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James MickensPosted by Krux on Monday August 25, 2014 @ 12:12am
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This guy is hilarious:
I think that it used to be fun to be a hardware architect. Anything that you invented would be amazing, and the laws of physics were actively trying to help you succeed. Your friend would say, "I wish that we could predict branches more accurately," and you'd think, "maybe we can leverage three bits of state per branch to implement a simple saturating counter," and you'd laugh and declare that such a stupid scheme would never work, but then you'd test it and it would be 94% accurate, and the branches would wake up the next morning and read their newspapers and the headlines would say OUR WORLD HAS BEEN SET ON FIRE. You'd give your buddy a high-five and go celebrate at the bar, and then you'd think, "I wonder if we can make branch predictors even more accurate," and the next day you'd start XOR'ing the branch's PC address with a shift register containing the branch's recent branching history, because in those days, you could XOR anything with anything and get something useful, and you test the new branch predictor, and now you're up to 96% accuracy, and the branches call you on the phone and say OK, WE GET IT, YOU DO NOT LIKE BRANCHES, but the phone call goes to your voicemail because you're too busy driving the speed boats and wearing the monocles that you purchased after your promotion at work.
Hacker NeededPosted by kodrik on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @ 12:58pm
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I need a security review to be done on a system we run, so we basically need someone to try to hack it anyway possible and to record the methods used and the results. Password stealing and downloading of data, sql injection, server access...
If you know anyone with real hacking skills who would be interested, send him my way
ca at urvenue dot com
Real life GTAPosted by Krux on Sunday August 17, 2014 @ 11:05am
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Real life driving in the third person. Disappointed however, since they didn't run over any pedestrians, or kill any hookers. I don't think you can call it GTA without those things.
talking about gamesPosted by Stealth on Monday July 21, 2014 @ 04:41pm
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There hasn't been a good FPS style game in a while.. nothing that is ground breaking.. If you haven't seen it before, allow me to present - The Division. It looks very very awesome and I'm looking forward to giving it a go. That and the new Far Cry. I enjoyed far Cry 3.. very fun, 4 looks good too.
Blacker than blackPosted by MadArab on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 11:54am
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For your Obsidian heart Krux, I present you with Vantablack!
Caliber, you should go talk to this chap:
Stephen Westland, professor of colour science and technology at Leeds University, told the paper: 'These new materials, they are pretty much as black as we can get, almost as close to a black hole as we could imagine.'
ISEE-3 Reboot ProjectPosted by Krux on Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 12:25pm
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They did it!
A group of citizen scientists has successfully established communication with an inactive NASA spacecraft in an attempt to breathe new scientific life into a more than 35-year-old agency mission.
NASA signed a Non-Reimbursable Space Act Agreement (NRSAA) with Skycorp, Inc., in Los Gatos, California, on May 21 that allows the company to contact, and possibly command and control, NASA's International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft as part of the company's ISEE-3 Reboot Project. On May 29, the project team established two-way communication with the ISEE-3 spacecraft and began commanding it to perform specific functions.
First contact with ISEE-3 was achieved at the Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico. The initial contact was a tone followed by specific commands. The team has changed modes so the spacecraft will broadcast telemetry information. Over the coming days and weeks they are planning to assess the spacecraft's overall health and refine the techniques required to fire its engines and bring it back to an orbit near Earth.
Halt! Who goes there??Posted by Ghostalker on Friday May 23, 2014 @ 11:21am
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Definitely going to give this new AMC show a look. You can stream it now before the premiere.
zork 1 online error messagePosted by cawa on Monday May 19, 2014 @ 12:58pm
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When I play Zork I get all kinds of random places to go - eg from the art gallery to the bank. I also have an error message "404 what now?" I'd like to just quit this game and try to start another but it won't let me. HELP!!