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Wednesday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-December-2009  12:58:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tweaktown have part two of their the state of Solid State article posted. Like all things in this industry, eventually all things become dated, so it is time to make some new predictions, look at emerging technologies and even make some suggestions to the companies that are offering products to the masses. They also have info on a new enterprise-class SSD from Seagate, called Pulsar.

LostCircuits have the second part of their Brave New World of SSDs article as well. To put things into perspective, flash memory was originally developed as an inexpensive media for digital cameras with rather limited write/erase cycles and, with the exception of some high-end cameras in use by professional photographers, rather infrequent accesses to the media. It is fairly easy to appreciate how the adaptation of this low-cycle frequency flash technology into a completely different set of application, specifically the use in solid state drives can cause some problems.

Tech-Report checked out GPU acceleration for Flash video. At long last, playback of Flash videos on YouTube, Hulu, and elsewhere can be GPU-accelerated. Join us as we take three different low-power systems for a spin to see how they handle the Flash 10.1 beta.

Intel have cancelled the Larabee chip for now. "Larrabee silicon and software development are behind where we hoped to be at this point in the project," Intel spokesman Nick Knupffer said Friday. "As a result, our first Larrabee product will not be launched as a standalone discrete graphics product," he said. "Rather, it will be used as a software development platform for internal and external use," he added.

Apparently a Trekkie linguist has encouraged his child to become bilingual - in English and Klingon. It's widely reported that he ONLY spoke Klingon to his son for the first 3 years but various comments make me think that's not the case. Original article here. As for Speers, who still gets nostalgic when he recalls singing the Klingon lullaby "May the Empire Endure" with his son at bedtime, the experiment was a dud. His son is now in high school and doesn’t speak a word of Klingon.

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