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Nvidia Physics Engine Almost Complete 179 179

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."
The Internet

Journal: More BitTorrent Trackers Shut Down, Owners Cover Blown

Following a decision in the Amsterdam court which stated the Dutch torrent site Everlasting.nu facilitated copyright infringement, the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN has been using this momentum to make life difficult for other torrent sites. After getting Everlasting shut down and obtaining the administrators personal details, they moved to take down Demonoid . It didnt do much good - the site re
Google

Journal: Google Maps a Terrorist Tool

Abdul Kadir, one of the men accused of plotting to blow up facilities at JFK Airport, told his co-conspirators to get more more detailed images from Google Maps, according to court documents obtained by The Smoking Gun.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0604071google1.html.

Although U.S. authorities said they had averted an attack that could have resulted in unfathomable damage, deaths, and destruction, the plan was unlikely to have been successful.

Space

Journal: Who says there's nothing under Antarctica? 1 1

"IceCube is already the world's largest neutrino telescope although it is less than half-finished," Gaisser said. "Its purpose is to use neutrinos as a novel probe of high-energy astrophysical processes to reveal their inner workings, which are obscured for ordinary telescopes using light and other wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum."

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