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Chinese Are Good At Math and Supercomputing, Go Figure

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Chinese Are Good At Math and Supercomputing, Go Figure

The technology race doesn't just extend to companies. Just recently, the updated list of the world's 500 most powerful supercomputers was released and the U.S. has been moved to the #2 spot by none other than China. Their Tianhe-1A system, courtesy of China's National University of Defense Technology in Tianjin, is capable of performing 2.67 petaflops per second. Jaguar, the Cray XT5 system at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is capable of 1.75 petaflops per second, which is still incredibly fast.

Hit the break to find out is we have anything to worry about.

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We Don't Believe It Either: Gran Turismo 5 Releasing November 24th

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

We Don't Believe It Either: <I>Gran Turismo 5</i> Releasing November 24th

I know, we didn't want to hear anymore Gran Turismo 5, 6 or 7 talk either, but this week Sony has pushed up the release date from November 30th to November 24th. The bigger news is that developer of the game, Polyphony, also is nodding in approval of this date switch.

Everybody is talking about this being a "final" release date, but we don't believe it. We never have and never will as this is worse than the hype about Spore. And we all remember that game taking twelve years to be released.

For quotes from Polyphony's President, hit the break.

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New Gran Turismo 5 Final Official Release Date Revealed: November 24th, 2010:About.com

Dallas Cowboys Domain Expires at Worst Time Ever

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Dallas Cowboys Domain Expires at Worst Time Ever

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was very busy last week. His beloved Cowboys, while having the biggest and most expensive stadium in the history of the NFL, is also having the biggest flop of a season in franchise history since the 70s. He just fired his long-term head coach Wade Philips for the debacle that he is, and worst of all, at the same time he was in his ranch house in Dallas cleaning house, his domain dallascowboys.com expired.

Apparently the domain was expired before their blowout loss to the Packers last Sunday, but wasn't put on sale until that night. Some users trying to access the site upon hearing the news the day after the loss, however, weren't able to. Others saw the parked domain. ESPN and other websites were reporting the Cowboys' website to be down because of high traffic after the firing, but we now know the real reason behind that.

For a picture of the site as it was during the downtime, hit the break.

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Google Internal Memo Leaks, Raises Given to All Employees

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Google Internal Memo Leaks, Raises Given to All Employees

Happy holidays, says Google! $1,000 in cash goes to all of you employees of the evil empire that is the Googleplex as a "holiday bonus" and you will also receive a 2011 salary raise of at least 10% starting January 1, 2011! Not only that, but you will also get an extra raise equal to your target bonus for the year and be eligible for bonus "merit increases" based on how awesome you do.

Think about this, $1,000 bonus. Google has about 20,000 employees, so that's over $20 million! How generous of them to do that as well as spend over another $20 billion - $1 billion a year - to offer the 10% or more raise. Granted, this cost will be decreased by bonuses and stock option grants. See, not all companies are seeing a recession. Intel and Google are doing pretty well!

How do we know all of this? Someone leaked a memo from Google about it! And it wasn't supposed to be sent out to anyone other than employees of the company. Oops. And Google is very mad about it.

Want to see the memo and see what's happened since the leak? Hit the break.

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Developer Hacks Kinect, Microsoft Says 'Pics or It Didn't Happen'

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Developer Hacks Kinect, Microsoft Says 'Pics or It Didn't Happen'

This week, a company founded by former MIT members issued a cash prize of $2,000 for anyone who could break into the Kinect for Xbox 360 and access the motion-sensors on the camera from another platform aside from the Xbox. The winner? A developer from the NUI Group, an open-source community of developers and programmers alike.

In a video shot by user AlexP (posted after the break), we see the ability to control the camera with a computer running Windows 7. We saw that he could move the camera up and down and he could also see the Kinect's color and infrared panels and made them show up on the desktop. It should be noted that AlexP was also able to make a program like this for the PlayStation Eye.

Microsoft, however, claims that he hasn't hacked it. We have Microsoft's response and the video after the break.

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W for Washington State

posted Saturday Nov 13, 2010 by Scott Ertz

W for Washington State

Have you seen the movie V for Vendetta? In the film, V runs a video message on November 5th to honor the attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament. This year, a hacker at Washington State decided to give November 5th a new reason to be remembered.

A student hacked into the classroom presentation system for the school and broadcast a message, dressed as V, addressing the issue of campus squirrels and student apathy towards the issue. The video played every hour on screens in about 12 classrooms until the problem was righted by campus support in the early afternoon.

To find out why it took them until the afternoon to fix the problem and to see the video that played, hit the break.

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