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Comment Re:There's no great client. (Score 2, Interesting) 258

In my opinion the msn client is ctually very good for everything except memory usage and how much CPU power it uses when it logs in (very annoying on dodgy wireless with a slow laptop). I tried pidgin, it crashed on me with in half a hour both times i used it, i haven't touched it since. I plan to try trillian when i get around to downloading and installing it, hopefully i will be pleasantly surprised, i never liked the old versions of it (about 3 years ago was the last time i used it)

Submission + - OCZ and PC Power and Cooling join forces!

jmicahg writes: "

OCZ; long standing leader in PC memory and power supplies, with a few coolers too. PC Power and Cooling; an undeniable source for great cooling gear and power delivery. It would be sweet to see what both of them could do if they join forces.

Well, OCZ has just announced their acquisition of PC Power and Cooling in a press release from earlier today. Now I could go into great and extraordinary detail as to what the future holds for these two tech giants, but I'll just drift over some of the more important details.

Both parties hope to utilize their expertise and advanced research and development lab to facilitate even better PC power delivery systems. OCZ does have their own brand of high-efficiency, high-output power supplies. PC Power and Cooling has in past days been recognized as a world leader in PC power distribution. As best as I can recall, PC Power and Cooling had used SeaSonic as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) for their power supplies. Both companies will still release products under their own respective names, but expect for this collaboration to improve all of their future product releases.

"OCZ and PC Power & Cooling are both technology leaders that share a common passion for delivering premium solutions to consumers," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "By bringing these two established companies together we are able to leverage the strengths of each organization and accelerate the development of cutting edge products for a variety of markets. We believe that collectively OCZ and PC Power & Cooling will build on our combined heritage to revolutionize high end computing."

I for one can't wait to see what they'll roll out next.

"As an expansion partner, I believe we have found in OCZ the ideal fit for the culture and approach of PC Power & Cooling," said Doug Dodson, founder and CEO of PCP&C. "In my new role as Chief Technology Officer, I will focus on maintaining PC Power's lead in proven ultra high-performance with the Turbo-Cool line, and in value and quiet computing with the Silencer line, as well as provide guidance for the continuing improvement of OCZ's power management solutions. I am excited about the improved accessibility of PC Power & Cooling products and I am confident that our rich tradition of reliability and innovation will continue to strengthen as a part of the OCZ Technology Group."

Both OCZ and PCP&C have been recognized as industry leaders. I'm certain that this new partnership will herald a bright new day for the PC market. Enthusiasts and simple consumers alike should benefit greatly from the new developments coming forth. Hmmm, I can't wait to see what they roll out next."

Feed Intel's Ultra Mobile strategy gets official (

Filed under: Handhelds, Portable Audio, Portable Video, Wearables

We already knew of Intel's 2007 "McCaslin" ultra mobile platform strategy after peeping their pre-show slides: professional UMPCs paired with consumer-oriented MIDs. Still, it's always good to get the official word even if means that Intel must travel all the way to their IDF in Beijing to make it so. As the strategy goes, before 2007 is up we'll see product from Aigo, Asus, Fujitsu, Haier, HTC, and Samsung all based on the Intel A100 and A110 processors -- essentially underclocked Pentium M cores operating at 3W and certainly besting the UMPC underpinnings we saw in 2006. In the first half of 2008 then, Intel tells us to expect their "Menlow" platform of ultra mobile devices. Pumping Intel's 45-nm dual-core "Silverthorn" processor and "Poulsbo" chipset for longer battery life in smaller handheld devices. But if you're chomping at the bit for Intel's vision of the ultra mobile future, well, you'll be waiting around until well after 2008, boy. Intel doesn't expect to break into magical sub-0.5W territory until the naughts are up. Until then, you'll have to deal with mysterious slabs like the new Fujitsu pictured after the break.

[Via Impress]

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BOLD MOVES: THE FUTURE OF FORD A new documentary series. Be part of the transformation as it happens in real-time

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Feed Rogue Roomba breaks all iRobot's three laws of Roombotics (

Filed under: Robots

It's the stuff robotic room-cleaner nightmares are made of. According to The Onion, Ken Graney's third-gen Roomba (with Scheduler) is among the first known to have actually shattered iRobot's three prescribed laws of Roombotics:
  • Roombots must not suck up jewelry or other valuables, or through inaction, allow valuables to be sucked up.
  • Roombots must obey vacuuming orders given to it by humans except when such orders would conflict with the first law.
  • Roombots are authorized to protect their own ability to suction dust and debris as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law.
The most important set of robotics rules since Isaac Hayesimov's Three Laws, apparently model 4260 actually climbed dresser and sucked up a pair of heirloom cufflinks, as well as keys and a wrist watch. 4260 has also supposedly been known to climb up and down stairs -- even walls -- hide its own virtual walls, and has since being detected gone missing entirely. Graney fears for the worst: that his Roomba knows the source of its households messes, the very human that occupies it -- him. We face a grim, immaculate dystopian future indeed.

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Submission + - IBM Extends Moore's Law to the Third Dimension

Andreaskem writes: "IBM today announced a breakthrough chip-stacking technology in a manufacturing environment that paves the way for three-dimensional chips that will extend Moore's Law beyond its expected limits. The technology — called "through-silicon vias" — allows different chip components to be packaged much closer together for faster, smaller, and lower-power systems.
The new IBM method eliminates the need for long-metal wires that connect today's 2-D chips together, instead relying on through-silicon vias, which are essentially vertical connections etched through the silicon wafer and filled with metal. These vias allow multiple chips to be stacked together, allowing greater amounts of information to be passed between the chips.
IBM is already running chips using the through-silicon via technology in its manufacturing line and will begin making sample chips using this method available to customers in the second half of 2007, with production in 2008.

I think it does run Linux and yes, a Beowulf cluster of those would be great."
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Submission + - Woman offers herself in exchange for WoW gold

aneeshm writes: A Spanish website writes about a woman who offered sexual services to any man who would give her 5,000 gold in World of Warcraft. The woman, a female Night Elf, Level 70 (the highest level), offered one night of sex to any guy who would give her the gold necessary to purchase the new Epic Flying Mount of the expansion The Burning Crusade. The woman finally accepted one guy's offer, and after the transaction was completed, he gave her the WoW money.

Submission + - Palm turns to Linux

knp writes: Palm appears to be betting it's future on Linux. The new platform was announced in a meeting with analysts yesterday. Details are still sketchy, but it looks like it will run Opera and Chattermail, and be released with an expanded rang of devices. I've been a Palm user for a long time, but none of their current devices excite me. Maybe there's hope.

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