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Comment: Re:When do we get these affordable laptops? (Score 1) 393

by swdunlop (#22604902) Attached to: Sony Says Eee PC Signals "Race To the Bottom"
Here we come to the argument, again, that what Eee PC users really like is the balance of size, durability and cost. I love having a laptop that is cheap enough that I don't get nervous about leaving in the car, portable enough that I don't debate whether I want to carry it with me, and durable enough that I don't have to keep it cocooned in foam to protect it from casual bumps.
Graphics

+ - Ray tracing for gaming explored-> 3

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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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+ - Godwin's Law De-bunked?

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crush
crush writes "Mitch Frazier, the Linux Journal sysadmin, decided to test Godwin's Law using the LJ comment database. His results appear to show that the null hypothesis that thread length should not be positively correlated with mentions of Hitler is not disproved. Discuss (without drawing analogies to National Socialists!)"
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"

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