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Comment: Growing up (Score 1) 186

by ViennaLen (#28398717) Attached to: SLI On Life Support For the AMD Platform
As we age, we realize that two completely different foods, peas and carrots, AMD and NVIDIA, can't be eaten together anymore as baby food mush.

Most people who use SLI, namely gamers and workstation users, use Intel processors anyway. Intel has Core i7, with lower-end versions (i3, i5) coming out later this year and next year, and has the publicity power to appeal to the aforementioned parties. AMD just doesn't impress much anymore.
The Courts

+ - Problems Collecting Pirate Bay Funds To Pay Fine

Submitted by digithed
digithed (445564) writes "The Svenska Dagbladet newspaper in Sweden has an article (which I have summarised since I speak Swedish) reporting that the Swedish national debt collection agency (Kronofogdemyndigheten, or the Bailiffs in UK English) are saying that, after initial investigations, the record labels' chances of getting any of the 30 million kronor ($4 million) they were awarded in the Pirate Bay trial is slim to none. Three of the accused (Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg) have virtually no funds whatsoever. Peter Sunde has shares in his own publicly traded company which in theory could be confiscated, but the company is doing so badly at the moment that the chances of raising any funds this way is small. The fourth accused (Carl Lundström) is the only one of the four with any substantial funds (mostly due to his family inheritance of the Wasa bread empire). But, it turns out that, he is actually registered for tax purposes in Switzerland where his bank account is also located. This means these funds are off-limits to the Swedish debt collection agency. He does own property in Sweden but this is only worth approximately 1.7 million kronor ($230,000) according to the Swedish tax agency (Skatteverket or Inland Revenue) with whom Lundström is still involved in a long term disagreement on exactly how much wealth tax he is required to pay. It is also suspected that the property that he owns in Sweden has an outstanding mortgage financed outside of Sweden, making it even more difficult to confiscate the property which is effectively owned by a foreign financial institution."
Intel

+ - Celeron overclocked to 8.1GHz->

Submitted by Slatterz
Slatterz (666) writes "Intel's Netburst might have become a retrospective embarrassment for the firm, but CPUs based on the best-forgotten architecture are apparently still hitting sky-high clock speeds. This weekend, the extreme overclockers at Madshrimps managed to overclock a Celeron all the way up to 8.1GHz, which is the second highest clock speed recorded in the HWBot CPU-Z rankings . The Celeron 352 was based on Intel's Cedar Mill core, which represented NetBurst's last gasp before it was swallowed up by the superior Core architecture."
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Windows

+ - Windows Vista Service Pack 2 released

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has finally released the final build of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. "The installers will work on English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish versions of either Vista or Server 2008. Other language versions will arrive later. Those interested in slipstreamed versions of Vista and Server 2008 with SP2 will need to get an MSDN or TechNet subscription. There are a few significant additions that are included in SP2: Windows Search 4.0, Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack, the ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Vista, Windows Connect Now (WCN) is now in the Wi-Fi Configuration, and exFAT file system supports UTC timestamps. The service pack contains about 800 hotfixes." Download links included below,

32bit: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a4dd31d5-f907-4406-9012-a5c3199ea2b3
64bit: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=656c9d4a-55ec-4972-a0d7-b1a6fedf51a7
ia64: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e890b3cf-972b-483f-a2ff-03f6aefac6f8
ISO: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9f073285-b6ef-4297-85ce-f4463d06d6cb"
Biotech

Cells May Communicate Through Light 52

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-cool-enough-for-iphones dept.
SilverLobe writes "The hypothesis that living cells may use photons for communications has been on the fringes of cell biology for a while. No proof positive exists, but there is some strong circumstantial evidence. Byte Size Biology reports on a simple experiment that shows how the unicellular protozoan Paramecium may use so called 'biophotons' to signal for growth and feeding. The original academic paper in PLoS ONE concludes: '... not all cellular processes are necessarily based on a molecule-receptor recognition. The non-molecular signals are most probably photons. If so, cells use more than one frequency for information transfer and mutual influence.'"
Announcements

+ - Capcom best sellers mark the history of videogames->

Submitted by
KingofGnG
KingofGnG writes "Established in 1979 as Japan Capsule Computers in Osaka, Capcom has always been one of the leading companies in videogames market with the arcades first and on domestic systems then. Starting from "Vulgus", the first arcade title released in 1984 and going up to now, the Japanese developer and publisher created some of the most beloved and successful franchises ever made as the same data revealed by the company demonstrate."
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NASA

+ - Final repair mission to Hubble lifts off->

Submitted by
Kristina at Science News
Kristina at Science News writes "The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off the afternoon of May 11 with a crew that will carry out the final and most complex repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, one that will require five space walks. The mission will give the telescope a suite of new tools, including a new camera that one scientist says "will knock people's socks off." Read details about the mission and follow the launch, repairs and space walks."
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Comment: Re:Goodbye Lenovo (Score 1) 400

by ViennaLen (#27901893) Attached to: Lenovo On the Future of the Netbook
Lenovo will never get rid of TrackPoints on ThinkPads! It is THE iconic signature of a ThinkPad. Lenovo would be foolish to get rid of it, because they'd lose more than 80% of their fanbase/customers.
On netbooks, however... I think I speak for all ThinkPad users when I say that I'll never buy a Lenovo netbook until it has a real TrackPoint!
Cellphones

Ten Features To Love About Android 1.5 384

Posted by kdawson
from the catchup-and-leapfrog dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Last month, Google officially announced the Android 1.5 update, dubbed 'cupcake.' The new software is apparently ready to roll out to Android-powered devices beginning tomorrow. Make no mistake, Android 1.5 is a major upgrade — they could have called it 2.0. The software brings a host of new capabilities, some of which can't be found on rival mobile platforms, including video recording and sharing."

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