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"I guess they are starting to catch on... ;-)" Read more
by Jason Flowers on TN bans password shares for Netflix, sites

"This is really incredible technology to experience. If you haven't had a chance yet, take a test drive." Read more
by Jason Flowers on Microsoft Sets Guinness Sales Record with Kinect

"I remember discussing this as a general idea 7 or 8 years ago with Mark and Jeff... Are we there yet?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Exotic nanodevice could let computers ditch slowpoke electrons and run thousands of times faster

"Can I get one that looks like Anakin Skywalker's?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Human Trials Next for Darpa’s Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

"Flying Car Gets FAA Approval The Federal Aviation Administration has just removed a major hurdle from the path of a vehicle that may well be the first commercially viable flying car. The agency has agreed to classify the Terrafugia Transition as a Light Sport Aircraft, even though the vehicle is 120 pounds too heavy to qualify for that class. " Read more
by Jason Flowers on The reality of flying cars

"All of this, a 256GB SSD, and a backlit keyboard... hard to resist!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Alienware M11x gets overseas Core i3 / i5 / i7 and NVIDIA Optimus update, US version due tomorrow?

"Don't buy this hypothesis... They would very likely not have a lack for energy resources since they're traveling the stars. They solved that problem. Being that advanced, they'd also likely be able to synthesize any other resource at a molecular level. So I don't see resources as a motivation, unless humans are the resource (slaves). I could see them being nomads as he imagines, but not looking for resources. More likely just a habitual environment to live, in which case, the Hawking outcome might be the same." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

"Cool, but creepy…" Read more
by Mark Hodson on New tech sees dead people

"Does this mean we should keep searching for Bigfoot? I mean, how can you not know there is a 6 foot lizard running around!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines

"Cool, but I still want a flying car!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on It's 2010 - finally my jet pack is here!

"Interesting the technologies used considering that Microsoft is a big investor in Facebook." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Technology Explained: How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts

"iTunes is great, but pricey; Netflix is better, but only offers 12K streaming downloads (I know… ‘only’); Perhaps Wal-Mart’s entry into this space will both lower the prices & provide more streaming content." Read more
by Mark Hodson on Walmart Jumps Into Online Movie Rentals, Buys Vudu

"I’ve often found InfoWorld’s commentaries to be anti-Microsoft and often unfounded. " Read more
by Mark Hodson on Fake Windows Expert Unmasked

"They say Spring 2010.. should be good. :-)" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"I wonder when the Wizarding World will be opening??" Read more
by Jason Flowers on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"Bertie Bott's every scented flower!!!" Read more
by Mark Hodson on Custom-scented flowers may be on the way

"I agree. I notice that they do not dispute the actual findings (that it runs VERY hot), but instead complain about the inferences. Those inferences are nothing more than the viewer’s commonsense and reasoning kicking in..." Read more
by Anonymous on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"Sounds like QLogic has weak case to me. It's conventional wisdom that excessive heat is bad for electronics. The industry spends billions on cooling. Making a case that reduced heat increases reliability is logical." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"That's just wrong..." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Microsoft Refused to Sell Xbox 360s to the Military for Training

"Cool, I want to play!" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Keep your 20-sided dice, I have D&D on the Surface

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Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 4/30/2010 | 0 Comments

Why are kindergarteners smarter than MBA graduates when it comes to solving problems?

Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" -- a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why does a surprising group always beat the average?

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Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 4/29/2010 | 0 Comments

Apple has posted their Thoughts on Flash, signed by Steve Jobs himself, which echos a lot of the commentary that you've probably already read on why Apple isn't supporting Flash on iPhone OS devices, and why they plan to block apps that allow Flash programs to be recompiled into iPhone OS programs, especially games.

Beginning with citing their long-standing relationship, Steve outlines six points: openness, "the full web", security and performance, battery life, touch, and the drawbacks of relying on third-party development tools.

In case anyone has been unclear thus far, or has been waiting for a version of the iPhone OS that supports Flash, here is your clear and unmistakable sign: you will never see Flash on an iPhone OS device. Steve's letter addresses the "why not?" questions.

Apple posts thoughts on Flash originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, 29 Apr 2010 10:30:00 EST.

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/29/2010 | 0 Comments

If it was a local connection, Mars was the likeliest place. As  tantalizing as the prospect of life on Mars is, the Red Planet isn’t the  only place where alien organisms may Scientists haven't found E.T. just yet, but they may be pinning down the best places and ways to look for alien life during space missions, NASA researchers say.

Search for alien life may take giant leap forward

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/29/2010 | 0 Comments

Oracle's ULAs (unlimited license agreements) can make great sense for companies that want to use a lot of the vendor's software, but a number of potential pitfalls can get buried in the fine print, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

The topic of ULAs is especially timely, as Oracle is in its fourth fiscal quarter, meaning the company is scrambling to sign deals before the fiscal year ends.

Users advised to be careful with Oracle ULAs

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/29/2010 | 0 Comments

A new report states that the number of solid-state drives in corporate data centers will grow by a factor of 50 over the next five years. The growth will be driven by the fact that SSDs offer lower total cost of ownership and higher performance than spinning hard disk drives.

Enterprise SSDs to soar through 2015

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/29/2010 | 0 Comments

The death of the iPhone is being foretold and the outlook for the PC and laptop aren't much better. Influential security company CEO Eugene Kaspersky told PC Advisor today that both are set to be consigned to history.

Infosec: Kaspersky kills off the iPhone

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/29/2010 | 0 Comments

The drive casing is pretty sleek with a glossy black finish. Dimensions come in at 97 (W) x 57 (H) x 12 (D) mm with a weight of 66 grams. The drives also come with security software for data encryption…

Buffalo to release USB 3.0-ready external SSD solutions

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/28/2010 | 0 Comments

Somewhere out there, alien civilizations might be communicating with each other. They might even be trying to contact us. Fifty years ago, this reasoning compelled astronomer Frank Drake to point a radio telescope at the stars and listen for chatter.

SETI: 50 years of searching for ET

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/28/2010 | 0 Comments

Nimbus Data Systems relaunched the company this week and introduced an all-SSD storage array.

Nimbus relaunches with all-SSD array

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/28/2010 | 0 Comments

Although Linux holds only a small market share, Linux computers send a disproportionate amount of spam compared to other operating systems.

Linux Machines Surprisingly Linked to Spam

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/28/2010 | 0 Comments

Microsoft's quest to make a name for itself in the high-performance computing world took a step forward this week with a new beta version of Windows HPC Server that Microsoft says will improve scalability and simplify supercomputing.

Microsoft tries to simplify supercomputing with Windows HPC Server beta

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/27/2010 | 1 Comment

Hawking believes that contact with intelligent aliens could be devastating for humanity. "I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach." He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is "a little too risky". He said: "If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans." Stephen Hawking's Universe begins on the Discovery Channel on April 25 at 9pm in the U.S. and May 9 at 9pm in the U.K. - Ed. (Source:

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 4/27/2010 | 0 Comments

The brain's power will turn out to derive from data processing within the neuron rather than activity between neuron, suggests University of Cambridge research biologist Brian J. Ford. "Each individual neuron is itself a computer, and the brain a vast community of microscopic computers... the human brain may be a trillion times more capable than we imagine," he adds. (Source:

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 4/27/2010 | 0 Comments

Jason Chen, who had posted extensive information about a lost iPhone prototype, says San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies broke into his home Friday night. Gizmodo says they seized two dozen pieces of equipment.

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