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 Thursday, 27-November-2008  12:46:50 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

HP is using the memristor to reduce the size of chips. The goal of chipmakers has always been to push Moore's Law, squeezing more and more transistors into a smaller space. But what if you could do more with fewer transistors? That's the intriguing potential of HP's memristor, which joins the standard resistor, the capacitor, and the inductors as a fabled fourth integral circuit component.

Spam levels are on the increase with a massive botnet back online. The "Srizbi" botnet returned from the dead late Tuesday, said Fengmin Gong, chief security content officer at FireEye Inc., when the infected PCs were able to successfully reconnect with new command-and-control servers, which are now based in Estonia. Srizbi was knocked out more than two weeks ago when McColo Corp., a hosting company that had been accused of harboring a wide range of criminal activities, was yanked off the Internet by its upstream service providers.

Google Chrome is set to get extensions. Wouldn't it be groovy if you could install an extension and have it work right away without a reboot? That's one of the goals. So too is being able to tell what amount of resources each extension is taking up. These aren't just empty promises, either. Google has put together a design document for Chromium, the open-source implementation of Chrome, listing out specific goals, what types of specific extensions it would like to support (think AdBlock, Stumbleupon, FoxyTunes, and other popular extensions), package and distribution goals, how installation should take place, and much more.

David Paterson has warned the tech industry about the dangers of Moore's Law. If you don't know who Patterson is, you know some of his work. At the University of California at Berkeley, where Patterson has been a member of the computer science faculty since 1977, he lead the design and implementation of the RISC I, what some have called the very first VLSI RISC computers and the foundation of what would eventually become Sun Microsystems' Sparc processor. Patterson was also the leader on another storage product called the Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) project, which made cheap PC-style disks look like more reliable mainframe-class disks in terms of reliability and capacity.

F.E.A.R 2 has been refused classification in Australia. We all expected F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin to be shocking - as the sequel to one of the more terrifying games of the past five years it had a lot to live up to. That said, we didn't really expect the shock to come from the Australian Classification Board, which has considered the game to be unsuitable for Australian gamers, refusing it classification in this country. While we have a copy of the RC statement, we're currently waiting to hear back from the Board about the details behind their decisions - as well as comments from publishers Warner Bros about what their plans are now. Did Alma get a little too bloodthirsty for Australian audiences?

A paper from an American university has put forward a proposal for collective fibre ownership. Individuals and families own their condos severally, but collectively own and manage common spaces and contract for shared services through condo associations. Similarly, homeowners could invest in fiber connectivity as a kind of annex to their homes, combining with their neighbors to own and manage in tandem the trunk line linking a group of households to a local point of presence.

Robots continue to add to their job lists, with robotic actors premiering in Japan. First there were dancing robots, then house-sitting robots and now a new breed of acting robots is making its big debut on the Japanese stage. The play, which had its premiere at Osaka University, is one of Japan's first robot-human theatre productions. The machines were specially programmed to speak lines with human actors and move around the stage with them.

If you are trying to save every cent, then check out this guide on hypermiling. In general, hypermiling can be a fun sport to some, achieving maximum fuel economy 'just because you can'. And you can save some money. In this article, I will outline methods that are safe and legal, easy to execute for anyone, and does not go extreme measures or compromises others by any means. Mainly, it will be about trying to maximize fuel economy out of your current vehicle, but we will separate only one category into buying a fuel efficient car. The following are my methods, separated into various categories.

There is another sequel in the Christmas guide series: this time from TechSpot. Only a few weeks now stand between you and that fateful morning of December 25th, but there's still plenty of time to purchase and wrap your list of gifts. But perhaps you don't even have a list yet! Well, if that's the case and you have a family of tech-fiends, our buying guide might just be your savior. The TechSpot holiday gift guide is not your standard catalog-esque gift guide but one directed toward those special silicon lovers. Perhaps it will pay off this Christmas and you won't be disappointed by that lovely pair of handwoven socks from your aunt.

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