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Asus Motherboard Box Doubles As PC Case 243

Posted by samzenpus
from the two-in-one dept.
itwbennett writes "Taiwan's Asus has a novel idea to cut down on shipping waste: What if the shipping container became the PC case? That's the idea behind a box the company will begin using to ship one of its Mini ATX motherboards. It holds the motherboard snug for shipping and is constructed so additional components required to make a PC can be added, said Debby Lee, a spokeswoman for the Taipei-based company. An example of the box is showing at this week's Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany."

+ - There Must Be A Return to Skilled Programming->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "High performance computing, multicore chips and distributed architectures are being used to deal with a glut of data in financial services and other markets. But only about 2% of programmers have the skills required to code for these new architectures while the rest continue to rely on ineffective serial coding or turn to GPA and FPGA chips to make their job less arduous, according to Bank of America's chief technology architect Jeffrey Birnbaum. "Too many people are rewriting stuff with parallel algorithms for GPUs and FPGAs claiming performance advantages. CPUs are still much faster than most programmers know," he said. "Birnbaum, whose bank is building a noSQL database, also said developers should always choose the languages with which they're most proficient and not try to force more sophisticated ones, such as Python, to a task because they'll wind up with sloppy results. "Bad programmers create bad code. It doesn't matter what language they use," he said."
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Games

+ - Nuclear Wasteland 2030 Review->

Submitted by Buffalo55
Buffalo55 (1859612) writes "It’s good to know that with video game prices what they are, we can still get a bargain. This good deal comes in the form of Nuclear Wasteland 2030, an Xbox Live Indie Game that is low on features, but still provides a few hours of fun, all for the low price of 80 Microsoft Points/$1.00."
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IBM

+ - IBM Breakthrough Provides a Closer Look at Atoms->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "ITworld is reporting that 'IBM researchers have come up with a technique to view, record and study the behavior of atoms in real time, which could have a long-term impact on the way nanoscale chips and devices are built.... Microscopic objects could be measured in the past, but the new information helps scientists understand how objects dynamically change over relatively short time periods, said Michael Crommie, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, in a YouTube video describing the technology.'"
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Will Require Windows SP1 For Final IE9->

Submitted by cgriffin21
cgriffin21 (1880716) writes "When it arrives sometime next year, the final version of Internet Explorer 9 will require Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), according to a Microsoft FAQ for the IE9 beta that's making the rounds. In contrast to Vista SP1, Microsoft customers aren't paying much attention to Windows 7 SP1, which is now in public beta and is slated to arrive in the first half of 2011. Windows 7 SP1 includes security updates and other minor additions, among them an updated Remote Desktop client that takes advantage of RemoteFX, which Microsoft introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2."
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+ - Dell Insprion PCs Arrive With Touchscreen->

Submitted by cgriffin21
cgriffin21 (1880716) writes "Dell released two new PC products from its Inspiron family, both aimed at capturing the living-room entertainment space in time for the holidays. The new touch-enabled Inspiron One all-in-one desktop features a full HD 23-inch WLED-backlit LCD display with built-in Wi-Fi, Webcam, DVD drive, and HDMI interface for connecting to television tuners, cable and satellite set-top boxes and videogame consoles. Dell is also introducing a new "Stage" touchscreen user interface on both machines, which offers quick access to music, photos, video and applications such as "Touch Instruments," "You Paint," and "Touch Cam.""
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Google

+ - Google's New Data Center to be Sea-Water Cooled-> 1

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Mike Elgan is blogging about a report in the magazine Computer Sweden that Google's new data center in Hamina Finland will be 'cooled with water from the bottom of the Baltic Sea.' The data center sits on the site of an old paper mill (a fact that Elgan notes the publishing industry is likely to find rife with symbolism), and 'the water will be brought to the surface using refurbished paper mill pumps.'"
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IBM

+ - IBM Adds More European Data Analytics Centres->

Submitted by justice4all
justice4all (1735642) writes "Three IBM Analytics Solution Centres will focus on financial services, green technology and Smarter Cities in Switzerland, Hungary and Austria

IBM opened three new analytics centres in Europe, strengthening its offerings in the growing business analytics market.

The announcement follows just days after IBMs $1.7 billion acquisition of Netezza, a data warehousing and analytics appliance vendor. Last week, IBM also acquired OpenPages, another company with an analytics package designed to help companies identify and manage risk."

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