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Half-Life Short Film Grabs Attention 72

switchfeet writes "For any of you Half-Life fans out there, this new short film based on the game by The Purchase Brothers is really garnering some attention on pretty much every gaming site out there. 'It's a mixture of live action and game footage, and makes smart use of in-game sound effects, and some really fantastic location hunting. ... The Purchase Bros describe the production as 'guerilla style with no money, no time, no crew, no script, the first two episodes were made from beginning to end on a budget of $500.'"
Intel

Submission + - First "Nehalem" Processors Called "Cor (intel.com)

chise1 writes: In a press release today, Intel named the first products in its next-generation PC chips (codenamed "Nehalem") "Core i7." From the release:

"Intel Corporation announced today that desktop processors based on the company's upcoming new microarchitecture (codenamed "Nehalem") will be formally branded "Intel® Core(TM) processor." The first products in this new family of processors, including an "Extreme Edition" version, will carry an "i7" identifier and will be formally branded as "Intel® Core(TM) i7 processor." This is the first of several new identifiers to come as different products launch over the next year."

Books

Submission + - Restrictive Software Licensing now for Hardware

An anonymous reader writes: We recently purchased a Kindle and I am impressed with the technology if not the licensing. It seems like it has real potential in the library environment. Unfortunately, two attempts to discuss this with Amazon have resulted in email telling us that "usage of the Kindle in a situation where it is loaned or checked out to many users would be against the Kindle Terms of Use." Now, I understand licensing agreements for software (though I don't often agree with them) but I didn't know they could do this with hardware. Don't we have the final say so on what we do with our physical property? I understand not being able to copy the media from one Kindle to the next but not being able to hand a kindle to someone else. Isn't that going beyond extreme? Can they do that? This Kindle in ours, isn't it?
Social Networks

Submission + - Microsoft study disproves Kevin Bacon theory (pcauthority.com.au)

Bridger writes: An analysis of Microsoft's instant messaging system has concluded that there aren't six degrees of separation between everyone, the number is 6.6. A team of researchers analysed 30bn messages sent on the company's instant messenger client to see if the theory that everyone can be linked to everyone else by six degrees of separation was accurate. The six degrees of separation argument, popularised by American psychologist Stanley Milgram, posits that everyone is one degree removed from people they know, two degrees from people their friends know and no more than six degrees away from everyone on the planet.

Feed Engadget: Figuring out which NVIDIA GPUs are defective -- it's a lot (engadget.com)

Filed under: Laptops

So now that HP's joined Dell in releasing information on which laptops have those defective NVIDIA GPUs, we can sort of piece together which chips are faulty -- and just as had been rumored, it looks like basically every Geforce 8600M and 8400M chip is affected. That's not good news for NVIDIA, which has been saying that only "previous-generation" chips were problematic -- unless the chipmaker is planning on updating the hugely popular 8x00 series sometime, say, now, that's not exactly true, now is it? Other affected chips appear to be in the GeForce Go 7000 and 6000 lines, as well as the Quadro NVS 135M and the Quadro FX 360M, but that's just looking at model numbers, and we can't be exactly sure. We'd say that if you've got a machine with any one of these GPUs, it might be wise to call in and see what your laptop maker is going to do -- and it would be smart for NVIDIA to come right out and say exactly how big and how bad this problem really is.

Read - Dell list of machines and patch
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Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Open Tech Inc. Unveils New Line of Mac Clones (hothardware.com)

bigwophh writes: "You'd think with Apple now on the move to put the hurt on Mac clone maker PsyStar, that other potential Mac clone makers would sit it out on the sidelines, waiting to see how things play out. But you'd be wrong. A brand new company has just emerged, which plans on selling Mac-compatible desktops, Open Tech Inc. Assuming for the moment that Open Tech is on the up-and-up, the company's business model differs slightly from PsyStar in at least one key way — OS X Leopard will not be pre-installed or included. The hardware options available, however, are decidedly more powerful that what PsyStar brought to market."

Comment Re:What Charging Infrastructure? (Score 4, Informative) 582

OK, first, the Volt is larger than the Prius, faster, has better acceleration, and will only cost a couple grand more, easily saved on the back end with infinite MPG on trips shorter than 60 miles, and at 60-80MPG when running on the engine. Electric costs are increasing, but at a fraction of the rate of oil, and electric power is renewable (or at least, the renewable portion is increasing, and can eventually be 100% of energy used).

The lack of electric cars on the market? mostly, we've been waiting for slightly better CPUs to run the car on, and improved energy to weight ratios in the batteries. Li-Ion by itself could have done this, if it wasn't for the potential of catistrofic cell collape (aka, battery explodes). Li-Polymer, and Li-Tit batteries just recently developed do not have this problem, and additional safteys with on-battery chip technology further improve saftey.

Also, 2-3 hours is no longer an issue. Li-Tit batteries charge to 80% in 3 minutes, 100% in less than 10. A simple 3 phase 400 amp connection is required (available at almost any auto shop). Don't believe the hype about how much the cable weights for these either, look at the cable on an electric welder; same cable...

Sure, at home, 3-4 hours will be the norm, 8-10 on 110 volt outlets. Of course, saince the car will have a gas backup, and can go 360 miles on 10 gallons of gas AFTER the battery dies, who cares? On a side note, if you popped for the upgrade to rapid charge at home, hooking up a 220 volt 100 AMP cable, you can actually run your HOUSE off of your CAR in the event of a power failure, without needing a generator, for 3-5 hours, or just your fridge and AC for about a day.

People DO want them. Patents, mostly, and a few technical hurdles were standing in the way. I WILL pay 30K for a car that gets the USD converted electrical equivolent of 150MPG average for my driving habits and takes 3 minutes to recharge.

DO RESEARCH BEFORE SPREADING FUD NEXT TIME!

Announcements

Submission + - CafePress Acquires Imagekind (cafepress.com)

Danny Kraus writes: "CafePress Expands Its On-Demand Canvas By Acquiring Imagekind

San Mateo, CA July 8, 2008 — CafePress, the recognized leader of user-generated commerce, today announced the acquisition of Imagekind, the fastest-growing user-generated site offering high-quality fine framed art. Since 1999 CafePress has changed the way people shop for user-generated products and has been working to refine and expand its offerings. Imagekind, known as the best-in-breed on-demand art provider, proved a perfect fit. The two companies share similar business models — providing customers with the opportunity to create, buy and sell their own unique merchandise.

This acquisition, a logical step in further cementing CafePress' leadership in user-generated commerce, adds a like-minded brand to the CafePress portfolio focused on offering customers unique user-generated merchandise. Both companies recognize the benefits this partnership brings to their respective communities of users and are currently exploring the best possible paths for website and service integration.

"Acquiring Imagekind allows us to do two things," explains Cafepress CEO and co-founder Fred Durham. "First, it allows us to provide a richer fine art solution to the community of artists, designers and entrepreneurs who are already among our 6.5 million shopkeepers. Additionally, it provides the opportunity for fine artists who haven't discovered us, to have the type of success that Cafepress shopkeepers have had selling apparel and gifts since 1999. We can't wait to see where the creativity of our community will take this partnership — I'm sure it will be amazing, they haven't disappointed yet!"

  "Every bare wall is our market," explains Imagekind CEO Kevin Saliba. "CafePress brings the expertise, resources, and community to help get our artists and their galleries to the world faster. The CafePress marketplace has thrived on consumers who are looking for unique products that help them express themselves, and this partnership allows Imagekind to introduce its artists to the millions of CafePress members, which will help them grow awareness and ultimately sales.

For more information on CafePress visit www.cafepress.com.

For More information on Imagekind visit www.imagekind.com.

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About CafePress

CafePress.com is the leading online marketplace that offers sellers complete e-commerce services to independently create and sell a wide variety of products, and offers buyers unique merchandise across virtually every topic. Launched in 1999, CafePress.com has empowered individuals, organizations and businesses to create, buy and sell customized merchandise online using the company's unique print-on-demand and e-commerce services. Today, CafePress.com is a growing network of over 6.5 million members who have unleashed their creativity to transform their artwork and ideas into unique gifts and new revenue streams.

About Imagekind

Founded in 2006, Imagekind.com is the world's fastest growing online marketplace for art. By offering more than one million high-quality fine art images by more than 50,000 established and emerging artists from all over the world, Imagekind.com gives consumers limitless options to acquire museum-quality framed giclee (zhee-clay) prints. Imagekind.com has disrupted the world of art through democratization, by returning control of the global marketplace to the artists who can showcase and sell their work on its site. Imagekind.com allows the artist to build online galleries, set their own prices, keep profits and even collect commissions. In addition, Imagekind.com allows anyone to discover their inner artist through the "create path" which lets customers upload their favorite pictures or piece of child art and turn it into a framed masterpiece or a museum-quality print on canvas. Imagekind.com is the world's first community to serve as a hybrid online art gallery, photo-sharing and a print-on-demand service. Imagekind.com has partnered with a number of leading retail and online community brands as a testament to its superior printing and framing quality."

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