Globalfoundries' secret plan for domination

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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Much speculation has been made about how AMD's recently spun off manufacturing capability can manage to compete with such long standing and very large manufacturers like TSMC.  We've speculated that innovations like Advanced Process Management as well as process shrinkage, but it looks like they have other shoes in the fire.  They've poached a senior director from TSMC and a past VP from one of their major clients, Altera.  DigiTimes also feels they have

Source: Digitimes

The Proving Grounds

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 05:25 PM |
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A new look at a popular game

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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When Dawn of War II first came out, we heard all about the new take on RTS that it provided, along with the inclusion of Boss battles.  We saw a lot of performance data on the game, with most of the cards that were current at the time being tested.  Since then, both AMD and nVIDIA have been churning out cards at an incredible pace, with a new generation of cards having never seen a benchmark of DoW II performance.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

You're outta here!

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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Against all advice, be it legal, political or otherwise, France has decided to implement it's 3-strikes law against copyright infringers. 
Call it "Creation et Internet," or "Loi Olivennes" or HADOPI, this law makes it punishable to not 'secure your internet connection', for public WiFi operators to allow access only to a "white list" of acceptable sites and don't even mention file sharing.  The third strike, after an email and registered letter is the disconnection of your ISP account for 3 months to a year, to let you have time to think about how horrible you have been.

Source: Ars Technica

EC Ruling: Statement by Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 11:27 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 13, 2009 - Paul Otellini, Intel Corporation president and CEO today issued the following statement regarding the European Commission decision on Intel's business practices:

"Intel takes strong exception to this decision. We believe the decision is wrong and ignores the reality of a highly competitive microprocessor marketplace – characterized by constant innovation, improved product performance and lower prices. There has been absolutely zero harm to consumers. Intel will appeal."

Nothing but the basics

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 06:02 PM |
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Picking up a high end gaming mouse for your office PC might be amusing, but it really isn't necessary.  Likewise, picking up an incredibly fancy wireless keyboard to run your HTPC is not ideal either.  I-ROCKS RF-6572A 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse are a much wiser choice.  Solid wireless performance with enough channels to ensure you encounter no interference and a nice neat design are this combos qualities.  The mouse has five buttons, you won't be forced to give

Source: Tweaknews

The second half of Intel's plans for 2009

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 03:39 PM |
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For the second half of 2009, Intel will be refreshing their mobile lineup from the top to the bottom.  At the high end are the 14" to 18.4" Calpella notebooks, which will retail at about $1,200.  They will also be introducing ultra thin CULVs, which will be 12" to 13"at retail between $699 to $1,10.  There will also be two Atom based netbooks, an 8.9" N270 and 945GSE for about $256 and the 10" N270 with 945GSE chipset.  If you don't want an Atom powered netbook, there will be a Pineview based CPU + Tiger Point chipset
for somewhere between $399 to $599. 

Source: Digitimes

Big sound, small package

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 01:09 PM |
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For gaming, the Sennheiser PC-350 is a great set of headphones, but for music it is not your best choice.  They are designed to be mobile, folding up into a small enough size that they can be tossed in a laptop bag.  DriverHeaven really liked the performance while being shelled in CoD 4 and found that the surround sound was good enough to determine enemy positions by audio cues.  When listening to music, the poor bass performance stands out

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Don't bother coming to get some, we're all out

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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From the short video of game play, the long wait for Duke Nukem might have almost been worth it.  Along with a rather impressive use of the Unreal Engine and lighting to create a very nice looking world is some heavy scripting.  A lot of the eulogy contains both enemies and Duke performing some rather intricate scripted movements along with the game play shots.  It is hard to say just how well the game would have worked with jumping pig men, but hopefully someone will get their hands on the code, however unlikely that is. 

Source: Slashdot

64 years of celebrating VE Day

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 06:37 PM |
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A while back Ryan experimented with a powerline ethernet adaptor from Linksys, and found it to be quite easy to use and effective, as long as you knew which circuits were which in your house.  Since that time there really hasn't been any forum members who have picked up a kit to try for themselves, though some have expressed an interest.  If anyone has tried this type of network, drop by this forum post to let us know how well it worked for you<