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Journal Journal: Misuse of technology

I just noted in a reply that and useful technology will be misused, often before the beneficial uses become widespread. And in some cases instead of beneficial uses ever becoming widespread.

I was talking about molecule cloaking, useful to ignore contaminants in a sample analysis, but P-to-P file sharing comes to mind. It seems in France that any software created, even for a legitimate purpose, is your liability if it is misused. I fail to see how any car companies or wineries exist there, since their products are misused in a common and highly visible way.


Journal Journal: IBM is using better thermal paste - so what?

I guess I'm missing the point... IBM is all excited at a better way to use thermal grease to cool CPUs, so they can be "smaller and faster." Isn't the objective to make them use less power?

I just spent 12 years (on a ten week contract) working in a big data center, and power use was a constant issue. Intel and AMD are making the CPUs deliver more performance per watt, and I'm really dubious that better cooling is going to be a big deal.

I'm old enough to remember SOS (Silicon On Saphire) and chips on diamond to get better cooling. I'm pretty sure the answer is not in more cooling, but in less power.

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