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Comment Re:Obvious corollary (Score 1) 255

Sigh. In fact, herein lies another perfect example of co-discovery and/or "the wrong one gets the credit" [delete as appropriate], for although Edison always gets the credit for the light bulb, Joseph Swan actually filed a patent for it *months* before Edison, and even had the first house in the world lit by electric light ( Edison's patent in the US was for *a direct copy of the Swan light*, and his work was mostly based on improving Swan's invention (I know Wikipedia's not always the authoritative source on these things, but this chimes with other documentaries I've seen on the subject).

Wolfenstein Gets Ray Traced 184

An anonymous reader writes "After showcasing Quake Wars: Ray Traced a few years ago, Intel is now showing their latest graphics research project using Wolfenstein game content. The new and cool special effects are actually displayed on a laptop using a cloud-based gaming approach with servers that have an Intel Knights Ferry card (many-core) inside. Their blog post has a video and screenshots."

Comment Re:Yes. (Score 1) 291

The iPad is simply a piece of consumer electronics, it is not what we would consider a true PC. As such, it doesn't matter if it's not open, can't run random application "x" or whatever, in the same way as I don't mind that my Logitech Squeezebox isn't a SatNav or my microwave oven can't show TV pictures (even though it looks like it could). I would never buy an iPad at the current price, but I might buy one if it ever got down to ~$200, just to leave lying around the lounge for some casual browsing or game play, even though I would prefer to be able to install whatever applications I wanted. I would *never* buy one to replace my laptop or desktop - these are where I code and hack about and edit photos by the thousand - something that the iPad is never going to be good for. Netbooks are cute 'n' all, and are generally an improvement over the ipad in someways, given a real keyboard and software open-ness, but they still wouldn't fulfill my needs for many of the things I do. If I really had to choose out of the two, a netbook would win for various reasons, but if I had enough cash to burn there would be a place for all of these different devices. Horses for courses.

Comment Re:online lectures, not books (Score 1) 468

So, I think the Governor should re-examine the issue and maybe get rid of schools but keep the books. I am not kidding.

Ah yes, great idea - because isolating an entire generation in their own rooms [ok, more than usual], with no real human contact, will really help to foster sociability and reinforce social cohesion. "Other humans: yes, we've heard of them..."

Comment Re:Well, what about SMTP? (Score 1) 350

On the face of it, no they can't... in just the same way that Norway wasn't "encouraged" to go after 'DVD' Jon, or the Brits didn't turn a blind eye to CIA flights, or the way Europe doesn't go after infringers of US copyrights. In fact, if they don't do it already I bet it'll provide them with a great scapegoat: the EU can say that they implemented biometric passports because the US "told them to", the US can now sweep aside resistance to data retention there because the "EU told them to". Governments love it when it's someone else's fault...

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