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Graphics

+ - Carmack speaks on ray tracing, future id engines->

Submitted by Vigile
Vigile (99919) writes "As a matter of principle, when legendary game programmer John Carmack speaks, the entire industry listens. In a recent interview he comments on a multitude of topics starting with information about Intel, their ray tracing research and upcoming Larrabee GPU. Carmack seems to think that Intel's direction using traditional ray tracing methods is not going to work and instead theorizes that using ray casting to traverse a new data structure he is developing is the best course of action. The "sparse voxel octree" that Carmack discusses would allow for "unique geometry down to the equivalent of the texel across everything." He goes on to discuss other topics like the hardware necessary to efficiently process his new data structure, translation to consoles, multi-GPU PC gaming and even the world of hardware physics."
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The Internet

+ - Pirate Bay earns 20,000 Euros a day-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "controverisal pro-piracy website the piratebay likes to portray itself as an innocent hobby site that provides a free index without censorship, but recent facts show that the site is earning up to 20,000 Euros per day from its advertising. Taking in money on this scale puts a different slant on the motives behind the Swedish filesharing site, and could open up the runners of the site to prosecution for profiting from copyright infringement."
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Security

+ - Skip a security check, get suspended

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numatrix
numatrix writes "Network Computing has a piece about a University of Portland student who was suspended for writing a program to bypass the Cisco Clean Access NAC system on campus. Apparently this incredibly dangerous activity is a Patriot Act violation. Or, at least, it is if you believe the letters being sent out by the administration at UP who seem to be confusing "skipping security checks" with "hack into a licensed product"."
Operating Systems

+ - Is it time to try Linux again?

Submitted by Last_Available_Usern
Last_Available_Usern (756093) writes "I've been using and supporting Microsoft OS's and products for most of my working life, but like most techies, I've always been drawn by new alternatives. About 8 years ago my then boss wanted to explore the feasability of using Linux as a low cost alternative to our small business customers. I was tasked with getting it up and running and seeing how it worked. I muddled my way through getting Redhat installed, Samba functioning, and even handshaking credentials with our NT network and it's clients. I of course found it clumsy, but was still impressed with some of what it offered. I'm sure I'm not the only one that has dabbled with it in the past, and then crawled back to their comfort zone though.

My question is this: How far has Linux come in the last 8-10 years? The new Ubuntu distro looks neat, along with several other offerings. What do folks like myself who experimented with it in the past have to look forward to nowadays? Is it worth reexamining?"
PlayStation (Games)

+ - UK gamers charged more for inferior PS3

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twofish
twofish writes "According to the Daily Telegraph Sony has said today that the European version of PlayStation 3 will play fewer PlayStation 2 games when it launches on March 23 compared with models launched earlier in Japan and America. "The backwards compatibility is not going to be as good as the U.S. and Japan models," a Sony spokesman said. Like Microsoft, Sony seems to not have a working currency converter either and the PS3 will also be £100 more than the US version."
Security

+ - eBay hacker keeps busting through site's back door

Submitted by pacopico
pacopico (802691) writes "A hacker specializing in eBay cracks has once again managed to masquerade as a company official on the site's message boards, according to this story on The Register. A company spokesman denies that "Vladuz's" repeated assaults on eBay point to a larger problem with the site's security. Of course, eBay two days ago claimed to have found a way to block Vladuz altogether, only to see him pop up again. Is eBay Vladuz the online version of the Exxon Valdez?"
The Courts

Politicians Wising up on Game Legislation? 66

Posted by Zonk
from the we-can-only-hope dept.
Blackjack writes "Ars Technica looks at recent failures to pass laws regulating the sales of violent video games. They ask whether politicians are finally wising up to First Amendment issues and the costs associated with lawsuits resulting from the laws. Recent attempts to pass video game legislation in Mississippi, Utah, and Indiana have either failed or been put on indefinite hold. 'Now, state lawmakers are more cognizant of the constitutionality issues at stake. The judicial landscape is littered with the charred husks of laws passed by Illinois, Washington, Michigan, California, Louisiana, and others. All of them tried in some way or another to regulate the sale of violent video games to children, and all of them were struck down on First Amendment grounds.'"
Censorship

+ - Egyptian blogger sentenced to 4 years in prison

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An anonymous reader writes "22-year old Egyptian blogger and former law student Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman (aka Kareem Amer) was sentenced by an Egyptian court on Thursday to 4 years in prison, three years for "disparaging religion" and a fourth one added for "defaming the president." Amer, whose blog is still online, has become a cause celebre for human rights activists in Egypt and around the Arab world, who have set up a "Free Kareem!" campaign calling for his release online. Amer's case is interesting in that almost everything, from the crime itself to those rallying to Amer's aid, has been conducted in large part over the Internet. At one point, the legal defense team even tried to force the court to bring in a computer expert who could testify that the blog was hosted outside of Egypt and therefore out of the court's jurisdiction. While for an increasing number of individuals like Amer, blogging has become another form of regulated expression, it is also "an essential communication strategy for many frustrated Arabs who use blogging as a tool to promote democratization," as this editorial by one of the leaders of the "Free Kareem!" campaign claims."
Privacy

Canadian Border Tightens Due to Info Sharing 448

Posted by Zonk
from the helpful-tech-making-life-more-annoying dept.
blu3 b0y writes "The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that new information sharing agreements have made it as easy for a Canadian border officer to know the full criminal records of US citizens as it is for their local police. As a result, Canadian officials are turning away American visitors for ancient minor convictions, including 30-year-old shoplifting and minor drug possession convictions. Officials claim it's always been illegal to enter Canada with such convictions without getting special dispensation, they just had no good way of knowing about them until recent security agreements allowed access. One attorney speculates it's not long before this information will be shared with other countries as well, causing immigration hassles worldwide."

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