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 That question answers ascii's point: why would a seller give you an unbiased review which potentially causes them to lose a sale?  Or is perhaps influenced by a manufacturer who gives them financial incentives (kickbacks) to sell their products instead of competing ones. That's why it's generally better to get a review from someone who has no financial stake in the matter.  Though obviously you'll want to ensure that the "unbiased" reviewer isn't a paid shill or a moron...
 Seriously?
 Vector vs raster becomes somewhat more complex when it comes to rendering 3D scenes.  All of your scene geometry (objects tessellated into triangles) are vector.  The textures/images you apply to them are raster.  The lighting effects, shadows, and reflections can be vector or raster depending on how you do them: maps (raster) vs real-time calculations (vector). Ray tracing effectively makes everything vector aside from the textures.  All of the scene effects...
 Right.  Renderman had a programmable rendering pipeline before it could be done effectively in hardware (i.e. modern GPUs).  But it was designed for generating pre-rendered scenes (for movies) rather than in real-time (for games). The big deal here is the latter (real-time ray tracing).  However, my point is that, with a modern GPU and shader techniques, it's now possible to do what ray tracing does in different ways (e.g. applying complex lighting calculations to every...
Brings back memories of running my computer for days to render a ray-traced image...   Will be interesting to see if ray-traced images are really any better than what's being done with modern GPU shaders (per fragment lighting calculations and effects).   EDIT: I see, shadows can be made a lot more realistic and detailed.  Most of the other things they show (reflections and whatnot) can already be implemented in other ways.
 And how would the damages be measured exactly?  If the jury can barely comprehend numbers, how would they begin to comprehend Google's business model with Android?
 Did you even read the Tipping Point site?  Or do you simply believe that any money used to fight poverty is a freebie?
 And not just IQ (which is a controversial measure of intelligence anyways) -- factor in people with disorders like schizophrenia, bi-polar, autism, dementia, etc.
The sheer simplicity with which people think about and paint the world in this thread is astounding.  I'll throw out one complication for those people to ponder on:   Many people living in poverty have a mental illness or similar condition which makes it difficult for them to get and/or hold a job.  Shipping them away somewhere else won't change that, and it'll likely make it more difficult for them to get the help they need.  Large cities typically have better health...
 And ^this is exactly where most software engineers can't see the forest from the trees. If you reduce any product down to it's smallest parts, it becomes very fuzzy what is actually protectable by a manufacturer.  However, there certainly are things which make a product "unique" in the minds of the people who use them.  They are small details, but they are important. Most of the time it's in the design details -- the way a particular car body is shaped, for example.  So...
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