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 Wednesday, 11-April-2007  19:31:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's an interesting thread in our Science forum about Nuclear Power. So i'm writing an essay/paper/whatever in which i've worked systematically through Caldicott's book, and had a go at scientifically debunking it, and i'd like to share that with you all.

Apparently the full game Cellfactor: Revolution wil be available for free on the PC on May 8th. With a PhysX processor, CellFactor: Revolution will not only look way more beautiful, but will run significantly faster. You’ll also experience convincing lava, huge cloth banners and spider webs hanging from walls. These objects react to the player’s actions in realistic ways, toxic fluids can be used, radioactive suits moves like real cloth and there are tons of cool explosion effects, etc. In software mode, the game will still function and be fun, but some of the fluid and cloth effects cannot be replicated in the same way without the PhysX processor.

GearLive have a video episode exploring the AMD Performance Testing Lab. Once inside and sure that our lives were safe, we spoke with Mark Welker about how AMD tests their chip technologies across different platforms, software, and games. He talks to us about benchmarks, what they mean in the real world, and how they can be gamed to show what you want them to show.

Those of you who watch the Indy 500 could be seeing a Linux-sponsored race car soon. Bob knows an opportunity when he sees one. Being a native of Indianapolis Indiana and an avid fan of Indy-style racing, Bob has seen first-hand the impact that sponsorship can have on a product or service.

Apparently the security problems with next-generation DVDs have been fixed with a patch, thanks Michael. New high-definition DVDs will include updated keys and instructions for older versions of the PC-playback software not to play discs until the software patch has been installed. Corel has told users of its software that failure to download the free patch will disable the ability to play high-definition DVDs.

Here's an interesting project to convert an iPod from HDD to flash memory. I mean, eliminating all moving parts out of our current iPods would be great, wouldn’t it?

Bit-Tech take a look at gaming on Linux. While not all games work natively under Linux, there are a lot that do, either natively or through publisher ports. Among those are Enemy Territory, Doom3, Quake 1, 2, 3 & 4, Soldier of Fortune, Tribes 2, Unreal Tournament (1999), 2004 & 2004, America's Army...and the list goes on.



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