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Power

Intel Shows Data Centers Can Get By (Mostly) With Little AC 287

Posted by timothy
from the googly-attrition dept.
Ted Samson IW writes "InfoWorld reports on an experiment in air economization, aka 'free cooling,' conducted by Intel. For 10 months, the chipmaker had 500 production servers, working at 90 percent utilization, cooled almost exclusively by outside air at a facility in New Mexico. Only when the temperature exceeded 90 degrees Fahrenheit did they crank on some artificial air conditioning. Intel did very little to address air-born contaminants and dust, and nothing at all to deal with fluctuating humidity. The result: a slightly higher failure rate — around 0.6 percent more — among the air-cooled servers compared to those in the company's main datacenter — and a potential savings of $2.87 million per year in a 10MW datacenter using free cooling over traditional cooling."
The Courts

EFF Sues NSA, President Bush, and VP Cheney 267

Posted by timothy
from the aw-heck-why-not dept.
VisualE writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will file a lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies today on behalf of AT&T customers to stop the illegal, unconstitutional, and ongoing dragnet surveillance of their communications and communications records. The five individual plaintiffs are also suing President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney's chief of staff David Addington, former Attorney General and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and other individuals who ordered or participated in the warrantless domestic surveillance."
Software

OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X Alpha Released! 251

Posted by Zonk
from the copy-and-paste-how-do-you-break-that dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Nearly 6 years after announcing a Mac port, OpenOffice.org has released the first release of OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X that can finally run without X11!! An alpha is available for download today, but a lot of help is still needed to make OpenOffice.org available for Mac OS X. The site is very blunt: 'WARNING: THIS SOFTWARE MAY CRASH AND MAY DESTROY YOUR DATA DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE FOR REAL WORK IN A PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT. This is an alpha test version so that developers and users can find out what works and not, and make comments on how to improve it.' Currently missing functionality includes printing, pdf export, copy/pasting, and multiple monitors. That said, if you're interested in participating you can visit the Mac team to figure out how you can help today."
Networking

Pimping Out a New House 613

Posted by kdawson
from the geeks-gone-wild dept.
Jason Michael Perry writes "I just got pre-approved to buy some gutted property in New Orleans. A lot of the houses I'm looking at are blank canvases that need new wiring, new walls, new everything. I've always dreamed of a high-tech house that says my name when I walk in the door and now is my chance to get a close as I can with current technology. So I'm looking for ideas to pimp out a newly renovated house with all the best technology. If you had a blank canvas to start with, what would you do? Run CAT-5 or fiber optics? Build a closet for servers and A/V equipment? Build a 7.1 speaker system into the living room walls and ceilings? Install automated lights and intercom (with support for Apple equipment)? How about appliances, the kitchen, and other spots... what cool tech can I use there? My only rules and requirements are support for the four Macs I have in the house, and reasonable support for technology on the fringes."
IBM

+ - Learn Cell BE Programming

Submitted by arehnius
arehnius (1071476) writes "The lab of High-Performance Computing of Georgia Tech, directed by Dr. Bader, and in which I work in was chosen to be the "STI Cell Center of Competence". Therefor, the College of Computing of Georgia Tech hosted a one-day workshop on Cell Programming run by Hema Reddy, Cell Solutions Engineer at IBM Cell Ecosystem & Solutions Enablement. From the website,

"The workshop consists of a series of lectures and hands-on exercises in a Cell development environment to familiarize the students with Cell basic programming skills."
You'll find there everything needed to be started: an development environnement (in a virtual machine, to be used with vmware), the slides of the presentations, and the COMPLETE video of the workshop. Link to website: http://www-static.cc.gatech.edu/~bader/CellProgram ming.html"
Editorial

+ - Now playing: Open Source movies

Submitted by
Pritesh
Pritesh writes "After YouTube, Will it be LetsFilm.com?

http://www.tech2.com/india/news/websites-internet/ after-youtube-will-it-be-letsfilm.com/4569/0

The Web 2.0 era, the next step in internet evolution, has opened up the online world in a way that the internet is now largely driven by User Generated Content (UGC). Be it the popular Wikipedia, or the phenomenon called YouTube, the web experience is no longer a one way lane. Today, it's all about buzz words like 'Broadcast yourself,' 'Create your own space,' or simply 'Wiki' in everything. Here's looking at an effort by a 26 year old Indian techie, who — inspired by the Open source revolution, combined with his love for movies and technology in the Web2.0era — initiated a User Generated Movie platform, LetsFilm.com."
Software

+ - Complete Computing System in 20K lines of Code

Submitted by
Ron Teitelbaum
Ron Teitelbaum writes "Viewpoints Research Institute work Steps Toward The Reinvention of Programming — A Compact And Practical Model of Personal Computing As A Self-Exploratorium has been picked up by the National Science Foundation and will be supported with a 5 year grant. Check out Ian Piumarta's, of Viewpoints Research Institute, Stanford University talk"
Wii

+ - Homebrew Launcher for Wii Released

Submitted by Croakyvoice
Croakyvoice (986312) writes "Datel have finally released their all in one Homebrew launcher for the Nintendo Wii and Gamecube, the launcher consists of software CD, 1GB high-speed SD card, a USB SD card adapter and an SD media adapter to fit in your Cube's memory card slot. The easiest and legal way to play Emulators and Homebrew on the Nintendo Wii."
Education

Open Access For Research Gaining Steam 64

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the popularity-contests dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports that open access to research is gaining steam as more than 20,000 people, including Nobel Prize winners, have signed a petition calling for greater access to publicly-funded research. While publishers are fighting open access, a growing number of funding agencies and universities are making it a mandatory requirement."
Technology (Apple)

+ - Has Apple become a vaporware producer?

Submitted by
MrPerfekt
MrPerfekt writes "I am a giant Apple fan, but with the recent Apple TV delay and complete lack of information about the release of Leopard, I think this is a fair question. The iPhone is still months off as well. Apple has been somewhat out of character the past year telling us about products that are in development in the first place but it highlights the fact that they haven't released anything groundbreaking in a while. Instead, we only seem to get tastes of what's to come. I think this is minorly intensified by the fact that Macintoshes now use Intel processors. We can see the Intel roadmap and what is due to be released when and can eagerly anticipate a future Apple release that may be a while off. So, is Apple now in the unenviable position of being a company that gets us excited about future products that may not show up for a long time, if at all?"
Programming

Marvin Minsky On AI 231

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the dreaming-of-electric-sheep dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In a three-part Dr. Dobbs podcast, AI pioneer and MIT professor Marvin Minsky examines the failures of AI research and lays out directions for future developments in the field. In part 1, 'It's 2001. Where's HAL?' he looks at the unfulfilled promises of artificial intelligence. In part 2 and in part 3 he offers hope that real progress is in the offing. With this talk from Minsky, Congressional testimony on the digital future from Tim Berners-Lee, life-extension evangelization from Ray Kurzweil, and Stephen Hawking planning to go into space, it seems like we may be on the verge of another AI or future-science bubble."

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