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SO happy Google is continuing to work on Ara. The hype is real.

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Brinicles are long ice fingers that slowly form under the sea until it reaches the seafloor and freezes the ground including the creatures along its way. This happens when the salt-heavy brine accumulated within the frozen sea ice leaks out and flows down freezing the surrounding water, forming a descending tube of ice.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/15835017

#naturalphenomena   #brinicles   #science  
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Dark side or light side? Choose your side of the Force to transform your Google experience. #ChooseYourSide
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30 years ago not only was history made, but the future was changed

The Amiga was so truly innovative that those using the word in their marketing today should be ashamed. Young people looking back at the Amiga are often unimpressed because so many of the features and capabilities of the Amiga platform are standard in computing devices today that the system seems unremarkable. It's only on realizing that this system had those features thirty years ago that the appreciation for the accomplishment sets in. So many of the features we take for granted today originated or were perfected in the Amiga. Its impact was profound even if its place in our collective memory is not.

You only have to look at the Amiga's contemporaries to realize just how advanced it was. Remember that the industry was still in the early days of the transition from 8bit computing and the Apple II series and Commodore 64 were still huge sellers.
Apple had just released the first update to the original Macintosh, the only real difference being an upgrade from 128k RAM to 512k.
The screen was black and white and the OS ran 1bit colour (ie black and white). The Mac's CPU did everything including draw all the bitmapped graphics. There was no multi-tasking and only basic sound.
The PC was just transitioning to the 16 bit 286 processor, running DOS with it's text interface and 640k RAM limit, most with CGA graphics and no mouse. A few had soundcards that were a nightmare to configure and only really worked in games that supported your specific brand and model of soundcard.
Then along came the Amiga. Expandable to 8.5MB of RAM, all of which it could use and address. Full Colour, graphical, windowed, multi-tasking operating system and 4 channel, stereo sound. Independent co-processors for most functions (sound, graphics, I/O) leaving the CPU free to run software. You could say, the Amiga was the first personal computer with a GPU. It's high speed blitter making the UI fast and smooth and enabling high performance gaming and business applications. The System was fully multi-tasking, even allowing multiple screens. Mac's wouldn't get real multitasking until the release of OS-X!  PC's wouldn't see it until Windows 95.
Because the standard configuration of the Amiga included so much, applications and games were far more advanced given that developers code to the lowest common hardware denominator.
Overall it would take decades for the rest of the industry to finally and fully catch up. Heck, Windows only just got multiple desktops with Windows 10.
So next time you use your fancy computer or mobile device, thank the Amiga developers who pushed the limits of technology and moved the industry forward so that we could be where we are today.

#Amiga   #PersonalComputers   #Mac   #Windows  
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I dunno what happened, but this was the scene that was supposed to be uploaded in the post prior
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Why don't I talk about politics much on social media? Glad you asked.

While I'm unhappy about the Baron Harkonnen's rise to power, I don't think Alia Atreides is any more suited to lead. Further, while a lot of people really seem to like the idea of Stilgar leading the Fedykin to a third revolution, the Fremen alone aren't really prepared for the realities of governing an entire galaxy.

If I'm being perfectly honest, finding someone who hasn't been influenced by the Bene Gesserit and the Spacing Guild is problematic, to say nothing of finding a candidate who isn't twisting the works of The Accumulated Book to suit the agendas of those organizations.

But really, the biggest reason I don't talk about it much is I'm far more personally invested in advancing my Ixian lifestyle to spend time shouting into the void when person-to-person communication ends in infinitely greater results.
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Video of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket landing, shot from a nearby helicopter:
http://engt.co/1IlNC77

Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=ZCBE8ocOkAQ
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Simply Stunning: Marvel at the beauty of breath-taking Icelandic ice caves
Sony camera sensor technology enables a closer look at some of Mother Nature’s rarest sights that could not previously have been photographed in this way

The enigmatic beauty of the caves of Vatnajokull, one of the largest glaciers in Europe, is revealed in all its frozen, icy splendour through astoundingly sharp and detailed photography. The sensor sits at the heart of every camera and defines its capability to capture the amount of light and detail that goes into photographs. Advancements in Sony’s sensor technology are enabling photographers to take pin-sharp photographs in the most challenging low light conditions with the latest cameras from Sony, which formerly would not have been possible.

Stunning photo series heroes Iceland’s otherworldly ice caverns, with the cave’s bright blue and bubble-like walls resembling an almost underwater scene. Images also capture flowing waterfalls, and crystal clear crevasses and icy tunnels within the frosty fortress.

This incredible photo series displays the immense intricacies of never-before-seen ice caverns in Vatnajokull, Iceland - only made possible through Sony’s new sensor technology, allowing incredibly detailed low-light photography.

Each year, the Vatnajokull glacier shifts and changes, revealing complex cave systems that are there for only a matter of weeks before metamorphosing again.

Photographer Mikael Buck and renowned local guides Einar Runar Sigurdsson and Helen Maria explored the frozen world using Sony’s latest digital cameras including the 7R II featuring the world first back-illuminated full-frame sensor which brings together ultra-high resolution and ultrahigh sensitivity, the RX10 II and RX100 IV which feature the world’s first 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor that truly shine in low-light and high contrast conditions. The images were taken without the use of any external sources – just the natural light that filters through the ice caves.

Within the photo series, barren caves have been brought to life, making visible the intricate curves of the natural sculptures, the delicate structure of its icicles, and the smooth and the marble-like texture of the cavern walls, which are formed through constant movement. Images capture the misty waterways that flow within the frosty fortress, as well as the ice-cold waterfalls that cascade down and transform the cavern’s bright blue walls. Buck has also captured images of a skilled local climber ascending the icy walls to showcase the scale of the majestic blue cave.
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