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ILMxLab Experimenting with 8 GPU Rendering to Bring Photoreal Graphics to VR

ILMxLab, the experimental division of Lucasfilm’s VFX house, Industrial Light & Magic, is experimenting with large GPU arrays of up to eight cards in …

Microsoft launches data science degree to plug the skills gap, more courses could follow

Microsoft has unveiled a new degree program as it looks to address the “significant skills gap” that exists in the field of data science.<p>Announced at its Worldwide Partner Conference yesterday, the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program is touted as “the first program of its kind to offer …

Nigel Farage has resigned as leader of the UK Independence Party

Nigel Farage has announced his resignation as leader of the UK Independence Party. He made the surprise announcement in Westminster on Monday morning.<p>Farage, who spent his political career campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union through the historic June 23 referendum in which British …

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21 books to read if you want to boost your career

With summer <i>finally</i> here, and hopefully a vacation or two on your calendar, you’re probably on the hunt for a good book. While you should give your …

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Here are the 5 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read this summer

The Microsoft founder and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation head recently announced on his Gates Notes blog five recommendations for summer reading. They cover topics ranging from business to math to the origins of humanity itself.<p>Here are the titles to keep an eye on.

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Scratches on the roof of my Avis rental - do I have to pay this claim?

<i>When Duc Nguyen returns his Avis car rental, the company claims he scratched the roof and sends him a bill. Is this for real?</i><p><b>Question</b>: I recently …

The Handmaiden review – Park Chan-wook's lurid lesbian potboiler simmers with sexual tension

The acclaimed Korean film-maker’s latest is an erotic thriller that prioritises female sexuality, and exquisite set design, to intoxicating effect<p>It was inaccurately thought by some, who had clearly never read a single sentence of the source novel, that Sam Taylor Johnson’s glossy adaptation of …

Once a symbol of decline, Pennsylvania tests limits of Trump's appeal

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Reuters) - With a rusting steel mill in its center, this Pennsylvania city would seem fertile ground for Donald Trump’s campaign and its vision of a declining America that only he can fix.<p>A U.S. flag is stuck in the broken window of a building on the grounds of the now-closed …

4 luxurious train journeys that will make you feel like 19th-century royalty

Every summer, throngs of American tourists head to Europe with their Eurail passes in hand, ready to see the continent the way locals do. But these trains don't offer luxury. Several rail journeys exist that exude the opulence of yore, with guest amenities that rival the world's finest luxury …

A guide to upcoming Bay Area food festivals - Inside Scoop SF

Related Links<p>Here's this year's lineup for Off the Grid's Presidio Picnic<p>The sun is shining and spring is almost in the air, which means that <b>Bay Area food festival season</b> is about to kick into full swing, starting with this weekend’s Flavor Napa Valley and the California Artisan Cheese Festival in …

China is trying to conquer 'The Impossible Trinity': an economic puzzle no-one has ever solved

In economics, you can't have it all. A country must choose two out of the following:<p>control of a fixed and stable exchange rate<br>• independent monetary policy<br>• free and open international capital flows<p>The theory is that a country that attempts to get all three at once will be broken by the international …

I Have Terrifying Large Insects Sting Me, For Science

Here's what I've learned.<p>Over the past 40 years (but in reality since I was five years old), I’ve been fascinated with insects and their ability to sting and cause pain. In graduate school, I became interested in why they sting and why stings from such tiny animals hurt so much.<p>To answer these …

World's Best Boutique Hotels 2015

Le Sirenuse is another winner that used to be a family home—and that family still runs the place. The former villa overlooking the Amalfi Coast has …

GTA V - Graphics Study - Part 2 - Adrian Courrèges

Level of Detail<p>If there’s one domain where Rockstar outperforms the competition, it’s when it comes to<p>LOD. The world of <i>Los Santos</i> exists in so many …

12 books you should read to impress your boss

Not only that, it improves your vocabulary, expands your world, and generally makes you a more educated and interesting person to be around.<p>Below, 12 entrepreneurs from YEC suggest books that they themselves have loved and passed on to their employees.<p>Read just one and you'll find yourself ahead of …

Making Sense Of The New Star Wars Canon

After Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the creative powers that be declared that the only existing works of the <i>Star Wars</i> universe that the new films moving …

3 ways you can learn economics without going back to school

Perhaps you've gone to university and don't want to go back, or perhaps you haven't but still yearn to know more about the subject.<p>The good news is that there are plenty of ways to pick up a self-made education in economics, even if you don't want to learn the maths or go back to school.<p>Here are …

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Come for the Border Run, Stay for the Food!

In case you hadn't heard, Thailand is cheap. Like, dirt cheap. Like, $10-a-night-beachfront-hotel cheap, and $3-a-day-food-budget cheap. I'm not even joking. In fact, it's so cheap here, we've been in the country for three months.<p>In case you hadn't heard, Thailand is cheap. Like, dirt cheap. Like, …

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Drunk man attacks adorable robot that was just trying to help

The second human on cute humanoid robot attack in two months has resulted in internal damage to a Pepper-brand automaton that worked in a store in …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Kim Davis Is Not a Patriot

The martyr business in America is booming. It’s a growth industry, like yoga pants, prisons and celebrity nip-slip sites. Caterers, cake-makers, …

Pocket-Sized Computers : Pocket-Sized Computer

This pocket-sized computer is complete with Windows and about the size of a USB stick. This PC lets you take the full desktop experience and bring it …

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Analysis: What Metal Gear Solid 4 Teaches Us About the War Economy

[<i>Continuing his series of analyses of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, writer Zoran Iovanovici examines the fourth title in the series -- Metal Gear</i> …

Director Matthew Heineman: ‘Suddenly I was alone with my camera in the middle of this shootout’

For three decades, Mexico’s drug lords have terrorised the country. New documentary Cartel Land tells the story from the inside, exposing the meth labs, the torture, the corruption – and the government collusion<p>One must hope that audiences appreciate the extraordinary scene with which the …

Thug Notes: YouTube's Rebelious Scholars Drop A Book

What does the word “thug” mean to you? The YouTube show “Thug Notes,” might bring that question uncomfortably close to the surface when you watch it. Because the first answer for that question generally won’t be literature scholar and guide. The show intends to play with why that is, according to …

Disney's Tech Innovation is My Nightmare

Disney World has become an unwelcome extension of our obsession with screens and schedules.<p>My wife and I typically go to bed by 11pm, owing to both …

Wiz Khalifa Was Roughed Up By Police, Seemingly for Riding a Hoverboard

The “See You Again” chart-topper is seen on video being handcuffed by police at LAX and told to “stop resisting.”<p>Hip-hop artist <b>Wiz Khalifa</b> posted videos to his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Saturday night detailing law enforcement officials forcing him to the ground and handcuffing him at Los …

The ultimate reading list: 50+ books that entrepreneurs should read

Most entrepreneurs need guidance and constant inspiration, especially when they hit a wall. Here's an exhaustive list of little over 50 books that …

Junya Yamasaki’s final meal | Last bites

The Koya head chef finds sanctuary in simple British flavours<p><b>I am preparing to leave the UK to move back to Japan,</b> so I’m having a last supper every day this week. I have so many restaurants to visit before I go.

'Knock Knock' Is A New App That Could Maybe, Finally, Kill The Business Card

Because exchanging contacts is still a hassle in the smartphone era<p>We all want simpler exchanges of information when meeting new people in person. Yet even in the smartphone era, the humble business card arguably remains the best way. But Knock Knock, a new app launching today, seeks to change that …

How graphics worked on the NES, C64 and other '80s tech

If you've ever wanted to see a simple explanation of how game developers in the '80s managed to create striking multi-colored graphics within the …