Hackers obtain Data on 8 Million Best Western Customers
In what some are calling the biggest information heist in recent history, identity thieves managed to acquire a treasure chest of personal information on more than 8 million of hotel chain Best Western
Cloud computing: A catchphrase in puberty
Fail and You It's been called a lot of things: utility computing, grid computing, distributed computing, and now cloud computing. You can come up with any CTO-friendly name you like, but they all mean the same sh**: Renting your quickly depreciating physical assets out because your software company is out of ideas for computer programs.
Amazon's EC2 was likely the brainchild of a mid-level ops director
who overbought for a data center and had to come up with a way to save
his own ass. Use a free, open source project like Xen for
virtualization, give it a sunshine-up-the-ass name like Elastic Compute
Cloud, and start pulling in all those venture capital dollars like
Cisco and Sun did during the first dotcom catastrophe. F*** me, give
that man a raise.
Unfortunately, Bezos and company are a day late and a buck short. This time around, we're working with substantially less money and substantially more developer incompetence.
A Cloud Is Easier To Draw On A Whiteboard Than A Grid
EC2 is very popular with the Web 2.0 crowd, which is strange, considering the hurdles that these java script all-stars need to overcome. The first, and presumably most difficult, is that Amazon wants money in exchange for their services. That's a stark realization for a budding young social network developer: Web 2.0 runs on cash, not hugs. Who would have thunk it?
Once you're past that, there's the matter of reliability. EC2 is fairly reliable, but you really need to be on your s*** with data replication, because when it fails, it fails hard. My pager once went off in the middle of the night, bringing me out of an awesome dream about motorcycles, machine guns, and general ass-kickery, to tell me that one of the production machines stopped responding to ping. Seven or so hours later, I got an e-mail from Amazon that said something to the effect of:
There was a bad hardware failure. Hope you backed up your s***.
Look at it this way: at least you don't have a tapeworm.
-The Amazon EC2 Team
Datacenter hardware will bend you over your desk every now and then - no matter who owns it. If it's yours, though, you can send some poor bloke down to the server room in the wee hours of the morning and cattle-prod constant status updates out of him. As a paying EC2 customer, all you're entitled to is basic support, which amounts to airing your grievances on a message board and hoping that somebody at Amazon is reading. Being the straight-up gangster that I am, I luvz me some phone-screamin', and I just can't get that kind of satisfaction from Amazon.
Of course, I could pay more for extended support, but it would be nice if the f***ing thing just worked.
What You Looking At, Google? You Want A Piece Of This?
While I'm running my mouth off here, I might as well take a swing at Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
Google App Engine launched with great fanfare from the Python community. "Finally," they said, "somebody has figured out how to make Python scale." The thought is that any developer will be able to run his Twitter-Facebook mashup on the same framework that Google uses to run their apps. Infinite, magical scalability that you don't have to think about, data storage that you don't have to manage, and a language that's easy to program. Sounds great!
That's all well and good, but something tells me that the Google search engine (you know, the thing that makes money) isn't written in Python, making this just a proper beat off for the web programming community. I have further evidence. I have yet to see a program more impressive than a task and time manager running on the Engine. Killer app, indeed.
Google App Engine offers a developer all of the things that he would look down his nose at an ops manager to provide: data storage, web hosting and caching. Web developers are too busy to worry about the app to figure out why the database is running slow. No, it couldn't be a grotesquely complex query anywhere in my code. It's a database problem. The DBA must have f***ed something up in the config. Yeah, that's it. If those DBAs weren't always down at the pub, we could get some real work done around here.
I do have to give both Google and Amazon some credit, though. Both noticed that the only ones to make any real money off of the California gold rush were the outfitters who sold mining equipment.
Cloud Computing's Next Form: Green Tech
As time goes on and venture capitalists get pitched, this technology will continue to change names to mask its stagnation. The next time around, it will be pitched as a "green" technology. Why ruin the environment with your data center? You can run a social media website and still love the earth.
Energy-efficient computers powered by sunshine. This will be an instant hit. There will be greenhouse gas output dashboards with neat little Ajax widgets. You'll have calculators to figure out how much to pay for carbon offsets each month. Don't believe me? Follow the money. "Green" technology is the most efficient, modern way to capitalize on liberal guilt. You also get to pass it off as altruism. Combine that with a web development community that runs on self-satisfaction and you've got a recipe for profit. Best of all, you can squeeze money out of an investor for this by making him feel ashamed to be a person of means.
What started as a noble cause has finally finished its devolution into a racket.
No matter what the name, you, the developer, will still be dealing reliability and accountability. Using someone else's infrastructure for your application will forever be a business risk, but it sounds so much less so with a cuddly name. Your CTO will fall for the next cycle pretty easily. The compunction he feels for his latest data center build-out will outweigh the downsides of an external dependency.Al Gore even said so.
MSI Memory Lover consumer motherboard with 8 memory slots
MSI released its "P45-D8 Memory Lover" motherboard which is equipped with eight memory slots. The new MSI P45-8D Memory Lover motherboard is powered by the latest Intel P45 Express chipset. It supports the IntelCore 2 Extreme / Quad and other multi-core processors with an FSB up to 1600MHz. The main feature of P45-8D Memory Lover is the superb memory expansion flexibility.
It has a total of eight memory slots which users can expand to 16GB by using four DDR2 memory or 8GB by using four DDR3 memories. MSI P45-8D Memory Lover is also equipped with PCI Express 2.0 x16 graphics card slot, which allows up to twice the bandwidth of current PCI Express slot. P45-8D Memory Lover comes with the cooling heat-pipe design with high thermal efficiency to rule out the heat of the North Bridge and South Bridge quickly, ensuring better stability than other same level products. When users want to upgrade the motherboard, they can use the current DDR2 memory to save money as well, also retain the future escalation of the DDR3 memory flexibility.When the price of DDR3 memory declines, users can utilize this to increase the performance. MSI P45-8D Memory Lover also comes with the "Memory Identifier" and "Memory Runner" design.
Two new Lord of the Rings: Conquest trailers
Trailer: Project Origin Trailer
Download: CPUCalc 1.9.5
CPUCalc is an overclocking-calculator able to overclocking with many Intel and AMD processors.
You just need to set your wished clock and it calculates all other settings, for example. It automatically sets the correct CPU-RAM-ratio and Referenceclock:HTT-Ratio.
Nigerian Diplomat: Jail E-Mail Fraud Victims for Greed
Professor Olu Agbi, the Nigerian high commissioner stationed in Australia, says the perpetrators behind his country
NVISION 08 - DAY 0 - San Jose Going is going NVIDIA Green
NVISION 08 - Hey everybody, Guru3D landed in San Jose today to attend the NVISION 08 conference as organized by NVIDIA. We'll be attending a couple of workshops and obviously follow some of the better key-note speeches. Next to that we brought the big ol' camera with us to show you the facility, the people and thus cover the event with regular news-updates.
I'll try and make some nice photo's for you guys, at the very least of the biggest items and celebrities as .. there surely are a lot invited stars to attend. As stated we just arrived and in this first news-post I'd like to show you a couple of photo's of the facilities where NVISION will take place. San Jose is located roughly an hour drive away from San Francisco. Close to the center of San Jose (silicon valley) we find the convention center. This entire facility plus surrounding buildings are theme-colored green as part of the visual experience, the conference that starts tomorrow on Monday and ends Wednesday at 4 PM. Here are a couple of photo's to kick the NVISION 08 convention coverage off. Tomorrow, obviously we
Guru3D GC Leipzig 2008 - Day 2 - Hardware and Booth Babes
We just posted Day 2 of our visit to the GC in Leipzig. Unfortunately there's not a lot of hardware to cover. Yet we did bump into OCZ, G.Skill, Palit, SilverStone and a freakishly large amount of booth babes that ... well .. we'll just have to show you guys. Right ?
Read the two part article/pictorial here:
Just easy to read and view stuff, nothing complex. Just fun basically :)
OCZ Dominatrix- top-of-the-line laser mouse
OCZ today unveiled the latest addition to its peripherals with the Dominatrix, a top-of-the-line laser mouse for PC gamers. The OCZ Dominatrix mouse is built with the hardcore player in mind with a solid design, maximum functionality, and programmable customization unique to each user. The OCZ Dominatrix offers a competitive edge with quality ergonomics and advanced features to excel even when immersed in the most challenging gaming environments. With multiple dpi settings of 2000/1600/800/400, independently adjust both
Sony XROSS FADE DJ-style shelf music system with dual dock for iPod players
Sony today introduced a DJ-style shelf system with a dual dock for iPod devices called Xross Fade. Sony Xross Fade is perfect for mixing and playing music from iPod players, CDs and other music sources. Part of the Muteki series of stereo systems, the XROSS FADE (model LBT-DJ2i) has an imposing presence and massive output that can fill nearly any room with sound, whether it's in a home, a dorm, or even powering a block party.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2008
The Sims 3 Preview
Two big changes separate the new game from its very successful (and elegantly
In previous Sims games, time only progressed for the family that you were playing. As you lived out your life on your tiny lot, it was as though the rest of the world were paused. Characters outside of the family you were controlling never aged and never changed (unless they came over to visit and you killed them. Not that we tried.) In Sims 3, the idea of playing in separate lots goes out the window. The entire town is continually simulated, even the stuff that's happening offscreen. Want to go to the mall? Hop in your car or on your bike and zoom down the road. You'll pass other houses filled with active Sims. You'll meet people on the street. You'll meet friends at the mall as they wander in after work. It's all happening in one seamless simulation.
VIA EPIA Pico-ITX-based entertainment Robots
Johnny 5 is alive :) VIA showcased VIA EPIA Pico-ITX-based entertainment robots at the Taipei International Robot Show, being held at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan. At the VIA booth there will be three compact robots provided by PlayRobot, a Taiwan-based robot developer and distributor of educational, scientific and entertainment robots for government, academic and research institutes, as well as robot kits for enthusiasts (www.playrobot.com).
One, the popular Johnny 5 robot, has been fitted for the show with the very latest Pico-ITX board, the VIA EPIA P700 featuring the VIA VX800 unified chipset. With robotics development representing the cutting edge of technological progress, VIA' commitment to extremely compact form factors, robust performance, extensive feature sets and extremely low power consumption means that VIA's off-the-shelf EPIA boards are becoming an essential component for academic, hobbyist and commercial robot developers.
Intel to release 6-core CPU in September
1,2 or 4 doesn't matter anymore. Intel will be releasing it's 6-core Intel processors aka Dunnington in September already.
The 6-core Dunnington based model should be announced on September 14, according to company roadmap. The line-up will include three models: Xeon X7460 with 2.67GHz clock frequency and 130W TDP, Xeon E7450 with 2.4GHz frequency and 90W TDP and low-voltage Xeon L7455 with 65W TDP and 2.13GHz clock speed. All processors will be built with Intel's new 45-nanometer Penryn technology and will support 1066MHz bus speed. Xeon X7460 will be equipped with 16MB L3 cache while Xeon L7455 and Xeon E7450 will have a 12MB L3 cache onboard.
New Xeon X7460 and Xeon L7455 processors will be priced at $2729, and Xeon E7450
NVIDIA finalizes CUDA 2.0, Photoshop plugin
NVIDIA formally released the finished version of CUDA 2.0. The second generation of the company's general-purpose programming language for its video chipsets supports 64-bit versions of Mac OS X and Windows Vista and adds support for instructions that can help offload more specific tasks from the main processor to the video card, such as 3D textures and hardware-accelerated interpolation of information.
These advancements are particularly useful for volume reconstruction in medicine or for seismic computing in the oil industry, NVIDIA says.
The Santa Clara, California firm also hopes to use CUDA 2.0 as a motivator for creative teams with the inclusion of a reference plugin for Adobe's Photoshop. The blank slate allows developers to create filters and other effects of their own that use CUDA to process images more quickly than would be possible relying on the system CPU alone.
Apps written with CUDA require a card with one of NVIDIA's chipsets built with its unified shader architecture, including all GeForce 8- and 9-series cards as well as newer Quadro FX cards.
Albatron unveils ARM-based Tee PC
Yeah I'm really not joking .. it's really called 'Tee PC', to compete directly with ASUS' Eee PC line. Well you know what, this entire thing might even be just a marketing gimmick to get them some extra attention. But Albatron today is playing on the same theme with its new Tee PC netbook. The Tee PC is based on a 7-inch LCD touchscreen good for 800x480 resolution but, instead of relying on an Intel Atom or Celeron, powers the system with a cellphone-oriented ARM 926 processor running at just 400MHz. The 128MB flash drive is loaded with Windows CE 6 and uses the lower memory footprint to trim down to 128MB of RAM.
Despite the performance, Albatron claims the Tee PC offers more netbook-like media performance with a graphics processor capable of decoding VGA, H.264 and MPEG4 format videos at 30FPS. Other features include an SD card slot, a swivel-mount webcam, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. A pair of USB ports is integrated into the UMPC's docking station, which also sports a large speaker and the power connection.
Neither prices nor ship dates are known at this time.
How to make your iPhone look really stupid
Oh man, that thing is actually for real. Brando is offering a 6x zoom telescope for the Apple iPhone 3G. The lens is attached to your phone via a plastic case and my gosh does that look retared. But heck, it should do the job.
You can get it over at Brando for $19, there are even pictures to illustrate the zooming capabilities of this cheap lens.
Download: CoreTemp 0.99.3
Intel and AMD published detailed, public information about the "DTS" (Digital Thermal Sensor), which provides much higher accuracy and more relevant temperature reading than the standard thermal diode sensors do. (How it works).
This feature is supported on all Intel Core and Core 2 based processors as well as the whole AMD's Athlon64 line of CPUs. For a full list of supported CPUs see the CPU Support List.
Core Temp also has a logging feature, allowing a user to easily record the temperature of his processor(s) over any period of time, then the data can be easily transferred into an excel datasheet for easy graphing.
Core Temp works on Windows 2000, XP and 2003 (both 32bit and 64bit versions). Windows Vista 32bit is fully supported.
Version 0.99.3 - 22th August, 2008
- Add: Correct TjMax values for 45nm Core 2 series, according to this document.
- Fix: When TjMax = 0 (undefined) "Delta to Tjunction" was not added to the temperature string.
Version 0.99.2 - 18th August, 2008
- Fix: Start with Windows option was broken in 0.99.1.
- Fix: Default color for the second system tray icon is invisible with WinXP blue theme.
- Fix: Save screenshot function would create a corrupted BMP in some viewing software.
- Fix: Nehalem does not report VID like earlier CPUs. VID field now disabled for Nehalem.
- Fix: Incorrect 65nm Turion X2 code name detection.
- Fix: Potential bug of improper K10 and up recognition.
- Fix: Enabling distance to Tj.Max with "Highest temp." for system tray would show the largest distance to Tj.Max instead of smallest.
- Fix: Vendor ID and Device ID values were reversed in the register dump file.
- Fix: 3/4 temperatures logged for Phenom X3/X4 instead of 1.
- Add: Support for Core Temp plugins. (Still in beta phase and not in GUI yet).
- Add: Full support for AMD's Puma platform CPUs (in previous version reffered to as Griffin).
- Add: Initial support for 45nm AMD processors.
- Add: Update K8 and K10 recognition code to support all currently known CPUs.
- Add: Default TDP detection for Nehalem.
- Add: On the fly CPU speed detection.
- Add: Close to system tray option.
- Change: Log file is now produced in CSV format - easily import your logs into Excel.
- Change: Logging interval is now in Seconds instead of miliseconds.
- Change: Default logging interval is now 10 seconds.
- Change: Logging is now off by default.
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