Adding more cores leads to bandwidth envy

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2010 - 12:47 PM |
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AnandTech has done a little bit of math and pointed out a little problem that will hit us by the end of the year.  With the new CPU's coming from both companies and the fact that they will have several dozen cores or threads, that 4Gb/s connection will be split up so many ways that it will no longer be fast enough to feed those CPUs.  We will be seeing servers with such incredible density that 100Gb/s services are no longer a dream, they will be a necessity to anyone wanting to take advantage of Magny-Cours or Nehalem EX. 

Source: AnandTech

Get your geek on with 137 years of Popular Science

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 03:34 PM |
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If you were born after the death of printed magazines then you can be forgiven for the confusion you might feel about what PopSci is.  For those who have been geeks for a long while, you probably have fond memories of the magazine Popular Science.  Now you can revisit that feeling as Google and PopSci have teamed up together to put the entire 137 years of PopSci online, searchable and readable for free.  Keep up with the newer publications or delve back into the past years to see what they thought the future we are cur

Unchain your speakers

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 01:57 PM |
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For some bizarre reason there are people who do not like having large amounts of room being taken up by large speakers in a 7.1 configuration.  Perhaps they have limited space or just do not appreciate the wonder that is a proper wall of sound.  For those who choose to go that way, Techware Labs has reviewed a kit that offers wireless 2.1 sound.  The EOS system consists of a receiver/broadcaster, wireless signal receivers and speakers, so drop by if that is your cup of tea.

Acer's new frameless notebooks might find themselves re-purposed

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 12:08 PM |
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Acer is planning on a new ultra thin line of notebooks with no frame and a keyless touch keyboard, according to DigiTimes.  Combining those two features does offer a way to make the MacBook Air look like it has a beer gut, but that is not the most interesting fact about these notebooks.  If reinforced glass is strong enough to be the back shell of a notebook, obviously it could also be used in a standard desktop monitor.  An all glass monitor would have absolutely no bezel on the sides; can anyone sa

Source: Digitimes

PC Perspective: Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2010 - 04:13 PM |
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It's the weekend and time to kick back with some good old PC gaming. There are some worthy PC gaming news this week so let's get down to it.

Metro 2033 Goes Gold and launches a new trailer. What could be a surprise hit this season, Metro 2033 has gone gold and celebrates with a new trailer. I'm really interested in this game and the early previews made it sound promising.

Source: General

Grab your own personal jetpack for only $75,000

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2010 - 12:15 PM |
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The Mythbusters might not have been able to build their own working jetpack but Martin Aircraft will sell you one for under $100,000, though shipping from New Zealand might be expensive.  The jetpack won't require a pilots license right now, but if they start selling many of these the chances are quite good that some regulations will be put in place.  In the mean time you can hit heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph according to Martin Aircraft.  You can see som

Source: MAKE: Blog

My keyboard is a leaf on the wind, watch it soar

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 05:44 PM |
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At Gizmodo you can see a keyless keyboard from Minebea called the Cool Leaf.  It is one of three products that they have recently rolled out, the other two being a calculator and a universal remote control.  All look like a translucent piece of plastic or glass but are in fact an electrostatic capacity type touch panel and a load sensor. 
Waterproof and dirt proof, though probably not smudge proof, they are both attractive and utilitarian and might be on many a de

Source: Gizmodo

Forget GPU accelerated Flash, time for 3D enabled FireFox

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 12:13 PM |
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At PC Perspective we have talked a lot about Ray Tracing, the people working to make it a reality and and the benefits it would bring, but we never discussed it as a plug in for a browser.  That is exactly what the fellows at RT Fact are doing and you should be able to try out their custom version of Firefox relatively soon.  As the fellows of Slashdot mention, we can only hope this proves

Source: Slashdot

Patriot displays Project Artemis, a 10TB SSD based system with over 150,000 IOPS

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:00 PM |
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Fremont, California, USA, March 3, 2010 - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technology, today announced a 10TB SSD based Full ATX Workstation, code named Project Artemis, on display at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.

Project Artemis is a blazing fast computer built using 40 256GB Patriot Torqx SSD drives offering a combined 10TB of storage and incredible speed.

Bad Company 2 picks up on destructible terrain

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 12:00 PM |
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Ars Technica has a chance to take out Battlefield: Bad Company 2
and it left them with a fairly nice taste in their mouth, although they'd set the bar pretty low.  The big news for many is the inclusion of destructible terrain, something that is left out of a huge number of games, but adds so much to them.  In one case, the tester at Ars was pinned down in a building but with a the use of a grenade to create an expedient exit through the back wall of the house solved that easily. 

Source: Ars Technica