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Intel

Submission + - Intel launches Montvale Itanium chip

Sobaz writes: Intel announced today its line of Itanium products for high-end computing servers. Codename Montvale, originally due in 2006, the launch of Montvale has been held up until now. Like Montecito, the new Itanium chip is based on a manufacturing process with circuitry dimensions of 90 nanometers, ships in seven iterations consisting of six dual-core chips and a single-core chip. There are 3 new features over the current Itanium line.

1. Core level lock-step- improves the data integrity by eliminating undetected errors in the core 2. A power management feature known as demand based switching (DBS) 3. An increase in the front side bus (FSB) performance by up to 667MHz
Java

Submission + - Lost faith in unit testing...

An anonymous reader writes: I am currently working in a small team of 4 developpers (including myself) and we are developping a transactionnal web application using JSF and EJBs. For a few months now, we've been trying to integrate unit testing in our development cycle, but my faith in unit teting is growing smaller every day. I know its a good thing, but maybe its just not well suited for our kind of development. At first, we were doing the whole packang, including mocking every know and then for ejbs, even database (using hsqldb in memory replication of the real db). Now we focus more on testing the JSF backing beans, but I'm feeling we invest way too much in writing unit tests for what we get in return. The fact that most of the team is junior is also hurting us a lot, since writing good unit tests is directly related to programming experience in my opinion. Any thoughts? Experiences in similar projects with unit testing? Please convince me back that unit testing is a good thing!
Sci-Fi

Submission + - British army tests invisible invisble tank

SK writes: "The Ministry of Defense has unveiled a new technology that can make tanks invisible. They carried out secret trials recently and have stated that the invisible tank would be ready for service by 2012.The technology involves using cameras and projectors to beam images of the surrounding landscape onto a tank. As a result, anyone looking in the direction of the vehicle only sees what is beyond it and not the tank itself."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Games that should be remastered

Lumiras writes: "Pseudo-sequels, Crappy "re-imaginings", drastic story changes...this is what usually happens when a game is remade. Therefore, most gamers are tepid about remaking the classics like Starcraft or the King's Quest series. But, what if the games could be "Remastered" much like classic movies? This article on Bit-Tech discusses some potential candidates for remastering treatment.

From the article:
"There are some games that just shouldn't be messed with. You know the ones — the kind that you play through with a visceral zeal. Maybe they got you into gaming. Maybe they happened to be found along the way. Whether they confounded you, challenged you, or made you cry "Mommy!", some games just stick in the subconscious...and even as we look at our mighty 185W graphics cards and our quad-core CPUs, we dream of playing them again.""
Yahoo!

Submission + - Solar power eliminates utility bills in U.S. home

skyhawker writes: "Yahoo! News is running an interesting article about a New Jersey home that uses solar power to provide 100% of its energy needs, including fuel for the owner's hydrogen fuel cell powered automobile. The power system is provided by Renewable Energy International, which has one of the weirdest web sites I've ever seen — the links seem to work only in IE."
Security

Submission + - Anti Rootkit Author releases Undetectable Rootkit

Anonymous Coward writes: "From http://www.antirootkit.com/blog/2007/01/18/rootkit -unhooker-author-to-release-new-undetectable-rootk it/ The anti rootkit software author who goes by the name of EP_X0FF has released information recently about a new rootkit that he has created. EP_X0FF is the author of Rootkit Unhooker one of the best antirootkit scanners at the moment. The rootkit he has created is undetectable by all anti rootkit software. The new rootkit is to be called Unreal Test Rootkit."
Space

Submission + - Pluto Probe Snaps Jupiter Pictures

sighted writes: "The New Horizons probe, on its way to Pluto and beyond, is now speeding toward Jupiter. Today the team released some of the early data and pictures, which are the first close-range shots of the giant planet since the robotic Cassini spacecraft passed that way in 2001."
Unix

Submission + - The birth of vi

lanc writes: "Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun, contributor to BSD Unix, the UltraSparc technology, NFS and even Java, tells the story in an article at TheRegister about how he wrote vi and what the motives were. In the interview he says:

"It was really hard to do because you've got to remember that I was trying to make it usable over a 300 baud modem. That's also the reason you have all these funny commands. It just barely worked to use a screen editor over a modem. It was just barely fast enough. A 1200 baud modem was an upgrade. 1200 baud now is pretty slow."

...and so my son begun The Holy Editor War."
Nintendo

Submission + - Nintendo Wii Remote + WowWee Robot = Hilarious!

robotsrule writes: "The next version of Robosapien Dance Machine, the free open source program also known as Robodance, has support for the Nintendo Wii remote. A brand new video shows the upcoming release in action with a WowWee robot tickling Elmo. The video shows the creation of the script and how the Nintendo Wii remote smoothly interacts with the script. Also demonstrated is the use of voice commands to control a Roboreptile robot. Robodance requires a Windows PC and a supported infrared transmitter. It won the SourceForge Project Of The Month award for May 2005. The new version is expected to be released on February 1, 2007, or sooner."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - IBM Pimps PS3 as Cheap Cell Workstation

Borland writes: IBM has a pretty nice how-to article on using the PS3 as a cheap Cell development workstation. This first article in the series goes over broad technical details & limitations, installation using Yellow Dog Linux, and ends with a brief mathematical "Hello World" program using the SPEs.
Education

Submission + - 100 things we didn't know last year

gollum123 writes: "The BBC news magazine is runnnig a compilation of the interesting and sometimes downright unexpected facts that we did not know last year, but now know ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.h tml#a007948 ). some examples — There are 200 million blogs which are no longer being updated, say technology analysts. Urban birds have developed a short, fast "rap style" of singing, different from their rural counterparts. The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions. Online shoppers will only wait an average of four seconds for an internet page to load before giving up. just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 litre bottles. More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors. For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mount Everest there is one fatality. The word "time" is the most common noun in the English language, according to the latest Oxford dictionary. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiacs is the term for people who fear the number 666. The egg came first. Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger."

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