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Comment Re:Also (Score 1) 187

This is why ray tracer demos love showing off spheres made of millions of polygons and so on. It is cheap to do. However turns out polygons aren't the only thing that matters for graphics.

The spheres would most likely be represented as an equation, not a soup of polygons. It's much more efficient (not to mention a whole lot easier) to raytrace. It's also infinitely precise, which is actually why a lot of people are more interested in raytracing than approximating things with polygons.

For instance, it's a heck of a lot easier to render isosurfaces in a raytracer than turning them into a big polygon soup and rasterizing that.

Comment Re:Doesn't help with all the older cards. (Score 1) 245

In my experience the open source ones were actually more stable than the closed source fglrx. Before AMD fixed their driver for Xorg 1.7 my Fedora 12 install was horribly buggy. Random lockups and screen corruption would happen at least once a day. The experimental radeon driver worked great though.

Nowadays fglrx runs fine on Fedora 12 but F13 is already out - I wonder how long it will take AMD to fix their driver this time...

Wine 1.2 Released 427

David Gerard writes "Stuck with that one Windows app you can't get rid of? Rejoice — Wine 1.2 is officially released! Apart from running pretty much any Windows application on Unix better than 1.0 (from 2008), major new features include 64-bit support, bi-directional text, and translation into thirty languages. And, of course, DirectX 9 is well-supported and DirectX 10 is getting better. Packages should hit the distros over the weekend, or you can get the source now."

Comment Re:Hyperbole (Score 5, Informative) 323

The reality of it is a lot worse than most people imagine. Instead of easily manageable, solid chunks of plastic it's in the form of tons of tiny particles. This makes cleanup extremely difficult as well as makes the plastic much more lethal to wildlife. Animals try to eat the colorful bits, mistaking them for natural food sources:

Cheap Cancer Drug Finally Tested In Humans 363

John Bayko writes "Mentioned on Slashdot a couple of years ago, the drug dichloroacetate (DCA) has finally finished its first clinical trial against brain tumors in humans. Drug companies weren't willing to test a drug they could not patent, so money was raised in the community through donations, auctions, and finally government support, but the study was still limited to five patients. It showed extremely positive results in four of them. This episode raises the question of what happens to all the money donated to Canadian and other cancer societies, and especially the billions spent buying merchandise with little pink ribbons on it, if not to actual cancer research like this."

Microsoft Clears MechWarrior4 Free Launch 131

Vamman writes "If you've been following the drama surrounding the free release of MechWarrior4, then you're probably aware that the initial announcement, made last summer, was a bit premature. Now, nearly a year since that announcement was made, MekTek Studios has announced that Microsoft Legal has given clearance for the free release of Mechwarrior4. This move by Microsoft Games couldn't come at a better time for the community, as the owners of MechWarrior are attempting a reboot of the franchise."

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