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Submission + - iCloud Powered by Landfill-Fueled Bloom Boxes ( 1

1sockchuck writes: Apple's North Carolina data center will tap landfills for biogas, which will then be converted into electricity using fuel cells from Bloom Energy. The 24 "Bloom boxes" will have a capacity of 4.8 megawatts of power, and along with a large solar array, will provide Apple with a significant on-site generation of sustainable energy. Microsoft is also developing biogas-powered data plants where modular data centers will be housed near water treatment plants and landfills. GigaOm has a useful primer on biogas in data centers, as well as video of the new higher capacity Bloom boxes that will support Apple's server farm.

Submission + - NASA: Mars Lab mission 100 days from landing on red planet (

coondoggie writes: "NASA noted that as of now its biggest Mars explorer ever will be within 100 days of landing on the surface or the red planet. NASA said at that precise time, the mission has about 119 million miles (191 million kilometers) to go and is closing at a speed of 13,000 mph (21,000 kilometers per hour)."

Submission + - War against small mail servers? 4

softegg writes: "My company hosts our own mail server. We have high-speed business connections through Verizon and Comcast.

Recently, Verizon and Comcast have been blocking port 25 causing our private mail server to stop functioning. Additionally, a lot of ISPs just started blocking any mail coming from any IP in the address block of cable modems.

So we started laundering our mail through a 3rd party service called DNSexit. Now McAfee's MAPS anti-spam system tells us that they are blocking DNSExit for spam.

Essentially, we are finding ourselves increasingly cut off from sending any outgoing mail. What is a small company supposed to do if you want to host your own mail?"

Hidden Debug Mode Found In AMD Processors 154

An anonymous reader writes "A hidden (and hardware password protected, by means of required special values in processor registers) debug mode has been found in AMD processors, and documented by a reverse engineer called Czernobyl on the RCE Forums community today. It enables powerful hardware debugging features long longed for by reverse engineers, such as hardware data-aware conditional breakpoints, and direct hardware 'page guard'-style breakpoints. And the best part is, it's sitting right there in your processor already, just read the details and off you go with the debugging ninja powers!"

Black Silicon Used For Surveillance? 56

An anonymous reader writes "For the past decade, 'black silicon' has been touted as a way to make super-sensitive image sensors and ultra-efficient solar cells. That's because the material — silicon wafers treated with sulfur gases and femtosecond laser pulses — is much better at absorbing photons and releasing electrons than conventional silicon, at least over certain wavelengths. In 2008, Harvard spinoff SiOnyx went public with its plans to commercialize black silicon. But what happened to those plans? Today SiOnyx revealed in another exclusive that it has raised new venture financing from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and other big investors. It also has formed a key strategic partnership to scale up manufacturing of black silicon — and go after markets in security, surveillance, automotive, consumer devices, and medical imaging."

Submission + - Will the Capping Stack Cap the Leak? (

An anonymous reader writes: BP said it will be lowering a connector onto a leaking pipe that will be bolted onto the remains of the well bore.
Then the cappin stack can be securely fitted compared to the previous cap. This all depends on how the seabed can cope with the increased pressure, we will keep you posted on this.


Submission + - Gaming in the cloud, a good idea? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The biggest PC games in the world all have an intrinsic relationship with the internet. Blizzard's World of Warcraft juggernaught is designed around players being constantly connected. In essence the game is one big database — when you throw fireballs at a gigantic dragon you are actually just querying a database. Take away the database and there is no World of Warcraft, just a set of art assets and a map viewer. But this level of online integration is nothing compared to services launching at the moment. The most prominent of these is Onlive, but there is also a similar service called Gakai that is readying for launch. These companies run the entire game on their server farms. The end user essentially ends up with a video stream that responds to their key and mouse presses. If this works it has the potential to completely change the landscape of gaming. Why bother to build an expensive PC when you can game on any old thing? This article looks at whether cloud gaming is actually a good idea, or just a pipe dream.

Submission + - Exploding Cell Phone Battery...Does NOT Kill

An anonymous reader writes: An update on the Slashdot article "Exploding Cell Phone Battery Kills" ( posted by CmdrTaco).

The Korean "exploding cell phone" victim had actually been crushed by a truck according to the BBC :

But police in Cheongju said a colleague later confessed that he had backed into the victim while reversing a construction vehicle. They said the colleague had tried to cover up the accident. Police said the phone had been made by LG Electronics. The company said on Friday that it had confirmed the death had no connection to its handset or battery, in contrast to previous media coverage.
You can now take off your Kevlar vests.

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