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+ - Clans of the Alphane Moon

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WindShadow writes "In a recent article which mixed Microsoft, Asperger's, and Phillip K. Disk's Clans of the Alphane Moon Martin Heller talked about developers who can't stop working. In the 60's we called them "closet cases," people so strange you kept them in the closet and fed them through the keyhole. Now we use terms like Asperger's, which is PC, but doesn't reflect how strange some of these people are."

+ - IBM is using better thermal paste - so what?

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WindShadow (977308) writes "I guess I'm missing the point... IBM is all excited at a better way to use thermal grease to cool CPUs, so they can be "smaller and faster." Isn't the objective to make them use less power?

I just spent 12 years (on a ten week contract) working in a big data center, and power use was a constant issue. Intel and AMD are making the CPUs deliver more performance per watt, and I'm really dubious that better cooling is going to be a big deal.

I'm old enough to remember SOS (Silicon On Saphire) and chips on diamond to get better cooling. I'm pretty sure the answer is not in more cooling, but in less power.


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