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It looks like AMD is considering an exit from the costly chip fabrication business.  This might seem a strange move as many were speculating that part of the advantage of picking up ATI was that they could help the graphics firm eliminate the overhead caused by outsourcing chip fabrication.  It's unclear if the union has provided enough work to make the fabrication plants and associated R & D as profitable as AMD would like.  Most fabrication companies often have multiple customers which helps them evenly distribute the cost of upgrading their process technology.  The idea of AMD and ATI together... Read more...
In a lengthy interview in Fortune magazine, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith outlined Microsoft's contention that they can prove 235 patent violations by open source software. And they'd like to be paid royalties, please.  Smith broke down the alleged patent violations during the Fortune interview, saying the Linux kernel violates 42 patents and the operating system's user interface violates a further 65. He went on to claim that the Open Office application suite violates 45 patents and open-source e-mail applications infringe on 15 more. Other open-source software applications infringe... Read more...
Last month, nearly 10% of the Class of 2008 at Duke University's business school were caught cheating on a take-home final exam. But is it really cheating to collaborate on projects anymore? How dumb would you have to be to work that way in the real world? Still, many believe that a rethinking of the assessment process is in store. The Stanford University Design School, for example, is so collaborative that "it would be impossible to cheat," says D-school professor Robert I. Sutton. "If you found somebody to help you write an exam, in our view that's a sign of an inventive person who gets... Read more...
McAfee's semi-annual overview of their on-going security research says that cyber-criminals are becoming more sophisticated, and are banding together in loose associations to swap code and deliver support for their nefarious endeavors. They've got their eye on your smartphone, too. Among the specific trends outlined in the report are expectations for the continued growth of botnets with the cooperation among hackers adding to the problem via group efforts to develop and refine threat code in the same manner that open-source contributors work in a community. The vast majority of botnets... Read more...
AMD has been working very hard for several years now to catch up to Intel when it comes to developing and perfecting new manufacturing process technology. New process technology allows more transistors to be packed into the same physical area, which can relate to more features and performance in a given chip and/or more chips per material used. So there is either more performance, better price, or both, and what customer can resist better prices and/or better performance? AMD has done a good job of narrowing the gap, but Intel really pulled out all the stops to get both their 65 nm and 45 nm processes... Read more...
Early in 2004 IBM challenged Sun to co-develop an open-source implementation of Java. Sun did not immediately warm to the idea. Though IBM has its own implementation of Java and could easily have open-sourced it, IBM believed that any open source version of Java should have Sun involved. At the same time Eric Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative and one of open source's fathers, backed IBM and called on Sun to contribute Java to the open source community. In Raymond's opinion, the "'Sun Community Source License' promoted proprietary lock-in. He also contended... Read more...
AMD PIONEERS INTERACTIVE ONLINE RESOURCE, REDEFINING TRADITIONAL WAYS IT INDUSTRY ACCESSES INFORMATION - AMD Virtual IT Experience Brings Industry Together, Using Cutting Edge Gaming Technology to Create an "Always On" Resource - Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept. 12, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the AMD Virtual IT Experience, a revolutionary online event that offers a new way to approach audiences seeking access to information about AMD and its partners. The AMD Virtual IT Experience is an interactive, content-rich venue to help customers quickly locate information, tools and advice... Read more...
Intel Releases Next Generation Open Source Graphics Driver The Intel Open Source Technology Center graphics team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of free software drivers for the Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset family graphics controller. These drivers include support for 2D and 3D graphics features for the newest generation Intel graphics architecture. As with any free software project, this release represents only the beginning of an ongoing commitment by Intel to work with the X.org and Mesa communities to continuously improve and enhance the drivers. While these drivers represent... Read more...
Valve's Steam service has received a few updates recently, but the biggest news comes in the form of another free trial weekend for their WW2 shooter, Day of Defeat: Source. Pre-loads are ready, and the fun begins this Friday at 4pm EST. "Preloading for the second Day of Defeat: Source Free Weekend has begun. This second free trial period features all the new content added to Day of Defeat: Source in the Summer Update, including the new gameplay type and missions"... Read more...
The time has come... The tournament that HotHardware and the good folks at Sapphire put together for our HH members will run this Friday, June 23rd at 10:00PM Eastern time. The prizes up for grabs to the winning team are a Sapphire Toxic Radeon X1900XTX, X1800XT, X1600 Pro, and an X1300. As much as we'd like to give everyone a new video card, we did our best with these four prizes for this contest, and we'll keep trying to provide more contests for our valued members. Other contestants will not go home empty handed though, as they will also receive one of 10 t-shirts... Read more...
It seems Sander from Hardware Analysis just finished installing the latest build of Windows Vista, and now he's wondering where Microsoft went wrong?  Perhaps this editorial is a bit premature considering the OS is still in the beta phase and is months from release, but interesting reading nonetheless. I myself have experimented with the last two releases and am actually looking forward to Vista. Will it be perfect on launch day?  Probably Not.  But neither was XP, yet its matured into the best version of Windows to date. "When the first reports of Vista came in I remember thinking... Read more...
Valve Unveils 64-Bit Source™ Gaming Technology Developed In Conjunction With AMD Available Now: 64-Bit Half-Life(R) 2 and Lost Coast™ Bellevue, WA. – December 22, 2005 – Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today. The first 64-bit Valve games released will be native 64-bit versions of Half-Life 2 and Lost Coast, and have been developed to take advantage of AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor-based systems - the ultimate 64-bit gaming platform for PC enthusiasts. The 64-bit versions of these games... Read more...
Our friends at PC Perspective have just posted a preview of the latest enhancements Valve is about to release for its Source Engine. Above all, the enhancements are iamge quality "effects" which can custom tailor the gaming environment to the storyline for a much more immersive experience. Ryan's article clearly outlines these new effects and provides several examples of what is now possible by the developers. In similar fashion, the gang at HardOCP have also made the trip to Valve and have posted their impressions as well.There is little doubt that Valve Software is probably the leading... Read more...
Good evening HotHardware fans! We've taken NVIDIA's and ATi's flagship video cards, the GeForce 6800 Ultra and the Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition, and tested them across various Doom 3 maps using all custom time demos, as well as a multiplayer deathmatch demo. We've also loaded up the recently released Counter Strike Source and its Graphics Stress Test and taken readings at medium and high resolutions, with various image quality settings. Click here and take a look...... Read more...
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