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AMD uses Folding@home language for gaming physics Imprimer
Écrit par arcticstoat   

AMD / ATI is experimenting with using Stanford University's highly parallel, C-based Brook language for gaming physics. Brook is currently used to create the GPU client for the Folding@home project, and it's hardware-independent. Could this be a realistic alternative to PhysX or Havok? Read the full story here.

200,000 DVDs on a single disc ? Imprimer
Écrit par anonymous   

Imagine being able to put your entire DVD collection on a single disc. And not just your collection, but also that of your family, friends and neighbours ... the contents, in fact, of as many as 200,000 DVDs.

It sounds a stretch of imagination, but this is the aim of Professor Min Gu and his team at Swinburne University of Technology's Centre for Micro-Photonics.

They are three years into a fiveyear project that is looking at how nanotechnology — particularly the use of nanoscopic particles — can be used to exponentially increase the amount of information contained on a single disc.

The full story is available from the Swinburne Magazine

Java fully open-sourced 'by end of year' Imprimer
Écrit par Petricio   

Sun is to open-source the last closed-source parts of Java, a move that should make it possible to fully integrate the software into Linux distributions. Rich Sands, Sun's group manager for developer marketing, confirmed on Friday that Sun expects the work to be completed by the end of this year. Most of Java has already been opened up, barring a few elements that had been held back because Sun did not own the rights to them. These rights seem to have been renegotiated, or are being renegotiated — at the time of writing Sun had not given further details on this point.

Mis à jour / Last updated ( lundi, 28 avril 2008 06:11 )
No sex please, we're Amazonian Mollys Imprimer
Écrit par Smivs   

A fish species, which is all female, has survived for 70,000 years without reproducing sexually, experts believe. Scientists from the University of Edinburgh think the Amazon Molly may be employing special genetic survival "tricks" to avoid becoming extinct. The species, found in Texas and Mexico, interacts with males of other species to trigger its reproduction process. The offspring are clones of their mother and do not inherit any of the male's DNA. Dr Laurence Loewe, of the university's School of Biological Sciences, said: "What we have shown now is that this fish really has something special going on and that some special tricks exist to help this fish survive. "Maybe there is still occasional sex with strangers that keeps the species alive. Future research may give us some answers."

Mis à jour / Last updated ( lundi, 28 avril 2008 03:51 )
Hacked pumps give free gas Imprimer
Écrit par Dionysius, God of Wine and Leaf   

"Meanwhile, police are investigating an organized theft ring that used a never-before-seen device to hack gas station pumps and steal unlimited amounts of gasoline in Casselberry last week.

One of the operatives (got) out and used a computerized device to bypass the pumps so they could pump an unlimited amount of gas into the vehicles," Casselberry police Lt. Dennis Stewart said."

Mis à jour / Last updated ( vendredi, 25 avril 2008 06:11 )
Hacker Redirects Barack Obama's Site Imprimer
Écrit par DarkAges   

According to Paul Mutton of, "A security weakness in Barack Obama's website has been exploited to redirect visitors to Hillary Clinton's website. Visitors who viewed the Community Blogs section of the site were instead presented with Clinton's website as a result of a cross-site scripting vulnerability." The article closes with "While Mox states that the original issue has now been fixed, a number of similar vulnerabilities have since been identified and remain unfixed, and are documented on, which notes that such vulnerabilities open up opportunities to infect Obama's supporters and site visitors with malware, adware and spyware."

Linux is for unexperienced users according to ASUS Imprimer
Écrit par feranick   

ASUS will be soon launching the eeePC with the larger screen and the choice between Linux or Windows. While this is nothing new, reading the announcement one cannot miss to notice the target of each OS. Surprizingly, the Linux eeePC is targeted to unexperienced user, while MS Windows for those "experienced" Windows users.

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Time Warner now hijacking 404 results Imprimer
Écrit par Grendel_Prime   

Road Runner subscribers rejoice! No longer will you have to wonder why you're getting a 404 error — Time Warner decided recently (in the last few weeks or so as far as I can tell) to redirect page 404 errors to their own search page to tell you they could not find the website you were "searching" for.

Mis à jour / Last updated ( jeudi, 24 avril 2008 02:50 )
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MySQL Community Speaks up on Proprietary Add Ons Imprimer
Écrit par Anonymous   

There has been a flurry of posts from MySQL's open source developers on their thoughts around MySQL deciding to make proprietary extensions to the MySQL server. The "Monty" of MySQL has spoken out on his thoughts about Sun/MySQL adding proprietary features to MySQL. Brian Aker has also posted what he believes differentiates Open Source from Crippleware.

Undersea Cables That Were Cut: Iraqi Ship Held Imprimer
Écrit par Anonymous   
One ship from an Iraqi company is being held and two sailors have been arrested. DUBAI: The UAE authorities have released one of the two ships allegedly responsible for causing damage to an undersea cable network of Flag Telecom that had resulted in disruption of Internet services across India for two weeks.
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