Is Your Computer Stable?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '16 at 12:31 AM
By Jeff Atwood from Coding Horror:
Over the last twenty years, I've probably built around a hundred computers. It's not very difficult, and in fact, it's gotten a whole lot easier over the years as computers become more highly integrated. Consider what it would take to build something very modern like the Scooter Computer:

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Apply a dab of thermal compound to top of case.

Place motherboard in case.

Screw motherboard into case.

Insert SSD stick.

Insert RAM stick.

Screw case closed.

Plug in external power.

Boot.
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Bam done.

It's stupid easy. My six year old son and I have built Lego kits that were way more complex than this. Even a traditional desktop build is only a few more steps: insert CPU, install heatsink, route cables. And a server build is merely a few additional steps on top of that, maybe with some 1U or 2U space constraints. Scooter, desktop, or server, if you've built one computer, you've basically built them all.

Everyone breathes a sigh of relief when their newly built computer boots up for the first time, no matter how many times they've done it before. But booting is only the beginning of the story. Yeah, it boots, great. Color me unimpressed. What we really need to know is whether that computer is stable.

Although commodity computer parts are more reliable every year, and vendors test their parts plenty before they ship them, there's no guarantee all those parts will work reliably together, in your particular environment, under your particular workload. And there's always the possibility, however slim, of getting very, very unlucky with subtly broken components.

Because we're rational scientists, we test stuff in our native environment, and collect data to prove our computer is stable. Right? So after we boot, we test.

Memory

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Titans Return Brainstorm – Full Colored Art Work Image
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 07:51 PM
By onslaught24 from TFW2005:


At long last it seems, we finally have a full, colored shot of Titans Return Brainstorm‘s robot mode art work! After a series of cropped and colorless images, z multiplier has posted the art work we’ve been waiting for. Titans Return Brainstorm is heavily influenced by his G1 incarnation as he’s beefier than his IDW counterpart and has some G1-accurate detailing on his wings and black parts here and there instead of just teal and grey. Although he wasn’t shown on the show floor at this year’s New York Toy Fair, we can hope to see him revealed » Continue Reading.

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'Rogue Scientists' Could Exploit Gene Editing Technology, Experts Warn
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 06:41 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's unintended-consequences department:
A senior geneticist and a bioethicist warned on Friday that they fear "rogue scientists" operating outside the bounds of law, and agreed with a US intelligence chief's assertion this week that gene editing technology could have huge, and potentially dangerous, consequences. Recent advances in genetics allow scientists to edit DNA quickly and accurately, making research into diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and cancer, easier than ever before. But researchers increasingly caution that they have to work with extreme care, for fear that gene editing could be deployed as bioterrorism or, in a more likely scenario, result in an accident that could make humans more susceptible to disease rather than less.

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Apple And AT&T Sued For Infringement Over IPhone Haptic Patents
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 05:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's touchy-subject department:
Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and carrier AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches. Immersion, which claims over 2,100 issued or pending patents worldwide covering various aspects and commercial applications of haptic or touch feedback technology, has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import of the specified iPhone and Apple Watch models in the U.S., besides suing for damages in a Delaware federal court, company CEO Victor Viegas said in a conference call Thursday. Immersion decided to include AT&T and subsidiary AT&T Mobility in the action because the carrier is the most significant distributor of the iPhone in the U.S.

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US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 05:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's rest-in-peace department:
clovis writes: US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died in his sleep while on a hunting trip near Marfa, Texas. Justice Scalia was a Constitutional originalist and textualist. He did not believe the Constitution was a living document to be interpreted with the evolving standards of modern times. I, for one, am very interested to see what happens next.

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Japanator Live: Learn how to overcome debts with Recettear
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 05:01 PM
By Salvador GRodiles from Japanator:
Watch live video from Japanator on www.twitch.tv

[The stream starts at 9:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.]

If there's one thing that can cripple many video game heroes, it's having them miss out on paying a huge bill. The debt's damage is worse than any major boss' ultimate attack, as it can cause people to lose their homes-- unless if they're an adventurer that travels a lot. In light of this scenario, I felt that it would be a great time to start on Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, which focuses on the ordeals of running a business in an RPG fantasy world.

Despite Recettear's cute appearance, I was impressed with how dark its beginning premise was since Recette had to deal with the aftermath of her dad leaving home to become a hero. Since the game hasn't justified the guy's actions yet, I'm going to assume that he's a terrible person for neglecting his only daughter.

Sadly, my first attempt to pay off the first bill didn't go well, since I miscalculated the amount of time I had left during the payment's deadline. Let's just say that I was short by around 500 bucks. Thankfully, the penalty is that I get to restart that week with my progress intact, which isn't too bad. Either way, I'll do my best not get comfortable with this feature, as running a store is serious business.

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Reluctant Wikipedia Lifts Lid On $2.5M Internet Search Engine Project
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 04:02 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's reluctantly-crouched-at-the-starting-line department:
The Wikimedia Foundation has finally disclosed details of its controversial Knowledge Engine grant -- and it confirms that Wikipedia is getting seriously into search, despite Jimmy Wales' categorical denial that WMF is "doing a Google." After a Wikipedia signpost article, and coverage at El Reg this week, the WMF caved and posted the Knight Foundation's approval of the $250,000 grant. The grant provides seed money for stage one of the Knowledge Engine, described as "a system for discovering reliable and trustworthy information on the Internet." The discovery stage includes an exploration of prototypes of future versions of Wikipedia.org which are "open channels" rather than an encyclopedia, analyzing the query-to-content path, and embedding the Wikipedia Knowledge Engine "via carriers and Original Equipment Manufacturers."

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Seeing Beyond The Hubris Of Facebook's Free Basics Fiasco
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 04:02 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's east-india-company department:
Facebook's Free Basics was an ill-conceived effort to bring Internet access to the poor in India. It created a walled garden in which Facebook and the Indian telecom providers selected which websites people could visit. The users of Free Basics would find that Facebook was the center of their virtual universe and would experience only what it allowed them to.

The Free Basics project originated from an idea that Zuckerberg had about connecting the next 5 billion people. He documented this in a paper titled Is Connectivity A Human Right? He wrote that in the U.S. "an iPhone with a typical two-year data plan costs about $2,000, where about $500-600 of that is the phone and $1,500 is the data." What Zuckerberg and his U.S. team didn't understand was that in India you can buy computer tablets and smartphones for as little as $50, and that 100MB of data -- which is more than a Free Basics user will consume in a month -- costs much less than a dollar. So the entire basis of the paper was flawed.

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CERN Engineer Details AMD Zen Processor Confirming 32 Core Implementation, SMT
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 02:41 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's next-generation-PC department:
MojoKid writes: AMD is long overdue for a major architecture update, though one is coming later this year. Featuring the codename "Zen," AMD's already provided a few details, such as that it will be built using a 14nm FinFET process. In time, AMD will reveal all there is to know about Zen, but we now have a few additional details to share thanks to a computer engineer at CERN. CERN engineer Liviu Valsan recently gave a presentation on technology and market trends for the data center. At around 2 minutes into the discussion, he brought up AMD's Zen architecture with a slide that contained some previously undisclosed details. One of the more interesting revelations was that upcoming x86 processors based on Zen will feature up to 32 physical cores. To achieve a 32-core design, Valsan says AMD will use two 16-core CPUs on a single die with a next-generation interconnect. It has also been previously reported that Zen will offer up to a 40 percent improvement in IPC compared to its current processors as well as symmetric multithreading or SMT akin to Intel HyperThreading. In a 32-core implementation this would result in 64 logical threads of processing.

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Titans Return Fortress Maximus Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 02:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Last, and never by any means least, we have the official renders of Titans Return Fortress Maximus. The gigantic Autobot is set to stand almost two feet tall and feature full light and sound effects. These official images show off all three of Fortress Maximus’ modes, as well as his Cerebros headmaster, and the Emissary, Cerebros’ headmaster.

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Titans Return Legends Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 02:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Titans Return is going to feature a Legends class alongside the larger toys, and we’ve got official images of three new releases here for you. Attached to this post, check out the official renders of: Laserbeak (Buzzsaw redeco) Rumble (who is red, Rewind redeco) Wheelie (new mold)

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Titans Return Deluxes Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 02:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Headmasters are making a comeback in this summer’s Generations Titans Return line, and we’ve got official images of the four newest official reveals here for you. Attached to this post, check out the images of: Blurr Scourge Mindwipe Chromedome

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Robots in Disguise Power Surge Optimus Prime Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 02:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Rounding out the official images of Robots in Disguise, we have the official renders of Robots in Disguise Power Surge Optimus Prime. This large, winged, Optimus Prime is said to feature lights and sounds, and also comes with his Prime Decepticon Hunter sword along with sidekick Mini-con Aerobolt, who can attach as either chest armor or as a weapon – he’s like a Breastmaster! Check out his images attached to this post.

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Robots in Disguise Platinum Edition Bumblebee and Grimlock Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 02:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Carrying on with Platinum edition and Robots in Disguise, we also have the official images of the Platinum Edition Robots in Disguise Warrior class Bumblebee and Voyager class Grimlock. This set is shaping up to be really nice, with Bumblebee having a shiny gold finish, and Grimlock being a domestic release of the formerly Japan-only remold of Fall of Cybertron Grimlock.

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Robots in Disguise Warrior Class Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 02:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Next up, we have official images from Robots in Disguise. First up are those new Warrior class toys! Check out the official images of: Windblade Scorponok Power Surge Optimus Prime

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Platinum Edition Cyclonus and Sweeps set official images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 02:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Toy Fair 2016 is still in full flow, and now cometh the official images! First up we have official images of the Platinum Edition set of Cyclonus, Scourge, and a Sweep, reusing the Universe / Generations molds and all featuring translucent plastic elements, as the set seems to be based on the reformatting scene from Transformers the Movie. Check out the images attached to this post!

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Toy Fair 2016 – Robots in Disguise
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 02:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Hasbro’s Toy Fair 2016 display also has a segment for the Robots in Disguise line. This line is continuing in 2016 with some cool looking new toys – check out images from the display attached to this post. Toys highlighted in this post include: One Step Changer Bisk Minicon Triggershot Minicon Lord Doomitron Minicon New Slipstream Minicon Stormbreaker (Tentative name) Legend Groundbuster Battle 2-pack Sideswipe with Minicon WindStrike Battle 2-pack Strongarm with Minicon Sawtooth Warrior Class Scorponok Warrior Class Windblade Platinum Grimlock (retool of Fall of Cybertron Grimlock) and Bumblebee Power Surge Optimus Prime (large one and Warrior class)

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Strong Style: Cash-in time!
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 02:22 PM
By Soul Tsukino from Japanator:
It's that time of week again! Japanator's look at NJPW on AXS TV takes us back one more time to the Sumo Hall on April 5, 2015. This week we take a look at the main event of Invasion Attack 2015 in what should be a good one.



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Undertale - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. RichaadEB
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 01:53 PM
By DidYouKnowGaming? from DidYouKnowGaming?:


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Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'Could Leave Half Of World Unemployed'
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '16 at 01:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's Ex-Machina department:
Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence's threat to the economy should not be understated. Vardi, a professor at Rice University and Guggenheim fellow, said that technology presents a more subtle threat than the masterless drones that some activists fear. He suggested AI could drive global unemployment to 50%, wiping out middle-class jobs and exacerbating inequality. "Humanity is about to face perhaps its greatest challenge ever, which is finding meaning in life after the end of 'in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread'," he said. "We need to rise to the occasion and meet this challenge."

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