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Power

Submission + - Medical Nanobots to Harvest Bloodstream Energy (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: They say its 7 years out, so don't get too excited, but these researchers claim a piezoelectric energy harvester will someday power nanobots that patrol our bloodstreams, which reminds me of a new sci-fi saga "Nanobot Wars"!

"In the future, nanobots could swim in your bloodstream, constantly on the lookout for early signs of disease, according to researchers creating a piezoelectric power source that harvests mechanical motion. Look for self-powered pacemakers and other medical implants using piezoelectric energy harvesting within seven years."

Bug

GCC 4.3.0 Exposes a Kernel Bug 256

ohxten sends news from earlier this month that GCC 4.3.0's new behavior of not clearing the direction flag before a string operation on x86 systems poses problems with kernels — such as Linux and BSD — that do not clear the direction flag before a signal handler is called, despite the ABI specification.
Sony

Submission + - Rob Enderle says: Blu-ray loses; BD killed the PS3 (technewsworld.com)

TransformersOnHDDVD writes: Analyst Rob Enderle does an about-face on his opinion of Blu-ray, saying it is now dead and has probably killed the PS3 as well. This is the exact opposite of Sony's original intention, which was to have the PS3 be a Trojan horse for getting Blu-ray players into millions of homes and thus crushing rival HD DVD. http://www.technewsworld.com/story/59014.html

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