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Comment Re:Can someone tell me NVidia's business model? (Score 4, Informative) 89

Well, They are making some of the best mobile/low-power solutions with the Tegra family of chip-sets.

I also believe that it's still going to take some time before the integrated solutions (Intel IGP and AMD Fusion) are good enough to replace discrete graphics for gamers - where they are strong today.


Submission + - Dennis Ritchie, co-creator of Unix and C, has died ( 5

mikejuk writes: Dennis Ritchie the designer and original developer of both the C programming language, and co-creator of Unix has died at age 71 after prolonged illness.
It seems incredible from today's perspective that two people, motivated mainly by enthusiasm, should develop both an operating system and a programming language but that's exactly what Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thomson achieved.
Unix and the Unix way of doing things eventually transmuted into Linux and is now the server OS that powers industry and the Internet.
C on the other hand has been the basis for all of the C-like languages we all know and use every day — Java, C# and of course C++. Whenever you write a three-parameter for loop, for(init;test;inc), you owe a debt to C and should think of the fun that Dennis Ritchie had inventing it and making it all work.


Submission + - Bacterium hosts remnant of life's distant past ( 1

alexandre_ganso writes: Within a dangerous stomach bacterium, Yale University researchers have discovered an ancient but functioning genetic remnant from a time before DNA existed, they report in the August 13 issue of the journal Science.

"What these cells are doing is using ancient RNA technology to control modern gene expression," said Ron Breaker, the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale, investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and senior author of the study.


Submission + - Oracle sues Google over Java in Android ( 1

Jens de Smit writes: Apparently Oracle decided that selling expensive business software is not profitable enough and has turned to using the patents they got when they acquired Sun Microsystems to become a patent troll. They're suing Google for using patented Java technology in apps that are in the main Android stack as well as in core libraries for the Dalvik virtual machine. Amongst other things, the suit actually asks for the seizure of all Android products, probably to force Google to pay up big time. Google has declined to comment.

Submission + - Memphis uses data to cut crime (

databuff writes: What started as an experimental predictive crime-prevention initiative in 2005 has proven to be a fabulously successful program. Each week, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) examines the last four weeks' worth of crime data and links it to spatial information. Incidents are then plotted on a digital map, which is monitored around the clock. The MPD's software pinpoints crime hot spots, with details down to the day of the week and times of the day that are most active. The program has been credited as a primary driver of a 31% reduction in serious crime in Memphis since 2006.

Submission + - New IBM Mainframe Swallows A Blade Server (

judgecorp writes: IBM's new zEnterprise mainframe is not taking a back seat to blade servers. It includes a chassis for blades, bringing them under the control of a new fast 5000 MIPS server built with 5.2Ghz chips. Other vendors aim to replace mainframes, and HP says IBM is pushing them like heroin, while the US Justice Department is investigating IBM's monopoly, but IBM says users need mainframes for reliability, and is backing zEnterprise witha claimed figure of $5 billion of R and D money

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Submission + - A Windows Phone 7 for Every Microsoftie

theodp writes: So, how can Microsoft guarantee its Windows Phone 7 devices will enjoy broader adoption than the ill-fated Kin? By giving every Microsoft employee a free one, that's how. A Microsoft spokesman confirmed the move, explaining that the idea is to thank employees for all their work, and make sure that they have experience with Windows Phone 7 devices. Microsoft has nearly 90,000 employees worldwide.

Submission + - Saturn's Moon Spawning Moonlets (

astroengine writes: "For the first time ever, astronomers have witnessed the formation of celestial objects... in Saturn's rings. As the Saturnian moon Prometheus dashes through the gas giant's rings, it leaves large formations of ice behind, some as large as 12 kilometers in diameter. When the small moon makes another pass, it is not known whether these giant "snowballs" remain or get destroyed, but according to Linda Spilker, from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory: "You can think of Saturn's rings as miniature versions of the disks where planets form. The same physical processes are occurring.""

Submission + - Open source GSM cracking software released (

angry tapir writes: "The GSM technology used by the majority of the world's mobile phones will get some scrutiny at next week's Black Hat security conference. An open source effort to develop GSM-cracking software has released software that cracks the A5/1 encryption algorithm used by some GSM networks. Called Kraken, this software uses new, very efficient, encryption cracking tables that allow it to break A5/1 encryption much faster than before."

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