For snarky defense wonks like me, a new Star Wars movie means one thing: new military hardware to lambast. George Lucas' original sci-fi trilogy may have inspired a billion-dollar franchise, but it is a series that willfully abandons common military tactics, simple physics, and even common sense in the effort to create a cool new toy. To be fair: Star Wars tech is cool, and the original stop motion AT-ATs were a cinematic masterpiece. But after a moment of reflection, you realize they make idiotic military weapons. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below That trend continues in 2017. This month we saw images of two new mega-machines that'll debut in this year's Star Wars: The Last Jedi: the new AT-AT, called the AT-M6 (All Terrain Megacaliber Six), and The First Order's Dreadnought (which looks like a giant slice of pizza.) We're going to focus on the AT-M6 armored troop transport. Compared to the already dismal batting average for creating tanks that would actually be effective in a … [Read more...] about Why the New Star Wars Walker Is Even Stupider Than the Old One
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posted on 11 Aug 2017, 07:21 8 1. black.inco (Posts: 59; Member since: 09 Aug 2017) That's probably what they should have done from the start. I liked Windows Phone at an earlier point, but it's been a dead OS for quite some time now. posted on 13 Aug 2017, 14:47 0 20. CAVBR (Posts: 119; Member since: 21 Feb 2016) LG and Alcatel have already proven that releasing versions of their Windows Phones with Android will not necessarily make them sell more phones. posted on 11 Aug 2017, 07:30 7 2. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1796; Member since: 14 Feb 2011) Maybe HP should look into dual-booting Android and Windows 10. Run Android on the phone, then when docked it could boot up Windows 10. I don't think this would be that hard to do. posted on 11 Aug 2017, 07:41 2 3. trojan_horse (banned) (Posts: 5868; Member since: 06 May 2016) Sounds like a great idea. HP would be offering the best of both worlds in with the dual-boot mechanism. posted on 13 Aug 2017, 10:18 0 … [Read more...] about Comments for : HP is experimenting with Android for a successor to the Elite X3, rumor claims
Mac gaming is dead.Right now, there are just 4,500 games to play on Steam for MacOS. That’s more than zero, but as a means of comparison, it’s around the number of PC games that will hit Steam this year alone.While gaming on Apple’s iOS platform keeps growing, gaming on MacOS isn’t in good shape. But then again, the hope of gaming on your Mac never had much justification. It was a pipedream for those who wished they could also play games on the computers they used for the rest of their lives.The hope of gaming on your Mac never had much justification.However, over the past few years, Apple developed its own graphical API called Metal as a competitor to DirectX and OpenGL. It started as an iOS exclusive, but the newest version of Metal (Metal 2) is now included in every copy of MacOS High Sierra. Suddenly, the conversation of Mac gaming was back in the air. Was Metal 2 going to usher in a new era of Mac gaming? Would Apple begin to divulge serious resources into … [Read more...] about Why gaming on MacOS is dead forever and never coming back
A whole lot of zig-zagging: Perhaps that is what happens when the universe's mysterious dark matter particles hit the Earth. SDU researchers can now show through simulations how it might look. Planet Earth is constantly on the move, colliding with myriads of dark matter particles as it hurtles through space. Although no one has ever seen these mysterious particles, there is no question among physicists about their existence. That is why they have installed detectors around the globe in the hopes of detecting just a single one of them. Dark matter particles can penetrate all other forms of matter, which means that they may even be able to traverse right through our planet without losing any energy whatsoever. On the other hand, their impact with ordinary matter that Earth is comprised of may hamper them slightly, resulting in a loss of energy. - We just don't know, and that definitely doesn't make it any easier looking for them, said Timon Emken, a PhD student at the Centre for … [Read more...] about How does it look when Earth is bombarded with dark matter?
When galaxy clusters and globular star clusters form, a phenomenon called "violent relaxation" occurs. After interacting intensely, the thousands or even millions of bodies reach a state of relative gravitational equilibrium and a fairly long-lasting spatial distribution. A new study developed by Brazilian researchers and published in The Astrophysical Journal argues that astrophysicists' understanding of violent relaxation is wrong and sets out to correct it. "The problem is that Vlasov's Equation assumes constant entropy in the system, meaning there's no production of entropy. This is equivalent to saying the situation is symmetrical in time, since the arrow of time is determined by increasing entropy. It evidently isn't in the actual phenomenon," says Laerte Sodré Júnior, one of the authors of the study, full professor, and ex-director of the University of São Paulo's Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics & Atmospheric Sciences (IAG-USP), in Brazil. According to … [Read more...] about Model of galaxy and star cluster formation is rectified
Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments below, and for the “pro” side of the argument, check out “Why Free-to-Play is here to stay.” “Free-to-play.” Google knows how I spend my free time and has decided I’m the ideal target for these three words. I see them plastered above bare midriffs, strewn across battlefields and underlined by laser guns. All of the extremes of gaming, shrunk down to bite size and served to me – for free!According to some talking heads this bait will be the game industry’s savior. By luring players in with free playtime (then bombarding them with microtransactions) games can custom-tailor monetization to fit almost any player. At least, that’s how the pitch goes. So why do I feel annoyance instead of excitement when “free” appears? Pay-to-winDevelopers working on a free-to-play games walk a tightrope. To attract money from players worthwhile rewards must be offered, yet gamers … [Read more...] about Why Free-to-Play is a fad
While some have already succumbed to the Sith temptations of children’s books and comics that spoil certain elements of the upcoming Star Wars film, there are those of us who prefer to stay off the path of the dark side, lest it forever dominate our destiny. For those, there’s now a Chrome extension that will hopefully prevent users from seeing any hints of spoilers.The concept is simple – navigate to a page where there’s a mention of Star Wars, and a screen will pop up preventing you from continuing without confirming you’re ready to see potential spoilers.It works fairly well, although it can be a bit trigger-happy with its blaster, presenting the dialogue for almost any page with a reference to Star Wars on it. That’s better than accidentally seeing which character might die in which scene, or ruining the surprise that Supreme Leader Snoke is really Jar-Jar Binks, preventing the incidental spread of the dark side’s … [Read more...] about The Star Wars spoilers are strong, but the force is strong with this Chrome extension
The long-awaited third installment in the rebooted Star Trek series is finally making strides. New photos shared by stars Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Zoe Saldana (Uhura) on Instagram show that production for the still untitled third Star Trek film in the rebooted franchise is underway. Better still, THR reports that Quinto and Chris Pine (Kirk) agreed to renegotiated deals that include an option for a fourth installment.Sources told THR that the film’s leading stars got big raises because so much time has passed since they signed their original contracts. The franchise was rebooted in 2009, and in the time since, the actors’ star power has grown. Pine and Saladana’s careers, in particular, have seen boosts, and they wanted their salaries to reflect that. Paramount came out with an important win, too, locking down Quinto and Pine for the possible fourth film.Now on location in British Columbia, Canada, the cast is getting ready to reprise their roles for the … [Read more...] about Production for Star Trek 3 is on, with new pics from Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana
If there’s one thing the reboot of Star Wars Battlefront has down, it’s the look. From the forests of Endor to the snowy plains of Hoth, it really feels like the player is one in an army of rebel troops, lining up to defend the rebellion.As usual, the PC enjoys the highest graphics fidelity. While the game only runs at 720p on Xbox One, and 900p on PlayStation 4, in order to achieve 60 frames per second, on PC the game can run at resolution up to 5K, or on a monitor with a 165Hz refresh rate.But traveling through hyperspace to those high resolutions and refresh rates ain’t like dusting crops, farmboy. When it comes to smooth Battlefront performance on the PC, it’s either do, or do not. There is no try.Nailing the look and feel of Star WarsThe four graphical presets in Battlefront aren’t that different in terms of visual fidelity or performance. Furthermore, the auto-detect in Battlefront is shockingly accurate, producing sharp looks and 60 frame per second … [Read more...] about Star Wars Battlefront is a technical marvel on PC
If a totalitarian regime uses Linux, does that mean Linux is an enemy of the state?That's the mind-bending question of the day following some politically charged Linuxy news that emerged over the past few weeks.Exhibit A: North Korea, it appears, has developed its own Linux-based operating system, as recently revealed by a Russian student who studies there.Called "Red Star," said OS is apparently widely available within North Korea, and only in the local language, according to an RT report.With a strong similarity to the Windows user interface, Red Star even comes with a Readme file including quotes from North Korean leader Kim Jong-il about how important it is for the republic "to have its own Linux-based operating system compatible with Korean traditions," according to RT. Exhibit B: Remarkably close in timing, it must be noted, came an article on Network Worldhighlighting the 2010 Special 301 watchlistfrom the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA).Though its name may … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI North Korea’s ‘Red Star’ Linux, and Is FOSS an Enemy of the State?