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Hardware

MIT's Hybrid Microchip To Overcome Silicon Size Barrier 77

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the keeping-up-with-the-moore's dept.
schliz writes "MIT researchers have successfully embedded a gallium nitride layer onto silicon to create a hybrid microchip. The method could be further developed to combine other technologies such as spintronics and optoelectronics on a silicon chip. It is expected to be commercialized in a couple of years, and allow manufacturers to keep up with Moore's Law despite today's shrinking devices."
Censorship

Iranian Government Cuts Off Internet Access Again 374

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the but-i-wouldn't-wanna-live-there dept.
AlbionTourgee writes "It is reported that Gmail and Yahoo mail at least have been blocked in Iran, along with many English-language sites. While news of demonstrations seems to be getting out of the country, the government appears to be trying to prevent people within Iran from communicating and from learning what's happening. It remains to be seen whether TOR and Freenets can be effective to combat this sort of effort to block communications, and whether the general circulation of information about the protests around the world will help."
Announcements

+ - What did Hooters do to Dell?

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An anonymous reader writes "You won't find any reference to this in major media. In fact, this may be the first public discussion of it. Dell inc. recently rolled out "ethics training" to all of it's "Small and Medium Business" sales reps. Mixed in with "don't sell servers to yourself" and "don't offend your neighbor" was an unexpected announcement.... Do not eat lunch at hooters anymore. Wait.....what?? You can't tell me where I can and can't eat can you?!?! Well, that very question was posed at the "Ethics Training", the answer was, "yes, we can". This ruling from the same company that used quite busty south korean models at a recent compter model launch. link: www.engadget.com/2007/06/27/international-marketin g-101-dells-inspiron-us-vs-korean-launch/ Well, sorry Hooters, I guess you've lost my business. From now on I'm going to the place 1 more mile down the road where they dress in catholic school girl uniforms and oggle them instead."
Power

+ - Change Google Background Color To Save Energy?

Submitted by i_like_spam
i_like_spam (874080) writes "Recent commentary at Nature Climate Change describes an on-going debate about the energy savings associated with the background colors used by high-traffic websites such as Google and the NYTimes. A back of the envelope calculation has suggested energy savings of 750 Megawatt hours per year if Google switched their background from white to black. In response, a new version of Google called Blackle was created. However, other calculations by the Wall Street Journal suggest minimal energy savings. Who is right in this debate? Should web designers also consider potential energy savings when choosing colors for their sites?"

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