Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Large Li-ion battery packs: Active balancing improves many parameters

Large Li-ion battery packs: Active balancing improves many parameters

E.U. Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Google

E.U. Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Google

Fireworks at Dreamliner

Days before the fire, Boeing flew a Dreamliner to France for a look by Air France-KLM executives.

A French newspaper that said a worker left a metal tool in the electrical compartment.

Boeing Co. is modifying portions of the electrical system on its forthcoming Dreamliner, after an in-flight fire aboard a test plane two weeks ago again threw the timetable for the flagship program into doubt.

The move marks just the latest setback for the Dreamliner, which is running nearly three years behind schedule and is in danger of again missing a key milestone: its first delivery to a customer, which Boeing has projected for early next year.

The events also highlight the reliance of new planes on potentially fickle software and electrical systems. A post-fire power interruption caused a series of cascading power failures that affected many of the plane's systems, including autothrottle, computer flight-deck displays and electronic flight controls.But many of the 787's redundant electrical systems appeared to fail. Boeing long has maintained that the sophisticated electronics and software aboard the new Dreamliner were designed with many backups to avoid the kind of power-failure scenario encountered during the fire.

Bad Hardware: Is there pilot in the Airplane ! ? Though, a Federal Aviation Administration pilot was at the jet's controls when the fire broke out, and a Boeing test pilot was in the co-pilot's seat.

Next Assange: Attack on Mayor US Bank

Assange's next target: big business and corporate secrets. A major American bank, early next year.

The U.S. government hired a brilliant former hacker who goes by 'Mudge' to work on a project to stop digital leaks once and for all.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Worldwide anarchy in CSV format

How did the US government fail to prevent a digital leak of over three million classified and highly embarrassing documents?

Friday, November 26, 2010

EUV is the only technology available for mass production sub 20-nm

EUV is the only technology available for mass production sub 20-nm.

BAD HARDWARE: Oh yeah? Some analysts say that 25 fab will ramp in 2011. Next generation is 18nm in 2014. But, where are EUV (even pilot) chips now? Needed to invest in EUV fab.

Ghost trees

Glowing trees could light up city streets

Glowing lovers could seat below them.

A new thing for US -- half of the top 10 machines are in other places !

And US have no money to invest more?

Though, hmmm, 50% of the world's share is still good.
Renowned supercomputing expert Pete Beckman has been named director of a newly created Exascale Technology and Computing Institute (ETCi) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Google: Chrome OS Still Coming This Year

(It Just Might Be In Beta Form)

SAP shares fall on $1.3 billion Oracle fine ruling

SAP shares fall on $1.3 billion Oracle fine ruling

Dell replaced mainboards on 22% of the 21 million OptiPlex units sold

Dell has been haunted by issues and allegations surrounding the sale of defective OptiPlex Desktop PCs between 2003 and 2005. The systems sold were failing at very high rates and it was later determined that the reason for the wide spread failures was due to faulty capacitors used on the mainboards of the machines.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

e-paper on paper ?

A disposable e-reader could be on the cards, following the discovery that paper makes just as good a host material as glass.

Big Hardware

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rare earth become frequent problem in the US

Although industrial demand for these elements is relatively small in tonnage terms, they are essential for a diverse and expanding array of high-technology applications. REE-containing magnets, metal alloys for batteries and light-weight structures, and phosphors are essential for many current and emerging alternative energy technologies, such as electric vehicles, energy-efficient lighting, and wind power. REE are also critical for a number of key defense systems and other advanced materials.

Russia to return sample from Fobos, the US returns nothing

The head of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Anatoly Perminov, said here on Sunday that the launch of an unmanned lander to one of the moon of Mars, Phobos, was scheduled for October 2011.

Intel eyes 1,000-core processor

A prototype Intel chip that currently contains 48 cores could eventually be transformed into a 1,000-core processor.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Secret U.S. Space Plane May Be Too Mysterious

The Air Force launched the 29-foot-long, Boeing-built X-37 in April. Now six months into a potential nine-month deployment, the X-37 periodically changes orbits, frustrating amateur satellite-spotters.

Nile by night from space

American sex robots ready to invade the UK

American sex robots ready to invade the UK

Still, the added features don't come cheap, as Roxxxy carries a rather expensive $7,000 - $9,000 price tag, plus a required monthly subscription.

Sandia upgrades supercomputer benchmarks

Exascale supercomputers running a thousand times faster than today's petaflop machines will require newer performance measures, according to Sandia National Laboratories

Obama is Big Brother: FBI swoops on Google and Facebook

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, traveled to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to meet with top executives of several technology firms about a proposal to make it easier to wiretap Internet users.

The Most advanced rootkits ever

Security experts warn that 64-bit Alureon rootkit emerged. Earlier Alureon attacked 32-bit Windows, now is able to infect 64-bit Vista and 7. It is probably the most advanced rootkit ever.

AMD chips crunch Atoms in Fusion lab experiments

Mars hopper

Scientists and engineers at the internationally acclaimed Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester are developing a conceptual motor design for a Mars 'hopping' vehicle which should lead to a greater understanding of the 'Red Planet'.

Cyber bandit 'broke into Fed Reserve records

United States prosecutors say a sophisticated Malaysian cyber bandit has hacked into US Federal Reserve computers and also stolen nearly 500,000 credit and debit card numbers.

Among Poo's other alleged hackings, the Secret Service says he entered a Pentagon contractor's system "potentially compromising highly sensitive military logistics information".

Super-secret debug capabilities of AMD processors !

AMD processors (Athlon XP and higher) have included firmware-based debugging features that expand greatly over standard, architecturally defined capabilities of x86.

"I've been trying to put those registers to work as a soothing since my dearest one passed away, but there is little hope of success without knowing at least the functions of the bits in the Control register."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

WD TV Live Hub

That comes with the WD TV Live Hub, which will pack in 1TB of 2,5 inch HD on-board storage.

Will have too built-in Wi-Fi 802.11n networking, HDMI output, Ethernet, composite A/V, USB 3.0 host and web-browsing capability.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

USB - Satan's Data Connection

Evangelical Christians in Brazil have banned the use of USB connections after claiming the technology is the mark of Satan-worshippers.

Is external USB drive satanic too, remains to be seen.
It is the ideal solution for users (Satan worshipers) such as photographers or graphic designers who want to store and share high-definition photos or videos, large documents, presentations or music.

BAD HARDWARE: USB is de facto ideal device for devilish virus spreading.

Monday, November 15, 2010

French Connection: Lenovo to Launch LePad Tablet in the U.S. Next Year

LePad Tablet in the U.S. Next Year

Mr. Yang said Lenovo is assessing whether to use Google Inc.'s Chrome operating system on its computers, but declined to give details.

8 cool features of Chrome 8 beta

BAD HARDWARE: Recognizing PDF format (the tip from our French connection) by Chrome 8 browser too.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Unsung Heroes: 14 Years of Hard Drive Performance



Introduction Date

Launch Cost & $/GB

WD Caviar 22100



$279, $132.86

WD 400BB



$215 / $5.38

WD 800JB 80GB


$189 / $2.36

Seagate 7200.7



WD Raptor 36GB



$249 / $6.49

Seagate 7200.10



$99 / $0.40

WD 1TB Caviar Black



$183 / 0.18

WD 2TB Caviar Black



$300 / $0.15

WD Raptor 300GB



$300 / $1

Doomsday: I will scorch you nonbelievers !

THERE may come a point, if the world warms enough, when parts of the tropics will become so hot and humid that humans will not be able to survive. Models predict that this could start to happen in places in as little as 100 years in the worst case scenario. Now, observations show the process is already under way.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

First Apple sold for 150K Pounds

One of the first computers assembled by Apple in 1976 which was sold by the company's founder has been put in an auction in Britain with an estimated price of 150,000 pounds.

Shares of Cisco fell 14.7%

Investors were disappointed by Cisco (CSCO, Fortune 500)'s negative outlook, which was reported as part of its quarterly earnings report after the market's close on Wednesday.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Test Aircraft Demonstrates Emergency Landing

Aircraft was on regular approach when fire was noticed

Merriam-Webster - The Free Dictionary: Demonstrates 3rd person singular present of dem·on·strate (Verb)
1. Clearly show the existence or truth of (something) by giving proof or evidence.
2. Give a practical exhibition and explanation of (how a machine, skill, or craft works or is performed)

Bah, nothing unexpected. BAD HARDWARE WEEK noticed and recognized Boeing 787 long time ago as a magnet for all kind of problems.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NASA Demonstrates 40G/100G Networks at SC10

NASA and a team of federal, university and vendor partners will be demonstrating significant local- and wide-area file transfers using 40- and 100-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) network technologies at SC10, the international conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, November 15–18, 2010.

US plan Exaflops supercomputer in 2018

Prototyped Systems Expected to be Complete by 2018

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Google: How Companies Are Bypassing The U.S. High Income-Tax Rate

Countries such as the United States and United Kingdom are avoided by large technology companies because of their high income-tax rates. The U.S. corporate income-tax rate is 35%, while the U.K.'s is set at 28%.

Royal Navy website sunk by hackers

THE BRITISH Royal Navy has had to close down parts of its website after it was attacked, apparently by someone called Tinkode.

Why China's New Supercomputer Is not Technically the World's Fastest

Why China's New Supercomputer Is Only Technically the World's Fastest

The haploid human genome contains ca. 23,000 RNA replicators, but

However, 4000 (16%) of them are not DNA copies? Thus, central dogma of genetics simply isn't valid. Human genome dynamics is not unidirectional. DNA should govern RNA, thus who governs the rest 16% is still mystery.

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud

Exalogic is designed to revolutionize data center consolidation, enabling enterprises to bring together tens, hundreds, or even thousands of disparate, mission-critical, performance-sensitive workloads with maximum reliability, availability, and security.

Why Exalogic for data mining is needed at all?

iPad set to fuel explosion in data traffic

To start planning for 4G, 5G, and beyond, US should think about rolling a 50 year broadband plan.
Total U.S. mobile data traffic to exceed 1 Exabyte (billion gigabytes) by end of 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010

Why Robots With Vaginas Are a Bad Idea

The movies have got it all wrong: Robots aren’t going to destroy humanity.

The claims about land of Free doesn't relate to twitters

None are more enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free ~ Goethe

Twitter still not invented by then, when the Constitution have been concieved.

US Homeland Security monitors everyone's tweets

Mars hypersonic landing

Finally clever idea. It could take off from Mars too.
Of course, once upon time. It could effectively accelerate small load with rocket engine to Mars orbit.
Hmm, seems like a science fiction? Well, in my time army robots were too science fiction. Now, there are officially some 4000 applied in Iraq !

Friday, November 05, 2010

SAP AG has agreed to pay $120 million to Oracle Corp

SAP AG has agreed to pay $120 million to Oracle Corp in return for a promise by the U.S. company not to seek punitive damages in its suit against SAP for software theft, according to sources familiar with the agreement.

Climate change made ocean circulation switch direction

The circulation of water in the Atlantic Ocean reversed its direction less than 20,000 years ago, a study has found.

Deja vue: Internal memos confirm Apple's new MacBook Air has bugs

The sleek new MacBook Air models unveiled late last month are the slimmest computers Apple has ever produced — but the manufacturer still managed to find the space to pack in a few troublesome bugs.

Researcher: Rollable displays unfold in 2015

Rollable color displays could become available as early as 2015, according to a leading researcher in the field. The displays are expected to enable a new class of mobile products.

10 signs you need to drop your girlfriend

Well, the moral is quite applicable to your other obsolete hardware too.

Comet flyby amazing shot

NASA's Deep Impact "EPOXI" mission reported a very successful flyby of the comet Hartley 2 on Thursday. The probe passed 435 miles overhead of the primordial snowball at 27,000 miles-per-hour.
Deep Impact's fly-by reveals a small, peanut-shaped comet that has been spitting out cyanide for days.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Phase change memory solves server problems !

IBM is looking forward to improving its server computers within a few years through the use of phase-change memory (PCM), according to two separate reports that reference different senior executives with the company.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

CO2 emission problem remains long time unsolvable

Until you stop to eat.

Cloud Computing even at Mars

Cloud computing is a way to gain fast flexibility in computing ability by ordering capacity on demand - as if from the clouds - and paying only for what is used. NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project moved to this strategy last week for the software and data that the rovers' flight team uses to develop daily plans for rover activities.

Monday, November 01, 2010

AMD Cayman GPU roadmap

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