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AMD

Submission + - AMD Llano's IGP will be branded Radeon HD 6550 (Ru (heaven4geeks.com)

kingkaos69 writes: The top part, AMD A8-3550 features a quad core CPU and a Radeon HD 6550 GPU with a TDP of 100W. The GPU features 400 SP with a clock speed of 594 MHz. Its 400 SP will offer vastly superior GPU performance even compared to Intel's top HD 3000 12 EU graphics. However, Sandy Bridge is expected to lead in CPU benchmarks.
Cloud

Submission + - VMware causes 2nd outage while recovering from 1st (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: "VMware's new Cloud Foundry service was online for just two weeks when it suffered its first outage, caused by a power failure. Things got really interesting the next day, when a VMware employee accidentally caused a second, more serious outage while a VMware team was writing up a plan of action to recover from future power loss incidents. An inadvertent press of a key on a keyboard led to "a full outage of the network infrastructure [that] took out all load balancers, routers, and firewalls ... and resulted in a complete external loss of connectivity to Cloud Foundry." Clearly, human error is still a major factor in cloud networks."

Submission + - RIM co-CEO cries "No Fair" on security question (bbc.co.uk)

bulled writes: When asked about letting governments in Asia and the Middle East into the "secure" message service used by their Blackberry devices, Mike Lazaridis, the co-chief executive or RIM, walks out on the interview and says "We've dealt with this, the question is no fair." By dealt with, we can only assume he meant "been paid handsomely to let governments read what they wish."
Communications

Submission + - Next-gen Low Latency Open Codec Beats HE-AAC (xiph.org)

Aldenissin writes: From the Xiph.org developers, Opus is a non-patent encumbered codec designed for interactive usages, such as VoIP, telepresence, and remote jamming, that require very low latency. When they started working on Opus (then known as CELT), they used the slogan "Why can't your telephone sound as good as your stereo?", and they weren't kidding. Now, test results demonstrate that Opus's performance against HE-AAC, one of the strongest (but highest-latency) codecs at this bitrate, bests the quality of two of the most popular and respected encoders for the format, on the majority of individual audio samples receiving a higher average score overall.

Hydrogenaudio conducted a 64kbit/sec multiformat listening test including Opus, aoTuV Vorbis, two HE-AAC encoders, and a 48kbit/sec AAC-LC low anchor. Comparing 30 diverse samples using the highly sensitive ABC/HR methodology, Opus is running with 22.5ms of total latency but the codec can go as low as 5ms.

Submission + - Barracuda Hacked Using SQL Injection (fiercecio.com)

TechnoJoe writes: A hacker broke into a database of Barracuda Networks over the weekend via an SQL injection, using the access gained to extract the names, email addresses and contact numbers of partners and Barracuda customers. The full details were then posted online, which includes the MD5 hashes of passwords belonging to partners and Barracuda staffers.
Power

Submission + - Solar Breakthrough Could Make Solar Cells Obsolete (inhabitat.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a discovery about the behavior of light that could change solar technology forever. Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics and Applied Physics and William Fisher, a doctoral student in applied physics, discovered that light, when traveling at the right intensity through a material such as glass that does not conduct electricity, can create magnetic fields that are 100 million times stronger than previously thought possible. In these conditions, the resulting magnetic field is strong enough to rival a strong electric effect. The result is an “optical battery, which could lead to “a new kind of solar cell without semiconductors and without absorption to produce charge separation”, according to Rand.
Google

Submission + - Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic (ispyce.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "At the TED 2011 conference this week, Google has been giving extremely rare demos of its self-driving cars. TED attendees have even been allowed to travel inside them, on a closed course. The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret but in plain view on vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver."

Comment Re:Well, no, that is also how insurance works. (Score 1) 316

There are two situations with chronic health problems - one where a person has been on a health insurance plan and paying it, and one where they haven't.

In the first case, their payments to the insurer were the expected value of their health, essentially - if they had a 1% chance of getting cancer that cost $100,000 to treat, they would be paying roughly $1,000 for the insurance - simplified of course, but it's the basic premise. So when they happen to be in the 1%, it doesn't matter, because that's what they paid for, and yes, it fits the insurance model.

When someone hasn't had insurance and has a chronic condition, though, it's more like asking someone to insurance a house that has already been washed away by a flood, and is built three feet from the water. There is a 100% chance that the insurer will have to pay more than they take in from the customer. If the insurer is forced to take these people in, the affected person must be subsidized by the rest of the insured. They are not paying the expected value of the cost of their care, because the probability is such that they *cannot* pay the expected value of their care. This is no longer insurance, it is charity. The closest working model that still looks like insurance would be, essentially, "insurance insurance" that everyone has to start buying to pay for the ability to continue buying insurance after you would stop being eligible for it. But again, that doesn't work for the people who haven't been paying that fee to begin with.

My point being, trying to buy insurance *after* you get an expensive disease is the same as buying car insurance after you crash, house insurance after it burns down, or life insurance after you die. Insurance is about balancing possible future payments, not certain ones.

Comment Re:Programming without music? Listen Up Cog (Score 1) 1019

Let me guess: You're having an impossible time finding that guy with fifteen years programing experience, with five years experience on that niche program your company uses, a Master's degree in Computer Science, who needs no assistance relocating, willing to work 60+ hours a week, for $70,000/yr + crappy benefits?

There's TONS of talent out there right now. Get your H.R. person out of the resume-screening job and be a little flexible with candidates and you'll find them.

Comment Re:Peer Review and Grant Awards (Score 1) 1747

People seem to forget the context of that "undermining the peer review process" took place.

They certainly tried to impact the peer review process. The paper in question resulted in half of the editorial board of the journal in question resigning over the peer review process that took place.

http://www.sgr.org.uk/climate/StormyTimes_NL28.htm

The paper in question turned out to be underwritten by the American Petroleum Institute.

As for Mann and Jones' apparent effort to punish the journal Climate Research, the paper that ignited his indignation is a 2003 study that turned out to be underwritten by the American Petroleum Institute. Eventually half the editorial board of the journal quit in protest. And even if CRU's climate data turns out to have some holes, the group is only one of four major agencies, including NASA, that contribute temperature data to major climate models — and CRU's data largely matches up with the others'.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1946082-2,00.html#ixzz0ZJERceR1

Comment Re:re OSX (Score 1) 610

I would much rather have an ARM netbook than that POS Atom and its power-sucking chipset anyway. Especially if it ran real OS X and not a stripped iPhone-like OS tied to that obnoxious app store.

I'd happily run Linux or BSD on ARM as well though. I don't believe in x86-everywhere. x86 sucks, it's just had enough R&D dollars thrown at it to make it fairly quick and cheap to produce. Hell, I'd much rather Apple had stuck with PPC.

Comment Pseudocode (Score 3, Interesting) 657

I think a better solution would be for the patent to be described using pseudocode or some variation thereof. Since this is afterall a software patent, the application should be written in a form that is legible to others in the field. It would also lead to easier settlement of a dispute since previous art could more easily be compared with pseudocode.

Power

Submission + - Startup offers Peltier-On-Chip (arstechnica.com)

LowSNR writes: The South Carolina based startup Nextreme, Inc. is developing technology to put Peltier Coolers in chip packages, according to an Ars Technica report. The tiny coolers could be situated on top of local hotspots on the die and pump heat away through a package pin to the motherboard. Also, the Seebeck Effect allows the waste heat to be used to be harvested to generate/reclaim power.

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