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Comment: Do something impossible (Score 1) 172

by Extide (#46936507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?
When I am learning a new language, I usually try to think of something cool to do, that would be pretty difficult, and then challenge myself to actually do it. Using the many resources available on the web you should be able to figure out any problem you run across. I am personally more into utility type apps, so that's the sort of things I have done, but if you are more into games or whatever you can do that too.

+ - Google Using Sea Water to Cool New Data Center-> 1

Submitted by miller60
miller60 (554835) writes "Google will use cool water from the Baltic Sea in the cooling system for its new data center in Hamina, Finland. This approach provides Google a new way to operate without chillers, in addition to using fresh air (free cooling) as it has in Belgium. A number of large energy users use cold water from large fresh water lakes, including the city of Toronto and Cornell, which says it has saved 85 percent on its cooling bills. A data center project in Mauritius has planned a similar system, but Google appears to be first into the production phase. See Computer Sweden for photos of the construction of the Google facility."
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+ - Inside Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture->

Submitted by PabloSandoval48
PabloSandoval48 (1811646) writes "Intel has officially entered the race to heterogeneous computer processors, sketching out the first members of its Sandy Bridge family that will ship before April. The 32nm chips will come in versions with two or four dual-threaded x86 cores and one graphics core on a shared ring interconnect.

The first Sandy Bridge parts are aimed at notebooks, desktops and single-socket servers. Versions with more cores aimed at multi-socket servers will follow later in the year or early in 2012."

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Comment: Re:Old time (Score 1) 827

by Extide (#33317900) Attached to: Calling Shenanigans On Super SATA's Claimed Audio Qualities
As he says, not all CD players are made equally. If you have ever listened to much music on CD, you will have heard what happens when discs can be read but not properly. If you are fairly young then you might have little experience with actual CD's though. In any case, it's very obvious to me when a CD player has to interpolate data.

Comment: Re:Maybe, just maybe (Score 2, Insightful) 827

by Extide (#33308372) Attached to: Calling Shenanigans On Super SATA's Claimed Audio Qualities
Don't forget he is changing the cables in a DIFFERENT PHYSICAL BOX than all of the later analog domain stuff. There really isnt any way that any electronic field that can/may be emitted from the SATA cables will have any effect on the analog components later down the line. Due to his testing method he physically eliminated that possibility. If it was all in the same box, I would say yeah maybe this could have an effect, but the carrier frequency of even SATA 1 is 1.5Ghz, WAY WAY WAY beyond audible range. If there is a source of RF noise infecting the analog part of the circuit, it's coming from something else.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.