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Vatican To Digitize Prohibited Archives

siliconbits It's not actually the BBC (121 comments)

Just check the URL I s'ppose... Hope there's no link to Malware in there

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft StrongARMin Intel To Build 16-core Atom?

siliconbits Can someone remove the links? (1 comments)

The two links at the bottom of the article. They were mistakenly introduced while copying/pasting. Thanks beforehand.

more than 3 years ago
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Boxee Box Pre-Orders Start At $229

siliconbits Intel CE4100... Where Can I find more about it? (266 comments)

I find it supremely surprising that a 1.2GHz 45nm Atom processor with an integrated PowerVR SGX535 GPU can decode TWO 1080p full HD streams, something that a normal Atom CPU cannot achieve.... Anybody can shed some light here?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using a computer as a peripheral

siliconbits Dumb Terminal (9 comments)

I suggest that you just convert the old Thinkpad into a server, dumb terminal or something similar. Pity there's no hard drive in there though.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Way To Archive Emails For Later Searching?

siliconbits Re:Gmail? (385 comments)

I second that. Invest in Google Apps to benefit from additional services as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Rumors of Hulu's Subscription Plans

siliconbits Re:Lame that they (224 comments)

maybe they're afraid that Canvas and iPlayer kick their balls. JJ, seriously we need to get "family guy" and the likes on VoD

more than 4 years ago
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Rumors of Hulu's Subscription Plans

siliconbits Lame that they (224 comments)

Are not coming to the United Kingdom Yet!

more than 4 years ago
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Cheap Media Center, maybe using AMD

siliconbits Re:Any reason you want to use x86? (3 comments)

Best solution would be to get an Aspire Revo computer. Cheap (VERY cheap), economic to run, HDMI, Digital Out, Tiny and there's even Linux options.

more than 4 years ago
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Cheap Media Center, maybe using AMD

siliconbits Any reason you want to use x86? (3 comments)

I'm in the same situation as you actually and I'm wondering whether it's not better to get a streamer with a powerline connection rather than a dedicated computer.

more than 4 years ago

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Ask Slasdot: Tags and Tagging, what is the best way forward?

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  about a year ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "The debate about tagging has been going for nearly a decade. The Slashdot community has been covering it a number of times.
http://tech.slashdot.org/story/07/01/15/136219/the-need-for-a-tagging-standard, http://slashdot.org/story/05/01/04/0117245/folksonomies-in-delicious-and-flickr & http://slashdot.org/story/05/01/15/0015249/technorati-does-tags

But it seems that nobody has yet to come up with a foolproof solution to tagging. Even luminaries like Engadget, The Verge, Gizmodo and Slashdot all have different tagging schemes. Commontag, a venture launched in 2009 to tackle tagging, has proved to be all but a failure despite the backing of heavyweights like Freebase, Yahoo and Zemanta. Even Google gave up and purchased Freebase in July 2010.

Somehow I remain convinced that a unified, semantically-based solution, using a mix of folksonomy and taxonomy, is the Graal of tagging. I’d like to hear from fellow Slashdotters as to how they tackle the issue of creating and maintaining a tagging solution, regardless of the platform and the technologies being used in the backend."
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Geeknet considering selling Slashdot, Freecode, Sourceforge

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 2 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Pretty much summed up in the title. Also, Cmdrtaco has no comments on that.

"Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq:GKNT), the online network for the global geek community, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company and its advisors to explore strategic alternatives with respect to its online media business, including the SourceForge, Slashdot and Freecode websites. The Company and its advisors will evaluate a range of options to maximize shareholder value, including, but not limited to, a potential sale of the Company's online media business, investing additional capital to expand the online media business, or other possible transactions involving the online media business.""

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Thousands Of Google Employees Enlisted To Produce

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 2 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Beer specialist Dogfish head has polled "thousands" of Google employees worldwide using Google Moderator to find out what they'd like to put in a special edition Dogfish Head Beer.
The beer, known as URKontinent, has already gone on sale but due to limited availability, it won't be available in growlers unfortunately. Given that it has an ABV of 8.1 per cent, it is likely to pack a pretty powerful punch (that's twice the ABV of some more popular brews like Guinness or Beck's Vier)."

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Seagate Unveils World's Biggest HDD At 4TB

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 2 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Seagate has smashed the storage capacity barrier again today by launching an external hard disk drive with a 4TB capacity, one year after having launched the world's first 3TB drive. The GoFlex 4TB uses four 1TB 3.5-inch platters with an areal density of 625Gb per square inch, spins at 5400RPM and has 32GB cache (rather than 64GB). That said, even with a rather low spinning speed, it should, in theory, outperform faster spinning hard disk drives from 2007 or 2008."
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AMD Enters Desktop Memory Market

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  about 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "AMD has quietly released a new range of memory products and recycled the Radeon brand, which moves from graphics processing units to memory modules. According to the product page, AMD Radeon for systems are "ideally" suited for the company's APU and CPU solutions and have been "tested to the highest industry standards on AMD platforms". Three different categories are currently on offer, roughly matching AMD's APU/CPU product categorisation; Entertainment, Ultra Pro and Enterprise. Oddly enough, the company is offering only 2GB modules with data rates at 1333.33MT/s and 1600MT/s, with 9-9-9 and 11-11-11 timings for the first two product ranges respectively."
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First Website Launched 20 Years Ago Today

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  about 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Today marks the 20th birthday of the first website ever created; on the 6th of August 1991, a team of CERN engineers led by Sir Tim Berners-Lee worked to provide what was the first tangible example of the potential of the World Wide Web. While no original copy of the website remains, an updated version can be found here while the first web page address (or URL as it was later to be called) was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html."
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Microsoft Punting WHS 2011 As Cheapo Windows 7?

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  about 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "We've noticed over the last few weeks that Microsoft has cut the price of its Windows Home Server 2011 operating system by more than half to £36.86, a price that includes VAT and delivery.
The price cut is not limited to the UK and there's plenty of stock around (note that it is the CCQ-00128, an OEM version, but customers can expect to get both the OEM preinstallation kit and a standard DVD installer).
Newegg and Tigerdirect, two of the biggest online retailers in the US, have also cut the price of the OS with Microsoft being particularly quiet about a decision that is bound to turn heads.
At that point, two questions can be asked : Why did Microsoft cut the price of Windows Home Server 2011 so aggressively so early in the lifetime of the product and can it replace a bog-standard installation of Windows 7?"

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Get Cybermercenaries Suggests Ex NSA, CIA Director

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "One of the architects of US foreign policy under George W. Bush, General Michael Hayden, suggested that the US Government should consider creating a "Digital Blackwater" during an open conversation with Bloomberg's Allan Holmes and several other cybersecurity specialists on stage, during an event called the Aspen Security Forum. Blackwater refers to the US private military group founded in 1997 and which has been renamed as Xe Services LLC, a move possibly linked with a number of high controversies that arose after the company expanded its security-related operations into Iraq and Afghanistan.
Recruiting mercenaries, Hayden suggested “might be one of those big new ideas in terms of how we have to conduct ourselves in this new cyber domain,” referring to cyber warfare."

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Facebook To Launch Rival To Google News?

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Facebook may be mulling plans to build an online news service that will compete with Google News or Yahoo News after the social networking website's Journalist Program Manager published a rather interesting article on the Harvard University's Nieman Journalist Lab. The chap in question — Vadim Lavrusik — talks about the building blocks to consider when rethinking about the structure of stories. At Facebook, Lavrusik — who used to work at Mashable — is responsible for helping journalists to "create new ways to tell stories". In the article, Vadim articulates the conversation about future story formats from five different angles; Context, Social, Personalisation, Mobile and Participation."
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Intel Atom c.2015 "Faster Than AMD Phenom II X6"?

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Bill Leszinske, General Manager, Technology Planning of the Atom SoC Development Group at Intel, provided an update on the company's roadmap for Intel's Atom range, including a rather interesting slide; one which Leszinske clearly indicated, is based on real (but confidential) data. On it, Intel presents Atom's tablet CPU performance (in SPEC2000int_rate) which should rise by more than 10 times over the next four to five years. A quick back-of-the-envelope calculation led us to believe that by 2015, the 14nm Airmont Atom SoC could be slightly faster than the six-core AMD Phenom X6, at least when it comes to SPEC2000int_rate numbers (81 GIPS vs 79 GIPS)."
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Trade Of Google+1 "likes" : A Lucrative Business

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Selling Google+1 "likes" is gradually becoming a rather lucrative business, helped by cheap labour and ever-falling internet access worldwide; the trend is not unlike what we saw previously with Twitter & Digg during the days except that this has a more widespread implication for SEO and could turn the nascent social networking service into a massive headache for Google as many try to game the system. Google+1 selling sites like Googleplus1supply, buygoogleplus1 or Blackcatseo have cropped up during the last few months — amongst so many other websites — with the sole aim of selling Google+1 "likes" to publishers and businesses."
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Virgin Media Cable Broadband Tops 1.5Gbps

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Virgin Media, the UK's leading broadband provider, is successfully delivering internet speeds up to 240 times faster than the national average to triallists in London. Using Virgin Media's unique cable network, broadband speeds of up to 1.5Gb are being enjoyed around Old Street, an area known as ‘Silicon Roundabout', including by members at TechHub, a community and workspace for technology entrepreneurs.

The 1.5Gb download and 150Mb upload trial uses the same infrastructure and technology as Virgin Media uses to provide residential customers with speeds of up to 100Mb, already being rolled out to over half of all UK homes. The 1.5Gb trial is the world's fastest cable connection and more than 240 times faster than the national average broadband1."

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GE To Sample 500GB DVD-size Discs Soon

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "GE Global Research announced earlier today that it has managed to cram up to 500GB worth of data on a standard DVD-size disc, an increase in storage density of roughly 100x. What's more, the tech arm of conglomerate General Electric Company says that the storage solution will record data at the same speed as Blu-ray disks while increasing storage capacity by 25 times. The Blu-ray Disk Association says that the commonly available 12x speed Blu-ray writers have a maximum writing speed of up to 400Mbps (or 50MBps) which means that in theory, it would take just over three hours to fill that new holographic hard disks. GE has confirmed that its R&D and licensing team will be sampling the media to qualified partners that may be interested in licensing the technology."
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Apple Adopts Bluetooth 4.0. Could It Reject NFC?

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Two months after Apple joined the Bluetooth special interest group board, the company launched the world's first truly mainstream Bluetooth 4.0 devices, namely the new Macbook Air & Mac Mini 2011 editions. The products came only one year after the official core specifications of Bluetooth 4.0 were adopted and it looks likely that Apple fast-tracked Bluetooth 4.0's adoption so that the forthcoming iPhone 5 can use this technology with at least one Apple product. This could mean that the manufacturer is considering giving up on NFC altogether, a technology embraced by all of its rivals. Thunderbolt Anyone?"
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Baidu IE/Chrome Franken Browser Includes App Store

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Technology companies based in China continue to show how they think outside the box with one of their flagship players, Baidu having announced a new browser called Baidu Browser that borrows a bit from Internet Explorer and a lot from Google's Chrome but as often, it's a Frankenbot rather than an elegant solution that's delivered. Baidu Browser for a start works only on Windows (XP, Vista or Windows 7) which somehow betrays its roots; the last Microsoft browser to run on XP was Internet Explorer 8 which was launched back in March 2009. No Linux or Mac version are expected to be launched."
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Fake Apple Stores Mushrooming In China

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "A new worrying phenomenon has cropped up in China and Apple has been its first victim; meet the first fake Apple Stores, entire buildings that have been designed to look like the real ones. Chinese companies have long been known for being master copiers but this takes the concept of plagiarism and copying to a whole new level. As expected, everything, from the architecture of the building, the colour of the paint, to the products, the T-shirt worn by the staff down to the logo and the badge design come from Cupertino."
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Anonymous To Release Sun, News Of The World Emails

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "After having pwned Rupert Murdoch's flagship news website, thesun.co.uk, by redirecting its readers to a spoof front page and pilfer its email servers, Anonymous' unofficial mouthpiece, Sabu, has revealed that the group is "sitting on [the sun's & NOTW's] emails" with a press release from Anonymous & possibly more coming in a few hours.
While that website has already been taken down (you can check a screen capture of the web page here), the email bounty is likely to be potentially more damaging with Sabu releasing details of two of the Sun's top three employees, Rebekah Wade and Bill Akass, the former editors of the Sun and News of the World respectively as well as Lee Wells & Danny Rogers, Editorial Support Manager at News International and Sun Online Editorial Manager respectively, as a taster of what's coming next."

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Microsoft Patents Detachable Tablet/Phone Concept

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Microsoft has filed an application with the US Patent Office which shows a familiar smartphone tablet hybrid concept; the handset that can be hidden out of sight in a slide out tablet which acts like a docking station. The design reminds us of the Asus Padfone, which was shown at Computex back in May. The main difference being that the Asus smartphone would lodge itself at the back of its tablet host. The detachable smartphone tablet hybrid concept from Microsoft is intriguing for at least two reasons; there's no Windows Mobile Tablet and both devices are designed to work independently."
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HTC Buys Graphics Veteran S3 To Block Apple?

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has announced that it is buying VIA's stake in S3 Graphics which the press release says is "a leading provider of innovative graphics visualization technologies used in PCs, game consoles and mobile devices".
Obviously those in the tech trade for long enough will remember that S3 used to manufacture graphic chipsets towards the end of the last century before being purchased by VIA in 2001 after S3 filed for bankruptcy. The acquisition comes only a few days after Apple was found guilty of infringing two patents owned by S3 Graphics which covered IP found in SoC used in iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV)"

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China Looking To Buy "Huge Chunk" Of Facebook

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siliconbits (943161) writes "Cash-rich China is apparently looking to purchase a rather large piece of social networking website Facebook, enough to give it a say in decision making within the company and to make millions of users slightly worried.
Three separate sources have confirmed that China has suddenly become VERY interested in the world's largest online property whose membership is bound to each one billion users (up from 750m) once it becomes officially available in the most populous country in the world. (NB : Even though Facebook is not in China yet, there are already more than half a million Facebook users from there).
The first source came from someone within a fund that buys Facebook stock from former employees while the second one said that Citibank is trying to buy up to $1.2 billion worth of Facebook stock for China's sovereign wealth fund (SWF) as well as another Middle Eastern SWF. The third source, from an investment bank, said that he also heard of a rumour about Citibank wanting to buy Facebook shares on behalf of China."

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OLPC + Google = Google PC?

siliconbits siliconbits writes  |  more than 8 years ago Is it a mere coincidence that Google is one of the benefactors of the MIT's "One Laptop per Child" project or does this perhaps give a hint about what might happen next? Several million of these $100 MIT laptops are scheduled to start shipping later this year and Microsoft is nowhere in sight. Read some more about it at http://blog.opensourceproportal.com/?p=18

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