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EU

Submission + - Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards? (nordichardware.com)

arun84h writes: A new energy law, which will apply in the European Union, has the power to limit sale of discrete components deemed "energy inefficient". GPU maker AMD is worried this will affect future technology as it becomes available, as well as some current offerings. From TFA:

"According to data NordicHardware has seen from a high level employee at AMD, current graphics cards are unable to meet with these requirements. This includes "GPUs like Cape Verde and Tahiti", that is used in the HD 7700 and HD 7900 series, and can't meet with the new guidelines, the same goes for the older "Caicos" that is used in the HD 6500/6600 and HD 7500/7600 series. Also "Oland" is mentioned, which is a future performance circuit from AMD, that according to rumors will be used in the future HD 8800 series. What worries AMD the most is how this will affect future graphics cards since the changes in Lot 3 will go into effect soon. The changes will of course affect Nvidia as much as it will AMD."

Is this the beginning of the end for high-end GPU sales in the EU?

Facebook

Submission + - More Stunning Emails to Come in Facebook Ownership (foxnews.com)

Velcroman1 writes: Eye-opening emails released in a lawsuit Tuesday could change the very ownership of Facebook — and more emails have yet to be released.

Paul Ceglia claims that in 2003 he made a $1,000 investment in Facebook, which entitles him to 50 percent of what is today the 500 million-user force powering social networking. Facebook calls the emails — as well as Ceglia himself, and the entire case — an utter fraud. But they haven't seen the whole story yet. Robert Brownlie, a partner with giant law firm DLA Piper and Ceglia's chief legal adviser, said there's more evidence still unseen. "There are more emails," Brownlie said.

Submission + - Solar power without solar cells: A hidden magnetic (physorg.com)

jIyajbe writes: A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by University of Michigan researchers could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells.

The researchers found a way to make an “optical battery,” said Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics and Applied Physics. In the process, they overturned a century-old tenet of physics.

“You could stare at the equations of motion all day and you will not see this possibility. We’ve all been taught that this doesn’t happen,” said Rand.

Space

Submission + - SpaceShipTwo Opens New Terminal 2 at SFO

Kozar_The_Malignant writes: The new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport was opened today with the arrival of SpaceShipTwo (firmly attached to WhiteKnightTwo). Good photos and article by Dean Putney on BoingBoing. I'm ready to go.
Music

Submission + - Music using floppy drives / disks (youtube.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Can't say I've seen many things that are more geeky than this: 4 floppy drives on a computer playing Toccata & Fugue based on MIDI input. It's a YouTube only video at the moment, but due to great response, the author is going to create a website detailing how he got it to work. People do say that computer-minded people have good affinity with music...

Submission + - FDA to test brain-controlled prosthetic arm

mcgrew writes: The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the FDA is testing a new cybernetic prosthetic arm that is directly controlled by the user's brain. "The arm system, developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, uses a microchip implanted in the brain to record and decode signals to neurons that control muscles linked to the prosthesis."
Businesses

Submission + - JC Penney Responds To SEO Controversy

adeelarshad82 writes: Over the weekend the New York Times published a damning expose of how JC Penney allegedly gamed Google's page-ranking algorithm, which artificially made the retailer a top search result. In an email to PCMag, JC Penny's vice-president of corporate communications, Darcie Brossart, fired back saying that "The characterization of JC Penney in the New York Times article is misleading and unwarranted." Also adding that JCPenny has no record of receiving a violation notification from Google.

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