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Graphics

Nvidia Physics Engine Almost Complete 179

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the close-only-counts-in-horseshoes-and-hand-grenades dept.
Nvidia has stated that their translation of Ageia's physics engine to CUDA is almost complete. To showcase the capabilities of the new tech Nvidia ran a particle demonstration similar to Intel's Nehalem demo, at ten times the speed. "While Intel's Nehalem demo had 50,000-60,000 particles and ran at 15-20 fps (without a GPU), the particle demo on a GeForce 9800 card resulted in 300 fps. In the very likely event that Nvidia's next-gen parts (G100: GT100/200) will double their shader units, this number could top 600 fps, meaning that Nehalem at 2.53 GHz is lagging 20-40x behind 2006/2007/2008 high-end GPU hardware. However, you can't ignore the fact that Nehalem in fact can run physics."
Space

Journal: Dazzling image captures violent birth of stars

Journal by slayermet420
CNN is reporting about the amazing new image captured by the Hubble telescope. The image, released by NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, is more than 50 light years wide. It shows the chaotic Carina Nebula, through the birth and death of stars. It really is an amazing picture, available directly
Windows

Journal: Sudo for Windows

Journal by robin850
Bring *nix security to Windows! Stop running Windows as "administrator" or even "power user", but yet have the ability to run needed programs with elevated rights. Sudo for Windows. Finally, a way to operate Windows in a "mostly" secure manner. This project allows running as a restricted user but permits running a predefined list of programs with elevated rights. sudowin.sourceforge.net
User Journal

Journal: Screwed Via Small Print 3

Journal by gbulmash
Seems that EULA's aren't the only places companies try to screw you. A big source of consumer losses are sites that autorenew subscriptions. They get you signed up and then a month or a year later, after you've forgotten about them, the charge shows up on your credit card or PayPal account. This isn't just porn sites, but sites that seem otherwise legitimate. Some understand that the fight over the refund and the angry ex-customer aren't worth the hassle and will process the cancellation of
Power

Journal: Ethanol And Brazil: The New Global Energy Brand?

Journal by blue234
When it comes to energy, Brazil is on its way to becoming a "global brand." Although the United States recently outpaced Brazil in ethanol production, Brazil is by far the leader in sugar-based ethanol. Its exports are growing, and it could become a major energy supplier to the world. But what Brazil is particularly known for is its grand conversion-moving almost 40 percent of its automotive fuel from gasoline to ethanol.
User Journal

Journal: What is your favorite 20th-century OS? 1

Journal by davidwr

What is your favorite 20th-century OS version or distribution? Mainframe OSes are fair game.

The main rule is has to be officially unsupported as of January 1, 2000. Rule #2 is you had to actually USE it at least once. No "I heard the Amiga was cool."

I like the Commodore 64 and MacOS 2.0.

Media

Journal: Organizing Video amongst multiple formats

Journal by Powertrip
With my media collection growing as fast as the latest hard-drives, my organizational structure for all my movies and videos is lacking. I am finding that many of my movie files end up being converted to another format to fit my iPod, down-sample them so I can stream them or use on my laptop, or create a new version for the Apple TV. I seem to have 2 to 3 versions of these files now, and my organizational structure is non-existent at best. How does everyone else cope with all the different vi
Google

Journal: Google Summer of Code 2007 Accepted Projects Listed

Journal by quadra23
The Google Summer of Code website now provides a full list of the projects accepted for Summer of Code 2007. Organizations have a varying number of accepted slots ranging from about 3 projects up to 10 or more for some of the larger organizations. Lets hold a congratulations for all the accepted applicants and best wishes for successful project completions.
Education

Journal: Everyone has Something to Teach on WiZiQ

Journal by JPannu
WiZiQ is a new age online education platform, which empowers teachers to break the barrier of distance. Tutors can globally connect to students who want to learn online, from the comfort of their homes; students can learn and tutors can teach online from anywhere.

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