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+ - IBM takes a (feline) step toward thinking machine-> 1

Submitted by bth
bth (635955) writes "A computer with the power of a human brain is not yet near. But this week researchers from IBM Corp. are reporting that they've simulated a cat's cerebral cortex, the thinking part of the brain, using a massive supercomputer. The computer has 147,456 processors (most modern PCs have just one or two processors) and 144 terabytes of main memory — 100,000 times as much as your computer has."
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Security

+ - SPAM: The six greatest threats to US network security

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "It's not a very good day when a security report concludes: Disruptive cyber activities expected to become the norm in future political and military conflicts. But such was the case today as the Government Accountability Office today took yet another critical look at the US federal security systems and found most of them lacking.
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Education

+ - Shortchanging the Nation

Submitted by mark0978
mark0978 (1052438) writes "In the Wall Street Journal Opinion column for the last 3 days, there has been a discussion about the education of the gifted. Some statistics in the last article http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110009541 are kind of shocking.
  • Combine these groups, and the top 10% of the intelligence distribution has a huge influence on whether our economy is vital or stagnant, our culture healthy or sick, our institutions secure or endangered. Of the simple truths about intelligence and its relationship to education, this is the most important and least acknowledged: Our future depends crucially on how we educate the next generation of people gifted with unusually high intelligence.
  • How assiduously does our federal government work to see that this precious raw material is properly developed? In 2006, the Department of Education spent about $84 billion. The only program to improve the education of the gifted got $9.6 million, one-hundredth of 1% of expenditures. In the 2007 budget, President Bush zeroed it out.
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AMD

+ - Interactive AMD Athlon 64 product ID guide

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An anonymous reader writes "The new version 3.0 of the interactive AMD Athlon 64 product ID guide offers
now in addition to the manual CPU selection also a direct script control.
That is particularly very useful for online dealers and distributors,
but also for everyone who would like to post a link to the CPU.
Simply select the complete description of the AMD Athlon 64 CPU over the select fields
and then copy the appearing link to the clipboard, or add the CPU data directly with ?cpu=XYZ to the script URL.
This link can be used in shops, forums, web pages, etc.
Furthermore it is now possible to search the CPU directly in the OC-Database,
get the respective systembus multiplier and get the data of several new processors.
All in all it's a very extensive development, which let many hearts strike more highly.

Link:
http://www.ocinside.de/html/workshop/amd_a64_produ ct_id.html

picture:
http://www.ocinside.de/assets/images/amd_a64_produ ct_id_v30.jpg"
United States

U.S. To Certify Labs For Testing E-Voting Machines 75

Posted by Zonk
from the who-certifies-the-certifiers dept.
InternetVoting writes "In a clear counter to the recent criticisms of secrecy involving Ciber labs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued recommendations (pdf) to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). NIST recommends the accreditation of two labs, iBeta Quality Assurance and SysTest Labs. The recommendation, emphasizing the need for transparency, includes on-site assessment reports, lab responses, and on-site reviews for each lab. These reports shed much needed light into the process of voting machine certification. Learn more from the Q&As About NIST Evaluation of Laboratories that Test Voting Systems."
Sci-Fi

+ - Slow Light = Fast Computing

Submitted by yohaas
yohaas (228469) writes "The Washington Post is reporting that scientists have been able to slow the speed of light while still maintaining its ability to transmit information. From the article:
Scientists said yesterday that they had achieved a long-sought goal of slowing waves of light to a relatively leisurely pace and using those harnessed pulses to store an image. Physicists said the new approach to taming light could hasten the arrival of a futuristic era in which computers and other devices will process information on optical beams instead of with electricity, which for all its spark is still cumbersome compared with light.
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Editorial

+ - The 10 Things You Should've Learned in 2006

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Ravi Jayagopal
Ravi Jayagopal writes "The 10 Things You Should've Learned in 2006 (but probably didn't) 2006 was the absolute best year of my professional- as well as my online- career for many reasons; the main reason also being the most measurable one: Money earned. But there were many factors that contributed to my success, and here are a few key learnings from 2006 — stuff that you should know, in case you don't already.

#10: Content Syndication through RSS/Atom Feeds
#9: You Gotta Spend Money To Make Money
#8: Don't try to be a hero — use outsourcing ...
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The Internet

+ - Liege (Belgium) - Logo blunder in a digital age

Submitted by Hum1992
Hum1992 (959733) writes "Slashdot readers may believe we are living in a small global village in a digital age.
But Liege City Council in Belgium know better and they decided to choose their new logo despite its evident similarities with a raised middle finger in text chat.

The 14k euro logo which is meant to represent one of their famed emblems will appear on all the town's communication media from cars to snail mail, papers and signs. It is also meant to represent "multimodal transport". (sic)
Of course no outsider will know beforehand about the previously mentioned monument... and the logo is thus causing some uproar from concerned and shamed citizens.
How would you react if you were to receive a letter with such a logo and how would you feel if you lived in that town ? What does it tell you about the council ?
Or do you believe that ,,|,, is not explicit enough to care about it ?"
PC Games (Games)

Gamers Don't Need Vista or DX 10 Says Carmack 257

Posted by Zonk
from the stick-with-what-works dept.
Freshly Exhumed writes "In an interview with Marcus Yam at Daily Tech legendary PC/Console game creator John Carmack holds forth on DirectX 10: 'Personally, I wouldn't jump at something like DX10 right now. I would let things settle out a little bit and wait until there's a really strong need for it.' and then zings Microsoft's marketers over DX10's mandatory use of the Vista OS: 'Carmack then said that he's quite satisfied with Windows XP, going as far to say that Microsoft is artificially forcing gamers to move to Windows Vista for DX10.' There are a few good tidbits on Xbox 360 vs. PS3 development, and a fairly clear disinterest in Wii as a platform for his company's products is shown."
Data Storage

+ - Ultra-Dense Optical Storage -- On One Photon

Submitted by brendotroy
brendotroy (251962) writes "Researchers at the University of Rochester have made an optics breakthrough that allows them to encode an entire image's worth of data into a photon, slow the image down for storage, and then retrieve the image intact. Squeezing that much information into so small a space and retrieving it intact opens the door to optical buffering — storing information as light."
Windows

+ - Are xbox 360 sales a potential indicator?

Submitted by guysmilee
guysmilee (720583) writes "Are XBOX 360 sales a potential indicator of people not wanting to buy new pc's?



With all the news of XBOX winning the next generation console wars I can't help but wonder if this is because microsoft home pc's users no longer want to upgrade there home pc to play games?

Especially if many 1st time console buyers are being attracted to the 360 (link here). I really think things are starting to look like windows vista may not have a great start this year in early sales."

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