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+ - Rumor: AMD Is Up For Sale, Dell May Be Interested->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As far as the stock market is concerned, Advanced Micro Devices may be up for sale. AMD's shares were significantly up yesterday, apparently on rumors that Dell is interested in buying the American multinational semiconductor company.

If AMD ends up being bought out, the purchase by Dell, or any other company for that matter, would be among the biggest the technology industry has seen. It would be of course bigger than when AMD bought ATI in 2006."

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Wireless Networking

+ - Full Duplex Could Double Existing Wireless Speeds->

Submitted by intellitech
intellitech (1912116) writes "Whether it be over walkie talkies or Wi-Fi, wireless communication is a one way street, meaning radio traffic can flow in only one direction at a time on a specific frequency. To get around this limitation mobile phone networks use a workaround that is expensive and requires careful planning, making the technique not feasible for other wireless networks. Now researchers at Stanford University have created a full duplex radio that allows wireless signals to be sent and received simultaneously, thereby instantly doubling the speed of existing networks."
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PC Games (Games)

Valve Apologizes For 12,000 Erroneous Anti-Cheating Bans 202

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-it-right dept.
Earlier this week, there were reports that large numbers of Modern Warfare 2 players on Steam were getting erroneously banned by Valve's Anti-Cheat software. While such claims are usually best taken with a grain of salt, the quantity and suddenness caused speculation that Valve's software wasn't operating correctly. A few days later, Valve president Gabe Newell sent out an email acknowledging that roughly 12,000 players had been inappropriately banned over the preceding two weeks. "The problem was that Steam would fail a signature check between the disk version of a DLL and a latent memory version. This was caused by a combination of conditions occurring while Steam was updating the disk image of a game." Valve reversed the bans and gave free copies of Left 4 Dead 2 to everyone who was affected.
PC Games (Games)

EA Launches Ultima-Based Browser Game 106

Posted by Soulskill
from the my-face-has-gone-numb dept.
On Monday Electronic Arts launched Lord of Ultima, a free-to-play, browser-based strategy game that's based on the Ultima universe. Quoting VG247: "Set in the new world of Caledonia, players start the game as conquerors raising an empire, and then move from developing a village to evolving it into a highly customized capital. Players can be peaceful merchants by trading resources over land or sea and using diplomacy, or become feared conquerors using armies of knights and mages to crush their enemies one by one in maniacal glee."

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 369

by PerpetualMotion (#28755975) Attached to: Checked out from the library right now, I've got ...

I've read, quite literally, thousands of books on my computer. Being able to reformat them as I like, and always having a copy to go back to is much better to me than using the library. Unfortunately, not all the books I want to read are available online. In some cases, they are available at the library, and I always end up thinking how much more convenient it would be to have it on my computer.

As far as smells and tactile nostalgia, I find more and more that it is the same difference between reading a newspaper and reading your news online.

The only remaining downside, as I see it, is that some authors write specifically for paper format, so digital copies lose some of the flow or nuances that would be had with paper.

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