Friday, January 29, 2010
Stinking things about Apple's iPad
Bank card security stinks a lot
Cell phone wiretaps
Statistics show Government agencies on average conduct 50,000 legal wiretaps per year.
Another 150,000 phones are illegally tapped by private detectives, spouses and boyfriends and girlfriends trying to catch a potential cheater. Another estimate shows up to 100,000 phones are wiretapped by companies and private industry in some form of industrial espionage. It is happening and it is a big business.
BAD HARWDARE: How the hell court order can allow someone to tap your encrypted conversations? Except in case all that of them have installed back doors by default.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
First 100 Gbps Ethernet backbone link
THERE are few facets of society that have remained untouched by the internet. From business communication to leisure activity, the net has transformed the way we behave.
Yet at its heart the internet has stagnated. As a slew of bandwidth-hungry services come on-stream, the fibre-optic backbone that forms its trunk routes are at risk of becoming overwhelmed by too much data. It's due for an upgrade.
The first inklings of what the upgrade might look like can be seen in an ultra-fast 900-kilometre fibre-optic link between Paris in France and Frankfurt in Germany installed by telecoms firm Verizon. It is a foretaste of a high-speed internet backbone with enough capacity to satisfy bandwidth-hungry applications well into the future.
Today, the fastest throughput on most of the global telecommunications network is 10 billion bits (gigabits) per second - so sending the contents of a full DVD would keep a link tied up for around 4 seconds. It has been that way since 1996 - an era when users stepped onto the information superhighway via dial-up modems and the original Netscape Navigator browser.
Masses of optical fibre cables were added to the backbone during the dotcom boom a decade ago, initially producing a huge glut in capacity. Now new users and new services - social media, video downloads, streaming audio and video, file sharing and cloud computing - are filling up those fibre pipes. More capacity will soon be needed, but providing it poses considerable challenges.
In today's fibre-optic backbone, digital 1s and 0s are represented by switching a laser beam on and off. Lasers send dozens of separate signals down each optical fibre at slightly different wavelengths, which together can convey 10 gigabits of data per second. But this techniques has its limitations: trying to raise the data rate for each wavelength won't work, as the signals start to blur together. The problems of signal integrity are "100 times worse at 100 gigabits than they are at 10", says Dimple Amin of network equipment maker Ciena of Linthicum, Maryland.
The starting point for the new 100-gigabit technology was to ditch the off-and-on switching, and instead modulate the phase of the light waves - moving them ahead or behind by a fixed increment. The simplest approach is to shift the phase by 90 degrees - one-quarter of a wavelength - to distinguish a 0 from a 1. Higher data rates require a more elaborate process, called quadrature phase-shift keying, which has four possible shifts, +135, +45, -45 and -135 degrees, each representing a different pair of bits, 00, 01, 10 or 11.
The 100-gigabit system abandons on-off switching in favour of changing the phase of the light waves
That alone isn't enough to reach 100 gigabits. To achieve that goal requires signals with two different polarisations, which can be separated at the receiver, each carrying 50 gigabits.
Even then, after passing through hundreds of kilometres of fibre, the input signal must be processed with light from an internal laser to extract a clear signal. The receivers are equipped with powerful electronic circuits, which analyse the signal and minimise noise added along the cable, says Amin. "The end points got a lot smarter and can deal with everything in between."
Without this, "we could never have gotten into the ultra long haul" of 1000 to 1500 kilometres, says Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon's director of network backbone architectures.
The Canadian telecoms equipment company Nortel, which built the Verizon system, has shown it can transmit signals more than 2000 kilometres in a test on an Australian network owned by Telestra. "The 2000 kilometres was a bit of heroism. For most applications we're saying it's more like 1000 kilometres," says John Sitch, senior adviser on optical R&D at Nortel.
There are still some problems facing the ultra-fast backbone. Noise can be a killer if 10 and 100-gigabit channels are transmitted through the same fibre at closely spaced wavelengths. And the first generation of 100-gigabit systems can only stretch half as far as today's 10-gigabit systems before signals are lost, Wellbrock says.
"But you don't need to try 4000 kilometres," Wellbrock points out. "The majority of traffic in the US is 1500 kilometres or less, and it's less in Europe." As first steps go, a near 900-kilometre link isn't a bad effort.
When you can't afford to wait
The latest fibre-optic links boost internet speeds in more ways than one. As well as data capacity, they also improve a facet of data transmission which for some applications is even more important. That is the link's "latency" - the time lag between sending a command to a remote server and getting a response.
The round trip from your computer to a remote server takes time, and although light travels at 200,000 kilometres per second in an optical fibre, the delays can add up. For example, if the page you are accessing includes 100 discrete elements, retrieving each one is a separate operation. For a server 1000 kilometres away, the 100 round trips would add up to a full second's delay.
Existing 10-gigabit systems make matters worse by forcing the signals to travel a longer distance than they need to. To minimise the blurring caused by the interaction of light with long stretches of glass (see main story) additional lengths of fibre with subtly different optical properties have to be added - typically 15 to 20 kilometres for every 100 kilometres of transmission fibre. The new 100-gigabit technology does away with the need for extra fibre repeaters. That is exactly why it is Ethernet suitable.
Where time is money, latency matters. Last year, the New York Stock Exchange bought a 100-gigabit system to transmit stock data in the New York and London areas, which it hopes will reduce latency by 60 to 70 milliseconds. It reckons this investment is worth making because the improvement will enable its staff to make trades ahead of competitors.
Win 7 updates
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Bill Gates: U.S. economy could take years to recover from recession !
Predicted taxes will have to rise to bring the federal budget into balance
"When you have a financial crisis like that, it's years of digging out," said Gates sagely.
BAD HARDWARE: Great Depression 2 Ahead ?
And WW3 after those recovery years ?
Wouldn't say for Microsoft shares after Bill's oh yeah Win 7 gesture, at the recent Sundance festival .
GB finally goes out of recession !
Britain’s gross domestic product grew 0.1 percent in the October to December period from the previous quarter
Monday, January 25, 2010
Tweet from the outer space ?
PS3 security fell after 3 years, 2 months, 11 days
Blog in the name of God !
Friday, January 22, 2010
EUV for production fabs for the 13-nm logic node in 2016
As you know 13nm is EUV's native wave length, so it will start only as direct lithography method.
If ever, because only 4 geometry shrinking steps are possible: 10nm, 8nm and 5nm.
After that, no further shinking at all, or forced complete change of used switching principles.
So, EUV is pretty unlikely.
Linux kernel: Free, but 75% prepayed !
All 32 bit Windows versions bugged
Virtual DOS is a hole.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Six unemployed people per US job opening
Over 70% of IBM's employees, for instance, are based overseas; the company slashed its U.S. workforce by about 10,000 in 2009.
This trend has plenty of room to run, as Princeton University economist Alan S. Blinder estimates that up to 29% of all U.S. jobs could be offshored in the coming decades.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Too big to fail : JAL Failed
Monday, January 18, 2010
6 engines monster
AMD's and Intel's strenght directly compared
Intel fabs in Israel under strike, working too much !
Regress standing against progress. That is the gut-conclusion we reach when shown the images of black-clad ultra-Orthodox Jews standing as a monolithic angry mob out to protest at the shiny Jerusalem offices of the mega-successful microchip maker Intel.
At issue is Intel's Jerusalem factory and its continuing work hours on Shabbat (Saturday)
German government warns against using MS Explorer
Microsoft rejected the warning, saying that the risk to users was low and that the browsers' increased security setting would prevent any serious risk.
"This is a vulnerability that was announced in the last couple of days. Microsoft have no patch yet and the implication is that this is the same one that exploited on the attacks on Google earlier this week," he said."The way to exploit this flaw has now appeared on the internet, so it is quite possible that everyone is now going to have a go."
40G and 100G Ethernet is rising
Juniper, Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent have all announced 40G or 100G Ethernet router products for service providers, and all expect to ship this year.
Friday, January 15, 2010
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: 150 000 page views !
Intel’s Bet on Innovation Pays Off in Faster Chips
And you will see PC sell increasing. MORE THAN 90 MILLION PCs were shipped in the last quarter of 2009 which is 22.1 per cent more than in the fourth quarter of last year.
Comic: After the Computing Singularity
The rise of military robots
BAD HARDWARE: Asimov basic rule violation !
Cheers, Big Brother !
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Burn Hazard: Acer Recalls Notebook Computers
Antartic entered a period of accelerated shrinking !
According to Katz's model, the grounding line probably passed over the crest in 1996 and is now poised to enter a period of accelerated shrinking.
PC Shipments Surge 15% Globally !
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Greed as a success symbol
Bad from Intel: Feds don't understand chip industry
In formal responses to antitrust lawsuits filed by federal and New York authorities, Intel claims government investigators based their allegations on a serious misunderstanding of the microchip industry and the Santa Clara company's internal e-mails.
One of Intel's responses was aimed at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which accused the company in a Dec. 16 suit of engaging in a campaign to discourage computer makers from using microprocessors from Sunnyvale-based Advanced Micro Devices and graphics chips from Nvidia of Santa Clara. Although posted on the FTC's Web site Friday, Intel's document had escaped media attention until the company alerted a reporter to its existence Tuesday.
Analyst expecting big quarters from Intel, AMD
Google hacked in China
BAD HARDWARE: How and why the hell, Google headquarter knows who are these Chinese human rights activists? Big Brother must know everything? Hahaha.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Word of the "decade" is Google
Seems we have a switch from words to words search in a decade.
What is the next? Picture!?
Big Brother in the test mode
Now, if already has been taken in some in data base, your scanned body can be compared with your stored body in that data base. Big brother thus can know for example are you becoming fatter or bodily different in any kind.
Especially, it can notice first rank details like are you hidden Jew or Muslim. Ha.
However, I like this part the most: The TSA says, the machines are not networked and cannot be hacked . We finally got unhackable machine that even not networked can send scanned images, as the link above states. Haha.
Friday, January 08, 2010
US military switched to MSkype !
Of the major “transformation” programs designed to network different weapons platforms that were started by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the radio system is the only one that has survived the Obama administration.
Why Microsoft wasn't dead born company ?
BAD HARDWARE: Well, IBM wouldn't like to lose its mainframe monopoly in 1972. Or someone from IBM (say Bill Gates mother) itself gave to Bill God's gift: DOS requirement in year 1979.
By 1982, when IBM asked Microsoft to release a version of DOS that was compatible with a hard disk, PC-DOS 2.0 was an almost complete rewrite of DOS, so by March 1983, very little of QDOS remained.
Thus we see, first PC in 1972 was obviously too complex, too weak, to expensive for the next 10 years.
Steven Jobs turns on his new tablet without Intel inside logo
Finding Extraterrestrial Pandora Could Happen Anytime Now
Avatars will follow.
Dark Sun: Jupiter with Moons, 400 years later
Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series brings DX11 to laptops
|Mobility Radeon HD 5800 series||Mobility Radeon HD 5700 and 5600 series||Mobility Radeon HD 5400 series|
|Transistors||1.04 billion||626 million||242 million|
|Max. core clock||700 MHz||650 MHz||750 MHz|
|Peak shader arithmetic||1.12 TFLOPS||572 GFLOPS||120 GFLOPS|
|Max. memory rate||4 Gbps (GDDR5)||3.2 Gbps (GDDR5)||3.2 Gbps (GDDR5)|
Is Silicon Valley now Ghost Valley ?
You can't export production to China and fill new homes, even keep the old ones filled.
Ghosts in Palo Alto and Mountain View:
Ken roamed the Deitsch home for 17 years. At times, the family talked to him, asking him to leave."He wasn't invasive. He just let us know he was there," Irene said. After extensive remodeling, he disappeared. "He didn't have his old haunts anymore."
Skyscrappers trigger recession, something like rainfall ?
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Now we got Y2010 bug !
Abu Dhabi seeks stake in UMC
Windows 7 Internet problems solved !
If you switch to DHCP connection, problem should vanish. Why?. Windows 7 has an option to make order of IP stack awaking. BY default, Wireless id the first, and if a problem there the whole connection goes down in unpredictable way. Remedy is to push wired connection at the stack top. And that is all.
Sony says 3D is here to stay !
ASUS Atom based Keyboard gets a price
Thanks VR-Zone for the link.