Tiny capacitor, big capacity

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 08:41 AM |
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Drop by Ars Technica for an overview, and link to, a paper on using ferroelectric nanocapacitors as a storage medium.  The papers claim of one Tb/inch2 is a bit of an exaggeration for their current process, but as lithography progresses, the terabyte may be in reach.  If they can advance it quickly enough, we may see a whole new type of solid state storage.

Source: Ars Technica

Need a new security robot?

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 10:14 AM |
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Rememer Dr. Who?  What?  Are you in need a new device to spy on your friends and/or co-workers?  Are they also fans of Dr. Who?  If so, this Dalek-toy-turned-spy-device would be right up your alley.  ChannelFlip has video preview of a specially designed unit that would fit the bill nicely...

Source: General

Should've remembered the first time

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 10:10 AM |
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Among with the other problems that Windows XP SP3 caused, HD audio support was reported as missing thanks to the exclusion of the UUA in SP3.  The good news is that those problems only existed in the Release Candidate, the Final has no such problem.  Along with that tidbit, TechARP also offers a bit of advice that anyone who is running XP should heed, "install SP3 only if you have a fresh Windows XP SP2 installation."

Source: Tech ARP

Throw it out and start all over again

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 08:48 AM |
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It almost seems that graphics card companies are out to bite the hand that feeds them.  Without hardware reviewers, their sales would look fairly different, and they would not have the chance to sell as many different models as they currently do.  That didn't stop AMD from crash launching the HD 4850 and it certainly didn't stop nVIDIA from springing the 9800 GTX+ which lead to a very long Wednesday for hardware reviewers trying to get at least something up for their readers. 

Source: The Inquirer

The first 'cast of summer

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 03:32 PM |
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There are plenty of threads in the forums on what pieces of kit should go into a new system, and the hows and whys of whatzit A being better that thingamajig Q, but advice on

It's always the calm, quiet ones

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 08:51 AM |
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AMD has been very quiet about their GPU SDKs, but don't assume that they do not have one.  Close-to-Metal, their first offering was available before nVIDIA's CUDA and they have since added a second SDK called Brook+ which has an interface similar to C.  The Tech Report had a chance to talk about these two developers kits, and AMDs future plans for Stream computing and physics, along with the other uses these kits can be applied to.

Make your coffee break a little more relaxing

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2008 - 08:59 AM |
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As we are all feeling a little worried about

Source: Hack a Day

Come sail away ...

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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The Speed Link Styx
may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think gaming mice, but that may just mean you are North American.  On the other side of the pond Speed Link have made a name for themselves; with the Styx's 7 programmable buttons that can be programmed to fire up to 4 times on a single click plus on the fly DPI changing up to 2200, they are fit to compete with Razer and others.  Take a peek over at Hi-Tech Reviews.

If you are a fan of Metal Gear ...

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 09:51 AM |
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Then Metal Gear Solid 4 is probably for you; if you never liked it, or never played it, probably not.  The review at Ars Technica does contain a few spoilers, as it was hard for them to discuss how bad they felt the ending played out without mentioning why it was bad.  Still, they did find plenty to like about it, including the well done mulitplayer game.

Source: Ars Technica

Not the coffee!!! Anything but the coffee!!!

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 09:24 AM |
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Spam, phishing and malware are certainly inconvenient, but they are nothing compared to the evil of attacking one's caffeine source.  According to the story on Slashdot, some nefarious poltroon has figured out how to compromise a particular brand of coffee makers via it's internet connection, assumedly java enabled, and from there onto the PC that is connected to.  Don't worry about why a coffee maker should have an IP address, worry about the possibility of over-caffeinated morning people and IT workers d

Source: Slashdot