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+ - Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards?->

Submitted by arun84h
arun84h (1454607) writes "A new energy law, which will apply in the European Union, has the power to limit sale of discrete components deemed "energy inefficient". GPU maker AMD is worried this will affect future technology as it becomes available, as well as some current offerings. From TFA:

"According to data NordicHardware has seen from a high level employee at AMD, current graphics cards are unable to meet with these requirements. This includes "GPUs like Cape Verde and Tahiti", that is used in the HD 7700 and HD 7900 series, and can't meet with the new guidelines, the same goes for the older "Caicos" that is used in the HD 6500/6600 and HD 7500/7600 series. Also "Oland" is mentioned, which is a future performance circuit from AMD, that according to rumors will be used in the future HD 8800 series. What worries AMD the most is how this will affect future graphics cards since the changes in Lot 3 will go into effect soon. The changes will of course affect Nvidia as much as it will AMD."

Is this the beginning of the end for high-end GPU sales in the EU?"

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+ - Riots, Protests, and Spaceships, Oh My!->

Submitted by arun84h
arun84h (1454607) writes "Over the past few days, the Eve Online universe has erupted in a shitstorm of epic proportions. From Massively: "It all began with the Incarna update, which added an item shop to the long-running sci-fi sandbox. Players began to voice their concerns over the bizarrely high prices of items in the shop, with one particular item reaching an insane $68 US. Before this hullabaloo had the chance to so much as come to a simmer, an internal newsletter from CCP was leaked to the internet. The document outlined the introduction of microtransactions into EVE and mentioned that at some point, ships, ammunition, and so forth may be available for purchase with real-world currency. This naturally sent players into even more of a frenzy.""
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Comment: Re:Free Vinyl? (Score 1) 108

by arun84h (#35841450) Attached to: Today Is Record Store Day 2011

The stores participating are not really "mainstream" stores, at least as far as I can tell. I'd wager most of the people making trips to brick and mortar record shops for this event are the consumers who purchase vinyl. You're probably right about a significant portion of people not stopping by for free CDs even, but there are still consumers who would gladly make a trip to their local record shop to get 50% off vinyl or other items.

Facebook

+ - More Stunning Emails to Come in Facebook Ownership->

Submitted by Velcroman1
Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "Eye-opening emails released in a lawsuit Tuesday could change the very ownership of Facebook — and more emails have yet to be released.

Paul Ceglia claims that in 2003 he made a $1,000 investment in Facebook, which entitles him to 50 percent of what is today the 500 million-user force powering social networking. Facebook calls the emails — as well as Ceglia himself, and the entire case — an utter fraud. But they haven't seen the whole story yet. Robert Brownlie, a partner with giant law firm DLA Piper and Ceglia's chief legal adviser, said there's more evidence still unseen. "There are more emails," Brownlie said."

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Science

+ - Level Rises after TEPCO Pumps Out Radioacti->

Submitted by DrJimbo
DrJimbo (594231) writes "Kyodo News is reporting that the water level in the tunnel near the turbine building for reactor No. 2 rose 4.5 cm and is now only 1.5 cm lower than it was before they pumped out 600 tons of highly radioactive water. A NISA spokesman said 'As there is believed to be around 20,000 tons of water (in the No. 2 reactor turbine building and the trench connected to it), we're feeling the difficulty of lowering the level of the water in a stable manner.' They want to pump out the tunnels before the turbine buildings to prevent more water from leaking into the ocean. The water in the No. 2 turbine building and tunnel is ten times more radioactive than the water in turbine building No. 3 that burned three workers."
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+ - Another photovoltaic record->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the world of photovoltaics, fights break out over fractions of a percent improvement. And there's usually a gap between "hero device" lab results and manufacturable devices. But now a small startup called Solar Junction has reached 43.5%, confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Lab. This beats the old record by a full 1.2%. It's grown on a on a high volume manufacturing system, too... or at least high volume for the world of CPV."
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