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+ - Ray tracing for gaming explored-> 3

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Vigile
Vigile writes "Ray tracing is still thought of as the 'holy grail' for real-time imagery but because of the intense amount of calculations required it has been plagued with long frame render times. This might soon change, at least according to an article from Daniel Pohl, a researcher at Intel. With upcoming many-core processors like Intel's Larrabee he believes that real-time ray tracing for games is much closer than originally thought thanks in large part to the efficiency it allows with spatial partitioning and reflections when compared to current rasterization techniques. Titles like Valve's Portal are analyzed to see how they could benefit from ray tracing technology and the article on PC Perspective concludes with the difficulties combing the two rendering techniques as well as a video of the technology in action."
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Music

+ - The God Father of Soul has passed on

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "He was an innovator, he was an emancipator, he was an originator. The master of Funk James Brown died today. His hit song: I'm Black and I'm Proud changed the way people looked at themselves, both black and white. The song showed that lyrics and music and a song can change society. Brown's Please, Please, Please is classic soul, and as imitated, as his records, with his twirls and spins and flowing cape. He'll be all over the news all over the world today. He would have it no other way.

Here's some links to help you really appreciate the man's genius:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3N2k1Gj2fU&mode=re lated&search= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4re_DvIXB9o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L6N5ciJ8DA&mode=re lated&search= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L6N5ciJ8DA&mode=re lated&search=

RIP James"

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James

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