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  • NEW! [27th Oct 2008] Latest Intel chips still can't match ARM for power saving - Intel issued a "correction" Thursday regarding comments one of its executives made earlier this week slamming the iPhone as incapable of working correctly with the internet.
    Among other things, the executives accused ARM chips of being unable to "handle the internet" and singled out the iPhone as an example of a smart phone that could be really great if it used one of Intel's low-power x86 architecture processors, known as Atom.
    More Info: Silicon.com
  • NEW! [12th Oct 2008] Major new RISC OS application in development - Long-term RISC OS devotee Paul Vigay has recently announced a new application he's currently working on. With a development version to be demonstrated at the forthcoming RISC OS SE Show, WebAnim8r is a powerful and comprehensive application for creating animations and graphics suitable for including on websites and presentations.
    A flexible built-in scripting language allows the user to create complex designs with the aid of simple keywords, or fall back on the intuitive user interface.
    More Info: WebAnim8r homepage
  • [27th Sep 2008] End of the line for Iyonix - From 30th September it will no longer be possible to purchase an Iyonix computer. After 15 years of business, Jack Lillingston and John Ballance would like to thank all their customers for their support. There are still limited supplies of Iyonix computers available, so order one now as remaining stock is available on a first come, first served basis. From 1st October, support for the Iyonix will continue through the Iyonix dealer network, website and email.
    More Info: Full press release

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Updated RISC OS Git client sent to beta testers
ROOL have sent a new beta release of the RISC OS Git client to registered testers.
London Show 2023 cancelled
Rougol have announced that there will be no London Show in 2023.
Rougol September 2023 meeting is an informal chat
The September Rougol meeting in an informal chat on or offline which kicks off at 6.30pm in the Duke of Sussex and online at 7.30pm on Zoom (usual link or contact Rougol for one).
Elesar releases an Econet adapter for RiscPC
There is still lots of interest in legacy kit and Elesar's latest product to support this market is an Econet adapter for the RiscPC.
WROCC September 2023 meeting - Mark Moxon on Elite
Wakefield's September speaker was Mark Moxon (former Acorn magazine editor) and arguably number one Elite fan.....


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Big Ben spotted on mainland Europe
RISC OS Open will be packing as much as possible into a suitcase ahead of the Big Ben Club annual day on the 13th May. Located in Koog aan de Zann, it’s only a short distance north of Amsterdam and is easy to reach by plane, train, or automobile from the rest of Europe.The eXperience is a perfect opportunity to network with other RISC OS users in the local area, whether in person, or using trusty Econet communications.
WROCC show touches down in Bradford
While the ROOL starship didn’t quite make it to Mars this month, the countdown has started at ROOL for the A6177 orbital approach around Bradford ready for the WROCC show on Saturday 22nd April 2023.And what could be more apt than the Cedar Court Hotel being on Rooley Lane?
RISC OS in Spaaaaace!
A major announcement from RISC OS Open: SpaceX has chosen our operating system for their mission to Mars! Preparations are already underway, and RISC OS’s reliability and efficiency make it the perfect fit for the harsh conditions of space travel. RISC OS Open is thrilled to be working with SpaceX on such a ground-breaking project. In fact, our innovative system will be instrumental in helping the first human colonisers establish a home on the Red Planet. Ladies and gentlemen, we are honoured to be selected by SpaceX for this historic mission.For us, this is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication. Our team is thrilled to be collaborating with SpaceX on such a colossal project. Of course, we know this will not be easy! Let’s celebrate this incredible news and look forward to RISC OS making history on Mars. Stay tuned for more updates from RISC OS Open and SpaceX.
Looking to spark your imagination?
SparkFS is undoubtedly one of the must have RISC OS applications when it comes to working with compressed files/archives, so much so that we’ve bundled a read-only version as part of RISC OS 5 since as far back as 2014.Having worked closely with David Pilling, SparkFS’ original author, we are very pleased to announce that from today, the full read-write version is now included for free with RISC OS 5.
ROOL heads South West to Bristol
RISC OS Open are looking forward to attending the South West show on 25th February, there are lots of amazing things to see – we expect the atmosphere will be electric!

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The Register

How TCP's congestion control saved the internet

We guess it's OK it did

Systems Approach With the annual SIGCOMM conference taking place this month, we observed that congestion control still gets an hour in the program, 35 years after the first paper on TCP congestion control was published. So it seems like a good time to appreciate just how much the success of the internet has depended on its approach to managing congestion.
Europe wants easy default browser selection screens. Mozilla is already sounding the alarm on dirty tricks

Can you blame it?

Europe's Digital Markets Act, which goes into effect next year, will require that companies designated as gatekeepers provide users of most popular operating systems with browser choice screens that ask them to select a default browser.
VR headsets to shift 30 million units a year by 2027, vastly behind wearables

The eyes don't have it, but you're all ears

Analyst firm IDC has forecast strong growth for virtual reality headwear, but even stronger growth for more modest wearables, with the latter to vastly outsell the former for years to come.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Uncle Sam is this keen to keep US CHIPS funds out of China

Meanwhile, GlobalFoundries scores $3B DoD contract to fab chips for military, aerospace

The Biden Administration on Friday said it had finalized guardrails to ensure payouts from the $50 billion CHIPS Act don't flow into the hands of the Chinese or into any other country or company of concern.
Colleges snub Turnitin's AI-writing detector over fears it'll wrongly accuse students

By the time they graduate, employers will be making them use LLMs anyway

Some universities are opting out of using Turnitin-made software designed to detect whether text in essays and assignments submitted by students was written by AI.

Think Geek

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