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Comment Where's raytracing at now? (Score -1) 82

I don't keep up much on the advancement of video cards and graphics processing but I recall several months ago (perhaps almost a year?) that raytracing was trying to get traction again as a viable rendering technology for computer games. And now lately I've also been hearing a lot of about how fast graphics cards have become and how many cores they have.

With all this in mind, how close are we to having games being rendered via raytracing? Is it still not possible even with all the hardware available now?


Submission + - Ebay Cancels NanoSolar's PV Panel Auction (

Sledhead writes: "we had put up panel #2 for auction on eBay:". "The eBay auction started at 99 cents and quickly reached more than $13,000.00, and there was still more than 6 days left. At the point where it became clear that the auction would reach thousands of dollars, we decided it would be appropriate to use the proceeds after the auction for a charitable purpose. We regret that without warning eBay today decided to delete our auction due to the promised charitable use of the proceeds."

Submission + - Malaysia Trying New Form of Censorship (

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Malaysia is now using a new form of press censorship: forbidding the use of certain words by non-Muslims. The Herald, a Catholic newspaper, has been told that their license to publish will be revoked if they don't stop printing the words Allah (God; YHWH to be specific), solat (prayer), Kaabah (that mosque in Mecca), and baitullah (a house of God). The authorities are concerned that if they use these words, it might confuse people into thinking these Ahl al-Kitâb worship the same God that Muslims do."

Submission + - RED Digital Cinema Delivers 100th 4K Movie Camera

plowboylifestyle writes: For the past 3 months startup company RED Digital Cinema, founded by Oakley founder and billionaire Jim Jannard, has been shipping and beta-testing their flagship product the RED One camera. The camera has been rocking the world of cinematography since director Peter Jackson used a prototype system last spring to shoot his short film "Crossing the Line". Their system uses a single CMOS sensor that records a Bayer pattern image 4096 pixels wide at 12bits per sample similar to a modern digital still cameras. The sensor size matches a 35mm film gate making the camera compatible with current cinematography optics. The image is compressed prior to debayering using a wavelet compression codec and streamed to various digital mediums. For the past year RED has maintained an open design strategy, soliciting input from prospective customers and communicating primarily through a web forum. The price point of the camera body is under twenty thousand placing it between one fifth and one tenth of its competition and making it affordable for independant filmmakers. It is currently in use by directors Steven Soderbergh and Timur Bekmambetov.

Submission + - First sub-meter resolution images from WV-1 (

Qhue writes: "Digital Globe has published their first panchromatic images from their new World View-1 satellite launched back in September 2007. Images of Houston Texas, Yokahama Japan, and Addis Ababa Ethiopia demonstrate the instrument's ability to gather images from space at double the resolution of its predecessor. Many will recognize Digital Globe from the high resolution images seen on Google Earth and Google Maps. One can only hope that it wont be too terribly long before such gorgeous images start trickling out to the public."

Submission + - New Nuclear Powered Spaceship Design Revealed (

Iddo Genuth writes: "A U.S. based company introduced an innovative propulsion system that could significantly shorten round trips from Earth to Mars (from two years to only six months) and enable future spaceships to reach Jupiter after one year of space traveling. The system, which may dramatically affect interplanetary space travel is called the Miniature Magnetic Orion (Mini-Mag Orion for short), and is an optimization of the 1958 Orion interplanetary propulsion concept."

Submission + - No consensus view on man-made global warming? (

ArcherB writes: DailyTech took a look at peer reviewed scientific papers to see if there really was a consensus view, concerning whether humans were having at least some effect on global climate change.

Of 528 total papers on climate change, only 38 (7%) gave an explicit endorsement of the consensus. If one considers "implicit" endorsement (accepting the consensus without explicit statement), the figure rises to 45%. However, while only 32 papers (6%) reject the consensus outright, the largest category (48%) are neutral papers, refusing to either accept or reject the hypothesis. This is no "consensus."
and goes on to say

Schulte's survey contradicts the United Nation IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report (2007), which gave a figure of "90% likely" man was having an impact on world temperatures. But does the IPCC represent a consensus view of world scientists? Despite media claims of "thousands of scientists" involved in the report, the actual text is written by a much smaller number of "lead authors." The introductory "Summary for Policymakers" — the only portion usually quoted in the media — is written not by scientists at all, but by politicians, and approved, word-by-word, by political representatives from member nations. By IPCC policy, the individual report chapters — the only text actually written by scientists — are edited to "ensure compliance" with the summary, which is typically published months before the actual report itself.


Submission + - 2GB AMD/ATI R600-Based Graphics Card Emerges (

MojoKid writes: "Images have emerged of the first ATI R600-based graphics card to sport 2GB of frame buffer memory. The Diamond Multimedia VFX 2000 shown here is based on AMD's ATI R600 GPU, but the card's PCB has been modified from the standard HD 2900 XT reference design to support the workstation-class features inherent to the FireGL line of professional graphics cards. GPU and RAM frequencies were not available, but the VFX 2000 will likely be similar to ATI's high-end FireGL V8650."
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Submission + - NJ teen unlocks iPhone from AT&T network (

splatter writes: A teenager in New Jersey has broken the lock that ties Apple's iPhone to AT&T's wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones. George Hotz, 17, confirmed Friday that he had unlocked an iPhone and was using it on T-Mobile's network, the only major U.S. carrier apart from AT&T that is compatible with the iPhone's cellular technology. The hack, which Hotz posted Thursday to his blog, is complicated and requires skill with both soldering and software.The modification leaves the iPhone's many functions, including a built-in camera and the ability to access Wi-Fi networks, intact. The only thing that won't work is the "visual voicemail" feature. what you need: ed.html Hotz' blog: 2nd one's on sale on ebay: =230164884672

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