Rest in Peace Ian Murdock, Founder of Debian Linux

Ian Murdock, the person that founded the Debian Linux distrobution of Linux, and the creator of the apt-get program has passed away at the age of 42.  It is a sad day when a person that has made a popular distro of Linux passes away.  I use Ubuntu as my primary distro, which is based on Debian, and has worked very well for me over the last several years.

As of now, the cause of his death is unknown, his twitter account announced that he’d be commiting suicide, though some people believe that his account was hacked.  The account has been deleted since the tweet was posted.ianmurdock_suicide

To read more on this, click on this link.  You can also click here to view a webcache of his tweet.  It’s worded very … strangely.  I can see why people are thinking that the account was hacked, though it’s a possibility that he did also make it himself as well.

There are some more… interesting tweets from him as well, click here to read about them.  Evidently he had a run-in with some angry police, ended up in the hospital and ended up having to post bail for ‘assulting a police officer’.  This story keeps on getting stranger and stranger.

This isn’t a very nice to end the year, hopefully there will be better news coming soon.

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HTC Vive delayed because of ‘A very, very big technological breakthrough’

I was waiting for the Vive to become available during this season, but it was recently pushed back, they are now saying that the Vive will be released in April of 2016.  It’s a bit saddening that people have to wait for a longer time before they can recieve the first ‘Consumer Ready’ VR Headsets.  On the up side, it’ll mean that this spring should be very … interesting.  According to the Vive Unbound developers in Beijing, CEO Cher Wang has revealed that the Valve team and she made ‘a very, very big technological breakthrough’ for the headset.  Evidently, the breakthrough was so large that they decided to redo their design of the Vive headset with the new features applied.

In the end, I’m looking forward to what the new headsets will be like.  From what they’re saying, the new ‘Breakthrough’ will be revealed this year at CES.  At least the vive still has a release date set, unlike the Oculus, which should ship sometime in Q1 of 2016.  That gives them a fairly wide set of release dates, though I think that it’ll be released around the same time as the Vive.

The future will be very interesting in my opinion.

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EVE: Valkyrie to come with Oculus Rift Preorders

I think that this is some interesting news, I’d prefer a game that allows more exploration, like Elite: Dangerous, but this game does look very nice.  I’m certain that I’ll be preordering the Oculus CV1 once the preorders become available.  The Oculus DK2 is a very nice device, I’m sure that the CV1 will be even funner to play with.

Oh, and here’s a look at what EVE: Valkyrie  in spring of this year:

I don’t play EVE Online, though it does look like an interesting game, maybe I should take a look at it sometime.  I am looking forward to flying through space again in VR, it’s been a while since I played Elite: Dangerous, Maybe I should check if they got the game running on the Oculus SDK 0.7 or 0.8 yet…

On another note, I’m finishing my new build, I’m waiting on one expansion card, once that arrives, I’ll be able to finish the build and start trying it out.  It should be much faster than my current machine, as it uses a m.2 samsung ssd, which is a very tiny device.  Those drives allow over 2 Gigibyte transfer speeds, so programs should load very quickly.

Well, that’s all for now.  Have a nice day.

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Google and NASA: Quantum computer is 100 million times faster than normal PC

Well, this was an interesing peice of news that I came across today, Google and NASA have been working with quantum computing, and have made a computer that’s ‘100 million times faster’ than a normal PC, though it’s only useful for some very specific purposes right now.

I for one am looking forward to what this could mean in the world of computing in the future.  If quantum computers like Google and NASAs D-Wave can start to do more standardized tasks, and be shrunk down like modern computers have, I’m sure that the entire industry would change relativity quickly.  I’m also wondering what ‘Normal PC’ they’re comparing their quantum computer too, though when you’re running ‘100 million times faster’ than a normal one, you can have quite the range for specs on the ‘normal pc’.  If you want to read more on this subject, click here to read more.

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Comparison of Starship sizes

Here’s another interesting video…

There are a lot of interesting starships, and some of them are freaking huge.  I also find it interesitng that many of the largest ships exist in videogames.

I also think that they had a typo in the Borg cube size.

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