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DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP) 370

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the speaking-directly-to-you dept.
gr8_phk writes "As reported over at Phoronix, the Direct X 11 API now has an open source implementation on top of Gallium3d which should ease porting of games to Linux with or without Wine. While still in its infancy, you can see where this is heading. All this while Microsoft hasn't offered DX11 for their own aging WindowsXP. Could it be that Linux may soon support this Microsoft API better than Microsoft itself?"

Comment: Re:Where is the e-Library? (Score 1) 82

by great om (#30678790) Attached to: More On enTourage's Dual-screen E-Book Reader

my library (the new york public library) has thousands of ebooks. Most are currently in PDF format, but ePub is becoming very common (the PDFs are ok to use, the epubs are just like the purchased books from the Sony store). My wife uses her the nypl.org website to download them to her sony reader. They do not work (as far as I am aware) on the kindle, but are supposed to work in the nook as well. Its super convenient. The books expire in something like 20-21 days. The biggest snafu is that they only can lend out $num of copies at a time, but you can 'reserve' them like regular books. I'm thinking of getting the nook once it becomes widely available, because of the ease of the whole system.

Additionally, most larger library systems will allow out of area residents to purchase a membership for the use of materials. I think the NYPL charges $100 for the privilege, which may or may not be worth it depending on what one likes to read and how much.

Government

Text Comments Out In YouTube "National Discussion" of Health Care 287

Posted by timothy
from the you-could-always-talk-with-your-friends-and-neighbors dept.
theodp writes "While the White House has invited the nation to Join the National Online Discussion on Health Care Reform, it is currently only accepting 20-30 second YouTube video responses — text comments have been disabled. Which raises a question: Should a video camera be the price of admission for participating in an open government discussion, especially when issues may hit those with lower incomes the hardest? BTW, the response-to-date has been underwhelming — 101 video responses and counting — and is certainly a mixed-bag, including a one-finger salute, a talking butt, a woman "Showing my Apples", and other off-topic rants and unrelated videos."
Medicine

Mayo Clinic Reports Dramatic Outcomes In Prostate Cancer Treatment 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the turns-out-the-tumor-was-his-sled dept.
Zorglub writes "Two prostate cancer patients who had been told their condition was inoperable are now cancer-free as the result of an experimental therapy, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester announced Friday. 'Cancer has a propensity for turning off T cells. Dr. Allison hypothesized that if you block the off-switch, T cells will stay turned on and create a prolonged immune response. Dr. Kwon, then at NIH, demonstrated that CTLA-4 blockage could be used to treat aggressive forms of prostate cancer in mice. There was one limitation to that concept — the worry that by simply leaving all the T cells on there may not be enough response aimed at the tumor. Dr. Kwon called Dr. Allison and designed the trial together. The idea: use androgen ablation or hormone therapy to ignite an immune approach — a pilot light — and then, after a short interval of hormone therapy, introduce an anti-CTLA-4 antibody that acts like gasoline to this pilot light and overwhelms the cancer cells.' After the treatment, the patients' tumors shrunk to such a degree that they could be successfully removed."

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter if it starts out bad (Score 1) 474

by great om (#26225031) Attached to: ACM Urges Obama To Include CS In K-12 Core

to a certain extent, I think you are correct. That being said as an "Information Scientist" of sorts (cough *MLIS*), there is a certain amount of 'real' science going on in both fields, by which i mean, rather than inventing new tools, or refining them, research is actually being done on new theories, which will, indeed, turn into new or improved tools.

After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.

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