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‘Ulysses’ is coming to life thanks to virtual reality

Look, there's nothing to be ashamed of if you've been plowing through James Joyce's Ulysses for the past, oh, decade. It's such a challenging read, that a developer thought it best to create some sort of a virtual reality world based on the piece...

GM says payouts to victims will come to about $400M – The Spokesman Review


GM says payouts to victims will come to about $400M
The Spokesman Review
An autoworker inspects finished SUVs coming off the assembly line at the General Motors auto plant in Arlington, Texas, in May. (Full-size photo). General Motors estimated that it would pay victims of an ignition-switch defect about $400 million in settlements ...
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

cartechboy writes Golfing and cars, not much in common there. But that's about to change thanks to a new technology from a research lab at MIT called Smorphs. The idea is simple: put a set of dynamic dimples on the exterior of a car to improve its surface aerodynamics and make it slipperier, and therefore faster. Pedro Reis is the mechanical engineering and research spearheading this project. A while ago Mythbusters proved the validity of the dimpled car form in a much more low-tech way. The concept uses a hollow core surrounded by a thick, deformable layer, and a smoother outer skin. When vacuum is applied, the outer layers suck in to form the dimples. The technology is only in its very earliest stages, but we could see this applied to future vehicles in an effort to make them faster and more fuel efficient.

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Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. WCCFtech: AMD 12-core A-series APU possibly inbound
    PR material hinting twelve Steamroller cores found
  2. WCCFtech: AMD desktop processors not getting DDR4 and
    a post-Bulldozer architecture until 2016—claims Italian report
  3. DigiTimes: Vendors partner with Wintel to
    release $199-$249 notebooks for 2H14
  4. Computerworld: Newegg takes pre-orders for Samsung's first 3D Pro SSD
  5. Engadget: Google banks on its own tech to
    protect Chrome users from another Heartbleed
  6. 9to5Mac: OS X Yosemite planned for late Oct. as
    Apple preps 4K desktop & 12" Retina MacBook
  7. Ars Technica's preview: A closer look at OS X
    Yosemite, just in time for the public beta
  8. Softpedia: offers its first 50 Linux games


Poetry For Sysadmins: Shall I Compare Thee To a Lumbering Bear?

itwbennett writes Don't forget that July 25th is Sysadmin Day — a good day to show love to the folks who save your butt again and again when you mess up your computer. Forget the chocolate and flowers, long-time sysadmin Sandra Henry-Stocker has tailored some poems to celebrate these under appreciated, hard-working souls.

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