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Sci-Fi

Submission + - How often is science fiction right? (io9.com) 1

kaapstorm writes: Six scientists discuss sci-fi in which the fiction's prophetic hammer gets closest to the head of their particular scientific nail. Subjects range from weapons and AI through time travel to evo-psych.
AMD

Submission + - Breaking : ARM Enters Laptop Market (itproportal.com)

siliconbits writes: ARM's starting to look A LOT like AMD.... ITProPortal writes that "ARM has just announced a partnership with a Chinese company to produce 40nm SoC chips for netbooks, laptops and computers. The SoC uses a 2Ghz dual core Cortex A9 processor and consumes around 2w. The first products will be demoed at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. "
GNU is Not Unix

FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go 482

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "The Free Software Foundation has discovered that an application currently distributed in Apple's App Store is a port of GNU Go. This makes it a GPL violation, because Apple controls distribution of all such programs through the iTunes Store Terms of Service, which is incompatible with section 6 of the GPLv2. It's an unusual enforcement action, though, because they don't want Apple to just make the app disappear, they want Apple to grant its users the full freedoms offered by the GPL. Accordingly, they haven't sued or sent any legal threats and are instead in talks with Apple about how they can offer their users the GPLed software legally, which is difficult because it's not possible to grant users all the freedoms they're entitled to and still comply with Apple's restrictive licensing terms."
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Are consoles holding back PC gaming? (pcauthority.com.au) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Despite all the excitement over Nvidia's upcoming Fermi GPU, there is still a distinct lack of DirectX 11 games on the market. This article points out that despite the fact the PC has returned to favour as a gaming platform, consoles are still the target for most developers, and still provide the major limitations on the technological sophistication of game graphics. Inside the Xbox 360 sits an ATI Xenos graphics chip, a DirectX 9c based chip that bears similarity to the Radeon X1900 series of graphics cards (cards whose age means that they aren't even officially supported in Windows 7). Therein lies the rub. With the majority of PC games now starting life as console titles, games are still targeted at five year old DirectX 9 hardware.

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