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Thursday Afternoon (13 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-June-2010  13:15:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

XbitLabs take a closer look at USB 3.0. New interfaces appear in computer life relatively rarely, because they cause pretty serious changes in the data transfer infrastructure. That is why it is especially interesting to see what USB 3.0, a long-anticipated replacement to the morally outdated but extremely popular USB 2.0 interface, actually is.

Google have unveiled a new web indexing system called Caffeine. Caffeine lets us index web pages on an enormous scale. In fact, every second Caffeine processes hundreds of thousands of pages in parallel. If this were a pile of paper it would grow three miles taller every second. Caffeine takes up nearly 100 million gigabytes of storage in one database and adds new information at a rate of hundreds of thousands of gigabytes per day.

Thinq report on MSI's claim that BIOS will be dead in 3 years, replaced by UEFI. According to the MSI mole, the first new UEFI products will be based on Intel's Sandy Bridge chipset, spanning the whole field from entry-level boards to high-end kit. The company says that it expects the boards to be introduced towards the end of this year, and into early 2011. "We won’t consider UEFI as an expensive premium feature," said the spokesperson, "but as a must-have for everyone!"

Tweaktown checked out A-DATA's Taipei Factory recently. Walking distance from A-DATA's headquarters just out of Taipei City you will find A-DATA's factory production facility. It is here where all the magic happens. A-DATA has a capacity of 100,000 double sided memory modules per day and 3,000 SSDs per day.

There's been a breakout at a Chinese Internet Addiction Treatment Centre. Understandably, it’s not what you’d call fun – and last week, a group of inmates at the Huai’an Internet Addiction Treatment Centre decided they’d had enough of the “monotonous work and intensive training”. Working together, they tied their duty supervisor to his bed and made a run for it.

From Amfibius: The June OCAU Iron Chef is open! This month's theme is duck. The discussion thread is here and the entry thread here.

LethalCorpse sent in a few timewasters, the first of which is Manufactoria. Manufactoria is a puzzle game about putting robots in their proper place. Use conveyor-belts, ‘pullers’ and ‘pushers’ to build a machine that will work no matter what gets thrown at it!

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