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Comment: Re:Why talk (Score 1) 525

by Viper Daimao (#23809393) Attached to: GE Microbes Make Ersatz Crude Oil From Many Sources
"if the process really worked they would be commercializing it"


âoeOur plan is to have a demonstration-scale plant operational by 2010 and, in parallel, weâ(TM)ll be working on the design and construction of a commercial-scale facility to open in 2011,â says Mr Pal, adding that if LS9 used Brazilian sugar cane as its feedstock, its fuel would probably cost about $50 a barrel.

+ - AMD: "Barcelona" 40% faster than "Clov

Submitted by Dysfnctnl85
Dysfnctnl85 (690109) writes "AMD is claiming that the launch of their Barcelona chipset will represent a shift in focus for the company from price to performance. A ZDNet Blog cites that the 65nm Clovertown will be available later this year and "rather concentrate on price, AMD are instead emphasizing performance." Also from the blog: "Intel is eager to claw back some of the server market share from AMD, and this is where Clovertown comes in. Clovertown is the codename for Intel's latest quad-core Xeon 5300 line. The Xeon 5300 line will represent excellent value for money since Intel plans on pricing them the same as its dual core Xeon 5100 processors. That could make things tough for AMD.""

+ - Professors want to ban Wikipedia

Submitted by
Inisheer writes "History professors at Middlebury College are tired of having all their students submit the same bad information on term papers. The culprit: Wikipedia — the user-created encyclopedia that's full of great stuff, and also full of inaccuracies. Now the the entire History department has voted to ban students from using it. Other professors agree, but note that they're also enthusiastic contributors to Wikipedia. Read the full story here"

Journal: Google Kills "Google-Bombs"

Journal by PoliTech
Google Kills Bush's Miserable Failure Search & Other Google Bombs.

After just over two years, Google has finally defused the "Google Bomb" that has returned US President George W. Bush at the top of its results in a search on miserable failure. The move wasn't a post-State Of The Union Address gift for Bush. Instead, it's part of an overall algorithm change designed to stop such mass link pranks from working.


+ - Windows-tax savings for Dell n-series evaporates

Submitted by Alsee
Alsee (515537) writes "When the Dell Sells Open Source Computers story ran, a detailed price comparison between the E520 Windows systems and the Windows-free E520n systems appeared to show a nice effective discount for avoiding the Windows tax. No more, Dell's prices have been updated. The base price for the Windows system has dropped by $50 and a $70 anomoly in the E520 monitor options has been fixed. The upshot is that there is approximately $zero effective value in buying a Dell n-series trying to avoid the Windows tax. You are better off buying a Dell with Windows preinstalled and calling in to demand the EULA guaranteed refund for the unused OS."

+ - How iPhone Stacks Up to other Mobiles

Submitted by DECS
DECS (891519) writes "RoughlyDrafted has a series of articles looking at how Apple's iPhone compares to other smartphones, including the Motorola Q famously cited by Steve Ballmer, other popular or high-end smartphones including the Sony Ericsson P990, HTC TyTN, Palm Treo and RIM BlackBerry, and of course, the LG Prada phone. Also noted is why Apple put OS X on the iPhone but not other PCs, a comparison of how Palm and Windows Mobile phones differ in Flash RAM use, and how the minimal version of OS X on the iPhone differs from Microsoft's WinCE on the Windows Mobile platform."

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354