November 2nd, 2006


[/.] Valve goes multi-core.

Valve, makers of HalfLife 2 and the Source engine that runs it, are completing mods to Source for multi-core. Unsurprisingly, it's a huge software dev investment with no real tools for help or structure. The good news is that with a lot of intelligence and effort, it really does seem to scale framerate linearly with number of cores. They also think that AI is going to take a big leap forward due to the availability of CPU power to run it.

[MeFi] The anti-Lynndie.

"Peterson objected to the interrogation techniques used on prisoners. She refused to participate after only two nights working in the unit known as the cage. Army spokespersons for her unit have refused to describe the interrogation techniques Alyssa objected to. They say all records of those techniques have now been destroyed..."

She was was then assigned to the base gate, where she monitored Iraqi guards, and sent to suicide prevention training. "But on the night of September 15th, 2003, Army investigators concluded she shot and killed herself with her service rifle," the documents disclose.

The Army talked to some of Peterson's colleagues. Asked to summarize their comments, Elston told E&P: "The reactions to the suicide were that she was having a difficult time separating her personal feelings from her professional duties. That was the consistent point in the testimonies, that she objected to the interrogation techniques, without describing what those techniques were."

Elston said that the documents also refer to a suicide note found on her body, revealing that she found it ironic that suicide prevention training had taught her how to commit suicide. He has now filed another FOIA request for a copy of the actual note.

It's OK, I'm sure nothing that went on in Abu Graib under Bush was THAT bad. I mean, it's not like soldiers are so disturbed that they're killing themselves after seeing what went on in there. Oh, wait...

But don't worry - the torture bill that Congress passed last month safely shields anyone who commited acts of torture from prosecution. Rest assured no matter how horrible it was, they will get away with it, no problem. The laws are already on the books.

Keep authorizing your despot-in-chief to do anything he wants, no matter how unconstitutional or inhuman, there, America!
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