Brilliance or BS?

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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There is a link on Slashdot leading to PC Magazines list of 5 ideas that they feel will revolutionize computing as we know it.  Movie theatre quality home projection systems, beanbag mice, and several other advancements are discussed.  See what is soon coming of the big labs like Bell Labs, IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and PARC, and decide for yourself if they hit the big ones, or if they missed out on your favourite emerging tech.

Source: Slashdot

One twisted mouse

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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If you are looking for a change of mice, consider the Evoluent VerticalMouse 3, your wrists may love you.  It is designed on an angle, so your hand is in more of a handshake position that a hiding your poker hand position.  It also has adjustable DPI up to 2600, and 5 programmable buttons, which can have different uses in different apps. 

Source: CoolTechZone

When errata attacks

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Yesterday Intel released a patch to it's C2D processor line, or rather snuck it out.  Today on Slashdot is information on what exactly was patched and why you should be worried about it.  The issues range from buffer overflow-like vulnerabilities to floating point instruction non-coherencies, and memory corruptions.  Even better is the fact that some of these bugs do not seem possible to be fixed via software.

Source: Slashdot

The new military simulator

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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Armed Assault:Combat Operations is not exactly the sequel to Operation Flashpoint, but it is it's descendant.  If you missed out on Operation Flashpoint, it was far more than a FPS like the Battlefield or Call of Duty series, more like a simulator.  You didn't get to save during missions, but you could take advantage of the entire world to get your job done, including taking control of any vehicle and later in the game, ordering your squad around ...

Source: Gamepyre

The price of being cool

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Pricing on the iPhone, and the plans from AT&T have hit the streets, shortly before the June 29th release date.  The hype surrounding this device has been everywhere, but we have been short on some details, which are being dribbled out as the date goes closer.  Read more about the service plan you can expect to get on CoolTechZone.

Source: CoolTechZone

Intel Accelerates High Performance Computing Clusters

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:18 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and DRESDEN, Germany, June 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced new technologies that will advance and accelerate growth of high-performance computing (HPC) - from deskside supercomputers to high-end petaflop-sized clusters. Intel Cluster Ready and Intel Connects Cables help simplify cluster use and deployment as high-performance computing use expands from academic and scientific realms to more mainstream use in data centers.

ntel Introduces Worldwide Software Training Curriculum to Spur Multi-Core Computing Software Design

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 03:03 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 26, 2007 - Intel Corporation unveiled today a global training curriculum for software developers to speed and expand software development for multi-core processors. The Intel Software Training Program offers classroom courses and hands-on lab work to better train software developers in multi-threaded application design.

High def sound for your high def movies and music

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 01:31 PM |
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7.1 cards are becoming more common as PC add on cards, and they aren't all made by Creative.  Diamond's XS 7.1 cards are relatively inexpensive, and offer you the chance to hear full Dolby surround sound.  OCC compares it to the Turtle Beach Montego, and you can follow their testing here.

Under seige

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 11:39 AM |
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Join Ars Technica in taking a look at spam, phishing, botnets and more.  They briefly look back at the trends that we have seen in the wonderful world of identity theft and scams, and examine the new trends we are seeing currently.  Viruses now mutate, so no matter how long the list of definitions is, anti-virus software is becoming obsolete.  The popularity of social networking programs gives new weapons to the hordes of zombie computers out there, which they are

Source: Ars Technica

Connect3D disconnected?

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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There are rumours of bankruptcy surround Connect3D, a company that has produced ATI cards in the past, and was indicated to be a major partner for AMD.  The US site is no longer up, although there are links to sites Great Britain, Poland and Germany which are still active.  Keep an eye on The Tech Report's coverage of this story here.

Share your perspective with us on the forums

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 05:42 PM |
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Behind every good http is an ftp, and there are plenty of ftp clients to chose from.  Contribute to this thread in the General forum, and let us know your favourites, or vote on the best (unofficial) 80211n routerWatercooling fanatics can participate in this poll, which asks where you usually keep your reservoir when you build a watercooled rig.

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Logitech Classic

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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After straying away from the MX series with the G5, a move that left off the features that made the MX series so popular, Logitech is going back to that design.  The new revision of the G5 sports the second thumb button as well as new features, like LEDs to show which DPI setting you are at.  Virtual-Hideout also applauded the use of variable weights, so you can get the mouse to feel exactly like you

Destructive Criticism

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP noticed a video of a guy with a message to send to Apple.  It seems they denied his warranty claim on a Macbook, so he vented his frustrations and recorded it for posterity.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The sound of Linux

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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Amarok is a popular and useful media player for Linux, but it also has some secrets you may not know about.  TECHGAGE takes you through some of these features, like streaming music and integrating the player with last.fm.  If you use Linux, or are even just considering it, take a look at what you can do with this program.

Source: TECHGAGE

Royalties killed the internet radio star?

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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In protest to the rise in both the minimum royalty payment, and the price per listener per hour, webcasters are planning a day of silence on Tuesday, June 26th.  The royalties do not come into effect until July 15th, so the participants still have some time to attempt to get it changed.  [H]ard|OCP can supply you with the tools you need to get the whole story.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The return of Pipboy

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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Fallout 3 is definitely more than just a few ink spots on a designers wall, although it will still be locked away in a vault for a year before we get our hands on it.  The trailer was really just a tease, but The Tech Report has spotted a bit more info, and what looks like gameplay screens.  Bethesda has been being very quiet about this game, but as details emerge it looks to be something special, as long as they didn't make a bloody mess, in which case they're dogmeat.

Asset Light

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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The Inquirer has a link with a bit of interesting news about AMD.  It would seem that they are looking for a partner to help them set up a new fab in Saratoga County, in upper NY State.  Also in the article, although denied by the AMD rep, is a question about the future of one of the two AMD Dresden fabs.

Source: The Inquirer

So, ya wanna be in IT?

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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More than that though, you want to work at a place you like.  To that end, Slashdot has linked to an annual survey done by Computerworld on the best I.T. departments in the USA to work at.  Check it out to see if there's one would apply at.  Be forewarned though, the workers that completed this survey may have done so under the vengeful eye of a representative from the H.R. department.

Source: Slashdot

Better for your neck than your image

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2007 - 11:20 AM |
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Video iPods and similar devices have made long trips a little more bearable, allowing you your own entertainment choices and freedom from depending on scenery or inflight movies.  At the same time, how many of us are vigorously rubbing the back of our necks trying to get the kinks out after having it bent for hours at a time?  Ars Technica reviews a pair of wearable video displays that sit over your eyes to display videos, so you don't have to crane your neck.  No guarantees that they make you look stylish.

Source: Ars Technica

AGEIA's PhysX Brings New Physical Realism to Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 03:55 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 15, 2007 - AGEIATechnologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC and console games, today announced that AGEIA PhysX will be helping to provide a new level of realism in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW 2) from Ubisoft. Leading-edge video game developer GRIN has leveraged PhysX to extend the visually rich and complex GRAW 2 to an entirely new level of game realism and interactivity, with dynamic gameplay physics, impactful environmental effects and persistent destruction and debris throughout.

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