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IBM Heralds 3-D Chip Breakthrough 99

David Kesmodel from WSJ writes to let us know about an IBM breakthrough: a practical three-dimensional semiconductor chip that can be stacked on top of another electronic device in a vertical configuration. Chip makers have worked for years to develop ways to connect one type of chip to another vertically to reduce size and power use. The IBM technique of "through-silicon vias" offers a thousand-fold reduction in connector length and a hundred-fold increase in connector density. The new chips may appear in cellphones and other communication devices as soon as next year. PhysOrg has more details.
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Submission + - The Complete April Fools RFCs

BlackNova writes: ""Wished you could get all the April Fools' RFCs in one place?" asks Peter Salus and Tom Limoncelli have teamed up to compile and annotate the complete set of April Fools RFCS. Excerpts from the book are available on the site — which include all the actual RFCs without commentary or other additional content."

Submission + - No IETF April Fools RFCs this year, but new book!

JerseyTom writes: "IETF (the group that sets the internet protocol standards) often releases a hoax RFC document on April Fools Day. The most famous is the RFC 1149: Standard for the transmission of IP datagrams on Avian Carriers. Sadly, no new funny from IETF today. However, you can now get the complete collection of IETF humor in one book, perfect for the coffee table in your geek apartment, or on your bookshelf at work. The book includes commentary by famous Internet names like Bradner, Templeton and O'Dell. The project was coordinated by sysadmin author Thomas A. Limoncelli and Unix/Internet historian Peter J. Salus. Best quote from their web site is "When the network is down, this book won't help you at all!" More at"

Submission + - The Wii Sips While the Others Slurp Electricity

IEEE1394 writes: Have you ever wondered how much of a burden on the electrical grid your gaming system was? Well, this article breaks it down. What they found was that the Nintendo Wii was by far the most power conscientous. The Wii only costs around 1.00 a month to run with WiiConnect24 running, and 0.20 cents a month without. The glutenous pigs turn out to be the Xbox 360 and the SONY PS3, not surprisingly.

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