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It’s easy to wax nostalgic about old technology--to remember fondly our first Apple IIe or marvel at the old mainframes that ran on punched cards. But no one in their right mind would use those outdated, underpowered dinosaurs to run a contemporary business, let alone a modern weapons system, right?
It takes 13 minutes and seven seconds to complete Snake , the decades-old game that enjoyed a renascence through Nokia's early mobile phones. 13 minutes, seven seconds, one hundred pellets. But what is this endless pursuit of pellets for? What reward lies at the end of this snake's insatiable desire for food? Nothing. Victory in life only results in death. Immortalized in a two-minute GIF, this foreboding tale of how reptilian consumerism breeds nihilism is a mesmerizing journey of birth, life, and death.
Some numbers just stick out. Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight games . UCLA Men's Basketball won 88 in a row . And for the classic gaming niche, Victor Ali's 80,364,995 points on a single quarter in Missile Command looms just as large. Today however, seemingly out of nowhere, a challenger rose up and dethroned the 30-year-old record live on Twitch.tv . Victor Sandberg, aka Twitch user diskborsteMC, played for more than 56 hours and surpassed 81 million points around 2:20 p.m.
The Curiosity Rover that landed on Mars today has a neat feature in its wheels that allows it to spot if it gets stuck. The wheels have an asymmetric pattern of holes in them that leave a distinctive imprint on the surface of Mars. The rover views these marks with a camera to determine if it has traveled the distance it thinks it has. This 'visual odometry' means that Curiosity can spot if it's slipping or stuck and call home for help. The visual odometry is mentioned in this video where the marks can be clearly seen: Here's a close up shot of the marks on the centre wheel.
There's no easy way to say it. You've probably been playing Hangman wrong your entire life. In its purest form, hangman is a word game played between two people.
Petite expérience amusante sur l'usage du numérique en lettres Préambule Pendant ma première année au lycée, j’ai donné à mes élèves de Première une dissertation à faire à la maison. Avec les vacances scolaires les élèves avaient presque un mois pour la rédiger : c’était leur première dissertation de l’année.
A contest is underway at data-crunching competition site Kaggle that challenges people to create “an automated scoring algorithm for student-written essays.” This is just the latest chapter in a generations-long conflict over the nature of teaching, and to that end it’s also just one of many inevitable steps along the line. Automated grading is already prevalent in simpler tasks like multiple-choice and math testing, but computers have yet to seriously put a dent in the most time-consuming of grading tasks: essays. Millions of students write dozens of essays every year, and teachers will often take home hundreds to read at a time.
The Paris Metro and the service it provides are deeply intertwined into the fabric of the city.
Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google’s results, then uses that information to improve Bing’s own search listings.
Fans suspicions about AKB48 ’s12.5 generation member Eguchi Aimi being a “CG idol” have been confirmed!
28 June 2011 Last updated at 08:46 GMT By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News