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Besiege is probably the most fun I've had with an Early Access game so far

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As a totally unbiased former Galois intern and current Galois employee, I highly recommend this!
Want to spend summer with functional programming, types, operating systems, or embedded dev? All of the above? We're looking for interns to spend the summer with us in Portland. Apply by February 1st, 2015!

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I've had the privilege of stewarding some great interns here at Galois. Please take a look!

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qCraft: Quantum Physics In Minecraft

We built the Quantum A.I. Lab to explore the potential of quantum computing, and figure out what questions we should be asking. One question is clear: Where will future quantum computer scientists come from? 

Our best guess: Minecraft. 

Millions of kids are spending a whole lot of hours in Minecraft, not just digging caves and fighting monsters, but building assembly lines, space shuttles, and programmable computers, all in the name of experimentation and discovery. 

So how do we get these smart, creative kids excited about quantum physics? 

We talked to our friends at MinecraftEdu and Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter and came up with a fun idea: a Minecraft modpack called qCraft. It lets players experiment with quantum behaviors inside Minecraft’s world, with new blocks that exhibit quantum entanglement, superposition, and observer dependency. 

Of course, qCraft isn’t a perfect scientific simulation, but it’s a fun way for players to experience a few parts of quantum mechanics outside of thought experiments or dense textbook examples.

We don’t even know the full potential of what you can make with qCraft, but we’re excited to see what Minecraft’s players can discover. 

You can download qCraft now as part of the Tekkit, Hexxit, or Feed The Beast Unleashed modpacks, and find out more at www.qCraft.org. 

#qcraft   #minecraft

Effects of government shutdown arrive early as Twitter outage forces area software engineer to mindlessly refresh Google+ instead

So a couple weeks back my UPS died, and I haven't had the occasion to use my tower until today. It turns out that the failure corrupted the BIOS. The motherboard detected a checksum failure, and then reflashed a copy of the BIOS before booting back up with no problems. Way to go, Gigabyte!

So this new G+ design has a bad framerate for everyone or just me?

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"Because the project was always two months from launch it was inconceivable that there was enough time to re-engineer the terrain engine to make path-finding easier, so the path-finding code just had to be made to work."
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