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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."

Feed Dell officially announces Santa Rosa-based D630 and D830 (

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Not one to be left out of today's Santa Rosa madness, Dell has officially announced a couple of laptops that, like most of the Santa Rosa laptops now rolling out, have already managed to make themselves known. In case you missed it, the Latitude D830 and D630 offer two variations on the same theme, with the former boasting a 14.1-inch display and the latter a 15.4-inch one, and each packing integrated 802.11n WiFi, as well as your choice of an Intel Turbo Memory cache card or a hyrbrid hard drive to help speed things up a bit. Dell's also showing a bit of love to AMD (who must be feeling a little left out today), officially announcing its 15.4-inch D531 Latitude, available with your choice of Turion 64 or Sempron processors, but lacking the SSD and hybrid storage options of the Intel-based Latitudes. From the looks of it, all three are available now, with the D630 and D830 starting at $1,189 and $1,249, respectively, and the D531 coming in at $839 for the base configuration.

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Feed Oracle talks open source unto Java (

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JavaOne Oracle has played up its open source credentials with technologies to simplify Java development. It is also making ommunity donations to advance its middleware and tools for online services.

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