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Submission + - Intel X38 High End Chipset Launch and Benchmarks (

MojoKid writes: "Though many leaks of the product have been circulating for some time, Intel officially took the wraps off and launched their new X38 Express chipset for the high-end desktop motherboard market. With this launch, the Intel desktop chipset line-up gets a new flagship. Intel's new X38 chipset encompasses all of the technology advances that have made the P35 a success and adds a slew of new features designed to increase memory and graphics subsystem performance, like PCI Express 2.0 SerDes and Intel Extreme Memory technology in the new X38 MCH. The Asus motherboard tested in this article at HotHardware even features an embedded Linux-based OS that boots in a matter a seconds."

Feed Engadget: Sony's PlayStation 3 to double as IPTV set-top-box (

Filed under: HDTV, Home Entertainment

Sony hasn't exactly been shy about expanding the capabilities of its PS3, and according to new reports from The Korea Times, even more non-game-related goodness will be headed its way. Apparently, KT (Korea's primary telecom operator) and Sony will "launch an internet-based TV service in November that runs on the PlayStation 3 game console," and as expected, the machine would act as a set-top-box for KT's IPTV service (Mega TV). Reportedly, neither company was willing to disclose pricing information (or any additional details, for that matter) just yet, so it looks like we'll be forced to play the wait-and-see game for now.

[Thanks, Stafford l.]

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Submission + - Guh-Guh-Guh-Google and the Jets

theodp writes: "Continuing their tag-team reporting on the Google execs' penchant for expensive jets, the NY Times has confirmed an earlier Valleywag report that Larry, Sergey, and Eric have added a Boeing 757 to their fleet, which already includes a widebody Boeing 767 and two Gulfstream Vs. While the Google founders and CEO are still tight-lipped on the subject, NASA responded to the Times' Freedom of Information Act request by releasing the text of a July agreement between NASA and H211 LLC (pdf-17.2MB), a company controlled by Google's top brass. The agreement requires that the Lease be kept confidential and alludes to an earlier deal NASA made with publicly-held Google ('Tenant is beneficially owned by the principal executives of an entity with whom Landlord has a programmatic, collaborative relationship and which plans to establish a physical presences at the Property'). A Google spokesman said the company does not have a relationship with H211, but did not opine as to whether his bosses did a good job of Avoiding Conflicts of Interest."
United States

Submission + - Third-world economies sustain global warming (

National Socialism writes: "A climate-change expert says that spiraling economic growth has accelerated greenhouse gas emissions to a threshold not expected for at least another decade, and that its potential effects are devastating.

[ All those people who couldn't invent technology, but had it taken to them from a mixture of pity and desire for new markets, are now wanting to live like American suburbanites. They outnumber us 8 to 1. That's how much bigger global warming is going to get. Stop foreign aid and multiculturalism now! ]"

Operating Systems

Submission + - NetBSD boosts MySQL performance (

hubertf writes: "Andrew Doran, who was recently hired by the NetBSD project to work on NetBSD's SMP implementation, has done a lot of good work, and he has merged some of his work from the vmlocking-branch into NetBSD-current. Effects of this are that time for on a quad-Opteron went down by ~10%.

Andrew also updated his previous benchmarks, and posted about his recent results: ``Most of the sysbench runs that I've seen to date have sysbench running on the same machine as the database. That's a good test but with the exception of small installations and out-of-band activity, production setups rarely look like that. So I ran sysbench itself on a seperate dual core system.''

There are images that compare NetBSD 3 with NetBSD-current (where most of Andrew's changes are now), and NetBSD-current compared to Linux, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD.

The original benchmarks didn't include Solaris/x86, so Jaime Fournier sat down and repeated the test (on a single system). The results show that NetBSD beats Solaris by ~25% in the ReadOnly test, and that they're about on par in the ReadWrite test, with NetBSD kicking in earlier WRT the number of client threads, but Solaris keeping up longer before they both degrade. The courves are quite similar, and my guess is that there is some room for finetuning there."


Submission + - "Burning" Saltwater

sunspot42 writes: From the too-good-to-believe file comes this AP story. Pennsylvania cancer researcher John Kanzius claims that hydrogen can be cracked from saltwater using nothing more than radio waves. A demonstration for the US Departments of Energy and Defense is scheduled for later in the week. Assuming this process puts out more energy than it costs — a big assumption — it could turn the most plentiful resource on the surface of the earth into an almost limitless, reusable source of energy.

Feed The Register: IBM revamps mainframe OS (

A machine for all workloads

IBM has taken the wraps off a new version of its mainframe operating system, which has been designed to make it easier to port Unix applications onto Big Iron servers. The upgrade also includes scalability and security improvements.


Submission + - AMD Quad-Core Desktop Processor Report (Phenom)

MoxFulder writes: As a follow-up to Sunday's report on the upcoming quad-core Barcelona server processors, TechARP has published a new report on Phenom, AMD's upcoming quad-core desktop processor. An interesting read, though unfortunately lacking in actual performance numbers... since AMD hasn't supplied much in the way of benchmark data or sample processors yet. AMD is touting its monolithic implementation as a major advantage over the split-die design of the Core 2 Quad, but it's not certain that this will translate to real-world performance. With Intel's agressive 50% price cut on its Q6600 quad-core processor, is AMD too late to compete at the quad-core game?

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