itwbennett writes: Broadcom Chairman and CTO Henry Samueli has some bad news for you: Moore's Law isn't making chips cheaper anymore because it now requires complicated manufacturing techniques that are so expensive they cancel out the cost savings. Instead of getting more speed, less power consumption and lower cost with each generation, chip makers now have to choose two out of three, Samueli said. He pointed to new techniques such as High-K Metal Gate and FinFET, which have been used in recent years to achieve new so-called process nodes. The most advanced process node on the market, defined by the size of the features on a chip, is due to reach 14 nanometers next year. At levels like that, chip makers need more than traditional manufacturing techniques to achieve the high density, Samueli said. The more dense chips get, the more expensive it will be to make them, he said. Link to Original Source
SmartAboutThings writes: Nathan Myhrvold is a former Chief Technology at Microsoft back when the company’s CEO was Bill Gates. Now, Myhrvold is co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, as well as the principal author of Modernist Cuisine which he now brought to the iOS world exclusively for $80. His six volume foodie encyclopedia, called the Modernist Cuisine is also one of the most expensive cooking encyclopedias, the original six volume version retailing for $500 , with the two-volume that followed after that selling for $115. Now, Nathan and his team have transformed their huge food encyclopedia into an iPhone/iPad app. It’s not just a digital book, but rather an expensive $80 interactive app that can do more than just provide recipes. The interactive digital cookbook is the fruit of a development team of 10-15 people that have worked over nine months on the project. The app contains 37 technique videos, 416 recipes and 1,683 photos.
Daniel_Stuckey writes: Insiders have encountered something altogether more worrying: a concerted attack on the very fabric of Wikipedia by PR companies that have subverted the online encyclopedia’s editing hierarchy to alter articles on a massive scale—perhaps tens of thousands of them. Wikipedia is the world’s most popular source of cultural, historical, and scientific knowledge—if their fears are correct, its all-important credibility could be on the line... Adam Masonbrink, a founder and Vice-President of Sales at Wiki-PR, boasts of new clients including Priceline and Viacom. Viacom didn’t respond to my requests for comment, but Priceline—a NASDAQ listed firm with over 5,000 employees and William Shatner as their official spokesman—did. Sadly, Priceline didn't choose to respond to us via Captain Kirk; instead Leslie Cafferty, vice president of corporate communications and public relations, admitted, “We are using them to help us get all of our brands a presence because I don’t have the resources internally to otherwise manage.” Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: Today, the latest victim of the US Government Shutdown, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
shut its doors and essentially mothballed all three of its Radio
Telescope facilities: the Very Large
Array or VLA (think Jodie Foster, "Contact"); the Green Bank
Telescope, and the Very Long
Baseline Array or VLBA. While the ALMA telescope is not yet
affected (mainly due to it being run by a consortium of European,
Japanese, Chilean and US organizations), the US funds for that will soon
also dry up.
Not only does this furlough most of the ~550 employees, it has also
thrown a monkey wrench into many long-term carefully planned observations
(to the tune of wasting half a million dollars and a year's worth of
work). Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society also has a commentary
on the closure — and a plea to 'stop the madness'.
I don't know about you, but there have been rare occasions in which I found even 1 minute to be stifling. 5 minutes is ridiculous. Sometimes it's possible to browse through 3 whole new topics in less than 5 minutes.
PerformanceDude writes: Bitfloor (a New York based online exchange for Bitcoin) has just made the following announcement on their website:
I am sorry to announce that due to circumstances outside of our control BitFloor must cease all trading operations indefinitely. Unfortunately, our US bank account is scheduled to be closed and we can no longer provide the same level of USD deposits and withdrawals as we have in the past. As such, I have made the decision to halt operations and return all funds.
Over the next days we will be working with all clients to ensure that everyone receives their funds. Please be patient as we process your request.
gold928s writes: (Translated from Russian) According to the federal media, another meteorite can explode over the Earth today, 15 February, in the evening at 23:00. The explosion of the first flying object was felt throughout the Chelyabinsk region, as well as in the neighboring Sverdlovsk, Tyumen and Kurgan regions, injuring 100, three seriously. Windows shattered and some buildings were affected. Many amazing videos of the sonic boom and trail surfacing on Youtube. Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: "The Dark Knight" themed home theater is being built inside a 12,000-square-foot home in Greenwich, Conn. The goal was to fuse together the cozy elements of Wayne Manor, with the Art Deco styling of Gotham City.
Information on the A/V equipment is limited, but "The Dark Knight" home theater features a 180-inch screen with Batsuits on each side. There are a total of six Batsuits throughout the room. There's also a command and control center and even an authentic Tumbler replica in a secret room hidden behind a bookshelf. Inside the secret room is an exit that was designed as a secret tunnel approximately 30 feet long. Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: On Monday, the Mars Curiosity Rover arrived in its entire six legged splendor on the Planet Mars.While scientists at NASA are confident that the Mars Rover will find traces of water and answer one of humanities most pressing questions, “Are we truly alone?”, we bring you 5 pressing questions the Mars Curiosity Rover should answer Link to Original Source
twoheadedboy writes: "Having introduced mobile adverts in March in an effort to monetise its mobile user base, Facebook has now opened the doors for developers to add advertise their apps on users' feeds. The social network will hope the announcement will appease those concerned about advertising revenues. Although more than half of Facebook’s 900 million users access the site through a mobile device, none of its $3.15 billion (£2 billion) in advertising revenue comes from mobile adverts." Link to Original Source
thetechblock writes: "A note before we get started: These images are of components of what is rumored to be the next iPhone, not of an official Apple-assembled iPhone. To that end, it’s almost like putting together a T-Rex skeleton. We can be pretty sure that T-Rex had tiny arms and a long tail, but I suppose it’s also possible we attached the tail incorrectly and really it’s a unicorn horn. Same thing applies here." Link to Original Source
coondoggie writes: "Maybe it's the doom predictions some folks are fearing about the end of the Mayan calendar this year or maybe these guys are obsessed with old Bruce Willis movies. Either way a class of physics students from the University of Leicester decided to evaluate whether or not the premise of Willis' 1998 "Armageddon" movie — where a group of oil drillers is sent by NASA to detonate nuclear devices on an asteroid that threatens to destroy Earth — could actually happen." Link to Original Source