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  • At the risk of sounding like a jerk and being ​insensitive.​.

    Steve Jobs is apparently still alive, unless he applied some bizarre Pixar holography to his Buddhist beliefs so that he would be reincarnated as a virtual image of himself.

    Really, I had no idea that he was a Buddhist.  Does his Ipod just go, "OMMMMMM...."?

  • What did you do when Channel 9 started?

    I joined C9 the first day.  I was working at the company that was taken over by the company that was taken over by the company where I work now.  When C9 started, I was already old.  Sad

  • Pixar uses Windows HPC

    > All of it on RenderMan. 14 versions going back 20 years, nothing else like RenderMan, and now you’ll be able to work with 64-bit datasets

    Didn't RenderMan always run on farms of 64-bit SGI and Sun machines?  I really don't know, but I'd be surprised if it hadn't been 64-bit code for a long time now.

  • Confirmed: Water on Mars

    Although water apparently flowed on Mars, it's not known for certain just how long it flowed.  For instance, a catastropic flood of only months' duration, rather than a drainage pattern that lasts for millions of years, can have a huge effect in geomorphology, carving out very long and deep channels.   That happened on earth at the end of the most recent ice age, when melting glaciers formed huge lakes behind them that suddenly came pouring out when the last barriers containing them gave way.  It is at least possible that large quantities of ice buried in the Martian crust melted all at once as the result of a volcanic erruption, with a similar effect.  In a desert environment even a huge lake can evaporate quite rapidly, showing retreating shorelines of salt deposits that were formed over just centuries, not millenia.  Also, it should be remembered that all evidence collected so far indicates that the present very weak magnetic field of Mars was not any stronger billions of years ago - it is not something that happened over eons as the core cooled down slowly.  That means  for most of the time that life on earth consisted of microbes, the surface of Mars has been zapped by radiation that would tend to break down complex molecules and of course kill organisms.  As Elton John and Bernie Taupin reminded us in "Rocket Man", "Mars ain't no place to raise your kids..."

    It's too bad that the overall search for understanding of the universe around us and its origin has been so completely dominated in the public mind by only one aspect of that search, namely the quest for extraterrestrial life.  It's hard to fault NASA for jumping on that same bandwagon in order to win support, but putting so many of their eggs in this one basket runs the risk that if the landers do eventually show that life was never present on Mars, then people will decide "Then what's the point?" of the whole space program, and the whole thing will go away.

  • Windows "Mojave"

    Leave it to Microsoft marketing (who came up with the name "Hailstorm" to make you want to use a product) to name an OS (even a "dummy" one) after a desert.   Makes for some great slogans: "Mojave - and you thought Win ME was barren!", etc., etc.  When Windows 7 hits the shelves, will it be sold under the name "(Blue Screen of) Death Valley"?

  • Windows 7 name snd slogan spoofs

    Windows Schwarzenegger : Hasta la Vista, baby

  • Windows 7 name snd slogan spoofs

    Windows Seven-come-Eleven - It's a crap shoot

    Windows Magnificent Seven - Strong enough to withstand an attack by Mexican bandits

    Windows Seventh Heaven - Computing on Cloud Nine

    Windows Seventh Seal - Wait till you see our chess game!

  • Google's virtual world

    wisemx said:
    I'm curious, how many of you guys joined us on the Microsoft Second Life island?
    I have no (first) life, so what would I do with a second one?

  • Google's virtual world

    Bas said:
    Minh said:

    That's a frightening thought. It's like an irresistible spam superweapon.
    I can see it now -- Spamela Anderson...

  • Google's virtual world

    Maybe the long-term goal is to build a Virtual Cineplex consisting of dozens of Youtube theaters, where your avatar has to sit through a bunch of ads to get to the videos (while chatting with your fellow audience members, of course)?  It's hard to see how they will make money from this "product" otherwise.