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  • Now e-cigarettes can give you malware

    11/21/2014 3:40:53 PM PST · by upchuck · 20 replies
    Guardian ^ | Nov 21, 2014 | Alex Hern
    E-cigarettes may be better for your health than normal ones, but spare a thought for your poor computer – electronic cigarettes have become the latest vector for malicious software, according to online reports. Many e-cigarettes can be charged over USB, either with a special cable, or by plugging the cigarette itself directly into a USB port. That might be a USB port plugged into a wall socket or the port on a computer – but, if so, that means that a cheap e-cigarette from an untrustworthy supplier gains physical access to a device. A report on social news site Reddit...
  • The man who can hear Wi-Fi wherever he walks [hearing aids]

    11/14/2014 11:01:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | 12 November 2014 | by Frank Swain
    I am walking through my north London neighbourhood on an unseasonably warm day in late autumn. I can hear birds tweeting in the trees, traffic prowling the back roads, children playing in gardens and Wi-Fi leaching from their homes. Against the familiar sounds of suburban life, it is somehow incongruous and appropriate at the same time. As I approach Turnpike Lane tube station and descend to the underground platform, I catch the now familiar gurgle of the public Wi-Fi hub, as well as the staff network beside it. On board the train, these sounds fade into silence as we burrow...
  • In strategy shift, Microsoft Office unlocks free editing on iOS and Android tablets and phones

    11/06/2014 11:21:01 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    GeekWire ^ | November 6, 2014 at 6:00 am | BY TODD BISHOP
    PowerPoint for iPad is one of the Office apps where Microsoft will now let users create and edit documents for free. In a significant change for its flagship software applications, and a potentially risky move for its business, Microsoft will let users create and edit documents without a paid subscription in its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps on iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. The change, announced this morning, makes Microsoft more competitive by eliminating one of the biggest criticisms of the Office apps for iPad — the requirement to pay for an annual Office 365 subscription of...
  • This 3D Printer Is Made Out of a Floppy Disk Drive and Other E-Waste

    11/06/2014 12:57:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Kinja's Gizmodo ^ | November 5, 2014 | Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
    When was the last time you used your computer's disc drive? What about your DVD player? E-waste is all around us, but as the brilliant Instructables user behind this $60 3D printer proves, there's plenty to be done with it—if you've got some engineering chops. Last week we wrote about the world's smallest 3D printer, which costs less than $300 and prints resin. But an Instructables user named Mikelllc has gone way further, uploading his designs for a 3D printer made from 80 percent recycled e-waste and costing roughly $60. Part of the idea, he writes, is to "help us...
  • Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay

    10/26/2014 3:20:18 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 85 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 25, 2014 01:09 pm | By Dante D'Orazio
    There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, are in outright competition with Apple Pay. The retailers, through a joint venture formed in 2012, are building their own mobile payment app, called CurrentC. It's expected to launch next year. In the meantime, these retailers have no intention to support Apple Pay. Following Apple's announcement last month, both Wal-Mart and Best Buy confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that customers would...
  • Undetectable, Unpatchable USB-infecting malware is now publically available for anyone to use

    10/25/2014 10:35:47 AM PDT · by null and void · 11 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | Max Teodorescu
    Security experts prove it’s possible to infect USB sticks’ MCU Next time you find a foreign USB lying around, think twice before plugging it into your computer. A pair of security researchers named Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell demonstrated before an audience at Black hat security conference in Las Vegas a fundamental flaw in USB firmware could be exploited to create an undetected malware that cannot be patched. Realizing the kind of power they were dealing with, the pair opted to keep the code secret – until fellow colleagues decided to post it publically on Github. Two other researchers –...
  • Maybe Better If You Don’t Read This Story on Public WiFi

    10/18/2014 7:52:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Medium.com ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Maurits Martijn
    We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled. In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it. I meet Wouter by chance at a random cafe in the center of Amsterdam. It is a sunny day and almost all the tables are occupied. Some people talk, others are working on their laptops or playing with their smartphones. Wouter removes his laptop from his backpack,...
  • Sears says Kmart stores targeted in malware attack

    10/10/2014 5:13:21 PM PDT · by John W · 28 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | rma Allen
    Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that its Kmart stores were hit with a data breach that compromised some shoppers' debit and credit card information. The company is working with federal authorities and security experts to investigate the matter. The Secret Service confirmed Friday evening that it is investigating the data breach. The investigation indicates that the breach occurred in early September and did not affect kmart.com customers, the statement said.
  • The Bash Bug Could be a “Joe Biden-sized” Problem – Part 1

    09/26/2014 12:01:55 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 11 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 8/26/14 | Steve Berman
    Unless you’re a real-life version of Sheldon Cooper, a computer security professional, or, like me, work in the online payment industry, you probably don’t keep up with the latest computer vulnerabilities.  A new one that’s hit the web news like a tsunami in the last 72 hours is simply called “the bash bug” (sometimes called “shellshock”).  Everyone from Time, to Vox*, to tech site C|Net has covered this story. I am not going to get technical here.  You can read any of the above-mentioned articles which provide plenty of detail on that.  To summarize the problem:  a 25-year-old program that’s...
  • Remote exploit vulnerability in bash CVE-2014-6271

    09/25/2014 10:47:12 AM PDT · by zeugma · 26 replies
    CSOonline ^ | Sep 24, 2014 | Dave Lewis
    A remotely exploitable vulnerability has been discovered by Stephane Chazelas in bash on Linux and it is unpleasant. The vulnerability has the CVE identifier CVE-2014-6271 and has been given the name Shellshock by some. This affects Debian as well as other Linux distributions. You will need to patch ASAP. Bash supports exporting shell variables as well as shell functions to other bash instances. This is accomplished through the process environment to a child process.  The major attack vectors that have been identified in this case are HTTP requests and CGI scripts.  From Akamai:  Akamai has validated the existence of the vulnerability...
  • SynoLocker demands 0.6 Bitcoin to decrypt Synology NAS devices

    08/05/2014 10:42:14 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    CSO ^ | on 04 August, 2014 09:53 AUS | Liam Tung (CSO Online (Australia)
    Synology network attached storage (NAS) devices, capable of storing terabytes of data, have been targeted by ransomware that encrypts victims’ files. Owners of Synology's NAS devices might want to unplug their storage boxes now to avoid being affected by ransomware that uses strong encryption to lock files on the brand’s machines and demands US$350 for the decryption key. The new attack on Synology kit comes within a year of Synology NAS devices being struck by fraudulent Bitcoin mining operators, with several owners on Sunday reporting that they had found a message from the “SynoLocker Automated Decryption Service” — when accessing...
  • The Quantum Quest for a Revolutionary Computer (Jeff Bezo's "Infinity Machine")

    02/10/2014 7:37:20 PM PST · by equalator · 32 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 2-17-14 | Lev Grossman
    “[The company D-Wave] makes a new type of computer called a quantum computer that’s so radical and strange, people are still trying to figure out what it’s for and how to use it…. The supercooled niobium chip at the heart of the D-Wave Two has 512 qubits and therefore could in theory perform 2^512 operations simultaneously. That’s more calculations than there are atoms in the universe, by many orders of magnitude…. Naturally, a lot of people want one. This is the age of Big Data, and we’re burying ourselves in ­­information—search queries, genomes, credit-card purchases, phone records, retail transactions, social...
  • Lawrence Krauss: Quantum Computing Explained (YouTube video, 3min52sec)

    09/02/2013 7:23:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Video here. (Duration: 3 minutes, 52 seconds)
  • Computer mouse inventor Douglas Engelbart dies

    07/03/2013 3:56:38 PM PDT · by Borges · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/3/2013 | 73/2013
    Douglas Engelbart, whose invention of the mouse transformed the way people interact with computers, has died. Engelbart died Tuesday night at his home in Atherton, California, SRI International -- the research institute where he once worked -- said in a statement. He was 88. "Doug's legacy is immense — anyone in the world who uses a mouse or enjoys the productive benefits of a personal computer is indebted to him," Curtis R. Carlson, SRI's president and CEO, said in a written statement. Decades ago, Engelbart came up with the idea we now know as a mouse. His first prototype, which...
  • WH Celebrates New High Performance Computing Center Opening

    06/12/2013 8:34:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 6/12/13 | JERYL BIER
    The White House announced the opening of a new government supercomputing center in northern Maryland this week. Patricia Falcone of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) attended a ceremony to mark the occasion along with Maryland Senator Ben Cardin and various army officials: OSTP’s Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs Dr. Patricia Falcone provided keynote remarks yesterday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the US Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) new supercomputing center at Aberdeen Proving Ground in northern Maryland... The new ARL Supercomputing Center—containing two new IBM iDataPlex computers with the capacity...
  • Anonymous Members Arrested for Hacking Vatican Site [Etc.]

    05/25/2013 12:15:44 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 4 replies
    pcworld.com ^ | 5-21-2013 | Brandon Dimmel
    Anonymous Members Arrested for Hacking Vatican Site Law enforcement officials in Italy have reportedly arrested four members of Anonymous. The suspects allegedly carried out attacks on a number of prominent Italian websites and online services. The suspects are all aged between 20 and 34 and were placed under arrest in the Italian cities of Turin, Venice, and Bologna. One suspect was arrested in the southern community of Lecce. According to police, the suspects were part of Anonymous Italy, which carried out hacks of prominent commercial and government websites. Some of those sites were owned by the Vatican, Italy's prime minister's...
  • “Do things that have never been done before” - The guy who invented the computer...

    08/19/2012 8:59:05 PM PDT · by djone · 30 replies
    The old man turned back at his coffee, took a sip, and then looked back at me.... “In fact, I’ve done lots of things ....Oh really? Like what types of things?, ...All the while, half-thinking he was going to make up something fairly non-impressive....I invented the first computer.....Um, Excuse me? ..... I created the world’s first internally programmable computer.... It used to take up a space about as big as this whole room and my wife and I used to walk into it to program it.... What’s your name?”. I asked, thinking that this guy is either another crazy homeless...
  • When computers were sexy: Hilarious vintage ads from the early days of the PC (LOTS of graphics)

    04/01/2012 6:21:36 AM PDT · by Stoat · 142 replies
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  • Stripped down spectroscopy to probe single molecules

    01/16/2012 10:20:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 16 January 2012 | Kate McAlpine
    Spectroscopy, a key method of identifying atoms and molecules with light, has been taken to its most fundamental level - a single photon absorbed by a single molecule. In addition to paving the way toward new experiments that observe the interaction between light and matter at its most basic level, the researchers that accomplished the feat suggest that their technique could also work with other photon-emitters, including those under study for quantum communication.Spectroscopy works by finding the frequencies of light that will put an atom or molecule into an excited state - these comprise the chemical's unique absorption and emission...
  • Lockdown, The coming war on general-purpose computing

    01/12/2012 10:09:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Boingboing.net ^ | 1/12/12 | Cory Doctorow
    General-purpose computers are astounding. They're so astounding that our society still struggles to come to grips with them, what they're for, how to accommodate them, and how to cope with them. This brings us back to something you might be sick of reading about: copyright. But bear with me, because this is about something more important. The shape of the copyright wars clues us into an upcoming fight over the destiny of the general-purpose computer itself. In the beginning, we had packaged software and we had sneakernet. We had floppy disks in ziplock bags, in cardboard boxes, hung on pegs...
  • Multi-purpose photonic chip paves the way to programmable quantum processors

    12/12/2011 7:57:29 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 12/11/11
    Artist’s impression of the quantum photonic chip, showing the waveguide circuit (in white), and the voltage-controlled phase shifters (metal contacts on the surface). Photon pairs become entangled as they pass through the circuit. The fundamental resource that drives a quantum computer is entanglement—the connection between two distant particles which Einstein famously called 'spooky action at a distance'. The Bristol researchers have, for the first time, shown that this remarkable phenomenon can be generated, manipulated and measured entirely on a tiny silica chip. They have also used the same chip to measure mixture—an often unwanted effect from the environment, but...
  • Stepping Away From the Trees For a Look at the Forest (A review of science from the last decade)

    12/17/2010 12:01:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Science ^ | 17 December 2010 | The News Staff
    Vol. 330 no. 6011 pp. 1612-1613 DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6011.1612 News IntroductionTen years ago, Karl Deisseroth was stuck. A psychiatrist and neuroscientist, he wanted to learn how different brain circuits affect behavior—and what went awry in the brains of his patients with schizophrenia and depression. But the tools of his trade were too crude: Electrodes inserted into the brain would stimulate too many cells in their vicinity. So in 2004, Deisseroth and his students invented a new tool. They inserted a gene for a light-activated algal protein into mice brains, where it entered nerve cells. By stimulating those cells with a laser,...
  • Computers set for quantum leap

    09/16/2010 4:43:02 PM PDT · by AU72 · 42 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 09/16/10 | Clive Cookson
    A new photonic chip that works on light rather than electricity has been built by an international research team, paving the way for the production of ultra-fast quantum computers with capabilities far beyond today’s devices. Future quantum computers will, for example, be able to pull important information out of the biggest databases almost instantaneously. As the amount of electronic data stored worldwide grows exponentially, the technology will make it easier for people to search with precision for what they want. EDITOR’S CHOICE Making sense of a ‘nonsensical world’ - Sep-16 Fears over computers’ impact on lives - Sep-14 Brain scan...
  • Big Tech Problem as Mainframes Outlast Workforce–BusinessWeek [plus Dijkstra on IBM]

    08/03/2010 8:13:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 68 replies · 9+ views
    pbokelly.blogspot.com ^ | Tuesday, August 03, 2010 | Peter
    Help wanted: business application archaeologists… Teaching mainframe skills is out of vogue at many universities with the advent of newer approaches to solving the biggest computing challenges. At the same time, many of the engineers capable of tinkering with the refrigerator-sized machines are nearing retirement. The average age of mainframe workers is 55 to 60, according to Dayton Semerjian, a senior vice-president at CA Technologies (CA), the second-largest maker of software for mainframe computers after IBM. "The big challenge with the mainframe is that the group that has worked on it—the Baby Boomers—is retiring," Semerjian says. "The demographics are inescapable....
  • DARPA pushes new frontier of high-performance military computing

    06/24/2010 6:32:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Military and Aerospace ^ | 6/22/2010 | John Keller
    Computer scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are asking industry for novel technologies and approaches that offer dramatic advances in high-performance military computer performance, and enable so-called extreme scale computing -- the notion of exceeding today's peta-scale computing to achieve one quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second. DARPA released a broad agency announcement Monday (DARPA-BAA-10-78) for the Omnipresent High Performance Computing (OHPC) program to help develop tomorrow's high-performance computers to meet the relentlessly increasing demands for greater performance, higher energy efficiency, ease of programmability, dependability, and security in aerospace and defense computing for military...
  • Marten Mickos Says the Cloud Won't Kill Open Source

    06/16/2010 3:35:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 177+ views
    Network World ^ | Jun 16 2010
    here is a fervent debate going on in the open source community about cloud computing. Will the cloud kill open source? [2] Will multi-tenancy services make cloud providers need to hide the source, as a recent Forbes article [3] suggests? I recently went to the best expert I could find on the matter to ask: Marten Mickos [4]. Mickos is the CEO of "private cloud" software (aka virtualization) maker Eucalyptus Systems [5]. He earned himself Open Source Hall of Fame status as the charismatic former CEO of MySQL. Mickos was adamant that open source not only won't kill the cloud,...
  • Improving Data Download From Outer Space

    05/21/2010 12:40:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 247+ views
    SPX via Space Daily ^ | 5/21/2010 | SPX via Space Daily
    Satellite systems in space keyed to detect nuclear events and environmental gasses currently face a kind of data logjam because their increasingly powerful sensors produce more information than their available bandwidth can easily transmit. Experiments conducted by Sandia National Laboratories at the International Space Station preliminarily indicate that the problem could be remedied by orbiting more complex computer chips to pre-reduce the large data stream. While increased satellite on-board computing capabilities ideally would mean that only the most useful information would be transmitted to Earth, an unresolved question had been how well the latest in computing electronics would fare in...
  • OpenOffice 3.2 Is On Tap (Open Office 3.2.0 Is Out Alert)

    02/12/2010 3:34:31 PM PST · by goldstategop · 18 replies · 589+ views
    UK Channel Register ^ | 02/12/2010 | Austin Modine
    OpenOffice 3.2 is available for download. Improvements in the latest release of the open source office suite include faster start-ups, improved compatibility with other office programs, and several new features (with special attention to the Calc spreadsheet program.) At the same time, the OpenOffice.org team is celebrating its tenth anniversary and a claimed total 300 million downloads of the office software since its initial launch. They say that just over a year since its launch, OpenOffice 3 has logged over one third of those downloads from the central server alone. (Thanks in a large part to Germans, Czechs, and Poles,...
  • Turning PlayStation Into A Supercomputer

    12/12/2009 1:19:09 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1,752+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/11/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The military is a major user of supercomputers (the fastest computers on the planet). These machines were first developed, as were the first computers, for military applications. These ultra-powerful computers are used for code breaking, and to help design weapons (including nukes) and equipment (especially electronics). The military is also needs lots of computing power for data mining (pulling useful information, about the enemy, from ever larger masses of information.) Because there's never enough money to buy all the super-computers (which are super expensive) needed, military researchers have come up with ways to do it cheaper. A decade ago, it...
  • Unforgeable" UK National ID Security Technology Apparently Cracked

    08/13/2009 7:03:57 AM PDT · by jurroppi1 · 17 replies · 436+ views
    IEEE Spectrum Blogs ^ | August 07, 2009 | Robert Charette
    Robert Charette // Fri, August 07, 2009 The London Daily Mail published a long, interesting and disturbing story yesterday about the ease with which security experts were able to hack the supposedly "unforgeable" new UK ID card for foreign nationals and change the data within the embedded microchip within minutes. Given that the hacked ID card uses the same technology as is to be used in National ID cards for UK residents in the next few years, the implications are obvious. The Daily Mail says that when the UK government was told of its findings, the government dismissed them, saying,...
  • IBM to send blazing fast supercomputer to Energy Dept.

    02/03/2009 5:13:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies · 917+ views
    CNet News ^ | February 3, 2009 | Jennifer Guevin
    IBM plans to announce on Tuesday that it will supply the world's fastest supercomputer to the U.S. Department of Energy in the next few years, according to numerous reports. Not only will the machine, called Sequoia, be the fastest supercomputer to date, it will blow the current record-holder out of the water. IBM's Roadrunner, located at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory, was the first system to reach 1.026 petaflops (a petaflop is equal to a quadrillion calculations per second; the "flops" stands for floating point operations per second). But only seven months after the Roadrunner took...
  • IDF Fall 2007: Terascale Computing Updates and more

    09/21/2007 11:34:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 161+ views
    PC Perspective ^ | Sep 21, 2007 | Ryan Shrout
    Terascale still moving forward With our time at IDF quickly drawing to a close, we are in the final stretch of content from the show.  While I didn’t get to the keynotes on the morning on mobility, we have the general basis of their contents here as well as some other interesting topics like terascale processors and Intel’s upcoming Extreme .Terascale Computing UpdateLast year at IDF Intel first started to demonstrate and discuss their terascale computing research project that featured a that was a dramatic shift from anything Intel had done in the past.  The was built out of 80...
  • Intel versus ARM for the mobile computer

    09/20/2007 10:24:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 136+ views
    CNET ^ | September 19, 2007 5:00 PM PDT | Tom Krazit
    The ongoing tussle between Intel and AMD has dominated the news in recent weeks, but there's another potential battleground shaping up for Intel that could have a huge impact on personal computing. A major topic I want to cover over the next several months is the looming showdown as the smart phone industry tries to develop more powerful computers, and the PC industry tries to build smaller and smaller computers. This week has provided a decent glimpse of Intel's vision of where it thinks the industry needs to go with its Silverthorne processor, designed for a new concept of computer...
  • GRID.ORG MISSION COMPLETE

    04/30/2007 9:34:00 PM PDT · by texas booster · 1 replies · 374+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | 04/29/2007 | Staff
    GRID.ORG said it's finished gridding and stopped doing research on critical health research. It doesn't say why it's boldly stopped gridding apart from saying it's completed its mission to boldly demonstrate the benefits of large scale Internet based grid computing. It suggests how to uninstall your grid agent, here. One reader said: "I had 10 years & 28 days of accumulated participation since February 2002 beginning with a K6-2-450MHz and ending with a dual Xeon 3.6 GHz XP-Pro rig." Surely there's more that can be done?
  • Quantum computer to debut next week

    02/09/2007 11:28:07 AM PST · by US admirer · 85 replies · 1,625+ views
    Techworld ^ | 08 February 2007 | Peter Judge
    Twenty years before most scientists expected it, a commercial company has announceda quantum computer that promises to massively speed up searches and optimisation calculations. D-Wave of British Columbia has promised to demonstrate a quantum computer next Tuesday, that can carry out 64,000 calculations simultaneously (in parallel "universes"), thanks to a new technique which rethinks the already-uncanny world of quantum computing. But the academic world is taking a wait-and-see approach. D-Wave is the world's only "commercial" quantum computing company, backed by more than $20 million of venture capital (there are more commercial ventures in the related field of quantum cryptography). Its...
  • Atom spied interfering with electron flow

    11/28/2006 8:10:33 PM PST · by annie laurie · 10 replies · 696+ views
    NewScientistTech ^ | 27 November 2006 | Will Knight
    An individual "dopant" atom has been spied interfering with the flow of electrons through a silicon transistor for the first time. Researchers say the feat could help scientists squeeze more power out of conventional computers and ultimately develop silicon-based quantum computers. Dopants are chemical impurities that affect the flow of electrons through a conducting or semiconducting material. They are deliberately added to pure silicon, for example, to create different types of electronic component. To analyse a lone dopant atom in action, Sven Rogge and colleagues at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands cryogenically cooled 35-nanometre-wide silicon wires, taken from...
  • Pentagon Sets Contracts for Computers ~ to design a supercomputer several times as fast...

    11/25/2006 10:45:01 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 321+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 22, 2006 | JOHN MARKOFF
    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 21 — The Pentagon awarded almost $500 million in contracts to I.B.M. and Cray Inc. on Tuesday to design a supercomputer several times as fast as today’s most powerful systems. The Cray contract is for $250 million and the I.B.M. contract is for $244 million, to be spent during the next four years. They prevailed over Sun Microsystems.The contracts are part of the High Productivity Computing Systems program being led by the Pentagon’s research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa. The program aims to achieve and surpass the ability to calculate more than a...
  • Grave New World

    11/24/2006 2:47:27 PM PST · by occu77 · 10 replies · 375+ views
    The Missal ^ | 3/1/2006 | Jack
    The Royal Society (RS) announced yesterday that we may all know a lot less about a lot more than we ever thought we did as humans. A total of 1.5 million pages and 250,000 trillion articles will be available electronically to technologists. A new joint study by the Royal Society in Halifax, the California Polytechnical Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh in New Brunswick has found that people who have been publicly educated using high technology are likely to be twice as not as they are smart. This backs up several soon to be conducted prior studies which disclose disturbing...
  • A Step Closer to Nanotube Computers

    11/14/2006 8:25:38 PM PST · by annie laurie · 5 replies · 485+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Prachi Patel-Predd
    Stanford researchers' new etching method shows promise for bulk manufacturing of nanotube-electronics. Semiconducting carbon nanotubes could be the centerpiece of low-power, ultra-fast electronics of the future. The challenge is getting them to work with today's manufacturing processes. Now researchers at Stanford University have made an important advance toward large-scale nanotube electronics. They have created functional transistors using an etching process that can be integrated with the methods used to carve out silicon-based computer chips. A major roadblock to making carbon-nanotube transistors has been the difficulty of separating semiconducting tubes from a typical batch of nanotubes, in which about a third...
  • Engineers building first space supercomputer

    10/30/2006 7:14:47 PM PST · by annie laurie · 43 replies · 982+ views
    PhysOrg.com ^ | October 26, 2006 | University of Florida
    HAL may soon be getting some company. But unlike the famous computer companion in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the first space-based supercomputer — so described because it will be by far the most powerful computer in space — is already nearing reality. Engineering researchers at the University of Florida and Honeywell Aerospace are designing and building the computer projected to operate as much as 100 times faster than any computer in space today. Expected to be launched aboard a NASA rocket on a test mission in 2009, the computer is needed to process rapidly increasing amounts of data...
  • Spooky steps to a quantum network

    10/09/2006 10:12:30 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 11 replies · 763+ views
    NewScientistTech ^ | 04 October 2006 | Zeeya Merali
    Even if quantum computers can be made to work, there will still be two big obstacles preventing quantum networks becoming a reality. First, quantum bits, or qubits, stored in matter will have to be transferred to photons to be transmitted over long distances. Secondly, errors that creep in during transmission have to be corrected. Two unrelated studies have now shown how to clear these hurdles. Both studies use quantum entanglement, a spooky property that links particles however far apart they are. Measuring a quantum property on one particle immediately affects the other, and this effect can be used to “teleport”...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 65 of all teams with 12.75 Million points

    09/28/2006 11:45:29 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 81 replies · 1,716+ views
    Stanford University ^ | 09-29-2006 | soccer_maniac
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 358 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 75th place (with 1,020 active CPUs - 70,500 completed Work Units and 12.75 million points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more, please...
  • Intel Terascale Brings 80 Cores To Your Desktop ~

    09/27/2006 1:22:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 310+ views
    HardOCP ^ | Wednesday September 27, 2006 | Steve
    Intel Terascale Brings 80 Cores To Your DesktopIf you were impressed with dual core technology and quad core processors seem a bit like overkill, how about Terascale processing with 80 cores? Sound far fetched? Intel doesn’t think so. Head on over to PCPerspective for the rest of the article. For our discussions here, the term “terascale” will refer to a processor with 32 or more cores. Moving away from the “large” cores seen in the Core 2 Duo and Athlon 64 lines from Intel and AMD, the cores in a terascale processor will be much simpler (kind of like we...
  • Radical 'Ballistic Computing' Chip Bounces Electrons Around Like Billiards

    08/17/2006 12:30:02 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 17 replies · 1,080+ views
    University of Rochester News ^ | 8/16/06 | Jonathan Sherwood
    Computer designers at the University of Rochester are going ballistic. "Everyone has been trying to make better transistors by modifying current designs, but what we really need is the next paradigm," says Quentin Diduck, a graduate student at the University who thought up the radical new design. "We've gone from the relay, to the tube, to semiconductor physics. Now we're taking the next step on the evolutionary track." That next step goes by the imposing name of "Ballistic Deflection Transistor," and it's as far from traditional transistors as tubes. Instead of running electrons through a transistor as if they were...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 75 of all teams with 9.75 Million points

    08/02/2006 5:16:19 PM PDT · by texas booster · 390 replies · 8,387+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 358 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 75th place (with 1009 active CPUs - 55,700 completed Work Units and 9.75 million points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more, please...
  • IBM Japan and Connect Technology Use Invisible 2D Barcodes to Combine Paper and Digital Data--???

    07/18/2006 12:31:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 159+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | Jul 18, 2006 | COMTEX
    Tokyo, Japan, Jul 18, 2006 (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) -- IBM Japan in collaboration with Connect Technology has developed an electronic clipping system, which uses invisible 2D barcodes printed on paper to integrate information from paper and digital data such as information provided on Internet sites. The new system adds an invisible digital layer to printed materials, enabling the printed materials to be used like a portable site. Invisible 2D barcodes which store digital data are printed on paper using invisible ink. The barcodes are then extracted from the paper by an image processing application. Since invisible ink is...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 85 of all teams with 8.3 Million points

    07/07/2006 5:58:24 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 282 replies · 4,575+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 351 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 85th place (with 908 active CPUs - 47,400 completed Work Units and nearly 8.5 million points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more,...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 100 of all teams with 7 Million points

    06/08/2006 11:17:52 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 327 replies · 4,646+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 342 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 99th place (with 985 active CPUs - 39,500 completed Work Units and nearly 7 million points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more,...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top105 of all teams with 6.4 Million points

    05/26/2006 9:12:44 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 119 replies · 2,104+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 337 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 103th place (with 988 active CPUs - 36,400 completed Work Units and more than 6,4 million points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 110 of all teams with 6 Million points

    05/17/2006 6:57:16 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 100 replies · 1,782+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 325+ members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 108th place (with 991 active CPUs - 34,150 completed Work Units and more than 6,000,000 points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more,...