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Comment Re:Why not coax? (Score 4, Informative) 157

No.

802.11ac gets its speed via multiple spatial streams, using more than one antenna on both Tx and Rx sides.
Besides, the coax is 100% available all the time, while the wirelsss protocol is based on half duplex transmissions, and can only transmit to N clients at any given time (on each subband) when you have N antennas.

So for wired transmission you better use something else like MoCa.

The Almighty Buck

America's Army Games Cost $33 Million Over 10 Years 192

Responding to a Freedom Of Information Act request, the US government has revealed the operating costs of the America's Army game series over the past decade. The total bill comes to $32.8 million, with yearly costs varying from $1.3 million to $5.6 million. "While operating America's Army 3 does involve ongoing expenses, paying the game's original development team isn't one of them. Days after the game launched in June, representatives with the Army confirmed that ties were severed with the Emeryville, California-based team behind the project, and future development efforts were being consolidated at the America's Army program office at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. A decade after its initial foray into the world of gaming, the Army doesn't appear to be withdrawing from the industry anytime soon. In denying other aspects of the FOIA request, the Army stated 'disclosure of this information is likely to cause substantial harm to the Department of the Army's competitive position in the gaming industry.'"

Submission + - Facebook sued! (arnnet.com.au)

MooperTrooper writes: "It had to happen. Facebook has been sued for allegedly infringing on patents held by Whoglue, whoever they are. Details over which patents are being infringed on is sketchy at this stage (of course), but the big question is: Why wait for two years until now to bring the case to bear? Perhaps now that Facebook believes it is nearly four billion... perhaps that helped."
Space

Submission + - Did Chandrayaan find water on Moon's surface? (indiatimes.com)

prapu writes: "Did Indiaâ(TM)s maiden Moon mission Chandrayaan-1 find water on the lunar surface before the project was aborted? There were indications on
Tuesday that it had. An announcement about a ââmajor discoveryâ(TM)â(TM) made by Chandrayaan-I is expected on Thursday, and the buzz is that this could be about water on the Moon.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/Did-Chandrayaan-find-water-on-Moons-surface/articleshow/5044827.cms"

Windows

Submission + - Windows 7 Release to Manufacturing (RTM) (windows7news.com)

bawitdaba writes: According to http://windows7news.com/2009/07/18/rtm-this-time-windows-7-build-6-1-7600-16385-win7_rtm-090713-1255 Windows 7 has been "Released to Manufacturing" (RTM). Which means the code is now final ("gold"), and being sent to OEM's such as Dell, HP, Asus, and others.

This news matches an earlier blog post by Microsoft's developer team: http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/07/13/update-on-windows-7-rtm.aspx

Comment Re:Moore's Law (Score 5, Interesting) 140

Actually, it was a single laser that was split into multiple beams.

The technology behind the Kenwood drives was developed by an Israeli startup called Zen Research (they had their logo on the drive).

The drive ended up more expensive than it had to, because they ended up using separate ICs for each beam due to a bug in their ASIC, preventing using the ASIC's internal logic that was supposed to do the same. They were already very late so they didn't respin the ASIC.

They worked on the same logic for a DVD writer, but they were so late that the company went belly-up.

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