QuoteAfter years of delays, the record industry is experimenting with services to combat the wide availability of free music brought on by the MP3 file format and file-swapping software such as Kazaa. Record labels and retailers have tried to lure paying customers by offering singles for sale as downloads for less than $1, and also for rent through monthly subscription services.
QuoteA representative at Nvidia questioned the validity of Futuremark's conclusions. "Since Nvidia is not part of the Futuremark beta program (a program which costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars to participate in), we do not get a chance to work with Futuremark on writing the shaders like we would with a real applications developer," the representative said. "We don't know what they did, but it looks like they have intentionally tried to create a scenario that makes our products look bad."
QuoteAs of late Thursday, the Kazaa Media Desktop application--a file-sharing software that has drawn the wrath of the music industry by enabling its users to swap songs for free--had been downloaded 229,150,955 times, as measured by Download.com, which is owned by CNET Networks, the parent of News.com. Sharman said by midday Friday it expected Kazaa would top the record set by ICQ. As of Thursday, ICQ has been downloaded 229,363,307 times, according to Download.com.
QuoteDespite its plan to boost demand by cutting prices, Intel will only cut prices by US$1-2 on June 29, suggesting little pricing pressure in the current market. However, motherboard manufacturers believe that the chip giant may announce larger price cuts by the end of the third quarter if Taiwanese chipset designers introduce 800MHz FSB (front-side bus), dual-channel DDR400 products on time in that quarter and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) launches its K8-core Athlon 64 processors in September as scheduled.
QuoteWhile specific safeguards have not been established, possibilities mentioned by the report included audit trails to keep track of who is using the system, access controls to limit what data they see and filters to hide individuals' names unless investigators had a court warrant to reveal them.
QuoteThe task of devising a way to connect multiple computers to one another and to exchange messages over increasingly busy networks fell to Xerox PARC researcher Bob Metcalfe, who in a 1973 memo described the technology that would evolve into today's ubiquitous Ethernet protocol. Metcalfe's Ethernet wasn't the first of such network protocols--some preceded it, and many more followed. But it won out and became the the dominant local area networking technology for businesses, en route to its place in the Internet, besting a long series of what Metcalfe today calls networking "Godzillas."
QuoteAfter the release of its new 865 series (Springdale) chipsets on May 21, which will adopt dual-channel DDR400, Intel will move to the DDRII platform for its next-generation Grantsdale chipsets. But following its Granite Peak program, which ensures transition stability for six quarters, Intel will not introduce DDRII-supporting products such as the Grantsdale chipsets until the second quarter of 2004. However, as DDR400 has only begun entering the market mainstream, module makers said that might still be too early for Intel to adopt DDRII.
QuoteWi-Fi essentially extends the reach of VOIP functionality. Handhelds enabled with Wi-Fi run for far less time on a single battery charge than traditional cell phones. Nonetheless, mobile Wi-Fi calls basically cost nothing because they run across existing, expensed computer networks.
QuoteLate Sunday, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said acquiring the license from SCO "is representative of Microsoft's ongoing commitment to respecting intellectual property and the IT community's healthy exchange of IP through licensing. This helps to ensure IP compliance across Microsoft solutions and supports our efforts around existing products like services for Unix that further Unix interoperability." The pact was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
QuoteThe average American moviegoer taking in the Matrix Reloaded this weekend will likely be wowed by the elaborate action sequences and dazzling special effects. But hackers who've seen the blockbuster are crediting it with a more subtle cinematic milestone: it's the first major motion picture to accurately portray a hack.
That's right: Trinity uses a 'sploit.
Quote"This is not to say releasing software open source magically means that programmers will step in when needed--many open-source projects die in obscurity--but when the technology is important enough...then the motivation will be there," Moran said.
QuoteAlso in the works are plans for Intel to produce silicon for the WiMax 802.16a standard, Maloney added in an interview with CNET News.com Friday, though the timing for the adoption has not yet been determined. WiMax, short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, promotes 802.16a for wide-area broadband access. Networks based on 802.16a have a range of up to about 30 miles with data transfer speeds of up to 70mbps.
QuoteOn June 1, the chip giant reportedly will implement a greater price-cutting move on its Pentium-M processor line, launched only this year for its new Centrino notebook platform. According to board makers, Intel will slash prices of its 1.5 and 1.6GHz Pentium-Ms by more than 30%, quoting the two processors at US$294 and US$423, respectively. Price of the 1.4GHz version will also be lowered to US$241. Along with the price cut, Intel has scheduled to introduce a new 1.7GHz Pentium-M processor as well.
QuoteSiS reportedly has quoted its single-channel DDR400-supporting SiS648FX discrete chipset at US$20-25 and even offered a price of as low as US$17, according to some motherboard makers. Despite its slower launch schedule, VIA is said to have announced aggressive pricing for its return to the P4 chipset market. According to motherboard sources, VIA is quoting its new PT800 at US$22-23 to second-tier manufacturers and at below US$20 to first-tier clients. In addition, for orders of 500,000 units, the chipset designer will also offer an extra rebate of US$3 per unit. The pricing, however, was not confirmed by the chipset designer.
QuoteIn fact, many buyers see Linux as playing an increasingly large role in their future system plans. A poll of Oracle database customers taken in March by the International Oracle User Group found that 43 percent of respondents plan to use Linux for "mission critical" applications in their data center within one year, while 54 percent plan to do so within two years.