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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 http://news.discovery.com/tech/flying-car-gets-faa-approval.html 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: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

In a vast cosmic experiment equivalent to hitting "redial," astronomers in a dozen countries are aiming telescopes to listen in once again on some of the stars that were part of the world's first search for alien life 50 years ago.

SETI astronomers launch new campaign
 

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Vigile points out a new take on SSD from Viking Modular Solutions. The SATADIMM puts an SSD in the form factor of a memory module. "The unit itself actually uses a SandForce SSD controller and draws its power from the DIMM socket directly but still connects to the computer through a SATA connection — nothing fancy like using the memory bus, etc. Performance is actually identical to other SandForce-based SSDs though the benefits for 1U servers and motherboards with dozens of DIMM slots is interesting to say the least. Likely priced outside the realm for average consumers, the SATADIMM will likely stay put in the enterprise market but represents an indicator that companies are realizing SSDs don't need to be in traditional HDD form factors."

New Device Puts SSD In a DIMM Slot

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Oracle support is too costly, according to 58 percent of respondents to a recent research firm study. However, a third expect to pay Oracle more in coming years. - About 58 percent of Oracle customers are dissatisfied with their cost of support, according to a new study published by research firm Computer Economics. Some 42 percent of those customers reported dissatisfaction with the quality of Oracles support. The 109 respondents included customers of Ora...

Oracle Support Too Costly, Say Business Customers: Study

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Flash Cache as good as SSD tier

EMC blew NetApp and others away with a CIFS benchmark in January. Now NetApp has returned that favour with interest, blowing EMC away in an NFS benchmark.…

NFS smackdown: NetApp knocks EMC out

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

"If SQL Server is something that only Microsoft shops would be interested in, then MS has big problems." This comment , made in response to last week's coverage of Microsoft's Parallel Data Warehouse and "Denali" SQL Server release, is a glass-half-empty take on what could just as easily be viewed as a juggernaut scenario for Microsoft BI, ...

Microsoft Tops 2010 BI Survey

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

How effective is free antivirus software? I had a chance to see a real, in-the-wild example just this month, and the results were, to put it mildly, unexpected.

Microsoft vs. McAfee: How free antivirus outperformed paid

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

SC10 If you want to sell supercomputers these days, you need to have a GPU story to tell. And Big Blue has been telling a story about a blade server for GPUs for the past several months, but unfortunately it doesn't actually have the product ready.

IBM to ship GPU blade server in December

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Microsoft recently announced a new roadmap for its BI architecture. The next version of SQL Server, codenamed “Denali”, is going to introduce a new semantic model named BISM (Business Intelligence Semantic Model). Analysis Services will host it and it will be queryable through MDX and DAX. DAX has been introduced in PowerPivot as an expression language, but it will be extended in Denali to provide also query capabilities, but it will keep its nature of a “functional” language. A more complete description...

The Microsoft BI Roadmap: BIDS, UDM and Beyond

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

The cancellation of Apple's enterprise server--apparently due to low sales--is just another disappointment for IT admins who've worked for years to get more Macs into their offices.

IT admins mourn Xserve's death

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

NetApp is adding solid state drives (SSD) and 2.5-inch disk drives to its FAS arrays to speed data access and increase power efficiency, but is not providing automated data movement - yet.…

NetApp adds SSDs and 2.5-inch drives

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

jtotheh writes "According to the Register, Oracle is going to make two tiers of Java Virtual Machine — a free one and a premium paid one. 'Adam Messinger, Oracle vice president of development, told QCon that Oracle plans to offer a "premium" edition of the JDK in addition to the open-source JDK. Both, it seems, will be based on a converged JRockit VM and the Hotspot JVM from Sun Microsystems. The converged JVM will be released under the OpenJDK project. ... Messinger didn't explain how the premium JVM would differ to the free version, but the premium edition will likely see performance tuning and tie-ins to Oracle's middleware.'"

Oracle To Monetize Java VM

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

According to the Register, Oracle is going to make two tiers of Java Virtual Machine — a free one and a premium paid one.

Slashdot Developers Story | Oracle To Monetize Java VM

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Thirty-three contributors to the OpenOffice.org project are leaving, unhappy with what they say is Oracle's attitude toward the project's organization and management.

Contributors blame Oracle for moves to abandon OpenOffice.org

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Oh my, is that Hitachi's new G-Drive with G-Technology in your pocket, the slimmest external hard drive on the planet, or are you just really unhappy to see us? Oh it is Hitachi's G-Drive! That would explain the ultra-slim footprint. The G-Drive is a 2.5-inch external unit measuring just 128.6mm (L) x 82mm (W) x 9.9mm (H), so you can fill it with confidential files and slide it in your pocket with no one ever being the wiser. "Our new G-DRIVE slim is yet another way that we’re making high quality storage

Hitachi Unveils World's Thinnest External Hard Drive

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

In an exceptionally close PC Advisor poll that asked 'What will be your next smartphone operating system?', Google Android pipped the Apple iPhone's iOS by just 0.4 percent.

Poll: Google Android edges ahead of Apple iPhone

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