Items tagged with Oil

And here you were thinking that NVIDIA was stretching its bounds by dabbling in the CPU and nettop arenas. Today -- out of nowhere, really -- NVIDIA has jointly announced with GeoStar that its hardware and software solution will "transform seismic computation for oil and gas companies in China." Bold words, huh?As the story goes, GeoStar is a leading Chinese geophysical services provider, and it's planning to utilize NVIDIA's Tesla GPUs to push its seismic software suite and "dramatically accelerates the performance of complex seismic data." By linking up with NVIDIA, the computation of large datasets generated by searching the earth for oil deposits can be achieved in smaller, more power efficient... Read more...
This is even worse than a pay toilet! In Finland, you'd better have a cell phone if nature calls. As a result of continued and endemic vandalism, the Finnish Road Administration has developed a system which allows travellers to open the doors to roadside toilets only by sending a SMS message to the number given by the Road Administration.The new system was introduced in January in the rest areas along Highway 1 in Paimio and Salo near Turku, following numerous breakages, arson attempts, and thefts in the buildings housing public conveniences for motorists.In reality it makes sense.  Perhaps this will convince the few people we know who do not have a cell phone it's time to change.... Read more...
Ask.com is the fourth most popular search engine in the United States, accounting for 4.7 percent of all web searches. They've decided to differentiate themselves from the rest of their competitiors by offering AskEraser -- a widget on their service you can use to direct the search engine to discard information like search term, user's Internet address, and other identifying features immediately after your search.  If you're worried about what search engines do with the archived information they glean from your searches, this is the service for you. Maybe.“It works like a light switch,” said Doug Leeds, senior vice president for product management at Ask.com. Mr. Leeds said the service would... Read more...
Between AMD's surprise SSE5 announcement and the official launches of Barcelona and Penryn, it's becoming difficult to tell who is doing the launch crashing these days.  Right before Barcelona is due to launch, it looks like Intel is going to release a few power efficient CPUs riding the 1333MHz FSB. "Intel has announced three new Core 2 Duo processors—the E6550 at 2.33GHz, the E6750 at 2.66GHz, and the 3GHz E6850. The new cores are being launched synonymously with Intel's Q35 chipset, the ICH9-D0 southbridge, and the new Intel network controller, the 82566DM. All three are running on Intel's new 1333MHz FSB and sport a 4MB L2 shared cache." We're just waiting for Via to spoil all upcoming... Read more...
HotHardware could tell you all about the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. We could bring you the news from there that Sony announced a device that would let users record and store live television on their Playstation 3 game console. We could mention that programming saved in this fashion could then be transferred to a Playstation Portable for viewing, if you so desired. We might point out that the device is capable of handling high-definition broadcasts as well.  We might continue with an examination of the comparitively lackluster sales of the Playstation 3 compared to its competition, the X-box 360 and the Wii.  We might assess how the added functionality of turning the Sony console into... Read more...
If you’ve registered for almost any type of online service in the past few years, then you’ve probably run into a Human Interface Proof (or HIP for short).  HIPs are those strings of letters and/or numbers that look like they came from some malfunctioning typewriter.They’ve proven to be quite useful in cutting down the number of bot-generated accounts spamming message boards and e-mail boxes, at least they did for a while.Malicious programmers have now had enough time to adapt to the technology, and the struggle to modify HIP to stay ahead of hackers is now the order of the day: “When Hotmail first started using HIPs, the number of e-mail accounts generated on the first day dropped by 20 percent... Read more...
Glucose, a monosaccharide or simple sugar, is the main source of energy for most living things. Because it is so ubiquitous, scientists consider it to be a good alternative to oil, which is used to produce plastics, fuels, and other products. While it is a difficult to convert glucose into forms that are practical for use, chemists at the PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in Richland, Washington have developed a clean and efficient way to convert natural sugars into plastics. "The chemists detail in Science how they used metal chlorides… to transform 70 percent of glucose and nearly 90 percent of fructose into HMF, [which is a molecule that can easily be manipulated into a variety... Read more...
The garage where Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett  started  Hewlett-Packard, while essentially founding Silicon Valley  as a technology center,  has now been listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. "The significance of the garage and the house is more associated with the entrepreneurial spirit in which it was developed," said Paul Lusignan, a historian with the National Register of Historic Places in Washington. "If you look at the history of HP, there are probably better buildings that represent its developments in technology. What this building represents is entrepreneurship." The company embarked on a campaign in 2004... Read more...
According to a story on newscientisttech.com, a UK-based company plans to introduce system that are cooled by chilled oil, rather than traditional heatsinks and fans. The idea behind the technology is that oil is a much better conductor of heat than air, and with an adequate design all of the fans can be eliminated from the system... "It is possible to cut power consumption in half," managing director Peter Hopton told New Scientist. "You don't need to drive inefficient fans, or the usual air conditioning." Hopton first got the idea after seeing computer enthusiasts discuss the idea online. Oil does not affect the function of electronic components and offers a potentially useful cooling solution... Read more...
Over the past few years, AMD has moved from making value chips to having a pair of serious runs as the performance king in the desktop arena and finally making serious inroads into the server market. The only market where AMD was not able to move beyond their beachhead was in the Intel-dominated land of laptops. Unfortunately for AMD, laptops are a big seller these days. Current AMD mobile flagship product, the Turion X2, just doesn't catch the offerings from rival Intel in either performance or battery life. AMD has been working hard to close this gap, and it seems that the first big step will be ready at almost the same time Intel is ready to ship their next generation laptop platform.... Read more...
Ars technica examines the available information about the dangers of exposure to WiFi radiation. Short answer: Yes it's possible that Vampire JFK might have assassinated Princess Di to keep the Illuminati from using her to spawn an alien baby to start the Rapture, and WiFi radiation might be making your joints ache.  It's just not very likely. The initial report in the Times suggests that clearer data will come from an ongoing double-blind study, but WiFi Net News has found that a study of this sort has already been published. Those claiming to be radiation-sensitive were found to have their symptoms correlate with being informed... Read more...
MySpace seems to be making the news a lot in the past few months. We've linked to a few stories before, where people have been arrested for content they've posted on the popular service. This is a little more serious though, as it appears a few kids(ages 16-18) planned a shooting spree at a Kansas school. They posted information about the shooting on MySpace accounts, and the threat became even more serious when a woman received a list of the victims names. Going beyond the angry ramblings many teens leave on MySpace, Sheriff's deputies found weapons in the home of one of the suspects. "Five teenage boys accused of plotting... Read more...