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Solar arrays in space, delivering power to the Earth.  Something seen frequently in science fiction movies and books.  It's always been seen as financially unviable, but if someone with really deep pockets like the military were interested ...A new Pentagon study lays out the roadmap for a multibillion-dollar push to the final frontier of energy: a satellite system that collects gigawatts’ worth of solar power and beams it down to Earth.The military itself could become the “anchor tenant” for such a power source, due to the current high cost of fueling combat operations abroad, the study says.Even for the military, the cost would be tremendous, and it would still not be financially... Read more...
BlackBerry suffered another e-mail outage on Friday, but not one as severe as the April incident.  In fact, it is clear that BlackBerry has learned a good deal from their earlier outage as this time they seemed to have had an effective back-up in place that ensured no e-mails or text messages were lost.  It might seem odd to claim and outage when there were no messages losts, but the fact is that they didn't get delivered for hours.  But they did get delivered.Of course, things were a bit slow when the service was restored, but things appear to operating fine at the moment.So what caused the outage this time?  A glitch in the software.  Quite possibly the same software that crashed the entire... Read more...
No, it wasn't a bad Windows Update patch that caused the massive Skype outage that started last Thursday and continued into the weekend.  It was the semi-synchronized massive reboot across the globe, which exposed a bug in the Skype Code. On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption. The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users’ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update. The high number of restarts affected Skype’s network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the... Read more...
Skype isn’t commenting just yet on the major outage that has befallen the service.  Since the trouble began, Skype has ceased allowing users to download the client while they iron out what is believed to be a software issue.The problem started late on the 15th, when both log-in and connectivity issues struck the Skype.  Current estimates are anywhere from 12-24 hours before complete restoration of all services. “In an update on its Heartbeat page last night, Skype said the outage was caused by a "software issue" and expects the problem "to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours."The company also said that downloads of Skype have been temporarily disabled and that users should simply leave their... Read more...
Another day, another report of tight supply of finished electronic goods due to shortages of lowly but vital components like IC chips and printed circuit boards. According to Digitimes, Nintendo will have to continue to delay expanding production of its wildly popular Wii gaming console because of  component shortages. With the delay of its plans, any easing of the Wii shortages in the worldwide market is unlikely to be seen in the second half of 2007, said the component makers. Since Nintendo launched Wii in November 2006, the company has only introduced the games console in select regions such as the US, Japan, Europe and Australia. Worldwide accumulated shipments of... Read more...
If you are in need of a little motivation to convince you to upgrade that aging graphics card of yours, this nugget of information will be of interest.  The folks at incrysis.com have a high-def video of in-game Crysis footage available for download.     Crysis As good as the video looks, it still doesn't do the graphics justice. We've seen multiple live demos of the game in action first hand, and have been thoroughly impressed each time. If you thought the crew at Crytek did a good job with the visuals in FarCry, wait until you check this out. Mirror One Mirror Two... Read more...
Hello Everyone. Now that the long holiday weekend is behind us, and we've all woken from our involuntary tryptophan naps, we thought it was time to get some fresh content posted! Today at HotHardware, we have an article posted where we evaluate the features and performance of two high-end power supply units, the modular Thermaltake Toughpower 750Q and the beastly 1.1KW Tagan Turbojet TG1100-U95. Here's a snip from the piece: "Power -- It's one of the most important factors for peak system performance and stability. Yet, the PSU is still an often overlooked PC component. While not as sexy as a high-end motherboard, video card or RAM,... Read more...
Power -- It's one of the most important factors for peak system performance and stability. Yet, the PSU is still an often overlooked PC component. While not as sexy as a high-end motherboard, video card or RAM, the power supplying these components is just as important as the components themselves.  With the heightened demands of the latest computing hardware, ample power is an increasingly important consideration for performance and stability. Dual GPU configurations are now commonplace and CPUs are sporting multiple cores, all of which place greater demand on the PSU.  Throw some overclocking into the mix and a common 550w PSU will crack under the stress, which can end up... Read more...
There is a lot of talk going around about AMD CPU shortages. DailyTech, Ars Technica and Tech Report are a few sources weighing in on the matter. A shortage for AMD during the critical year end cycle will mean lost sales and potential defections to Intel based machines. However, it is good news for AMD that its offerings have been well received and they have this problem rather than warehouses full of product. Below are a few out-takes from some articles regarding the shortage.  Ars Technica- With demand from OEMs strong, will the enthusiast community get the short end of the stick? "We don't expect our users to jump brand," DiFranco remarked. "Their loyalty comes from many years of dedication,... Read more...
Digitimes is reporting that manufactures should expect to see a CPU shortage during 4th Quarter due to rapid surges in notebook sales. Manufacturers are stock piling additional CPU's in expectation of an upswing in holiday notebook sales. Earlier this month, DigiTimes reported that unexpectedly strong demand in the notebook market has resulted in CPU shortages, sending notebook makers scrambling to secure CPU supply for the fourth-quarter high season. Notebook makers described the gravity of the shortage at that time by saying they may have to "beg" for CPU supply, the sources claimed. Head... Read more...
If your NVIDIA GeForce 6 or 7 series overclocking adventures haven't yielded the kind of results you had hoped, this guide on the AOA Forums may be of interest.  They outline the steps necessary to soft-mod the BIOS on many GeForce cards to increase the GPU's voltage using NiBiTor and nvFlash.  I've done this mod on a GeForce 7800 GT card with some success, but it's not going to work for everyone because some board partners already tweak their voltages to support increased clock speeds on factory overclocked cards. "Over-clockers are always looking for a way to squeeze every last drop of performance out of their hardware. This has been going on for years. Today's Video... Read more...
Two new movies of Crysis, which is due out sometime next year, have been made available. The two videos contain actual gameplay footage, showing off some great lighting effects, physics, and one hell of an explosion.... Read more...
In the immortal words of the late, great Kurt Cobain - all apologies... Sorry about the down time today folks.  We had a drive array acting up but all seems resolved now.  Cross your fingers the ghost has left the machine... Thanks!... Read more...
CDV Software Entertainment has decided to dump Starforce as their anti-piracy method for TAGES. The act was done "In response to consumer demand". "We believe that TAGES will provide a sensible balance between protecting CDV's intellectual property rights against piracy, while at the same time minimizing the restrictions experienced by legitimate owners of our products," explained CDV's Chief Technology Officer, Teut Weidemann.  ... Read more...
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