NVIDIA is expected to detail its RTX technology on Monday, a culmination of a decade’s worth of work for achieving real-time cinematic rendering. The company will also be demonstrating Ray Tracing for Gameworks, which “enables real-time Area Shadows, Glossy Reflections, and Ambient Occlusion.” Major game engines such as Unreal, Unity, and Frostbite have already stated their support for the new API, which was created in partnership with Microsoft.
Source: [H]ardOCP – NVIDIA to Announce RTX Technology Next Week
Amazon has made a big hire for its secret health care division internally known as 1492, according to CNBC: FDA’s first chief health informatics officer Taha Kass-Hout. The e-commerce giant reportedly brought him on board to work under former Google…
Source: Engadget – Amazon hires former FDA exec for secret health care team
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Benjamin D. Morrison of Beaver Dam Wisconsin was killed on March 5 while synthesizing explosives in his apartment… The accident has left the apartment building so contaminated that it will be demolished in a controlled burn, and residents are not being allowed in to retrieve any of their belongings.
It was just five years ago that Morrison graduated from Pensacola Christian College in Florida with a degree in pre-pharmacy and minors in chemistry and math. Though a local reverend believes 28-year-old Morrison was “not a bomb maker,” USA Today’s site FDL Reporter notes that “Officials assume he was making bombs that accidentally exploded and killed him… They have not publicly disclosed what chemicals were in apartment 11 where Morrow lived, only describing them as ‘extremely volatile and unstable explosives.'”
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Source: Slashdot – DIY Explosives Experimenter Blows Self Up, Contaminates Building
The 95-year-old Stan Lee has had an eventful few months, with reports of his finances in disarray, possible elder abuse, and accusations of sexual harassment on the part of the man himself.
Source: Gizmodo – In an Odd Turn of Events, an NFL Legend Rescued Stan Lee’s Dog
During a trip to Dublin a few years ago I befriended a group of older Irish women at a bar one afternoon, as one does. At some point during the conversation, it came out that I had never had a true Irish coffee. Seconds later they made sure I had one in my hand and I was hooked.
Source: LifeHacker – How to Make an Authentic Irish Coffee
The death toll from the collapse of a pedestrian bridge over a road at Miami’s Florida International University on March 15th has risen to at least six, with the university admitting on Saturday that one of the project engineers had waved off concerns over a crack just hours before.
Source: Gizmodo – Report: Engineer Told Officials Not to Worry About Crack in Miami Bridge Just Hours Before Collapse
Bandai Namco announced this week that The Witcher’s Geralt would be playable as a guest character in Soul Calibur VI. The developer collaborated with CD Projekt Red extensively to ensure that his model, animations, and weapons were faithfully recreated. He’ll even be featured on the cover.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Geralt of Rivia Joins Soul Calibur VI
Nectome is a startup tasked with archiving the human brain and its memories: the hope is that one day, technology will advance to a point where people can be immortalized by having their thoughts and experiences uploaded to the cloud. Unfortunately, the process not only requires a $10,000 deposit, but euthanasia.
Nectome’s storage service is not yet for sale and may not be for several years. Also still lacking is evidence that memories can be found in dead tissue. But the company has found a way to test the market. Following the example of electric-vehicle maker Tesla, it is sizing up demand by inviting prospective customers to join a waiting list for a deposit of $10,000, fully refundable if you change your mind.
Source: [H]ardOCP – A Startup Is Pitching a Mind-Uploading Service That Is “100 Percent Fatal”
It’s safe to say that, when a video game that counts Drake among its fans has breakfast TV shows around the world discussing its effect on younger players, it has truly made it. No, we’re not talking about Grand Theft Auto, but Fortnite, Epic Games’…
Source: Engadget – The rise and rise (and rise) of ’Fortnite’
The newly-relaunched Linux Journal is conducting its annual “Reader’s Choice Awards,” and this month announced the winners for Best Text Editor, Best Laptop, and Best Domain Registrar. Vim was chosen as the best editor by 35% of respondents, handily beating GNU Emacs (19%) Sublime Text (10%) and Atom (8%).
Readers’ Choice winner Vim is an extremely powerful editor with a user interface based on Bill Joy’s 40-plus-year-old vi, but with many improved-upon features including extensive customization with key mappings and plugins. Linux Journal reader David Harrison points out another great thing about Vim “is that it’s basically everywhere. It’s available on every major platform.”
For best laptop their readers picked Lenovo (32%), followed by Dell (25%) and System76 (11%).
The ThinkPad began life at IBM, but in 2005, it was purchased by Lenovo along with the rest of IBM’s PC business. Lenovo evolved the line, and today the company is well known as a geek favorite. Lenovo’s ThinkPads are quiet, fast and arguably have one of the best keyboards (fighting words!). Linux Journal readers say Lenovo’s Linux support is excellent, leaving many to ponder why the company doesn’t ship laptops with Linux installed.
In February readers also voted on the best web browser, choosing Firefox (57%) over Chrome (17%) and Chromium (7%). And they also voted on the best Linux distribution, ultimately selecting Debian (33%), open SUSE (12%), and Fedora (11%).
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Source: Slashdot – Vim Beats Emacs in ‘Linux Journal’ Reader Survey
The House of Representatives’ investigation into Russia’s election interference may have ended, but Democrats are still discussing what they’d like to do if and when they regain a House majority — and it could have significant repercussions for the…
Source: Engadget – Democrats aim to subpoena Apple, Twitter over private chats
Developer Cyan Worlds has announced that updated versions of every game in the Myst franchise will be released for Windows 10 sometime this year. A physical package that bundles all of the games is being planned for the bigger fans and collectors out there.
Over the last few years we’ve been working to procure the rights to make all of the Myst games available. As an indie developer, resources are limited for development, and acquiring rights isn’t always an option. But we managed to finally talk to all the right people and departments and put some funding together to try to make it happen.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Myst Developer Re-releasing Entire Franchise on PC Later This Year
A newly published patent application from Apple describes a “keyless keyboard” in the works, which could offer the flexibility (customization) of a touch-screen, virtual keyboard, but with tactile response. Some iterations of the device depict what is essentially a keyboard-shaped display outfitted with force sensors and a haptic board.
Because the keyboard doesn’t have mechanical keys, the keyboard may provide numerous other features and functions beyond mere keyboard input. For example, the keyboard may include an adaptive display to render visual information, such as an outline of an input region (e.g., representing a key) and an indication of its function (e.g., a glyph).
Source: [H]ardOCP – Apple Invents Keyless Keyboards for Macs and iPad Pro
If you purchased the first version of Sony’s PlayStation 3, then you might be entitled to some cash.
Source: LifeHacker – If You Ever Owned a PS3, Sony Might Owe You
Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein believes YouTube’s plan to combat conspiracy videos with “information cues” is “likely doomed to be almost entirely ineffective.”
The kind of viewers who are going to believe these kinds of false conspiracy videos are almost certainly going to say that the associated Wikipedia articles are wrong, that they’re planted lies… Not helping matters at all is that Wikipedia’s reputation for accuracy — never all that good — has been plunging in recent years, sometimes resulting in embarrassing Knowledge Panel errors for Google in search results…
The key to avoiding the contamination…is to minimize their visibility in the YouTube/Google ecosystem in the first place… Not only should they be prevented from ever getting into the trending lists, they should be deranked, demonetized, and excised from the YouTube recommended video system. They should be immediately removed from YouTube entirely if they contain specific attacks against individuals or other violations of the YouTube Terms of Service and/or Community Guidelines. These actions must be taken as rapidly as possible with appropriate due diligence, before these videos are able to do even more damage to innocent parties.
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Source: Slashdot – ‘Why YouTube’s New Plan to Debunk Conspiracy Videos Won’t Work’
The AMD developers working on their official cross-platform “AMDVLK” Vulkan driver have updated their open-source code-base for Linux users…
Source: Phoronix – AMDVLK Vulkan Driver Updated With Improvements For Sub-Groups & Multi-View
Microsoft has established a new cloud gaming division, leading many to believe that game streaming is coming to Xbox in a service comparable to Netflix. Division chief Kareem Choudhry is optimistic enough to suggest that it could go beyond the Xbox brand and incorporate games from competing consoles, despite Sony and Nintendo’s probable averseness to the idea.
“We’re looking at ways to make that content available to anyone no matter what device they’re on,” Microsoft gaming cloud division chief Kareem Choudhry said in the interview. He told the tech news site that there will eventually be “2 billion gamers in the world” and Microsoft’s goal “is to reach every one of them.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – Microsoft Is Working on a Netflix for Video Games
WRAL is reporting on a number of unique warrants out of Raleigh, North Carolina, in which police requested (and were subsequently granted) data from all mobile devices in the surrounding area of a crime scene. Traditionally, police must find a suspect first before searching their data, but now, the opposite is occuring.
“We are willingly sharing an awful lot of our lives with Google,” said Jonathan Jones, a former Durham prosecutor who directs the North Carolina Open Government Coalition at Elon University. “But do people understand that in sharing that information with Google, they’re also potentially sharing it with law enforcement?”
Source: [H]ardOCP – To Find Suspects, Police Quietly Turn to Google
Lyft and Waymo might not be the only ridesharing companies developing self-driving technology with hopes of making it available to others. Nikkei has claimed that Uber is in talks to slip its autonomous vehicle system into a Toyota minivan, marking…
Source: Engadget – Uber may offer its self-driving technology to Toyota