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Wireless Power Demonstrated 124

Necroloth and other readers sent in the story of Witricity's latest demo at the TED Global conference in Oxford, UK. The company is developing a system that can deliver power to devices without the need for wires. The idea is not new — electrical pioneers Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla assumed that power would be delivered wirelessly. The BBC quotes the inventor behind Witricity's tech as saying that Tesla and Edison "...couldn't imagine dragging this vast infrastructure of metallic wires across every continent." eWeek Europe notes some hurdles the technology must overcome: "The 2007 experiment it is based on had an efficiency of only around 45 percent, but [Witricity's CEO] promised power delivered wirelessly would start out 15 percent more expensive than wires, and improve on that." Intel has also demonstrated wireless charging.

Microsoft Exec Says, "You'll Miss Vista" 273

Oracle Goddess writes "'Years from now, when you've moved on to Windows 7, you'll look back at Windows Vista fondly. You'll remember its fabulous attributes, not its flaws.' That's the opinion of Steve Guggenheimer, vice president of the OEM division at Microsoft. 'I think people will look back on Vista after the Windows 7 release and realize that there were actually a bunch of good things there,' Guggenheimer said in a recent interview. 'So it'll actually be interesting to see in two years what the perception is of Vista.' A dissenting opinion comes from Bob Nitrio, president of system builder Ranvest Associates, doesn't believe organizations that skipped Vista will ever regret their decision. 'I don't think for a second that people are suddenly going to love Windows 7 so much that they will experience deep pangs of regret for not having adopted Vista,' said Nitrio. If I had to bet, I'd go with Bob's take on it." My first thought was, Steve meant Windows 7 is designed to be virtually unusable as payback for all the complaints about Vista, but I might be biased.

Comment Performance should not be determinant! (Score 1) 102

It doesn't matter how fast it is, if it isn't correct! We as IT professionals should focus more on CORRECTNESS of the terabyes of data we store not how many IO/s as long as it does the job we need. Ensuring correctness should be job #1. Right now in production for me safe means ZFS. When Linux delivers a comparable stable tested filesystem I'll be all over it. Right now it still seems like the 1980's where 99% of people are obsessed over how FAST they can make things. I cringe every time I watch an admin start "tuning" a filesystem to make it faster by flipping off sync and other safety features.

Comment MONOPOLY teaches us a lesson (Score 2, Interesting) 913

The game of Monopoly ends when one person holds all the money. In the same way if you look at the last 100 years of financial crises in the US, they all hit when the wealth was overwhelmingly concentrated in the hands of very few people. I'm not one for class warfare. However it's become clear over the last 30 years to me that the goal of rich people as a group generalization is not the building a brighter future. Their goal is amassing even larger piles of money. Employing people or investing in PRODUCTION may be something you consider a good idea, but if they can gain it by investing in Madoff Hedge Funds that's what they will do. Beyond a certain point personal wealth becomes an obscenity. Does anyone really think Hank Paulson is "worth" 500 million dollars? Tax structures are generally speaking one means of managing this wealth disparity and not letting it get so out of whack that everything breaks down. After the Great Depression 1.0 we put in place a lot of laws to control this, and for nearly 50 years it worked which is a RECORD length of stability in the US. As Elizabeth Warren has said before that you would see financial panics every 15 years or so. Then we FORGOT how important all this structure was and started pulling out all the threads from the rug. A progressive tax structure that keeps the JP Morgans of the world from getting out of hand is but one of those tools.

Submission + - PCMCIA WiMax Card Finally?

livnah writes: "In a press release last week ( p), Clearwire announced that they'd be offering their customers WiMax connectivity via a new Motorola Type-II PCMCIA card at some date later this year. From the release:

The FCC's approval of our laptop card is a significant milestone in bringing to market a 'true broadband' wireless service with a device that facilitates even greater portability than our existing modem permits," said Perry Satterlee, Clearwire president and chief operating officer. "We expect the new laptop card to broaden our potential customer base with more opportunities for customers to access and experience our fast, simple, portable, reliable and affordable wireless broadband services."
Data Storage

Submission + - New neurons preferentially replace active neurons

Danny Rathjens writes: "Science Daily reports that, "Like any new kid on the block that tries to fit in, newborn brain cells need to find their place within the existing network of neurons. The newcomers jump right into the fray and preferentially reach out to mature brain cells that are already well connected within the established circuitry, report scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the online edition of Nature Neuroscience." Most interesting was that, "Providing the mice with a stimulating, enriched environment — large cages filled with running wheels, colored tunnels and playmates — boost the number of neurons that manage to hook up with the existing network to 80 percent [from 50%], reinforcing the observation that using one's brain cells is the best way to optimize brain function throughout one's lifetime." Plus it is just really cool that they can observe these types of things like new neurons extending protrusions to find active neurons and take over at the nanometer scale."

Submission + - Shredded secret police files being reassembled

An anonymous reader writes: German researchers at the Frauenhofer Institute said Wednesday that they were launching an attempt to reassemble millions of shredded East German secret police files using complicated computerized algorithms. The files were shredded as the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and it became clear that the East German regime was finished. Panicking officials of the Stasi secret police attempted to destroy the vast volumes of material they had kept on everyone from their own citizens to foreign leaders.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Tux Logo on Indy Car

AC77 writes: Marketing Linux has always been a tricky proposition. As a community, we have relied on corporations who have a stake in the Linux operating system to market Linux to the world at large. Today, we have an opportunity to change that, and make Linux marketing as much a community effort as Linux development. That effort begins with the Tux 500 project.

Our goal is simple: we want to collect community donations to enter a Linux sponsored car in the 2007 Indianapolis 500. We need your help! If less than 1% of the Linux community donates $1, this will happen... will you do your part?

Submission + - NASA says extreme summer warming ahead

An anonymous reader writes: A new study by NASA scientists says that greenhouse-gas warming may raise average summer temperatures in the eastern United States nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the 2080s. Say the researchers: "Using high-resolution weather prediction models, we were able to show how greenhouse gases enhance feedbacks between precipitation, radiation, and atmospheric circulations that will likely lead to extreme temperatures in our not so distant future."

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