Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The last tech gizmo I ever used while driving

Sony Recalls 535,000 Vaio Laptops

Finally, a truth on bad hardware
The recall affects some F and C Series Vaio laptops sold after January 2010. 

80 processors computer on a board

SpiNNaker - A Universal Spiking Neural Network Architecture.
In this way the massive parallelism extending to thousands or
millions of processors is possible.
Actually, we have on board torus based router able to connect 80 SoCs.

Clock (if any)  is order of  only 200 Mhz. ARM 968E-S, low power processor core is used.
Each core also connects to the SpiNNaker chip's Comms-NoC which provides a path into the SpiNNaker chip's "Router" to enable the transmission of data packets either to other processor cores within the chip or to processors of other interconnected SpiNNaker chips via one of the six input/output links of the SpiNNaker chip.
Processing power of this board is at least 50 GFlops .
100 000 such mini boards enable peak 5 PFlops supercomputer.

Thenerds calls interested.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

An Internet faster 100 x : A new network design could boost capacity

Among other things, they’ve shown that even with a 100-fold increase in data rates, flow switching could still reduce the Internet’s power consumption.

Windows 8 goes 3D and much more

According to the slides, Windows 8 will include improved connectivity and support a touch interface, along with stereoscopic 3D and wireless TV. A security option allows log-in through facial recognition.

Windows 8 machines clearly won't be crash-proof, unfortunately, as the company is promising an instant reset button which allows the users to restart without losing data.

Making the world's most cutting-edge aircraft carrier

Making the world's most cutting-edge aircraft carrier

Monday, June 28, 2010

With love: Quarter of Gulf oil disaster belongs to Russia

Finally, a truth on bad smudge.

Me too: Google to Challenge Facebook with "Google Me"

Rumor: Google to Challenge Facebook with "Google Me"

Facebook ‘Almost guaranteed’ to Reach 1 Billion Users in year 2011, its founder says

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thinning Atmosphere Will Contribute to Space Junk Longevity

Maybe Galactus could help with our burgeoning space junk problem.

Brown Team Finds Widespread Glacial Meltwater Valleys On Mars

Brown University planetary geologists have documented running water that sprang from glaciers throughout the Martian middle latitudes as recently as the Amazonian epoch, several hundred million years ago.
These glaciofluvial valleys were, in essence, tributaries of water created when enough sunlight reached the glaciers to melt a thin layer on the surface. This, the Brown researchers write, led to "limited surface melting" that formed channels that ran for several kilometers and could be more than 150 feet wide.

Obama's Twitter hacker receives a suspended sentence

A 23-year-old Frenchman has been given a suspended jail sentence for hacking into US President Obama's account on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Mr Cousteix was caught hacking into the president's account in March after FBI investigators in the US alerted French authorities.
Investigators found that the hacker deduced the passwords of Twitter administrators from public information on the web, thus gaining access to the accounts of important and famous individuals.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Unbelivable new SD card speeds, up to 104 MBps

The SD Association announced today two new high-speed performance symbols for the fastest SDXC and SDHC devices and memory cards. The first symbol identifies products with businterface speeds up to 104 Megabytes per second for greater device performance. The second symbol identifies SD memory cards and products with a performance option allowing real-time video recording. 
The sheer variety of high-performing, feature-rich devices has dictated the need for a wide variety of SD memory card speeds and capacities to maximize device performance and meet consumer expectations. With more than 2.5 billion SD memory cards in the market today, the new high-speed performance capabilities will co-exist with earlier SD memory cards still used by consumers, as those cards are still interoperable with the newest host devices.

150 Million Windows 7 Licenses Sold

Microsoft has revealed that its latest operating system for PCs - the much awaited Windows 7 has managed to grab the envious crown of being the fastest selling desktop operating system ever.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Coming in July: Free 3D Firmware Upgrade for Sony’s Nex-3 and Nex-5 Cameras

The upgrade for the Nex-3 and Nex-5 should be available from Sony in July. Using the 3D Sweep Panorama mode, the models are able to capture 3D using a single lens.
Reminder, you need a 3D Sony Bravia television to see the 3D images!

Lets be serious: Sony's Nex 7 should look like this

After reading most posts related to the NEX, reading the different critics and reviews about the actual NEX-3 and NEX-5, I came with a completly new design for the NEX-7.
 I really think it will please all the people who found current NEX 5 too simple...
One of the latest Sony patents disclosed a new kind of sensor. Pixel size does change based on their color characteristic.

Bill Gates' very full life after Microsoft

Last year the family spent an extended period of time as a family in Europe, so their three kids could learn first-hand about the origins of western culture and visit museums and landmarks that could bring history to life.

WORM flash !

Sandisk ships tamper-proof single write 1GB SD cards

Judge who nixed drilling ban has oil investments !


Apparently someone can develop a game, tweak it to run on a console device, get it licensed by Microsoft, and publish it to the Xbox Live a shorter amount of time than it takes to plug an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Fraudsters introduced "errors controlled" for the system to fail on a particular date

The scam was made from about 1998 and consisted of the introduction of "logic bombs" in the software that they distributed, which caused a computer error that paralyzed the normal functioning of business and forced them to contact the service technical, with the consequent economic loss.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

China soon to be the biggest manufacturing nation

If China does become the world’s biggest manufacturer, it will be a return to the top slot for a nation which – according to economic historians – was the world’s leading country for goods production for more than 1,500 years up until the 1850s, when Britain took over for a brief spell, mainly due to the impetus of the industrial revolution.

Tsubame 2.0 - 2,39 Petaflops

The computation capacity of the system is 2.39 PFLOPS (petaflops, double-precision value), which ranks second in the "Top500," a ranking of supercomputers, as of June 2010.
The backbone of the supercomputer system consists of 2,816 units of Intel Corp's "Xeon 5600" microprocessor (developing code: Westmere-EP), which has six cores and operates at a frequency of 2.93GHz, and 4,224 units of Nvidia Corp's "Tesla M2050" GPU.  The university structured a multilevel storage using not only DRAMs such as DDR3 but also SSDs (solid state drives) composed of flash memories. While the total memory capacity of the backbone system's DRAMs is 80.6 Tbytes for microprocessors and 12.7 Tbytes for GPUs, the total memory capacity of the SSDs is 173.9 Tbytes.

"We are aiming at around 30 PFLOPS, but the power consumption of the Tsubame 3.0 (2014 -2015) will be equivalent to or less than that of the Tsubame 2.0," he said.

Antarctica Glacier Melt Causing Rise in Sea Level !

A new study by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the National Oceanography Center and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) found that the melting of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier is a large contributor to sea level rise globally.
Since our first measurements in the the Amundsen Sea, estimates of Antarctica's recent contributions to sea level rise have changed from near-zero to significant and increasing.

We need to look much further into the glacier's history in order to understand if what we see now is part of a long term trend of the West Antartica ice sheet contraction.

BAE Systems invented laser guided missiles jammer

This prototype is the only one in the world, and this is the first time its inventors, BAE Systems, have brought it out of the lab for a journalist to paw over. Against?

IEEE ratifies 40Gb and 100Gb Ethernet standard

IEEE ratifies 40Gb and 100Gb Ethernet standard
If you feel the need for speed, the Ethernet Alliance will be demonstrating 40GbE and 100GbE at the Supercomputing 2010 event in New Orleans from November 15-18, 2010.

The US military has successfully flight tested a GPS-guided missile

The US military has successfully flight tested a GPS-guided Scorpion munition which was deployed at an altitude of 5,000 feet from a C-130 aircraft.The Scorpion is said to be able to strike within less than 1 yard of a target.
The Scorpion, with a maximum range of over 10 nautical miles, is just 4.25 inches in diameter, 21.5 inches in length and weighs less than 35 pounds. Army and USAF will share their secrets.

Friday, June 18, 2010

1 petaflop "Blue Waters" supercomputer

1 petaflop "Blue Waters" supercomputer

IBM has created the world's greatest pub quizzer

What Is I.B.M.’s Watson?
Nobody ever tackled “Jeopardy!” because experts assumed that even for the latest artificial intelligence, the game was simply too hard: the clues are too puzzling and allusive, and the breadth of trivia is too wide. 

1Tflops of radar data processing for multi-mission maritime unmanned aircraft system

PowerStream(R) 7000 multicomputers

Intel engineer devises plan to stop Gulf oil spill

The trouble? He has tried to call the government about his plan, but no one will return his calls

Laughlin, a semiconductor field service engineer who does vender work for Intel, said he has devised a plan to turn off the oil. His plan includes dropping a locking collar that goes over the open pipe that has a steel insert that would be driven into the pipe by the use of a ratcheting system. The steel insert, resembling a spike, starts out narrow at the end and reaches the diameter of the open pipe on the other, complete with series of brass seals that would seal off the leak.
Laughlin said the fact that the steel insert or “plug” starts narrow and then gradually increases in girth is critical to the plan.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

NASA heavy space lifter starts next year

Now it seems Congress will try to tweak the plan so that NASA starts work on that rocket much sooner. Florida senator Bill Nelson, who chairs a Senate committee that oversees NASA policy, has sent a letter to Maryland senator Barbara Mikulski, who chairs the Senate committee that sets NASA's budget, recommending that work begin on the heavy lifter in 2011.

NASA: For over 40 years we thought the moon was dry, but ...

NASA Says Moon Has More Water Than Great Lakes

Provided, NASA actually was on Moon. Or not ?
"The result is at least two orders of magnitude greater than previous results from lunar samples that estimated water content of the moon to be less than 1 parts per billion."

Wi(l)dely accepted theory is that Moon is formed as a collateral of Earth's deadly collision. Thus, no water there. Even in traces. Now, there is more Moon water than in Great Lakes. Tomorrow, more than in Atlantic. !

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I saw giant burning Jesus !

Caught this video of a fire started most likley by lightning. It was the giant Jesus of Solid Rock church of Monroe Ohio. This statue was submitted for a world record of worlds largest bust of Jesus. I am not sure if it made it or not but here it is burning

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Microsoft 3D display prototype: no glasses required

Everybody is suddenly confident about 3D.

2012 Doomsday is actually in 2013

Senior space agency scientists believe the Earth will be hit with unprecedented levels of magnetic energy from solar flares after the Sun wakes 'from a deep slumber' sometime around 2013.

Scientists believe it could damage everything from emergency services’ systems, hospital equipment, banking systems and air traffic control devices, through to “everyday” items such as home computers, iPods and Sat Navs.

BAD HARWDARE: Great, finally we could get rid off compatibility issues, like X86 hardware and Windows. Industry could be born again after that, on the other side. :(
P.S. Can you imagine your life without your Ipod ?

Dell: Ubuntu Linux is safer than Windows

Check here.

SQL Injection Attacks Return

The malicious iFrame attack infected 1,000 web pages by exploiting vulnerabilities in web applications.
Remedy is ready  here.
Kaminsky briefly points: Life is too short to defend broken code.

MoonRise: Lunar South Pole-Aitken Basin Sample Return Mission

MoonRise: Lunar South Pole-Aitken Basin Sample Return Mission would place a lander near the moon's south pole and return around two pounds of lunar materials for study.

BAD HARDWARE: Finally, 1kg of original, indisputable Moon dust. All previous " NASA on Moon achievements" were seems only moon dust in our eyes. Left is the only one NASA picture of  Apollo landing sites (Apollo 15)  from that time. The only one? Not convincing for me.

Mobile Computers to Adopt USB 3.0 Faster than Desktop Systems

Mobile Computers to Adopt USB 3.0 Faster than Desktop Systems.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Cray Sets Sights On Cascade Supercomputer, Exascale Milestone

The XE6 supercomputer, slated for delivery in Q3 2010, will also get an accelerator blade, said Scott, who confirmed that it will be based on the latest NVIDIA Tesla-20 (Fermi) GPUs, which are just coming into production now.

Tensilica - Berkeley Labs - Colorado Exaflop System Design

Next generation chips and networking available before 2015 would push the system to exaflop performance. Very narrow range of applications in mind. An application-driven architecture does not necessitate a special-purpose machine, nor does it require exotic technology.Designed for highly parallel applications. With software tuning, Green Flash architetcure can reduce a per-core computational requirement of 3.5 gigaflops to a more feasible 0.5 gigaflops.

Lithium wars: Afghanistan is among the potential world reachest lithium deposits

Pentagon:  “Afghanistan is Saudi Arabia of lithium,”

BAD HARDWARE: Terrorism thus indisputable thrives on deposits of oil (Iraq and Iran) and lithium (Afghanistan) ?

SeaMicro's Cloud Server Sports 512 Atom Processors !

SeaMicro has developed a server that packs in 512 low-power Intel Atom processors on miniature motherboards the size of credit cards, the company announced Monday.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Google gave Microsoft only 5 days to fix its Win XP help system exploits

Microsoft and outside security researchers accused a Google engineer of failing to follow the responsible disclosure etiquette his own company promotes by disclosing a Windows XP-related flaw on Thursday, publishing code to exploit it and giving Microsoft only five days to fix it.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Win 7 SSD tweaker

Lets you Tweak the following:

Repeat drunk driver gets 18 months for CRASH injuring his judge

"Since then, I asked the Lord to help this beautiful family," he said. "And I hope that it never happens to anybody. That was not my intention."

IMEC expands fab, strikes lab deal with Intel

IMEC will expand its 300-mm wafer clean room where it will install later this year the ASML NXE 3100 EUV lithography system believed to be key to making chips at design pitches of 22-nm and smaller. The new site will also do research on 450-mm wafers. Separately IMEC is building a new headquarters building that will also add lab space in areas such as biotechnology.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Caffeine: Google's New indexing scheme


Intel's Exaflops goes to Flanders

Intel has gone all Flemish and opened its Flanders Exascience Lab at the IMEC research facilities in Leuven, Belgium.

Fujitsu Plans to Sell 3-D Computers With 3-D Cameras

There might be room to build a market for 3-D computers if 3-D televisions take off,” said Eiji Mori, an analyst at BCN Inc., a Tokyo-based electronics research firm. “By themselves, though, 3-D computers don’t have much of a chance.”

RIP: BIOS will be dead in three years

It's the one major part of the PC that's still reminiscent of the PC's primordial, text-based beginnings, but the familiarly-clunky BIOS could soon be on its deathbed, according to MSI. The motherboard maker says it's now making a big shift towards point and click UEFI systems, and it's all going to kick off at the end of this year.

Last month, Seagate revealed to THINQ that a UEFI system would be an essential requirement in order for a PC to boot from a HD drive larger than 2TB.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

BINGo: Google EU searches searchers !

Every Google search to be logged and saved for two years under new Euro MP plan.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Petaflops in a rack: Project Mojo

200 Petaflops  Supercomputer by the year 2014?

End of climate stability !

Signs of stagnant CO2-rich water have now been discovered 3700 metres beneath the Southern Ocean's seabed, between Antarctica and South Africa. Warmer, faster ocean currents will release it in the next 100 years.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Lieberman Bill Gives Feds ‘Emergency’ Powers to Secure Civilian Nets

Joe Lieberman wants to give the federal government the power to take over civilian networks’ security, if there’s an “imminent cyber threat.” It’s part of a draft bill, co-sponsored by Senators Lieberman and Susan Collins, that provides the Department of Homeland Security broad authority to ensure that “critical infrastructure” stays up and running in the face of a looming hack attack.

BAD HARDWARE: Ten shoes for Lieberman

Computing limit is 32 Exaflops

Is it?

George W. Bush finally got a Faceboot account

I am afraid that where is he there is a terrorism too. Say hacking of his facebook friends.

BAD HARDWARE gives him anyway the highest,  17 shoes score for this faceboot move.
Please don't repeat questions about Iraqis waterboarding and invasion.
'I'd Do It Again'
"Getting rid of Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do, and the world is a better place without him," the 63-year-old former president said.

Comment: He is obviously the biggest USA PR catastrophe. Ever.

SGI obtained Petaflops in a rack

SGI has developed a breakthrough hybrid computing platform that will deliver a petaflop of performance within a single cabinet.

BAD HARDWARE: Actually Tilera meshes with AMD and NVIDIA GPGPU. Intel's Knights Corner offers suspiciously close solution.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

HP would cut 9000 jobs !

In a regulatory filing, HP (Palo Alto, Calif.) said it would cut some 9,000 jobs over a multi-year period ending in 2013.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Google: Windows use is a security effort

One Google employee as saying: We're not doing any more Windows

Because, ChromeOS is coming in late fall. 

Google Chrome OS consumes one-sixtieth as much drive space as Win7. That is 1,5%
Thus  ordinary 250 GB storage for Win7 translates in only 4 GB for Chrome OS. Though that doesn't mean Chrome OS netbooks will be cheaper that the Win ones.
Microsoft on Thursday waved off Google's efforts to develop an open source operating system, saying that software developers would have to create different versions of the same application for different brands. Anyway 4GB is always  more secure than 300 GB.

Knights Ferry: Intel Unveils New Server Chip With 32 Cores

Intel announced a new 32-core server chip based on a new high-performance computing server architecture that mixes general x86 cores with specialized cores for faster processing of highly parallel scientific and commercial applications.
The chip, called Knights Ferry, is Intel's fastest processor ever and delivers more than 500 gigaflops of performance, Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel's data center group said Monday in a speech at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, which was also webcast.

BAD HARDWARE: We hope Knights Ferry will not be a Ghost Town in the end , like Larrabee.
In that case, 64 cores Knights Corner  - Single chip mesh computer in 22nm will start in 2011.

End of Intel monopoly: AMD is not any more bounded by producation

200M  X86 processors from a single fab each year. One fab say for graphics card chips, another for processors.

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