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Leynos
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Part time videogame otaku and pretend programmer.
Part time videogame otaku and pretend programmer.

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Once upon a time (2009, I think), I started writing an isometric tile engine using Allegro and C++.  I later found that Allegro didn't play nicely with C++, so I began porting it to SDL.  I can't remember how far I got, but I tried it today, and shockingly, it still compiles and mostly works (all it does is let you sculpt the landscape, Populous-style).  So I've marked the repository as 'public'.

You access it here:  https://bitbucket.org/leynos/iso

I've only tested it on FreeBSD 10 (although I think I originally wrote it on Ubuntu Alliterative Animal).
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A variant of E. Coli has been created that uses an additional codon, allowing it to express a new amino amino acid. This could, in theory, allow bacteria to be designed that will manufacture proteins not previously possible.  (I think I saw this a few days ago on HN, but forgot to link to it).

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I like hearing about new applications of 3D printing, and I thought that this one was pretty cool.  Titanium horseshoes for racing horses.  The result is lighter than the currently used aluminium shoes, but comes at an increased cost.

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A review of LG's first 55" OLED TV on sale in the UK.  Highlights:  Perfect black, infinite contrast, 1ms response time and the kind of viewing angles you'd expect from a plasma screen.  The price is a painful £8 000, but if this can drop to something sensible then the future direction of display tech is pretty clear.

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A mod to add DVI/VGA/HDMI output to a #Nintendo64.  Coming Q1 2014.  I wondered about this being possible when I heard about people building their own video DACs.  Nice to see someone went ahead and did it.

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Taking delivery of an Atlas bipedal robot (video courtesy of IEEE Spectrum).  Lots more fun videos of robots at http://is.gd/IttQlZ.

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A write-up of Heart of Gaming, the arcade in London that inherited the machines from the Trocadero and Casino.

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Skyera are promising to fit 500 TB of flash in a full depth 1U case at a cost of US$1.99/GB using DIMM-style modules.  Those numbers are kind of scary.

By comparison, the densest rotating magnetic storage, such as that used by Backblaze, will yield 180 TB in a 4U rackable case (although at a significantly cheaper cost/GB).

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Pork tenderloin with grilled apricots, toasted almonds, salad and mustard dressing. Served with cous cous.
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