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Intel Details Power Management Advancements in Haswell

bobwrit Power Consumption. (113 comments)

"Folks have been trading blows over whether Intel could compete with ARM's core power consumption. " For the mobile markets, Here's the best numbers I could find on the various processor's power output: http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/mobile/display/20110921142759_Nvidia_Unwraps_Performance_Benchmarks_of_Tegra_3_Kal_El.html The 10W Intel processor is still ~8x outside the power output of a Tegra 3 at 1GHz/Core, and ~6.662x the power output of a OMAP4 processor. While Intel is clearly working on getting down to the ~1W power range, they still have a ways to go. They may get there, but until I see silicon, I'm not holding my breath for it.

about 2 years ago
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Supervolcano Drilling Plan Gets Go-Ahead

bobwrit Re:In other news (109 comments)

I feel like I should share this story at this point. While I was taking Differential Equations at my University, our prof would (pretty heavily) motivate problems with stories behind them. His method of elaborating second order linear ODE's. was "OK, imagine that you have a mass on a spring. This system is then immersed in a vat of goo. You put on your hazmat suit, and go into the goo yourself, with a pointy stick. You then begin to poke the mass on the spring. We want to model the mass's movements. Go." It was quite hilarious at the time, and one of my more memorable moments(the other two were his motivation for non-linear first order ODE's(it involved bunnies stacking on top of each other), and solving 2nd order non-linear ode's... specifically with Einstein's corrections to newton's second law to deal with perihelion precession. and seeing the solutions for black holes pop out from that). Back to the topic at hand: this could be a good idea, but only if they don't plan on drilling a significant distance to the magma chamber of the volcano. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure the stress may cause a premature eruption(which, albeit, probably wouldn't be as bad as letting it go to full term/letting the chamber fill up so much it erupts).

more than 2 years ago
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One of Two Hotly Debated Avian Flu Papers Finally Published

bobwrit We're constantly flirting with extinction (52 comments)

This isn't particularly new for the human race. Look at MAD, for example(which is still fairly real - We still do have enough nukes to wipe out all life on the planet fairly effectively). One person, with their finger on the trigger, could slip up and 'accidentally' push the button, and cause not only the death of Humans, but also others. I'm sure there are other examples of humans having a large amount of control over the advancement of the human race, but that's the one that popped into mind. As we grow, and advance technologically, we'll keep developing even better ways of effectively causing ourselves/other species to become extinct. We're a violent race, when you think about it. While I don't like it, I'm just trying to be realistic as far as looking at humanities tendencies.

more than 2 years ago
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If You Resell Your Used Games, the Terrorists Win

bobwrit So.... (423 comments)

How is a broken retail model related to terrorism? I don't see the connection. And I have RTFA.... still says nothing.

more than 2 years ago
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Restoring China's Forbidden City With 3-D Printing

bobwrit Durability (46 comments)

One concern about this plan that I would have is the question of how durable the material is. Most of the 3D printer's I've been around/used have only printed a fairly cheap hard plastic. If they're trying to use that, I don't think the plan will go over well. On the other hand, if they use metal(I believe some printers can handle it. I remember shapeways having something to that effect as an offering), it could go over well.

more than 2 years ago
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FCC Wants To Fine Google $25K For WiFi Investigation

bobwrit Also known as (145 comments)

"Hey, our budget could very well get cut soon. Let's fine people for things!" That's what I suspect the FCC's reasoning is. They just wont admit it.

more than 2 years ago
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Fomalhaut's Exoplanets Have Orbits That Defy Theory

bobwrit Re:Astrophysics for fun (43 comments)

Physics in general would be interesting to work in. Unless it's classical mechanics. Then I'd probably get bored :/

more than 2 years ago
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Canada: Police Do Not Have Power To Wiretap Without Warrant

bobwrit A step in the right direction (133 comments)

Hopefully, Canada will begin to take a slightly more critical look to the whole concept of 'Emergency Powers'. I mean, here in the US(as an example), we've entertained the concept that if we're in a war, or the president has been given war powers, that he has the right to suspend the population's rights. Albeit, this isn't new(we suspended a lot of rights during WWII, at least. see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_American_internment ), but we just need to get rid of this idea. Just because we're in war, doesn't mean that we're not human.

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Man Charged With Blasphemy For Exposing "Miracle"

bobwrit Re:Tennessee Theocracy (796 comments)

This isn't the first time that Tennessee has taken an anti-science position either. The unfortunate thing is, it's not the only state moving in that direction. A few years ago, I remember Texas was thinking of doing the same. The larger issue with Texas doing that, however, is that Texas happens to be of of the main producers of school text books in the US. I, personally, use that piece to explain why the US is so lacking in science education- the people writing the text books are under heavy theocratic control :(

more than 2 years ago
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Why Microsoft's Keeping the Next Xbox Under Wraps

bobwrit Wait.... (195 comments)

You mean that companies *don't* reveal 100% of their products before their announcement? What a shock! Modern tech journalism is just getting ridiculous :(

more than 2 years ago

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Bitcoin breaks $100 USD per coin

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  about a year ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes ""Yesterday, while a number of banks were closed, bitcoin decided to break another major psychological barrier, and is now trading at above $100 USD per coin. At the moment, Bitcoin is trading at $118 USD/BTC. There is very little resistance to further price increases, so expect the price of bitcoin to rise very rapidly over the next few weeks. These are also record highs for the currency.""
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Gender gap in tech salaries is all gone, Dice reports

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes ""The field of IT is notorious for being persistently male-dominated, but that doesn't mean women still suffer from a gender gap when it comes to pay.

In fact, the compensation gender gap has disappeared for tech workers, according to the latest salary survey from IT careers site Dice. Specifically, ever since 2009, average salaries have been equivalent for male and female tech professionals, the company reported on Tuesday — as long as you're comparing equal levels of experience and education and parallel job titles.""

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Apple loses UK tablet design appeal versus Samsung

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  about 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "From the article:
"A judge at the High Court in London had originally ruled in July that the look of Samsung's Galaxy Tab computers was not too similar to designs registered in connection with the iPad.

He said at the time that Samsung's devices were not as "cool" because they lacked Apple's "extreme simplicity".

Apple still needs to run ads saying Samsung had not infringed its rights.""

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LG Nexus 4 Leaked

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  about 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "From the article:
"Earlier today, several sources revealed the specs and leaked images of the next Google Nexus device. This device will most likely be the launch vehicle for the next iteration of the Android Operating System. which will likely be a small incremental upgrade over a larger one. The device has a 4.75 inch screen, but it also has a smaller top bezel than the Galaxy Nexus does. It'll contain a quad core snapdragon processor, and 2 GB of ram to supplement that. It does have a different rear design, which takes from the Nexus 7's back. You can click on the image of the device above to see more of it's design.""

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Microsoft Announces 600 Million Windows 7 Licences Have Been Sold So far

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "Just a few short months before the release of Windows 8, Microsoft announced a new figure on how many Windows 7 licenses have been sold since its release in late October, 2009: 600 million. For comparison, Windows Vista sold around 385 million licenses, and Windows XP sold between 400 and 500 units. This peg's Windows 7 as being a very outstanding OS for Microsoft, as far as Sales and profit figures are concerned."
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SpaceX rocket launch fizzles on pad

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit writes "(CNN) — SpaceX aborted the historic launch of its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on Saturday at the last second because of a rocket engine glitch.

The launch would the first attempt to send a private spacecraft to the space station. SpaceX and NASA officials say the next launch attempts could come Tuesday or Wednesday in the early morning hours at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

As the countdown reached zero, the engines began firing — but then shut down, NASA and SpaceX officials said.

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said "high chamber pressure" was detected in Engine 5 of the Falcon 9, the rocket to carry the Dragon spacecraft. She said technicians will inspect the engines later on Saturday and is looking forward to another takeoff soon."

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China clears Google acquisition of Motorola

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "Google Inc. said Saturday that Chinese antitrust authorities have cleared the Internet giant's proposed purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., pushing the $12.5 billion deal over its last regulatory hurdle."
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Facebook officially starts trading on the Nasdaq

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit writes "Facebook on Thursday priced its shares at $38, giving itself a valuation of $104 billion, and raising $18.41 billion. Earlier today, Facebook went public at 9:30 AM EST. Now, at 11:00 AM EST, Facebook has begun trading on the Nasdaq under the “FB” ticker."
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Initial reviews of the first fully customizably mouse come in

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "Cyborg is a company well known for their gaming peripherals. It has a line of mice, xBox controllers, keyboards, and the like. The Cyborg R.A.T. 7(the original one) is one of the most comfortable mice you'll ever own, once you have it customized to your hand. It is also very, very precise, and it one of the nicest mice out there on the market currently. Click here to see pictures of the mice.

Let's start with the physical design first. The outside is matte black, with an option of changing the back piece that sits in the middle of your palm. The options for the back piece are: a shiny/rubbery piece, a long matte black piece and a short matte black piece. Overall, the device looks very mechanical and very modern looking. The matte black is a nice finish, because it doesn't show fingerprints/finger grease as much as a glossy one would. The underside is a thick aluminum plate, with a hole in it for the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel is a rubberized one, instead of a matte finish. The scroll wheel is then accented on the side by more aluminum. The one item that you think people would have an issue with, would be the section just to the right of the left mouse button. It seems like a lot of people would hit that accidentally with their fingers, but that doesn't happen all that much. The button area's are quite large, and make it difficult to miss them."

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Android now on more than half US smartphones

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "ComScore released new data today, suggesting that Android has finally taken over half of the US smartphone market. This comes from a 3.7% market share increase from the previous quarter, ending in December, 2011. Similarly, iOS's market share grew by 1.1% to 30.7%. RIM and Microsoft's market share both dropped, with RIM having the sharpest decline. RIM's market share fell by 3.7%, placing it at 12.3% of the total US market. Microsoft's smartphone market share fell by .8% to 3.9% total, and Nokia's market share for Symbian remained steady at 1.4% of the total market."
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Oracle might only receive $150,000 in damages from Google

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "Now, it looks like Oracle could end up with just $150,000 — if anything at all given that the threat of a mistrial looms and we’re still in the middle of the second phase of the trial covering patent infringement.

Judge William Alsup warned Oracle at the U.S. District Court of Northern California on Thursday morning that the “most” the plaintiff might end up with is statutory damages over the nine lines of code in the rangeCheck method — the only item on the verdict form during phase one of the trial in which the jury found Google’s conceded use was copyright infringement.

“The fact that they have nine lines out of many millions, you have no damage study tied in,” Alsup exclaimed to Oracle.

Although it is up to the jury to determine damages, the maximum limit for statutory damages is $150,000."

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Apple accuses Samsung of destroying evidence in patent case

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit writes "Apple earlier this month unleashed a furious motion in the Northern District Court of California, arguing that its counterpart, Samsung, destroyed evidence in their patent-infringement case.

According to Network World, which claims to have obtained a "heavily redacted" motion Apple filed in the district court on May 1, the iPhone maker is charging Samsung with the "spoilation of evidence." Apple says in the motion that Samsung destroyed "vast quantities of relevant evidence in blatant disregard of its duty to preserve all such evidence," according to Network World."

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Android now controls over half of the US smartphone market

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "ComScore released new data today, suggesting that Android has finally taken over half of the US smartphone market. This comes from a 3.7% market share increase from the previous quarter, ending in December, 2011. Similarly, iOS's market share grew by 1.1% to 30.7%. RIM and Microsoft's market share both dropped, with RIM having the sharpest decline. RIM's market share fell by 3.7%, placing it at 12.3% of the total US market. Microsoft's smartphone market share fell by .8% to 3.9% total, and Nokia's market share for Symbian remained steady at 1.4% of the total market."
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Android officially has over half of the US market

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "ComScore released new data today, suggesting that Android has finally taken over half of the US smartphone market. This comes from a 3.7% market share increase from the previous quarter, ending in December, 2011. Similarly, iOS's market share grew by 1.1% to 30.7%. RIM and Microsoft's market share both dropped, with RIM having the sharpest decline. RIM's market share fell by 3.7%, placing it at 12.3% of the total US market. Microsoft's smartphone market share fell by .8% to 3.9% total, and Nokia's market share for Symbian remained steady at 1.4% of the total market."
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Microsoft radically changes Windows logo

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "For the first time since Windows 3.1, released in 1990, Microsoft announced today that the Windows 8 logo will no longer be a waving flag. Instead, the logo will be -wait for it- a window. It will also be a single color, instead of the classic 4 color pattern that has also been used since 1990. The logo will be a light to mid dark, in perspective, so it appears the windows are closer to you on the right side. Overall, the logo takes hints from more modern graphic design techniques."
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Kindle Fire's market share goes above the 50% mark

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "ComScore released new data today suggesting that the Amazon Kindle Fire currently holds 50% market share of the Android tablet market. The official mark is sitting at 54.4% total share for the device. The other devices figures were: The Galaxy Tab series: 15.4%, Xoom: 7.0%, Transformer: 6.3%, Toshiba AT100: 5.7%, and the Acer Picasso: 4.3%. The Kindle Fire's market share increased by about 15% in February, while the only tablet to gain any ground at all was the Asus Transformer, which increased by only 0.1%."
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Former MakerBot exec launches Solidoodle sub-$500 3D printer

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "Let's be honest — we all want a a 3D printer to call our own, right? Price has always been a significant barrier to the dream of printing pretty much everything your imagination can conjure (barring some hardware limitations, of course). For its part, MakerBot has made some significant strides toward tearing some of those barriers, and now Solidoodle, led by that company's former COO Samuel Cervantes, is looking to take the trend even further. The company's current self-tilted model starts at just under $500. The printer, which is now up for pre-order, can print plastic pieces up to 6" x 6" x 6", and "all you need to supply is a computer and power." Also, interestingly, "a 200-pound man can literally stand on top of the machine while it's printing. " So, that's a bonus"
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ITC judge finds Apple in violation of Motorola WiFi patent

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit writes "Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) won a partial U.S. International Trade Commission judge’s ruling in its bid to block imports of Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s devices including the iPhone and iPad tablet computer.

Apple violated one of four Motorola Mobility patent rights being contested, ITC Judge Thomas Pender said in a notice posted today. The patent relates to 3G technology. The other three patents weren’t violated, according to the notice.

The judge’s findings are subject to review by the six- member commission, which has the power to block imports that infringe U.S. patents."

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ITC ruling finds Microsoft Xbox violates Motorola Patents

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobwrit (1232148) writes "(Note: Other sources: http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1078445/337_752_ID.pdf and http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/23/2970035/xbox-360-found-to-infringe-motorola-patents-in-preliminary-itc-ruling )
From the article:
" Potential bad news to start out the week for Microsofties: a judge from the US International Trade Commission has issued a preliminary ruling that finds Microsoft's Xbox 360 infringes on five of Motorola's patents. While the decision is by no means final — which means that the Redmond outfit could ultimately prevail — a final ruling would force Microsoft's hand to seek proper licenses for the technologies, most of which relate to H.264 video encoding, or have its gaming console banned from US shelves. For now, the lawyers will go back to the lab to refine their arguments and get ready to present them to a full panel of ITC judges later this year. Who wants to set odds on the outcome?""

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What are we(as the human race) DOING???!!!

bobwrit bobwrit writes  |  more than 6 years ago First off first, we're begining to let the machines do all the advacing within knowlage for us. Does this sound like a bad idea to anyone else. I mean, We wont know how advanced WE realy are, and hence we won't be able to tell what we can do. Secondly, we are an the verge of a nuclear war. What is this, the twentieth centery? Lets move on to something else( like time travel, or planetary conquest).

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