Thursday, March 31, 2011

Google's +1: This is pretty cool

This is pretty cool

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Server Hardware Market Will Reach $57.8 Billion in 2014

Server Hardware Market Will Reach $57.8 Billion in 2014

TSV and DDR4

More here.
Samsung already made some samples.
TSV should make possible big memory / processors bundles. Introduction in 2012.

Intel might use 16 MB caches bundles with TSV.
IBM too. Thus, year 2013 might be the year of TSV introduction. 2014 year of rise. And 2015 year of widespread use.

Bilboard hacking

Last year in Moscow, motorists and pedestrians were amazed to see a video billboard’s message transform from a harmless advertisement to a full-fledged porno scene.
Well, that is not all. The scandalous video had created a traffic jam on the ring road.

How fast is the Internet at Google?

Mind blowing.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NASA spaceship control network vulnerable to hackers

NASA spaceship control network vulnerable to hackers

Foreign spies' hack into Australian PM's computer

Foreign spies' hack into Australian PM's computer
Miss Gillard's parliamentary computer was among 10 machines used by senior government ministers which were compromised by the hackers, Australian intelligence officials have said.

3D glasses compatibility standard gets green light

PANASONIC AND XPAND 3D have proposed M-3DI, a 3D active-shutter glasses standard for compatibility between the likes of TVs, computers, projectors and cinema screens.

In the next 50 years, no more oil.


Oil Will Be Gone in 50 Years: HSBC

AI in Russian stealth plane !?

In addition, PAK FA is equipped with a fix-mounted AESA radar, as well as an unspecified form of "artificial intellect."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Report: Intel's faulty chip slows PC production

Intel's faulty chip slows PC production
The volume of debugged Cougar Points has been low, which has limited the volumes of Sandy Bridge PCs that can be made, the report said.

Why Oracle Is Charging Hard in Hardware

Oracle's CFO Safra Catz, who took the mic as Ellison attended jury duty, said that the company's hardware gross margins grew to 55% during the third quarter.

Over one million computers selling each day

Over one million computers selling each day

The world's smallest SSD

AMERICAN STORAGE MAKER Foremay has today announced its OC177 disk-on-chip (DOC), the world's smallest solid state disk (SSD) drive.

The company is shipping the SSD in capacities of up to 32GB and it measures just 22x22x1.8mm in size, almost the same as a 20 pence piece. According to Foremay, this makes it the world's smallest SSD.oads.

USB 3.0 is the latest earthquake victim

Finally, a truth on bad hardware

Pie in the sky! Qatar invents artificial clouds to beat the heat

Pie in the sky! Qatar invents artificial clouds to beat the heat World Cup

BAD HARDWARE: Cloud remotely controlled ?

Intel, AMD Hold Lead on Microprocessor Market Share: Report

In a year of major changes for the global microprocessor industry, one thing remained the same: leading suppliers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices in 2010 maintained their customary ranks in the market, research from IT analytics firm IHS iSuppli indicated. Intel finished the year with 81.0 percent share of global microprocessor revenue, up a scant 0.4 percentage points from 80.6 percent in 2009, allowing it to maintain leadership. Meanwhile, AMD ended the year with 11.4 percent share, down 0.8 points from 12.2 percent in 2009, keeping it in second place.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fukushima radiation level has been approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl !!

Japan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986

Why glasses-free 3D is going to be a small-screen hit

Why glasses-free 3D is going to be a small-screen hit
With glasses-free 3D unlikely to hit bigger screens any time soon, mobile manufacturers have time to shine. The 3DS can be used to take 3D photos and will be able to download some 3D movies, but it's primarily a gaming device and wider use will be limited.

Power wall: Game Over or Next Level ?

The era of sequential computing must give way to a new era in which parallelism is at the forefront,” the report asserts.

BAD HARDWARE: Solution? New materials.Researchers integrate GaP on silicon, III-V

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Intel quitely ships 4.4 GHz Xeon X5698

Intel Xeon X5698 is built on Westemere microarchitecture, and, with a couple of notable differences, shares many features with other Xeon 5600 chips. One of the differences, extremely high core frequency. This model has only two active CPU cores, and we believe that 4 other cores on the die are disabled. The processor comes with 12 MB L3 cache. However 4,4Ghz clock is not Intel's best X5698 part, but this one:
4.66 GHz

Apple Software Chief Serlet Is Stepping Down

Bertrand Serlet, former senior vice president of software engineering at Apple Inc. Source: Apple Inc. via Bloomberg

Apple Inc. (AAPL) announced the departure of Bertrand Serlet, a senior software engineer at the company since the return of Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs in 1997 and a main architect of the Mac operating system.
Serlet helped develop the Mac OS X operating system that runs Apple’s Macintosh computers. The next version of Apple’s Mac operating system, to be called Lion, is scheduled to be released later this year.

F-22 Raptor blinded in Libya !

The F-22 as it is now can only communicate with other F-22's via a data links during flights !?.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cray to build huge, grunting 20-petaflop 'Titan'

Titan will also make use of GPU co-processors to goose the performance of the machine,

Dimensions 41.5x21x20 in. / 508x533x1054 mm.
Weight 155.5 lb. / 70.5 Kg
Processor Support (4) Intel 5650
Core Logic Intel 5520 ICH10
Memory 48GB DDR3 1333 ECC
Expansion Slots (16) x16 PCIe 2.0
CUDA Support (8) Nvidia Tesla C2050
Storage 3TB 8HDD SATA RAID 5 w/ 1 Hot-Swap
LAN (2) 1Gb/s Ethernet – Public Net / Private Net
Network Interconnect 8 Port Switch + 4 Single Port InfiniBand QDR HCA
Optical Drive 3.5” CD/DVD-RW
I/O (2) DVI-X + (2) USB
OS Support CentOS, Scientific Linux, RHEL
+ CUDA IDE (Eclipse-based) + TORQUE + GANGLIA

Others available upon request.
UPS (Optional) (2) 2400 KVA 9130-2kW
Accessories Keyboard + Mouse

BAD HARDWARE: Thus, based on NVDIA CUDA and Intel's latest XEON.
LAMMPS - Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator using 2nd order Taylor series . Tianhe uses it too.
Interestingly to note, INtel's HAswell processor's will use 4 operands FMA. In 2013. Tesla supports FMA.

Shot in the ARM ?: Intel's Ultra mobile chief resigns

Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of the Ultra Mobility Group (UMG) at Intel Corp., said that he will be leaving Intel ''to pursue other interests,'' according to the chip giant

NASA's Orion Moon Craft Unveiled at New Spaceflight Facility

Lockheed Martin on Tuesday unveiled the first Orion spacecraft, a part of what NASA had planned as the sprawling and ambitious Constellation project that would offer a replacement for the space shuttle -- and a means to ferry humans into outer space and back to the moon.
The Orion crew exploration vehicle is on schedule to conduct its first orbital flight test as early as 2013 and provide initial operational flights by 2016 as required by the NASA Authorization Act of 2010.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Steve Jobs will face two hours of questioning

But, not medical questioning.
Steve Jobs has been ordered to answer questions regarding antitrust allegations in relation to Apple's Itunes music service and Ipod music player.

BAD HARDWARE: The man is allegedly ill. How they only dare?

Big Brother is among us: Hexacopter that detects motion and breathing

TiaLinx, Inc., a developer of remotely controlled mini-unmanned aerial and ground vehicles integrated with mm-wave miniaturized radars, today announced the launch of the Phoenix40-A. The mini-UAV system is capable of performing dual functions as a motion detector as well as probing for breathing of a hiding person in a compound. The mini-UAV can be remotely controlled at long standoff distances from ground or an airborne asset.

Bad hardware week: Ideal for Gadafi's and Israeli wall law enforcement.

ASUS launched tablet - notebook combo


Monday, March 21, 2011

Double floating gate FET: potential unified memory device

It is intended to replace a DRAM with a combined memory. The array may switch to a hibernate mode in ~30 ms, assuming 1024 rows in each memory bank.

A switch from a hibernate mode to the active mode takes ~14 ms.

Kaku: Demise of Moore's law in 2020

Around 2020 or soon afterward, Moore's law will gradually cease to hold true and Silicon Valley may slowly turn into a rust belt unless a replacement technology is found.

BAD HARDWARE: My prediction is less theoretical. Under current rate of progress, Intel will hit 4nm transistors in 2019 !. No free scaling lunch after that, except of radical change of basic functioning principles. Thus, actually no end of Moore's Law, but definitely the end of Moore's Law under well established premises.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spam Network Shut Down

Government PR department dismissed? No, not yet.

Microsoft Corp. and federal law enforcement agents seized computer equipment from Internet hosting facilities across the U.S. in a sweeping legal attack designed to cripple the leading source of junk email on the Internet.

Microsoft launched the raids as part of a civil lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle in early February against unnamed operators of the Rustock "botnet," a vast network of computers around the globe infected with malicious software that allows its masterminds to distribute enormous volumes of spam, peddling everything from counterfeit software to pharmaceuticals.

Google award: $5M for precision landing near an Apollo site at Moon

The Google Lunar X PRIZE expires whenever all prizes are claimed, or at the end of 2015.
Less than 5 years left !
Apollo 11 landing was hoax. Never touched the Moon surface ! Voice time delays were made by transfer of signals via Geo stationary satellite between USA and Australia locations.
Thus, why not triple prize for landing near Apollo 11 site? No one could get it. Ever.

Nearly half of all PCs to use graphics processors

The processors with built-in graphics capabilities will be installed this year on 115 million notebooks, half of total shipments, and 63 million desktop PCs, or 45 percent of the total, IHS said in a note on Wednesday.

By 2014, 83 percent of the world's notebooks and 76 percent of desktops will ship with graphics-enabled microprocessors.

Great backup device for digital camera

Large capacitor: 4F 5,5V.

WHat will happen with semiconductor industry if Fukushima melts !?!

Nomura warned that the quake may result in shortages of aluminium substrates for hard disk drives and silicon wafers, with Shin-Etsu Chemical and Sumco reporting interruptions to production. Mimasu Semiconductor , which makes 300-mm ingots, is also closed with no immediate timetable for restart, Nomura said.

BAD HARDWARE: The trouble is already mounted. Even Without reactor melting.

Airbus faces charges over 2009 Rio-Paris crash

A French judge filed preliminary manslaughter charges Thursday against Airbus over the 2009 crash of an Air France jet - opening a rare criminal investigation against a corporate powerhouse.

RSA: Cyberattack on us could put customers at risk !!

Information about RSA's SecurID authentication tokens used by millions of people, including government and bank employees, was stolen during an "extremely sophisticated cyberattack," putting customers relying on them to secure their networks at risk, the company said today.

F35 super fighter not ready due to software delays

The final block of software code won’t be delivered until 2015.

I can't imagine that kind of claim on 30 years ago ! No it is not only administration problem.
US most advanced fighter is now close to Russian target date. And China super fighter not a lot behind.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Inside The Deal That Made Bill Gates $350,000,000

This story was first published in the July 21, 1986 issue of Fortune. As Bro Uttal told Fortune's editor, Marshall Loeb, at the time (see Editor's Letter at the bottom of this page), "I doubt that a story like this has been published before or is likely to be done again."

Firefox 4 slated for March 22

The company says the file will be available on at 10:00 AM Eastern Time on March 22, making it one week after the other high-profile browser launch, Internet Explorer 9.

HAL, open that bloody doors ! Pleeeease.

NASA's humanoid robot unveiled on space station
Our final Tribute to Space Odyssey 2010.

April fools list ? : Most ethical world companies - Computer related

Adobe Systems
Cisco Systems
Hitachi Data Systems
Symantec Corporation
Teradata Corporation

Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge and AMD's 32nm FX on COmputex

Intel is preparing to unveil its next-generation processors based on the Ivy Bridge architecture as early as by Computex 2011 (May 30 to June 4), according to Commercial Times, a Chinese language business newspaper. Ivy Bridge is an gemetrical shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture, processors based on it will be manufactured on the 22 nanometer silicon fabrication process. Intel launched its Sandy Bridge 32 nm processors at CES 2011, in January.

In related news from the same source, AMD has also accelerated the production of its Llano APUs and is expected to begin shipping the APUs to ODM/OEM makers in May at the earliest instead of the original schedule set in the third quarter. FX launch at June 11th.

New compact laser diode breakthrough

Until now, the biggest challenge has been the failure rate of these tiny devices. They don’t work very well when they face huge workloads; the stress makes them crack.

IBM has another complementary solution.The modulator's waveguide structure, as well as the size of the device are both limited by the wavelength of light used. IBM's current generation coupler has a 500nm waveguide, and the device itself is a mere 200 micrometers long, half the wavelength of the laser's light. This makes it easily small enough to fit between current generation multi-core processor cores.

The device is many times more efficient than current bus technology. IBM bills speeds at 100 to 1,000 times faster than electrical, with energy consumption of 50 milliwatts or less.

Japan Earthquake 2011: WikiLeaks Reveals Government Warned About Nuclear Plant Safety In 2008

With fears of a possible nuclear meltdown in Japan continuing to escalate, evidence that the nation received warnings over the stability of its power plants from an international watchdog more than two years ago has emerged via a new round of diplomatic cables accessed by WikiLeaks.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Intel plans sub-10W Atom server CPU

Intel Corp. will ship next year its first CPU for servers based on its Atom core and consuming less than 10W.

Fundamentals of Low Power Design using Intel® Atom™ Processor

AMD Fusion based desktops will be available on 20th July

AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units Due in 2011
Model A8- 3560P A8- 3550P A8- 3560 A8- 3550 A6- 3460P A6- 3450P A6- 3460 A6- 3450 A4- 3360 A4- 3350 E2- 3250
Cores Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky
Core Count 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 2 2
Stream Core Count 400 400 400 400 320 320 320 320 160 160 160
GPU Clock-Speed TBD 594 MHz TBD 594 MHz TBD 443 MHz TBD 443 TBD 594 MHz 443 MHz
Radeon Brand HD 6550 HD 6550 HD 6550 HD 6550 HD 6530 HD 6530 HD 6530 HD 6530 HD 6410 HD 6410 HD 6370
Cache 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 2MB 2MB 1MB
Memory DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1600 MHz
Process Technology 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm
TDP 100W 100W 65W 65W 100W 100W 65W 65W 65W 65W 65W
Packaging FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1
Launch Q4 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2011 Q3 2011 Q3

First Olympic Bug: London 2012 Games countdown clock stops

The digital clock in central London which has been counting down to the 2012 Olympics has stopped, less than 24 hours after it started.

"The Omega London 2012 countdown clock was developed by our experts and fully tested ahead of the launch in Trafalgar Square," he added.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cell phones are 'Stalin's dream,' says free software movement founder

Nearly three decades into his quest to rid the world of proprietary software, Richard Stallman sees a new threat to user freedom: smartphones.

"I don't have a cell phone. I won't carry a cell phone," says Stallman, founder of the free software movement and creator of the GNU operating system. "It's Stalin's dream. Cell phones are tools of Big Brother. I'm not going to carry a tracking device that records where I go all the time, and I'm not going to carry a surveillance device that can be turned on to eavesdrop."

Stallman firmly believes that only free software can save us from our technology, whether it be in cell phones, PCs, tablets or any other device. And when he talks about "free," he's not talking about the price of the software -- he's talking about the ability to use, modify and distribute software however you wish.

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Nearly three decades into his quest to rid the world of proprietary software, Richard Stallman sees a new threat to user freedom: smartphones.

Processor Whispers – About Chancellors and 3D Chips

IBM intends to produce the Power8 processor, planned for 2013 (in 28 or 22nm), using 3D stack technology, with a directly linked memory and also, probably, a layer of small specialized computing cores adapted for specific intended uses. Maybe Intel will surprise us with 3D technology for its Haswell processor scheduled for 2013, perhaps, with a large "stacked" 16MB L3 cache. In any case, the processor's internal use name already includes a 3: H3

BAD HARDWARE: Intel's Rockwell 2014 will integrate in one die all what Haswell did in 2. So, what use of 3D? at Intel? HAswell FMA will use 4 operands FMA. That will require increased bandwidth and 16MB L3 accessed in a more direct way then previously. Oh by the way, IBM uses FMA since 1990 ! At CeBIT, IBM boss Palmisano tactfully covered up the slip-up of the German chancellor Angela Merkel who, during the presentation of IBM's 3D prototype chip, had asked him, "Do you take that from Intel?" His reply, "No, ours are better", was almost drowned by the audience's laughter.

Monday, March 14, 2011

4chan Hackers Leak Internal Bank of America Emails

4chan Hackers Leak Internal Bank of America Emails
The employee reportedly corresponded with Bank of America employees and was told to falsify loan numbers on documents to force Bank of America to foreclose on homeowners.

Solar Power Table That Wirelessly Charges Your Gadgets

Panasonic Unveils Solar Power Table That Wirelessly Charges Your Gadgets

Calxeda's ARM chips designed for 480-core servers

Calxeda's quad-core chips are based on ARM's Cortex-A9 design


On Win 8

Friday, March 11, 2011

Some Sandy Bridges have Anti-Theft Inside, but not the others ?

No one wants to steal them?

Devastating Earthquake in Japan: Sony , Panasonic, Toyota fabs closed !

As many as 4 million people are without electricity and fires are burning unchecked along the Japanese coast, according to reports. Many electronics companies are located in northeast Japan in the areas worst hit by Japan's earthquake and tsunami.
"There are car and semiconductor factories in northern Japan, so there will be some economic impact due to damage to factories," said Yasuo Yamamoto, senior economist at Mizuho Research Institute in Tokyo.
Tsunami will strike LA in 10 hours !

1 Tbit pilot optical network

The Terabit PIC transmitter described at OFC/NFOEC integrates ten 112 Gigabits/second wavelengths.
Terabit PICs will enable networks to scale to capacities up to 25Tbits/s.

BAD HARDWARE: We expect 1 Tb supporting chips commercially available only in 2015.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Graphene etching to usher in computing revolution

Graphene etching to usher in computing revolution

NAND flash memory for enterprise SSDs: Achieving high-endurance storage via signal processing

Widespread adoption of SSDs in performance-intensive enterprise datacenters has been impeded by concerns regarding the reliability of the underlying NAND flash memory.
By using MSP technology, NAND endurance can be enhanced by a factor of 20X to meet over 50K P/E cycles

How one cybercriminal stole $86 million

There was now only one place to trade stolen credit card data and fake identities. It was called Carders Market and it was run by the email's author, who went by the name Iceman.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

3D DRAM integration technology in 2013 !

The group hopes to accelerate the development of the technology. The "introduction vehicle" for the effort is a wide I/O DRAM for cell phones, he said. Device production is targeted for 2013.
Experts define a true 3-D package as one that stacks various chips vertically and then connects them by deploying TSVs. The aim is to shorten the interconnections between the chips, reduce die sizes and boost device bandwidths.
One of the big and recent announcements in the arena came from Xilinx Inc., which recently discussed a "stacked silicon interconnect" FPGA.
However, there are several problems with TSV technology: Lack of EDA design tools; complexity of designs; integration of assembly and test; cost; and lack of standards.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

AMD Finalizes Shipment Dates for Next-Gen Chips.

Will begin commercial shipments of its high-end FX-series chips based on Bulldozer micro-architecture in the second half of June and will initiate supplies of A-series code-named Llano accelerated processing units (APUs) in early July.

The code-named Zambezi processors based on Bulldozer micro-architecture with four, six or eight cores will belong to FX-series and will be sold under AMD Vision Black and AMD Vision Ultimate labels.

AMD's product family will include FX-series, A-series and E-series microprocessors.

By contrast, Intel's largest selling (by volume) product continues to be Pentium branded CPUs, manufactured at 45nm/65nm, and in general, Intel takes several years to transition to a new generation of CPUs.

Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data

In search of Moon bots: NASA this year began looking for small robotic landers it can operate on the Moon. NASA said the idea behind its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) program is to "obtain data and gather knowledge that reduces risks for future human and robotic lander designs by employing these missions as unique demonstration testbeds." The ILDD announcement will result in multiple small contracts with a total value up to $30.1 million through 2012, NASA stated. Astrobotic Technology, Dynetics, and Moon Express have been awarded contracts so far to continue research.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Lava tubes on Moon !

Using various techniques (explained in the paper) they find that the rough cylindrical tube which comprises the lava tube is 120 meters in diameter and 1.72 km in length. The thickness of the roof is 170 meters, hence safe from various considerations discussed above (radiation, cosmic rays etc.).

BAD HARDWARE: LEt me note that 70m of Moon soil is pretty good thermal isolation too. And some 360m or so long. On the other side, how to get in and out?Inflatable hotels would be great insulators for additional contstant habitat temperature raising, above the zero C ! What about use of SPace STation, after decommissioning? SOme of its parts. They are already above the Earth ! Think about large solar concentrators on roof ! For light and warming during the direct Sun expose.
Could it be done in 20-30 years? Yes !

Spice Up Your Life: Then and Now

Funny. WHat complication is our next?

NASA Moonrise will take 1Kg of Moon soil back to Earth !?

When? In 2016.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Second secret spaceplane to launch today

We have not seen an analysis that shows why it is worth that high price ??

Wild Thing: Charlie Sheen Sets New Guinness Record for Twitter !

1.2M followers in 25 hours !

BAD HARDWARE: 50K per hour !

Stellar photo recovery

Everything you lost from your flash card at your camera.

Here is how desperate people try another recovery ways.

Towards Picosecond Trading

Just when you thought high-speed cash equities trading could not get any faster, trading geeks have thrown a new concept into the mix: the picosecond.
The potential value of millisecond, or indeed a picosecond, was vividly demonstrated during a particularly bloody period on Black Friday, October 10, 2008, when the UK market plummeted at a hair-raising £250m a second.
Want to trade faster? Go to Antarctica
Google filed a patent for a floating offshore data centre, while 2007 technology firm Sun Microsystems unveiled plans to build a data centre in an abandoned coal mine.

BAD HARDWARE: Our computer clocks are still running at nanosecond levels. Picoseconds are 1000 shorter time periods. Picoseconds might be of interest using quantum computing technology.

Teenagers jailed for running “criminal equivalent of Facebook”

Nicholas Webber, who masterminded the criminal website, has been jailed for five years.
Webber, of Southsea, Hampshire, and Thomas admitted conspiracy to commit fraud and assisting offenders.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

On Operating System stability

In my 20 years of computer industry employment, I've had Windows NT
give me blue screens of death at least once a day, sometimes twice.
Windows 2000 and XP lock up on me at least once a week.

Been working with UNIX variants for almost 20 years. The UNIX
equivalent of a blue-screen of death is (was?) a "PANIC" message.
I've gotten them exactly twice since I began using UNIX on an old
AT&T 3B2 from Bell Labs.

BAD HARDWARE: Win7 doesn't show me dead screen. That is really great accomplishment on OS Stability ! :)

LeBron James slams computer illiteracy

LeBron James first used a computer in the fifth grade.

Diamond Composite Offers Unheard Electronics Cooling Capabilities

The research is focused on producing a silver-diamond thermal shim of unprecedented thinness – 250 microns or less.
To date, tests indicate that the silver-diamond composite performs extremely well in two key areas -- thermal conductivity and thermal expansion.

BAD HARDWARE: Diamonds are forever.

OgOle: World mobile data traffic to explode by factor of 26 by 2015

Millions of people around the world have cell phones but no electricity, and by 2015 a majority in the Middle East and Southeast Asia will live "off-grid, on-net.

Third of US fighting strength made up of unmanned vehicles by 2015 !

Several years ago the US defence department set itself the target of having a third of its fighting strength made up of unmanned vehicles by 2015.

ASUS delivers PC cases wraped around its motherboards.

Finally, a truth on bad cases

Human skin is memristor !

THE missing link of electronics, which evaded discovery until 2008, was at our fingertips the whole time. Ordinary human skin behaves like a memristor, a device that "remembers" the last current it experienced and varies its resistance accordingly.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The justices who have pronounced that Britain is no longer Christian did so in a court where witnesses swear on the Bible and invoke God’s help

The act of devil?
The Christians of an earlier era may not have known about multiculturalism, or predicted that it would be the signature tune of our times.

Bad pixel plague grounded Webb's telescope

NASA allows no more than 5 per cent of a detector's pixels to be hot by the end of the telescope's five-year space mission. At this rate, the detectors may exceed this limit before the telescope even leaves the ground, says Rieke.

HP is making nanostores using memristors

Historically, the first computer to achieve terascale computing (10^12, or one trillion operations per second) was demonstrated in the late 1990s. In the 2000s, the first petascale computer was demonstrated with a thousand-times better performance. Extrapolating these trends, we can expect the first exascale computer (with one million trillion operations per second) to appear around the end of this next decade. In Computer nanostores January article:
From Micro-processors to Nanostores: Rethinking Data-Centric Systems, the author explores that idea.

BAD HARDWARE: Calculation alone uses only 3% of needed energy. 30 times more energy is used for data moving. Look at the processor. 30 times of die area is used for cache than for processing itself. The same thing repeat in the data center.
In Computer nanostores January article:
From Micro-processors to Nanostores: Rethinking Data-Centric Systems, the author explores that idea.
Seems that in energy efficiency use we are deep in the diminishing return phase of computing age.

Dollar will have to fall by roughly 20%

How could the dollar's longtime most-favored-currency status be in jeopardy?

BAD CURRENCY: The dollar's reign is coming to an end.

I believe that over the next 10 years, we're going to see a profound shift toward a world in which several currencies compete for dominance.

Transistor pentode and quantum transistor

Pentode transistor
Quantum Tunneling Transistor

Which is the next transistor dopant, Germanium or radical InAs? Germanium obviously, InAs is like graphene, still unreproducible at wafer level.
Intel's Gargini says.

BAD HARDWARE: Seems that some works on graphene are on.
However, the domains were only 10-to-20 microns, 30 times smaller than the half-millimeter (500 micron) domains on which TI is now reporting.

SSD firmware destroys digital evidence, researchers find

SSD firmware destroys digital evidence, researchers find

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