Just discovered an old collection of cassette tapes in a cupboard in my flat. No idea how these have moved around with me for so long without my knowledge! Such greats, including Guns N’ Roses (both Illusion albums), Nirvana Nevermind and Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet. #throwback #tunes
Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar.
2009’s fastest supercomputer to be dismantled.
The IBM Roadrunner was at the number 1 slot on the Top 500 supercomputer list three times during 2008/2009, but the cost to run it compared to that of other systems has meant it no longer makes sense to keep it running. It will be dismantled next month.
Roadrunner was the first supercomputer to reach one petaflop, or one million billion floating point operations per second. The machine at the top of the most recent list has been benchmarked at 17.6 petaflops, with researchers now looking at how to achieve exascale speeds - 1000 times faster than a petaflop.
Petaflop machines aren’t automatically obsolete—a petaflop is still speedy enough to crack the top 25 fastest supercomputers. Roadrunner is thus still capable of performing scientific work at mind-boggling speeds, but has been surpassed by competitors in terms of energy efficiency. For example, in the November 2012 ratings Roadrunner required 2,345 kilowatts to hit 1.042 petaflops and a world ranking of #22. The supercomputer at #21 required only 1,177 kilowatts, and #23 (clocked at 1.035 petaflops) required just 493 kilowatts.
Little Inferno is an iOS game where all you do is burn stuff so you can buy more stuff to burn. No timer, no score, no winning. Just burning stuff.
Some men just want to watch the world burn.
Update: In case you want to download it, find it here.
Flipboard announced today that it has 50 million users, and also released a new version of its app that lets everyone become an editor-in-chief. Flipboard 2.0 is “the most epic release we’ve ever done,” CEO Mike McCue told The Verge, and most of its new features focus on curation: users can now “flip stories,” in the app or in a browser via a bookmarklet, into their own magazines.
the short life and sad death of Google Reader tells a familiar story of how Google swept in to a crowded field, killed off almost all credible competition with a free product, and then arbitrarily killed that product when it no longer had a use for it. It’s not unlike the widely criticized model that Microsoft pursued in its pre-Millennium days as a monopolist: Embrace, extend, extinguish.
Not surprisingly, the correlation between Twitter usage and ratings is higher among younger audiences, specifically 18- to 34-year-olds. Among this age group, an 8.5% increase in Twitter volume corresponds to a 1% increase in ratings for season premieres and a 4.2% increase in Twitter volume is linked to a 1% ratings boost for mid-season episodes.