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IBM Roadrunner Tops Cray as the Official World's Fastest Supercomputer

IBM Roadrunner Tops Cray as the Official World's Fastest Supercomputer

It's like a geek soap opera. Just last week, Cray bragged that their updated Jaguar XT supercomputer was the world's fastest. Now this week, IBM responds to the trash talk with a number one ranking of their Roadrunner system on the newly published Top500 supercomputing list. Both the IBM and

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MSI's X-Slim X340, X600 Are Two More Sub-$1000 Macbook Air Lookalikes

MSI's X-Slim X340, X600 Are Two More Sub-$1000 Macbook Air Lookalikes

We don't know much about MSI's X-Slim netbook line being touted in China, but from the looks of it, these machines are winners: super-slim form factors, light-weight, 13.4 or 15.6-inch screens, and low cost. Thus far the X-Slims have only been unveiled in China, and details, such as the processor a

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Atmel maxTouch Technology Used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Atmel maxTouch Technology Used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8weBw6M9HHY&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] It’s been announced that Samsung’s chosen Atmel’s maxTouch display technology for use in their Samsung Galaxy Tab – something they also did with their Samsung Galaxy S phones. HTC also decided to go

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Nvidia GeForce 200M Graphics Cards Just Made Your Notebook Old and Busted

Nvidia GeForce 200M Graphics Cards Just Made Your Notebook Old and Busted

A year after Nvidia's monstrous GeForce 200 series graphics cards first stomped onto the scene (literally the biggest GPUs ever), Nvidia's finished making them mobile, delivering double the performance of current 9M series using half the power. The first GeForce 200M notebook cards—the GTX 280M a

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Super Talent Releases Mini PCIe SSDs Specifically For ASUS Eee PCs

Super Talent Releases Mini PCIe SSDs Specifically For ASUS Eee PCs

Super Talent launched a special series of mini PCIe SSDs for the ASUS Eee PC in 16, 32 and 64 GB sizes, meant to complement the 20 GB HDD found in some of the higher end models. The drives read at 40 mbps, write at 10 mbps and come in NAND MLC or NAND SLC configurations. The drives are expected

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Cheers To Finger Power!

Cheers To Finger Power!

Mind you, this is not a “Green” concept and neither does it claim to be “Eco Friendly”. It’s just a helpful solution for a tricky situation. The situation being: you running out of juice on your mobile phone. So what do you do? Remove the battery from the back of the phone; give it

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JavaFX Preview SDK to be released this week

JavaFX Preview SDK to be released this week

Sun will release a preview version of the JavaFX Software Development Kit later this week, fulfilling a pledge made at JavaOne this year. Joshua Marinacci writes: I’m excited by what we’ve put together but also exhausted. We’ve done an incredible amount of work during the last year. Now I kno

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Thirsty ethanol? An insider's view.

An exec from an energy company has repliedc to my earlier blog on a study of ethanol production and its water requirements. Here are some comments from Growth Energy’s CEO, Tom Buis. “America’s ethanol producers recognize that water is a precious natural resource that must be conserved. Throu

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HKC Pearl is the Ultimate Knockoff Phone (It Runs Android!)

HKC Pearl is the Ultimate Knockoff Phone (It Runs Android!)

You have to respect any phone that takes its brand name and styling cues from HTC, model name from RIM and then throws Android on it. Because that's exactly what the HKC Pearl did. Ok, maybe its not the ultimate knockoff when you look at the tech specs, but the phone actually isn't too shabby,

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$35 Dollar Tablet Will Cost $20, Eventually $10

$35 Dollar Tablet Will Cost $20, Eventually $10

The Indian government has revealed its super-super-low-priced tablet computer, which it says it'll start selling to students this year—for $35. It's a bit bulky, but for $35 you can't really whine about the bezel size. Indian authorities expect to be able to make and sell the chunky comput

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Thirsty ethanol? An insider’s view.

An exec from an company has repliedc to my earlier blog on a study of ethanol production and its water requirements. Here are some comments from Growth Energy’s CEO, Tom Buis.

“America’s ethanol producers recognize that water is a precious natural resource that must be conserved. Through technology improvements, they are continuously decreasing water usage in their plants; from a high of eight gallons of water per gallon of ethanol 20 years ago to around 3.5 gallons today. Just in the last five years it has decreased another 26.6 percent. Today, the production of ethanol takes a very small amount of water that is similar to the amount it takes to refine gasoline.

“The ACS water use study misses several points, chief among them is that according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, only four percent of the corn used to produce ethanol in the United States is on irrigated land. And 86 percent of the entire corn crop is rain-fed. In addition, seed biotech companies are developing hybrid seeds that will drastically decrease the amount of water needed to grow crops.

“Ethanol continues to get cleaner and greener as scientists employ the latest innovations to the production of this high-tech, homegrown renewable fuel. Ethanol can boost our economy, create jobs and bolster our energy independence, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions nearly 60 percent compared to gasoline. Ethanol production is the only existing alternative that will displace foreign oil, create American jobs, stimulate domestic investment, and improve our environment and national security.”
“As ethanol production becomes more efficient in its use of water, oil production is going the opposite direction…extracting oil from the Canadian Tar Sands is extremely water intensive and area natural water resources are fully if not over allocated.”

Growth Energy is an alliance of ethanol producers.

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