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Sunday Afternoon (13 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-April-2012  13:44:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anandtech report on the new PCIe SSD from Intel. Similar to its move into the MLC SSD space, Intel is arriving late to the PCIe SSD game - but it hopes to gain marketshare on the back of good performance, competitive pricing and reliability. The first member of the new PCIe family is the Intel SSD 910, consistent with Intel's 3-digit model number scheme. Tech Report have their thoughts as well, as do HotHardware.

Epi spotted this video of someone painting with Vegemite and toothpaste. This video shows you can paint using almost anything.

Police have saved the novel of a blind lady who didn't realise her pen had run out 26 pages earlier. The 59-year-old mother feared that the manuscript was lost but the generosity of her local police force meant that it was gradually recovered using forensic technology. Miss Vickers said she was “gobsmacked” when Dorset police officers agreed to help by sacrificing their lunch hours over five months to study the indents made by her pen.

Nokia's CEO says multi-core CPUs in smartphones are a waste of battery. Some may argue that Windows Phone 7 runs very well on a single core processor like the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255, one on which Android may struggle. But the more cynical will note that in its current iteration, Windows Phone 7 cannot even support multicore while Android - which is based on Linux - can.

A judge has ruled that programming code can't be stolen because it's not property. "Because Aleynikov did not 'assume physical control' over anything when he took the source code, and because he did not thereby 'deprive [Goldman] of its use,' Aleynikov did not violate the [National Stolen Property Act]," the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in its opinion.

XbitLabs looked at Fanless PSUs. I am sure that anyone would love to have a quiet power supply unit in their system. The products addressing these wishes are the fanless PSU models, which have no noise-making components by definition. Today we are going to talk about four products like that from Enhance, Kingwin, Seasonic and Silverstone.

Some ancient manuscripts will be online soon. The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) said on Thursday they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online.

If you cut your teeth on text-mode BBSs like me, you might enjoy this Google BBS. One brilliant developer has put together an emulator of one such terminal, which “logs into” a somewhat functional version of Google. This thing is complete with modem sounds that will bring you right back to 1989.

I hadn't heard about this until now, but apparently there's claims of an e-book price-fixing cartel. We just got our hands on the DOJ's antitrust complaint against Apple and seven major publishers, including HarperCollins, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan, and it's rather something: the government alleges that the publishing industry openly colluded to raise ebook prices and end Amazon's dominance, and that Apple was a willing participant in the scheme.

Linkin sent in some info about graphene coolers. A North Carolina State University researcher has developed an efficient and inexpensive way of cooling electronic devices that generate a lot of heat, such as lasers and power devices. The technique uses a heat-sink made of a copper-graphene composite, which is attached to the electronic device using an indium-graphene interface film. Apparently, copper-graphene composite cools down things 25% faster than pure copper.

Today's timewaster is Draw a Stickman.



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