Secret Code: Music Score May Lead To Nazi Gold

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Speaking on music, TV, and movies specifically, Valve has suggested that both SteamOS and Steam the software client you use on your Windows, Mac, or Linux machine today will be working with new media services soon. This set of services will likely converge on apps like Netflix and Hulu , while its possible Valve will be bringing on their own media additions to their already successful Steam Store for games. What youll find with Valves push this week is the word openness mentioned more than a few times. The company is all about making their own ability to be a platform that exists on multiple different systems to be a centerpiece of their campaign for gaming dominance. Just recently they announced Family Sharing , a system in which users are able to share the games theyve purchased with family members whilst keeping their own in-game accomplishments separate from the pack this system is also integrated in to SteamOS. Now with music, TV, and movies, its quite possible Steam will be running the whole system through their upcoming hardware bid. Theyve made clear that SteamOS will be available for download for free for prospective users and will be freely licensable as an operating system for manufacturers. This is just the first of three announcements, this SteamOS, so the following two are likely centering in on hardware and services therein. Theres nothing like a good launch of an operating system to get the world looking at the products youve already got on the market. Right now this means Steam Boxes several of which have already peeked their head up before SteamOS was revealed. Have a peek at the timeline below for more information on what Steam may be working with in the near future. Until later this week (less than 48 hours from the time this article is posted) when we get more info from Valve itself. Stay tuned! Story Timeline WASHINGTON (AP) House Republicans are far less ambitious this week in their demands for spending cuts to erase new debt issued to pay the government’s bills than they were during a budget battle two years ago. Associated Press QINGDAO, China (AP) China’s richest man plans to spend 50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) to build the country’s version of Hollywood in the northeastern city of Qingdao.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says one. “I can’t wait to see what they find down there,” says another. Behind it all is 51-year-old Leon Giesen, a Dutch filmmaker and musician with a tantalizing theory. He is convinced that Nazi treasure is languishing below Mittenwald’s roads — gold or diamonds, at the very least. The whole idea of Nazi gold has long held a grip on the public imagination, and as a former Nazi stronghold, Bavaria provides fertile soil for many an aspiring Indiana Jones. In 1944, with the Allies and the Soviet Army threatening to advance, it was here that Heinrich Himmler, one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany, planned to build an Alpine Fortress — a national redoubt where Nazi Germany would fight from until the end. And that’s not all. In April 1945, the Wehrmacht armed forces and officials of the Reichsbank approved a plan to store at least part of the reserves of the German Reichsbank at Einsiedl, a small town on the southwest shore of Lake Walchen. Much of these assets were handed over to the Allies, but around 100 gold bars, sacks of dollars and Swiss francs and possibly even more hoards went missing. ‘Like a Treasure Map’ Even though Giesen’s theory is an outlandish one by any standards, it has generated reams of publicity in his native Netherlands. It revolves around an annotated score of the “March Impromptu” by composer Gottfried Federlein. Legend has it that in the final days of World War II, Adolf Hitler’s private secretary Martin Bormann scribbled letters, figures and runes on the score that form a code giving the coordinates of the hidden Nazi treasure.

One Microsoft employee we talked to felt that the new SurfacePro 2 could pull five hours under heavy gaming. (With the new Power Cover, battery life will be extended to ten-plus hours.) A more formal review will settle the difference. What is clear, however, is that the Surface Pro 2 is definitely a gaming machine of some sort. Microsoft showed off World of Warcraft and Portal 2 running smoothlyyes, these games are several years old, but they do run, and well. A face-down Surface 2 shows off the new kickstand angle. Still, numbers generally dont lie. I slipped in a USB key with FutureMarks PCMark 7 suite (the Surface wont run a test or two in or more recent WorldBench 8 and 8.1 tests). We re-benchmarked the original Surface Pro (128 GB/4 GB RAM) and generated a score of 4,447. The new Surface Pro 2 (256 GB/8 GB RAM) returned a score of 4,888 using the identical benchmarkjust 9 percent better. Thats not earth-shattering, but we are talking about generational improvements from one set of integrated GPUs to the next. Since our tests are confined to x86 processors, we didnt benchmark the ARM processor-based Surface 2. It felt speedy enough, but thats a very basic impression.