NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Dally Receives Computer Architecture’s Highest Honor

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2010 - 12:51 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.—May 12, 2010—Two leading computing organizations today honored NVIDIA chief scientist Bill Dally with the Eckert-Mauchly Award, which is considered the world’s most prestigious prize for computer architecture.

In awarding the prize, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE) called Dally a “visionary” for advancing the state of computing using parallel processors.

Source: NVIDIA

Bungie is Reaching for another dorm room hit

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2010 - 12:22 PM |
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HALO:Reach is in beta and Ars Technica had a chance to try it out and have reported on what they found.  New armour and weapons like the Designated Marksman Rifle have been added and the Elite now offers a completely different experience from playing a Spartan.  There are also new game types for multiplayer to try out the new toys on.  There is even a nice gameplay movie featuring some nice ninja moves.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's stream of mobile releases

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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AMD's new mobile platforms, Danube and de Nile, have finally become clear enough to let us see to the bottom of them.  Revealed is a new chipset, the M880G with a DX10.1 Radeon HD 4200 onboard, DDR3 support.  The CPU will be 45nm process Neo chips for the ultra-mobile Nile platform and a mix of Phenom II, Turion II and Athlon II chips for the mobile Danube platform. There will be a lot of choice as AMD has 135 Danube and Nile based laptops in the pipeline.  Read on at The Tech Report.

Why didn't I think of that - nylon tubing standoffs edition

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2010 - 11:39 AM |
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When you see it done you suddenly wonder why it is you haven't thought of it before.  A rig you are working on has random crashes that seem to possibly be caused by electrical shortages, as it is stable out of the case but not inside.  You see that it uses metal standoffs and spend a while fighting with washers between the standoffs and the PCB, try using less than what you consider a safe amount and even try scavenging plastic standoffs from other systems.  All this time

Source: MAKE: Blog

The sweet sound of wood in your ear?

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2010 - 05:25 PM |
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Having a nicely tooled wooden veneer or even making components completely out of wood adds a bit of style, especially if you prefer wood grain to plastic smoothness.  However, making in-ear headhones out of wood seems a little unnecessary as the majority of the earphones are in your ear, as the name implies.  That hasn't stopped Mee Electronics from releasing their R1 Wooden In ear Headphones.  Is there perhaps more than just aesthetics driving their choice of materials? 

Happy Monday, your anti-virus program just got p0wned

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2010 - 11:58 AM |
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The good news is that to use this exploit your PC already has to be comprised pretty badly.  The attacker must already have to the ability to run binaries on your system as there is a significant amount of code that needs to be loaded in order to run this particular exploit.  Unfortunately once they do have that control, they can thoroughly disable your anti-virus, even if you are running without administrative privileges. 
Consider it the second part of a two step attack with the first attack coming through an ActiveX or Acrobat (etc) drive by exploit.  The attack goes s

Source: The Register

58 years ago Geoffrey William Arnold Dummer prophesies the Integrated Circuit

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2010 - 06:19 PM |
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If you have read Ryan's recent editorial on the iPad, you should know that there is an active forum thread where you can talk about your reactions to his statements and maybe chime in on any other tablet related comments, or about Apple's apparent business model for the iPad and iPhone.  If you aren't so interested in laboured fruit, perhaps you might find a discussion on spyware scanners

We need faster NAND if we want SSD performance from mobiles

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2010 - 11:47 AM |
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Samsung's new 8 Gigabit OneNAND won't be speeding up SSDs soon but it may well be bringing more performance to small devices with embedded flash memory.   The name tells it all, this is about bits not bytes; speed not size.  Traditional NAND hits 17Mb/s and Samsung claims their new NAND hits 70Mb/s which might not be a true Gb/s but certainly ramps up the speed.  Read on at SemiAccurate to see how fast it could do the Kessel Run.

Source: SemiAccurate

Intel Light Peak technology is demonstrated, we want it yesterday

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2010 - 03:42 PM |
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Yes, you hear me rant and rave about how awesome USB 3.0 is - and I still think that is the case.  No doubt we should be trying as much as possible to move away from legacy USB 2.0 crap and move into the world of USB 3.0 that is about 10x faster.  But at PC Perspective we are always looking ahead (except when we are looking behind us for that guy with the knife) and the light at the end of the connectivity tunnel might just be Light Peak.

Source: engadget

TESLA has been trimmed, in a way that hurts performance

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2010 - 03:19 PM |
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If you heard about the 1U servers that utilize nVIDIA's new Tesla cards and were wondering just how they managed that without creating a fire hazard, The Inquirer will let you in on a well known secret.  What happened was an 18% cut in clock speed and trimming 64 stream processors and the card are still pulling 10% more than they were originally billed as pulling.  It will be interesting to see what this does to nVIDIA's attempted break into high performance computing.

Source: The Inquirer