzed writes  |  about a year and a half ago

muon-catalyzed (2483394) writes "Formula E — the new eco-friendly forumula racing just secured a major european city. Rome joins a growing eco-racing scene after Rio de Janeiro agreed to be part of it in August. Additional cities are expected in the coming weeks, this should quickly lead to a solidified race itinerary, the FIA says. Having Rome onside won't get cars to the starting line any sooner, but it may underscore Formula E's advantages in noise and pollution over gas-powered leagues — when its cars can race around the Colosseum without creating a ruckus, other cities (and spectators) might just follow suit."
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