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Submission + - Curious NASA Pre-Announcement (nasa.gov) 2

CrtxReavr writes: 'NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.'

Submission + - Apple backs off DMCA threats against wiki

netbuzz writes: "A wiki operator who was pressured by Apple's legal team into removing anonymous discussions about circumventing the company's music-playback software for iPods and iPhones says he is relieved that Apple has backed off and he'll be able to restore the disputed material. Apple dropped its claims of copyright and DMCA violation against BluWiki only under legal pressure of its own in the form of a lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Submission + - 800 TFLOP real-time ray tracing GPU unveiled (arstechnica.com)

wjousts writes: Ars Technica are reporting on a new real-time ray-tracing (RTRT) system that gangs together nine, 73-core chips into a single system that fits inside a desktop computer form factor.

"The new chip, which is being jointly developed with Toyota and Unisys, is aimed at the auto industry, where designers will use it to prototype body designs and paint combinations. "

Unfortunately, it's unlikely that it will ever make it in to your gaming rig.


Submission + - Lenovo Software Update Stealthily Installs Adware

An anonymous reader writes: A recent Lenovo automatic software update has the great feature of displaying annoying pop-up ads for Lenovo products. Whats worse, it appears that many users are unable to turn the advertisement "feature" off, subjecting them to pop-ups every couple of hours. Gee guys, a note about your 20% off sale in my e-mail wouldn't have bothered me that much, but you really had to pop up over top of my powerpoint slides? I'm sure that all of my office colleagues will be running to order ThinkPads...

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