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Hardware

Fabs Now Manufacturing Carbon Nanotube Memory, Which Could Replace NAND and DRAM 47

Posted by Soulskill
from the still-waiting-on-my-isolinear-chips dept.
Lucas123 writes: Nantero, the company that invented carbon nanotube-based non-volatile memory in 2001 and has been developing it since, has announced that seven chip fabrication plants are now manufacturing its Nano-RAM (NRAM) wafers and test chips. The company also announced aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and Schlumberger Ltd., the world's largest gas and oil exploration and drilling company, as customers seeking to use its chip technology. The memory, which can withstand 300 degrees Celsius temperatures for years without losing data, is natively thousands of times faster than NAND flash and has virtually infinite read/write resilience. Nantero plans on creating gum sticks SSDs using DDR4 interfaces. NRAM has the potential to create memory that is vastly more dense that NAND flash, as its transistors can shrink to below 5 nanometers in size, three times more dense than today's densest NAND flash. At the same time, NRAM is up against a robust field of new memory technologies that are expected to challenge NAND flash in speed, endurance and capacity, such as Phase-Change Memory and Ferroelectric RAM (FRAM).

Comment: Read this (Score 5, Informative) 233

by microbox (#49824039) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed
Read Trust me, I'm Lying -- it is a book by a self-confessed media manipulator who got depressed and left the industry. He worked for an apparel company. One example tactic was to take sexually explicit photos of porn stars, and then complain about said photos to feminist groups. And then: OUTRAGE!!!

The story of ACORN is a perfect example of how media manipulators manufactured a scandal -- literally creating reality for movement conservatives -- in order to shut the group down. To this day, some GOP congress critters are unaware that ACORN is defunct. The interesting thing is, the more outraged a person is (politically), the easier they are to manipulate. It is all rather ironic.
Security

Professional Russian Trolling Exposed 233

Posted by timothy
from the in-ex-soviet-russia dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Today the New York Times published a stunning exposé revealing the strategies used by one of the Web's greatest enemies: professional, government-backed "internet trolls." These well-paid agent provocateurs are dedicated to destroying the value of the Internet as an organizing and political tool. The trolling attacks described within are mind-boggling -- they sound like the basis of a Neal Stephenson novel as much as they do real life -- but they all rely on the usual, inevitable suspects of imperfect security and human credulity.

Comment: Ulbricht is a narcissistic sociopath. (Score 1) 195

by westlake (#49823619) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...

The.black sheep of our family favored a 12 cylinder Packard back in the days when if you could make it to the state line you were as safe as houses.

The federal police power was built on putting an end to this kind of thing.

Ulbricht conceived and managed a criminal enterprise on a global scale.

He hired a quack, a Dr. Feelgood, to give his business the anarchic-libertarian shine the geek loves so well. I can't help wondering how many will go to their graves following the good doctor's advice.

Comment: Re:When all the choices on the ballot (Score 1) 493

Image a world where Al Gore won the 2000 election. Maybe he would have done the same things that Bush did:
  • Pull the plug on the hunt for Bin Ladin
  • Ignore warnings of an imminent terrorist attack
  • Invade Iraq until false pretenses
  • Give huge tax cuts that apparently pay for themselves with economic growth
  • Stack government science committees with fundies
  • Use a pseudo-scientific definition of life to pull funding on stem cell research

I am sure that Gore would have made many annoying mistakes, but you are fooling yourself if you think both parties are the same.

People in politics are motivated as much by their personal beliefs as anything else. Judge them by what they do.

Comment: Things change. (Score 1) 376

by westlake (#49816501) Attached to: SourceForge and GIMP [Updated]

Redo slashdot, allow markdown, bbedit, html, LaTeX.. editing.
Design a proper responsive layout (It was not Beta) and keep it about tech

Personally, I find markup on a laptop or tablet pure agony and a distraction from what I want and need to post. The informal forum for me.

The days when the geek could wall himself off from the world are long gone, every decision he makes exists within a larger social context.

That is why stories like Gamersgate touch a raw nerve and can't be wished away.

Comment: Re:Of course it bombed (Score 1) 203

by westlake (#49816471) Attached to: Tron 3 Is Cancelled

Live action and animation are two separate departments. Animation knows WTF it's doing, live action not so much.

The distinction between live action and animation has been blurred for decades.

Tron is the primal example. Rocket Raccoon is a fully realized character in Guardians of the Galaxy and not the comic relief or the blink-and-you'll miss it Easter Egg cameo of Howard The Duck.

Classic Games (Games)

1-Pixel Pac-Man 39

Posted by Soulskill
from the point-based-ghostbusting dept.
szczys writes: Retro games just aren't the same since the display technology resolution has exploded. I went the opposite direction and chose a display with less resolution than the original. This reinvention of Pac-Man uses a 32x32 RGB LED module which are made for LED billboards. This makes the player just one pixel. Add in an Atari joystick and we have a winner.This is a great programming challenge. If you've never looked at Pac-Man AI before, it's fascinating and worth your time!

Comment: Re:Of course it bombed (Score 1) 203

by westlake (#49812433) Attached to: Tron 3 Is Cancelled

This is a win if you like big scifi movies that make billions of dollars, it's a loss if you liked a little bit of diversity in your movies.

Disney took a chance on Marvel properties as original, eccentric and obscure as Guardians of the Galaxy and Big Hero 6.

It did rather well by Wreck-It Ralph.

Which was rooted in character and story, not special effects.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton

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