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NVIDIA Physics Only Graphics Card

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NVIDIA said that within the next year they will be releasing a special physics graphics card which will take over the physics calculations load from standard graphics cards.

Lloyd’s Insures Open Source

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Famous insurer works with open-source community to remove the last major drawback to general corporate acceptance.

Quakecon 2005 - Day 1

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Welcome one and all to Quakecon 2005 from the beautiful and enormous Gaylord Texan Convention Center and Hotel in Grapevine, TX. Well over 6,000 are expected to attend one of the largest LAN party and gaming expos in the world.

This week in open source

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The LinuxWorld conference is proving to be more than just a meeting of Linux fans and sellers. It's now a venue for all sorts of open-source advocates.

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT, never mind the X?

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Relentless, that is how I’d describe NVIDIA at this point, after they’d beaten to a pulp anything that ATI had on the shelf they start a new assault with a graphic card we all knew was coming, the GeForce 7800 GT. Poised to raise the bar in the mid-range this $449 graphic card is set to replace the 6800GT and up the performance to a whole new level.

Mandriva 2006 Beta 2 is Looking Goood

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Beta 2 hit the mirrors about 24 hours ago and so what's new? The most notable and easily noticed is the new theme. The new professional theme runs throughout the installer and installed Mandriva system. It's even in the kdm login screen as well as the kde and gnome splash screens. It's a wonderfully classy theme featuring a nice tasteful penguin on an attractive blue backdrop. Kudos, kudos Mandriva. Now that's what I'm talking about! Finally they listened to the masses and I think they've just about got it right.

Waking from open source dream

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Something has happened to the open-source software movement. It is losing some of the intellectual purity that first drew in the ponytail crowd. It is being subverted to the interests of bigger technology companies.

Techies face off at Golden Penguin Bowl

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Pencil pushers and programmers from Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. faced off this week for the greatest of geek glories: the Golden Penguin Bowl.

QuakeCon 2005 open for business

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Fans of id Software's classic first-person shooter series have made their annual pilgrimage to Texas to try their hands at tournaments, case modification contests, and the get the first look at Quake 4's multiplayer modes.

Scientific Imaging: The Art Of Data

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Sci/Tech

Thin orange and blue lines swirl above a surface of colored cones, outlining a hollow cylinder. Suddenly a cluster of red dots gathers in the middle of the cylinder, spinning around furiously and gathering force with each rotation.

Google's Boycott Misses the Mark

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Google is all for googling, as long as you don't google a Google executive. The real loser is Google.

New Blank Keyboard for Geeks Only

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Reviews

Typing on a Das Keyboard is a lot like typing on any other computer keyboard - except the keys are blank. Most people, especially those who rely on the slow but steady hunt-and-peck technique, might consider that a problem.

French students to get Linux CDs

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Linux Live CDs are to be distributed to thousands of secondary school students in a government-funded initiative.

Police Shut Down Movie Web Site

A Web site that let users exchange pirated moves has been shut down and its four creators have been arrested, Spanish police said Thursday.

KDE4 - understanding the buzz.

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KDE

There has been a great deal of buzz lately about KDE4 and especially Plasma. People are talking excitedly about what KDE4 will bring. Almost no progress has been made that's clear to the casual observer. So what really is happening?

Perens thumps OSDL patent pact

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The patent pool being built by the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) is useless in the defence against Microsoft, according to open source activist Bruce Perens speaking at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco.

Ex-Worldcom financial chief gets 5 years

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Ex-WorldCom Inc. financial chief Scott Sullivan, the government's star witness at the trial of former Chief Executive Bernard Ebbers, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison for assisting in the $11 billion business fraud at the company.

Quantum computer closer to development

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Hardware

Government physicists say they`ve used charged atoms to demonstrate a quantum physics version of computer memory lasting longer than 10 seconds.

Red Hat calls for patent truce

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Linux

Red Hat has called on Microsoft to promise publicly and in writing not to use software patents against users and individual developers of open source software.

Hackers bring OS X Intel to PCs - video

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Mac

Hackers have managed to crack Mac OS X for Intel to make it work on non-approved PC hardware. Macbidouille has even published a video clip showing the exploit.

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