AMD Says There Will Be No DirectX 12 — Ever
The vast majority of PC games use DirectX. DirectX has more than driven the market for the past decade, it's defined it. All major GPUs' feature set were defined by DirectX, with OpenGL largely trailing behind. OGL is catching up these days, but most games are still focused exclusively for DirectX.
maybe the market is changing... steam wants to embrace the linux community with its steam-for-linux move.
maybe they are betting on the OGL-trail for future games, and the more rapid development through the demand from linux users and hopefully OGL
developers to make this the standard and forget about further developing directx for games and grafic cards altogether...
maybe steam knows things about the directx development we're only becoming aware of.
Out of Egypt Censorship, US Tech Export Under Fire
Your Egyptian friends are correct: the army has ties to almost every family in Egypt thanks to conscription. It would be unthinkable that a tank gunner would shoot in the crowd of protesters, no matter what order would be given from the generals. The lower tiers of the army are tightly knit into the society and are therefore more keen on joining the protesters. But the problem might lie at the top of the army, appointed by Mubarak. Could be the army faces a dilemma now. The people of Egypt know very well that the top of the army loyally followed Mubarak's policy until now. Only in the last weeks they chose to stand aside and not intervene, keeping order in the streets. It may well be that the people of Egypt will agree to the army acting as a transformation government towards democratic elections, but they may demand that the army's top posts be replaced and purified of Mubarak's 'pawns'. Honestly I think this 'revolution' will also have consequences for the relationships with the US and Israel as well, though I don't expect things will radically turn out for the worse. The drive of the protests was against corruption, against the institutional barriers for the Egyptians to have a career, and towards a democracy. Only thing is, this democracy has yet to take form. Political parties have to take form. So it's a good thing the army is there to avoid chaos in the country until democratic elections can be organized.
Amazon Patents Changing Authors' Words
be it in stone or the internet.
good luck in finding out the liar and the truthsayer.
How to Deal With an Aging Brain?
Not only Google causes it.
Before the electronic calculator, students and people in general had to do (and could do) simple maths in their heads.
Before the cellphone (remember the days?) I was able to memorise over 60 phone numbers by heart (i'm a journalist). Since the cell took that job from my brain, I don't have to remember anymore, so my brain doesn't memorise the numbers anymore. Google works the same way, and the computer in general works the same way. As computers and electronic memories tend to become more portable, they take over more and more tasks from our brain. Therefore the memory problem will increase for a lot of people.
So my advise is, throw away your electronic notebook and use a pen and a paper notebook to help you memorise things (Post-Its don't count:-). Try to do the math in your head. Do crosswords, sudoku and the like to solve problems in your head. Memorise at least 6 things on your to-do list by heart. Memorise your appointment schedule for the next week. Try to remember the names of the people you meet. Write down as much as possible by hand. It will increase the quality of your handwriting and the memory capacity of your brain.
On the other hand, be very discriminant in the things you want to remember. In times of information overflow this is the first and foremost thing to do. Memorise what you will need on a daily basis, not what you need to know when you play Trivial Pursuit:-).