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Wednesday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-May-2012  16:21:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Wired have an article about how Facebook works. More than 9 million applications and websites now tie into Facebook in some way, and some online operations — most notably Zynga — have ridden the Facebook platform to heights they likely couldn’t have reached without it. But Zuckerberg wants more. As the Facebook Platform enters its sixth year, the company is expanding its mission through something it calls the Open Graph.

HotHardware have a Quad-channel DDR roundup. To coincide with the release of Intel's current flagship Sandy Bridge-E processor and companion X79 chipset, a number of Intel’s memory partners released new quad-channel memory kits optimized for the platform. Previous Intel platforms were designed to offer optimal performance with two or three-channel memory configurations; Sandy Bridge-E and the X79 Express, however, perform best with a quad-channel setup.

Tweaktown meanwhile toured GeIL's memory factory. We were exclusively invited to the GeIL Taipei factory to get an up close and personal tour of its facility for testing and producing its memory modules.

Taiwanese overclocker ksin has apparently reached almost 9GHz with an AMD FX-8150. Careful component selection is also a factor, and according to the details on HWBOT, ksin achieved the record breaking overclock on an Asus Crosshair V Formula motherboard with 4GB (2x2GB) of A-Data DDR3 memory running in a dual-channel configuration with 9-11-10-30 timings and a 2,834MHz (effective) frequency.

ArsTechnica ponder why HDD supplies are back to pre-flood levels but prices aren't. That's because PC manufacturers, who buy the largest percentage of disk drives, have locked in their prices with long-term contracts, according to Leonhard. And while the HDD manufacturers have dealt with tight supply during rebuilding, they've had fewer drives to sell through other channels—such as retail. That drove the price of drives up initially as much as 300 percent. Meanwhile crag_v spotted 60TB HDDs in 2016.

I'm not sure what the original source of this stat is, but it's an interesting thought regardless, thanks RC: 59 years ago, in March 1953, the world had a grand total of 53 kilobytes of RAM spread over a dozen or so computers, the largest having 5KB. That's not enough RAM to store a single icon.

TheNextWeb report on the list of digitally monitored words of interest to the Department of Homeland Security. As the Daily Mail notes, the Department of Homeland Security was forced to release the list, along with its entire Analyst’s Desktop Binder, following a Freedom of Information Act request. Essentially, the list is what the government is looking for online, hoping to spot threats, events, and other such things that would be of interest to the sprawling agency.

Today's timewaster is Wake Up The Box 4, from Tony_L.

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