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Microsoft

Submission + - Where are all the Ferrari Acer/Vista reviews?

An anonymous reader writes: What happend to all the Ferrari Acer/Vista reviews that Microsoft had hoped for? This is what ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley Hughes is wondering.

The funny thing it, nearly two months on, I've yet to see a single review. Now, there's a chance that an odd review or two has slipped past me under the radar, but given the number of bloggers who got their hands on Acers, I'm surprised that I've managed to miss ALL the reviews (I have well over 1,000 RSS feeds in my reader). Even after a quick Google I can't find a single review (the only story that I can find is that of Scott Beale who auctioned his off on eBay and sent the proceeds to the EFF).
So where did all the notebooks go?
Programming

Submission + - Hotbasic 5.1a for Windows & Linux

PB8 writes: "Hot Basic has come along way from a compiler delivering only console based applications for Windows. It's fast, creates itty bitty fast executables, and compares very well with fastest compilers. Is it worth leaving the OSS world to use it? Hot Basic for Windows and Linux now supports threading on Duo-Core chips, and has libraries for Windows API and can hook into whatever Linux libraries you have. It can be used to write web apps, GUIs, services, DLLs, and libraries, pretty much wherever you'd use C or C++. Many programmer's editors now support syntax checking for it. Creator James Keene (aka "Dr. Electron") wants Apache rewritten in Hot Basic so it's more efficient. Is this a language whose time has come? It's not a free language like Gnu tools, Gambas or Mono. There is a trial license version. It's $69 for Windows license, $59 for Linux, and if you have the Linux version it's another $29 to get the Windows license. It's nearing that stage Borland's Turbo Pascal or Turbo Basic was when they became quite popular and has a growing fan-base. How much does the need for speed and tight small binaries still drive language and compiler selection in these days of multi-threading, multi-core multi-gigahertz CPUs? How big a factor is not using an OSS language? A non-ANSI or ECMA language? [My singular unpaid role in this venture was enabling porting to Linux by shipping Dr. Electron a bunch of Linux distributions on CD and pointing out the documentation on Linux's binary executable format and library APIs.] Ok, for some out there there may be a social issue — Dr. Electron's erstwhile mascot is 'HotBabe', Miss Compiler 2006, and some may find this sort of political incorrectness a bit much. Ok, and I also know, that for some of you weak-willed slashdotters, that item will actually pique your interest. Maybe you all can find more to debate about than what I've layed out, but you can start by reading more here: http://www.hotbasic.org/ And there's a yahoo group for it: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/hotbasic/ And you can test Hotbasic's speed and compilation output here, online compiler at your service: http://204.188.170.145/hotcomp.html"
IBM

Submission + - IBM Pares Speed Gap in Memory Circuitry

Carl Bialik from WSJ writes: "IBM researchers are claiming a breakthrough in developing circuitry to store data on future microprocessor chips, the Wall Street Journal reports. From the article: 'Exploiting a manufacturing technology called silicon-on-insulator, the company has developed unusually fast DRAM circuitry for use as cache memory. Subramanian Iyer, a director of IBM's manufacturing-process development, estimates it takes 1.5 nanoseconds — or billionths of a second — to fetch data from its enhanced DRAM technology, compared with 10 to 12 nanoseconds for conventional DRAMs and 0.8 to 1 nanoseconds for SRAMs. Mr. Iyer said three times more data can be stored in the same amount of space by switching from SRAM to DRAM circuitry; he expects the technology to be incorporated on microprocessors that will be manufactured next year using a new production process.'"
Communications

Submission + - Is mobile TV a white elephant?

Cam writes: I've been following the words of the 'great and the good' at this week's 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. Reports of a speech by David Willan from market research company Circle Research caught my eye (a collage of relevant news stories and the report on which the speech is based can be found at their website). Willan's company have just completed a study on behalf of the GSMA which concludes that mobile TV is unlikely to have mass market appeal — current market penetration is only 7% and it is ranked outside of the top ten high potential services for the future. Smells a bit like a re-run of the WAP incident and will no doubt worry operators currently pumping millions into developing these services. Also interesting to note that mobile gambling only just makes the top ten of high potential services and services related to naked ladies are nowhere to be seen!
Sci-Fi

Submission + - D-Wave unveils 16-qubit quantum computer

Coucho writes: "An article on The Register gives the scoop on D-Wave System's latest quantum computer with the processing power of 16 quantum bits (or qubits). D-Wave's CTO Geordie Rose stated that "Even millions of qubits today today would consume less power than off-the-shelf processors," but then added "The cooling systems used for past computers are far harder to build and more complicated". Is this a farce? Or is this straight out of science-fiction? You decide. Article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/13/dwave_quan tum/"

Is Wikipedia Failing? 478

An anonymous reader writes "A growing number of people are concerned about where Wikipedia is heading. Some have left Wikipedia for Citizendium, while others are trying to change the culture of Wikipedia from within. A recent essay called Wikipedia is failing points out many of the problems which must be solved with Wikipedia for it to succeed in its aim of becoming a reputable, reliable reference work. How would you go about solving these problems?"
Security

70% of Sites Hackable? $1,000 Says "No Way" 146

netbuzz writes "Security vendor Acunetix is flogging a survey that claims 7 out 10 Web sites it checked have vulnerabilities posing a medium- to high-level risk of a breach of personal data. Network World's go-to security guy, Joel Snyder, says that percentage is 'sensationalist nonsense' — and he's willing to back that judgment with $1,000 of his own money. In fact Snyder will pay up if Acunetix can get personal data out of 3 of 10 sites chosen at random from their survey list."

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