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Submission + - RaspberryPi Model B now gets 512MB (raspberrypi.org) 1

KazW writes: From RaspberryPi.org:
"One of the most common suggestions we’ve heard since launch is that we should produce a more expensive “Model C” version of Raspberry Pi with extra RAM. This would be useful for people who want to use the Pi as a general-purpose computer, with multiple large applications running concurrently, and would enable some interesting embedded use cases (particularly using Java) which are slightly too heavyweight to fit comfortably in 256MB."

Although I think this is good news, this could lead to some fragmentation within the community since some boards have more memory than others.

Submission + - Blackhole's 'point of no return' found (harvard.edu) 1

dsinc writes: Using a continent-spanning telescope, an international team of astronomers has peered to the edge of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. For the first time, they have measured the black hole’s “point of no return” — the closest distance that matter can approach before being irretrievably pulled into the black hole.

According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, a black hole’s mass and spin determine how close material can orbit before becoming unstable and falling in toward the event horizon. The team was able to measure this innermost stable orbit and found that it’s only 5.5 times the size of the black hole’s event horizon. This size suggests that the accretion disk is spinning in the same direction as the black hole.
The observations were made by linking together radio telescopes in Hawaii, Arizona, and California to create a virtual telescope called the Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT. The EHT is capable of seeing details 2,000 times finer than the Hubble Space Telescope.

Comment Re:Better than Arch? (Score 4, Interesting) 172

I use Arch on simple/embedded systems only, when using it for something more complex like a desktop, updates tend to break it quite frequently. I used Arch for 12 months on my desktop and for 9 of those months I had to live with bugs that I just didn't have the time to fix. Arch is great, but there's no QC, whereas with Debian you may not get the latest version, but at least your system will be stable.

To summarize, it's a trade off between stability and having the latest version of packages.

Submission + - Valve Source Engine Running Faster on Linux than Windows 1

An anonymous reader writes: And the saga continues at the Valve software. Not just Windows 8 is a catastrophe and Win-8 app store is a big threat to business. But, games runs much faster on Linux than Windows 7. This post discusses some of what Valve's Linux engineers learned about the performance of games running on Linux. They concluded that Linux is much faster and better to develop games. An OpenGL version of our game run faster than Direct3D on Windows 7. This is a great example of the benefits that are the result of close coordination between software and hardware developers and should provide value to the Linux community at large.

Submission + - Microsoft Signs Off On Windows 8 (techweekeurope.co.uk)

twoheadedboy writes: "Microsoft has opened up Windows 8 to manufacturers, as it gears up for its most significant launch in years. Windows 8 will be made available to the general public on 26 October, but Microsoft has finished its work on the operating system, handing the final code to OEM partners, who will now work on mass producing devices running the software. Developers will also be able to start charging for apps, whilst app submissions are open to any company in a "supported locale"."

Submission + - Ouya Founder Reveals Developer Console Coming in December (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: "The woman behind the hugely successful (in KickStater terms at least) Ouya Android-based console has revealed some interesting details in a Q&A with investors and fans.

Julie Uhrman revealed that a developer console, which will be rough around the edges, will be released before the end of the year."


Submission + - Goodbye Gnome 3 Classic, Hello MATE Desktop 1.4 (mate-desktop.org)

prashant.rao writes: "The latest version of MATE Desktop, 1.4, is out and it's really good. Moving from Gnome 3 Classic on Ubuntu to MATE 1.4 on Mint has seen my two-year old Dell Vostro laptop move from being slightly sluggish to blazing fast. Using MATE makes me realize just how crippled Gnome has become where you have to jump through hoops to do the simplest thing (adding a launcher to the desktop/panel anyone?). I'm sure a lot of Gnome 3 debate has gone on but is anybody else using MATE and how's your experience been so far? If you haven't tried it out, I highly reccommend it."

Submission + - Anonymous Hacks IRS, publishes Romney tax return (freewoodpost.com)

lothos writes: "Anonymous hacked the IRS and published Mitt Romney's 2008 tax return which showed "he earned $23,425,316 and paid $412.18 in federal income taxes. This calculates to a federal tax rate of 0.0018%. How did Romney get his tax burden so low? According to his return, he had approximately $23,407,000 in itemized deductions." Among the deductions: "$78,923 for “Toupee Creators Unlimited” and $41,826 for “Spray-on tan services” to a $3.8 million dollar write-off for a trip to Las Vegas with potential campaign donors.""

Comment Re:Great timing (Score 1) 314

The two replies above mine make a good point of explaining this, but your system design is extremely flawed. Also, it indicates to me that you've probably been setup for a failure since day 1 due to your project having an insufficient budget.

Comment Re:It's a Race (Score 1) 74

So many people are worried about how technological advances are ruining the environment. What many often forget is that technology is also the answer (unless you want to go back to a hunter-gather lifestyle and I hear that the drum/smoke-signal bandwidth really sucks, it's takes forever to download the latest movie.)

We're in a race - computational speed, new materials, new efficiencies versus the rate in which we're polluting the environment. Many things make me optimistic: photovoltaic paints for one - and now processing power so efficient that it can be solar powered. Wow. We may win this race after all. .

You insensitive clod! Smoke signals release carbon into the atmosphere!

Comment Re:Removable battery (Score 1) 358

Motorolas are horrible, I had a Milestone for five days before going back and getting an HTC Desire. I had the same problem with the phone completely locking up. So while your point is valid, I would argue that it only applies to certain manufactures, and I have seen iPhones completely lock up as well.

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