Matt writes: "An awful 50 percent of the power delivered from a wall socket to a PC simply gets wasted says Urs Hölzle, Google fellow and senior vice president of operations. Half the energy gets converted to heat or is dissipated in some other manner in the AC-to-DC conversion. Around 30 percent of the power delivered to the average server gets lost, he added. The power in both cases is lost before any work is accomplished by a computer: later, even more energy is lost by PCs sitting idle, or as heat dissipated by other components."
'So to Sun, a GPLv3-only release would actually let them look good, and still keep Linux from taking their interesting parts, and would allow them to take at least parts of Linux without giving anything back (ahh, the joys of license fragmentation). Of course, they know that. And yes, maybe ZFS is worthwhile enough that I'm willing to go to the effort of trying to relicense the kernel. But quite frankly, I can almost guarantee that Sun won't release ZFS under the GPLv3 even if they release other parts. Because if they did, they'd lose the patent protection.'
An anonymous reader writes: An article on OSWeekly.com discusses a few things that Microsoft could learn from OSS and Linux. The article states, "As Microsoft continues to understand that open source does not mean they cannot generate a decent profit, I honestly wonder if they will eventually "get" that releasing MS Office code to the open source community is their only option. Since the whole threatening to sue thing will be met with the same fan base response, just like the RIAA, it is certainly not a wise decision. And if Microsoft thinks Open Office is a pain now, try suing people over it, then see how many people refuse to buy their products.
cmulder writes: "Popular Mechanics gets a sneak peek in this video and article of the design, features and possible uses of a future Microsoft product... a new computer design called the 'Microsoft Surface'.
"The company's unofficial Surface showman is Jeff Gattis. He's a clean-cut fellow who is obviously the veteran of a thousand marketing seminars. He spoke in sentences peppered with "application scenarios," "operational efficiencies" and "consumer pain points" while he took me through a few demonstrations of what the Surface can do. One of Gattis's consumer pain points is the frustrating mess of cables, drivers and protocols that people must use to link their peripheral devices to their personal computers. Surface has no cables or external USB ports for plugging in peripherals. For that matter, it has no keyboard, no mouse, no trackball — no obvious point of interaction except its screen."
The video demonstrates the Minority Report-like functioning of the Surface while the Microsoft spokesmen describe the technology as a 'complete new ecosystem for computers'."
[HooL] writes: Life scientists working on Apple computers have rejoiced after Papers was released. The "Personal Library of Science" is a scientific publication management tool, which allows you to organize the PDFs in a database-style manner. At the WWDC07, the authors have now received an Apple Design Award in the category 'Scientific Computing Solution': "Scientists have been waiting for a solution like Papers for years, and now it's finally here — exclusively on Mac OS X. Written entirely in Cocoa by two part-time programmers, Papers helps scientists and researchers organize their personal library of scientific articles. It also provides a completely new workflow for reading scientific articles with the ability to search for literature through the built-in access to the PubMed search engine, the major source of scientific research in the biomedical domain. Papers offers downloading, archiving, reading, and sharing PDFs all within a gorgeous user interface."
Knutsi writes: "With the rumors of a tighter Apple/Google collaboration coming up, it may be worth speculating as to why Apple is releasing Safari on the Windows platform. A brief look Safari's preferences dialog reveals that the GUI kit running is actually Aqua, unlike iTunes which uses the native Windows kit. Is it possible that Safari for Windows is a strategic move to extend a.Mac/Google collaboration into the Windows domain, leveraging Aqua and enabling more advanced interfaces than what has traditionally been possible in a browser? With millions of Mac-users already having the technology installed, they could reach critical mass quite fast."
Vinit writes: "Can Apple be what it is today without constant innovation? Surely company knows the answer. They've filed three new patents regarding display technology and "more particularly to the application of visual effects using a programmable graphics processing unit during frame-buffer composition in a computer system."
dotspiral writes: "rPath (a bunch of ex-Red Hat execs) have been billing their software appliance platform as "easier and cheaper than Software as a Service" and have had some success with signing up open source vendors (latest being KnowledgeTree, Zimbra, Digium). Software appliances appear to be a nice way of evaluating software in a sand box but are organizations really likely to utilize them in production?"