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Technology Sneak Peek: Real-Time Ray Tracing with Unreal Engine

Technology Sneak Peek: Real-Time Ray Tracing with Unreal Engine

At GDC 2018, we got a glimpse into an exciting new technology for Unreal Engine: ray tracing combined with real-time rendering. In a joint announcement with NVIDIA and ILMxLAB, Epic unveiled this unprecedented step towards ever-better quality in real-time rendering. In offline renderers, ray tracing has long been used to achieve photoreal results, particularly in…
Computer History Museum Makes the Eudora Email Client Source Code Available to the Public

Computer History Museum Makes the Eudora Email Client Source Code Available to the Public

Mountain View, May 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Computer History Museum (CHM), the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its impact on the human experience, today announced the public release and long-term preservation of the Eudora source code, one of the early successful email clients, as part of its Center for Software…
andlabs/libui

andlabs/libui

This README is being written. Announcements 16 May 2018 Thanks to @parro-it and @msink, libui now has better CI, including AppVeyor for Windows CI, and automated creation of binary releases when I make a tagged release. 13 May 2018 Added new functions to work with uiDateTimePickers: uiDateTimePickerTime(), uiDateTimePickerSetTime(), and uiDateTimePickerOnChanged(). These operate on standard struct…
Potential Spy Devices Which Track Cellphones, Intercept Calls Found All Over D.C., Md., Va.

Potential Spy Devices Which Track Cellphones, Intercept Calls Found All Over D.C., Md., Va.

The technology can be as small as a suitcase, placed anywhere at any time, and it's used to track cell phones and intercept calls. The News4 I-Team found dozens of potential spy devices while driving around Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. "While you might not be a target yourself, you may live next to…
Time to ditch Wikipedia?

Time to ditch Wikipedia?

A Wikipedia editor called Philip Cross (Andrew Philip Cross and later "Julian" on Twitter) has a long record of editing the entries of many anti-war figures on the site to include mostly critical commentary while removing positive information contributed by others. At time of writing he is number 308 in the list of Wikipedians by…
Inside the 76477 Space Invaders sound effect chip: digital logic implemented with I2L

Inside the 76477 Space Invaders sound effect chip: digital logic implemented with I2L

The 76477 Complex Sound Generation chip (1978) provided sound effects for Space Invaders 1 and many other video games. It was also a popular hobbyist chip, easy to experiment with and available at Radio Shack. I reverse-engineered the chip from die photos and found some interesting digital circuitry inside. Perhaps the most interesting is a…
How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics

How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics

Artificial intelligence owes a lot of its smarts to Judea Pearl. In the 1980s he led efforts that allowed machines to reason probabilistically. Now he’s one of the field’s sharpest critics. In his latest book, The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect, he argues that artificial intelligence has been handicapped by…
‘I felt exposed online’: how to disappear from the internet

‘I felt exposed online’: how to disappear from the internet

Early one morning last year, before the birds were up, Tio Bucard, his wife and children skittered down the path from their home in a tiny French village towards a black SUV, its engine running. As Bucard drove to the local airport, he checked his rear-view mirror every few moments to see that he was…
Not all deaths are equal: How many deaths make a natural disaster newsworthy?

Not all deaths are equal: How many deaths make a natural disaster newsworthy?

Our World in Data presents the empirical evidence on global development in entries dedicated to specific topics. This blog post draws on data and research discussed in our entry on Natural Catastrophes. How many deaths does it take for a natural disaster to be newsworthy? This is a question researchers Thomas Eisensee and David Strömberg…
Senate votes to reinstate net neutrality — but it has a long way to go

Senate votes to reinstate net neutrality — but it has a long way to go

The Senate has voted to save net neutrality, but don’t get your hopes up: there’s still a long, likely impossible journey ahead if the policy is to be saved in the immediate future. In a 52–47 vote today, senators voted to overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which took net neutrality rules…
isomorphic-git/isomorphic-git

isomorphic-git/isomorphic-git

A pure JavaScript implementation of git for node and browsers! isomorphic-git is a pure JavaScript implementation of git that works in node and browser environments (including WebWorkers and ServiceWorkers). This means it can be used to read and write to to git repositories, as well as fetch from and push to git remotes like Github.…
Be aware: How domain registrar can kill your business

Be aware: How domain registrar can kill your business

In this post we will write about recent domain incident we suffered, who is responsible and what we did to minimize the damage. So, in the morning of May 3rd, I noticed uptimechecker.io becomes unreachable at moments, then available again, then down again, and so on. It all reminded of DNS problems, but I didn't…