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Submission + - Intel Announces Xeon E5, Talks Up Knights Corner (

MojoKid writes: "At the supercomputing conference SC2011 today, Intel announced its new Xeon E5 processors and demoed their new Knights Corner many integrated core (MIC) solution. The new Xeons won't be broadly available until the first half of 2012, but Intel has been shipping the new chips to a small number of cloud and HPC customers since September. The new E5 family is based on the same core as the Core i7-3960X Intel launched yesterday. The E5, while important to Intel's overall server lineup, isn't as interesting as the public debut of Knights Corner. Recall that Intel's canceled GPU (codenamed Larrabee) found new life as the prototype device for future HPC accelerators and complementary products. According to Intel, Knights Corner packs 50 x86 processor cores into a single die built on 22nm technology. The chip is capable of delivering up to 1TFlop of sustained performance in double-precision floating point code and operates at 1 — 1.2GHz. NVIDIA's current high-end M2090 Tesla GPU, in contrast, is capable of just 665 DP GFlops."

Submission + - Ron Paul's 89 seconds of fame

mayberry42 writes: It's no secret how Ron Paul has been having a severe lack of news coverage; far less than most, if not all, of his fellow GOP candidates. However, things have turned to almost bizarre levels when the past few debates have almost entirely excluded him, at one point granting him 90 seconds to speak — in an 80 minute debate. Still, he seems to be doing pretty well in Iowa.

Submission + - Firm makes iPhone Geiger counter for worried Japan ( 1

cuckundu writes: A Japanese company Tuesday unveiled a cheap Geiger counter for the iPhone to enable people worried about the March Fukushima nuclear accident to check their environment for radiation. The probe, 14 centimeters long by five wide, connects to the iPhone and the screen displays radiation readings in combination with a special app such as the Geiger Bot.

Submission + - Google Reader shares private data, ruins Christmas (

Felipe Hoffa writes: One week ago Google Reader's team decided showing your private data to all your GMail contacts. No need to opt-in, no way to opt-out. Complaints haven't been answered. Some users share their problems, including one family that won't be able to enjoy this Christmas due to this "feature". Will this start happening with all Google products?

You can check a summary of complaints or the whole thread.

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - ICE cracks down on mod chips ( 1

rifter writes: Today US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led a massive raid over 16 states in order to arrest people who were allegedly engaged in the importation, installation, sale, and distribution of mod chips and swap discs for Sony's Playstation 2, Microsoft's XBOX and XBOX 360, and Nintendo's Wii.

I did not find a link to the CNN story but the talking heads there were claiming that just having or installing a mod chip was a felony punishable by 5 years in jail and a $500,000 fine, presumably due to the claim that these activities violate the DMCA, as stated on ICE's site. The best news of all is that there is more to come. ICE says this is part of an expanding program of IP enforcement. As they say:

"Illicit devices like the ones targeted today are created with one purpose in mind, subverting copyright protections," said Julie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "These crimes cost legitimate businesses billions of dollars annually and facilitate multiple other layers of criminality, such as smuggling, software piracy and money laundering."

Obviously the many legitimate reasons for using the MOD chips (backups, foreign titles, etc.) are ignored here. So remember, kids, when you mod your Xbox the terrorists win! I guess it's a good thing for the US arm of Hezbollah they focus on fake Viagra and cigarettes. Dealing in modchips might get them caught more often.

The Courts

Submission + - E-voting Triad objects to criticisms

frdmfghtr writes: DailyTec reports that

Representatives from three voting machine companies expressed their criticisms against a California state-sponsored "top-to-bottom review" that found "very real" vulnerabilities in their products.
A sales exac with Sequoia Systems complained that "the study was conducted in a closed lab environment over a period of weeks as opposed to a true election environment or in accordance with ISO criteria. "None of the attacks described ... are capable of success."" Jim March of Black Box Voting also had some criticisms of the study: ""Your agency's review only partially examines the risks of inside manipulation with these systems. Procedural remedies can be circumvented by those with some level of inside access. In fact, we would contend that the most high risk scenario of all is that of inside manipulation, and we would also contend that the systems used in California cannot be secured from inside tampering.""

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