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Comment: News? (Score 1) 724

by Type-R (#34318258) Attached to: <em>Witcher 2</em> Torrents Could Net You a Fine
We've actually gotten to the point where a company selling a game that isn't DRM laden crap is news? I mean I get the whole "it's not good enough to stand on it's own so lets make money from the lawyers" jig (well, I don't agree with it, but I understand that some game companies are thinly veiled law firms). But someone selling something that isn't just a license to follow an agreement that can be changed at any time, is news? Ick!
Programming

Debating the Linux Process Scheduler 232

Posted by Zonk
from the little-from-column-a-little-from-column-b dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Linux 2.6.23 kernel is expected around the end of the month, and will be the first to include Ingo Molnar's much debated rewrite of the process scheduler called the Completely Fair Scheduler. In another Linux kernel mailing list thread one more developer is complaining about Molnar and his new code. However, according to KernelTrap a number of other Linux developers have stood up to defend Molnar and call into question the motives of the complaints. It will be interesting to see how the new processor really performs when the 2.6.23 kernel is released."
Nintendo

+ - Old people Wii themselves->

Submitted by angtang
angtang (1154631) writes "Young-at-heart pensioners bored of bowls and bridge have started videogame competitions against each other at their retirement home. Senior citizens at the Sunrise Home in Birmingham have ditched their zimmerframes because they're hooked on the Nintendo Wii games console. Pensioners as old as 103 have been joining in the fun on the best-selling console, where gamers use a motion-sensitive controller to mimic sports like tennis, bowling, and boxing."
Link to Original Source

How the iPod Touch Works 208

Posted by Zonk
from the need-to-roll-out-wifi-syncing-in-an-update dept.
starexplorer2001 writes "The iPod Touch isn't in stores yet, but HowStuffWorks has a nice summary of how the 'touch' part of the iPod Touch works. Very similar to how the iPhone works, without those pesky rebates! From the article: 'The iPod touch also has a few other features that iPod enthusiasts had hoped to see on standard iPod models. Some users hoped for a wirelessly enabled iPod so they could synch their music or share files with friends over a Bluetooth or WiFi connection. The iPod touch is the first iPod to have wireless capability, although it doesn't use it to synch with a computer or friends' iPods. Instead, you can use it to browse the Web, watch YouTube videos or download music from a WiFi-specific iTunes Music Store. With its widescreen display and WiFi capability, the iPod touch might sound like a big step up from older iPod models. But the iPod touch isn't for everyone.'"
Intel

DDR3 Isn't Worth The Money - Yet 120

Posted by Zonk
from the zoom-but-not-that-much-zoom dept.
An anonymous reader writes "With Intel's motherboard chipsets supporting both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, the question now is whether DDR3 is worth all that extra cash. Trustedreviews has a lengthy article on the topic, and it looks like (for the moment) the answer is no: 'Not to be too gloomy about this, but the bottom line is that it can only be advised to steer clear of DDR3 at present, as in terms of performance, which is what it's all about, it's a waste of money. Even fast DDR2 is, as we have demonstrated clearly, only worthwhile if you are actually overclocking, as it enables you to raise the front-side bus, without your memory causing a bottleneck. DDR3 will of course come into its own as speeds increase still further, enabling even higher front-side bus speeds to be achieved. For now though, DDR2 does its job, just fine.'"
Space

Japan Launches Lunar Orbiter Mission 121

Posted by Zonk
from the bring-us-back-something-nice dept.
Sooner Boomer writes "In a historic event, Japan today launched its first lunar probe. The mission is nicknamed Kaguya after a fairy-tale princess from Japanese myth. The news media is calling it the 'latest move in a new race with China, India and the United States' to explore the moon (don't forget Google). From the article: 'The rocket carrying the three-metric ton orbiter took off into blue skies, leaving a huge trail of vapor over the tiny island of Tanegashima, about 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo, at 10:31 a.m. (9:31 p.m. EDT) as it headed out over the Pacific Ocean. The mission consists of a main orbiter and two baby satellites equipped with 14 observation instruments designed to examine surface terrain, gravity and other features for clues on the origin and evolution of the moon. China has plans to launch an orbiter later this year, with unmanned rover lander mission scheduled for 2010. India and the US also have orbiter missions scheduled for next year.'"
Data Storage

+ - Terabyte hard drive put to the test

Submitted by
EconolineCrush
EconolineCrush writes "As a technical milestone, Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive is undeniably impressive. The drive is the first to pack a trillion bytes into a standard 3.5" form factor, and while some may argue the merits of tebi versus tera, that's still an astounding accomplishment. Hitachi also outfitted the drive with 32MB of cache—double what you get with standard desktop drives—making this latest Deskstar a leader in both cache size and total capacity. That looks like a great formula for success on paper, but how does it pan out in the real world? The Tech Report has tested the 7K1000's performance, noise levels, and power consumption against a whopping 18 other drives to find out, with surprising results."
Space

+ - Scientists break the speed of light!

Submitted by
I, Meatbot.
I, Meatbot. writes "Eat your brain out of a jar, Einstein! Scientists have finally exceeded the speed of light, causing a light pulse to travel 300 times faster than normal. It raced so fast the pulse *exited* a specially-prepared chamber before it even finished entering it. The experiment is the first-ever evidence of faster-than-light motion. Read the breaking news: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2000/07/20/speedlig ht000720.html"

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