The new weather system will improve forecasting, NOAA Chief Information Officer Carl Staton said in an interview. Today's system forecasts a week into the future. The new system will improve the detail and accuracy of those forecasts through better physical models and the incorporation of more data, and ultimately, Staton said, the system will be able to forecast two weeks in advance. And in other news, we had a Tornado warning here today... Nothing happened.
The software, called EinsTuner, lets IBM chip designers build more-refined products without having to spend as much time hand-tuning them, said Leon Stock, senior manager of design automation at IBM Research. This could swing for hardware or software...
With the processor, Transmeta will switch to a 256-bit VLIW (very long instruction word) which will allow the computer to carry out twice as many instructions in one clock cycle as current processors. Energy efficiency will see a 47 percent improvement and performance will be between 2 and 3.5 times better than the company's current chips, according to Ditzel.
Flaws in silicon can cost chip firms millions if they're not fixed quickly, or, even worse, get into the wild and are then discovered by journalists.
The machines cost around US$1 million and the newspaper says that they will be installed in facilities in Texas, Singapore and California.
The company plans to push the new, faster C3 chip for use in low-price PCs sold mainly outside the United States. The C3 is also used in "white box" PCs manufactured in the United States. The white-box market is made up of small, local manufacturers that build computers for consumers and small businesses.
Once again, Soltek provide a pleasant surprise. This board does lack the extra features of, say, Asus's A7V333 - no RAID controller, no USB2.0, no FireWire - nothing onboard apart from the sound, in fact. However it's very stable, certainly no slouch speedwise and it seems, as far as I can test, to be a pretty good overclocker with the latest BIOS. There are some layout gripes but no killer ones - I used a GF4 Ti4600 for plenty of testing on this board, and the tall components do get in the way a bit, but you can work around it. Things like the Anti-Burn Shield and their RedStorm Overclocking feature are definitely handy inclusions. Where the Soltek really streaks ahead is pricewise, though - Altech list the A7V333 at $264 RRP ($330 with RAID), while the Soltek is a mere $185! If you're already running a DDR SocketA system such as KT266A, there's not a lot of reason to make the move to KT333 just yet. But if you're thinking about going to DDR SocketA without wanting to blow a heap of cash on a lot of features you don't need, the Soltek SL-75DRV5 looks like an unmissable opportunity. Recommended!
At 180 MHz FSB for instance we found that the 8K3A+ could barely beat Epox's own 8KHA+ at 175 MHz FSB. This is not a fault of the motherboard, rather it is tied in with the dividers in the KT333CE chipset. With the 2/5 AGP divider kicking in at 166 MHz the AGP is no longer getting as much bandwidth as before plain and simple.
Not to long ago I was having a conversation with someone who very much wanted to mod their box but was under the impression it was extremely difficult and expensive to do. Most of us know that this is incorrect but I wanted to try and illustrate how easy and economical someone can buy the case mod accessories to create a really nice box.
Warp has the info on the new OpenGL library for all ATI cards![PAGEBREAK] It is interesting that the new version is 184.108.40.20640 compared to 220.127.116.1164 which was delivered with the original 6071 driver set. As speculated for quite some time ATI is working on a new driver set that will improve performance by rumoured 5-10 percent. The huge leap in version numbers could be a little indicator for some progression in driver development.
While we were not terribly blown away by the performance scores, we have to admit working with the Shuttle SS50 barebones system was a pleasure. This small wonder is packed with features, is very stable and delivers exactly as advertised. Shuttle has not targeted this product to the hardcore performance-minded enthusiasts, but rather to the user looking for a system to fill specific tasks, where a "full blown" system may be overkill. The Shuttle SS50 barebones system can be used in so many different ways, its almost impossible to list them all. LAN gamers looking to get in on a little action without lugging around a full sized system will love the SS50, providing they add a higher performing PCI video board (No AGP slot! Ugh!). Pick up a 15" Flat Panel and some headphones and LAN gamers will have themselves a modest system that will fit in a large backpack! Someone looking to use a PC as the centerpiece for a home theater will fancy the SS50's classy looks and diminutive size. Even DJ's looking to have a mobile MP3 collection without having to shell out a sizable chunk of change for a decent laptop will appreciate the portability and capable integrated sound. Heck, if you're just someone looking for a PC with a tiny footprint, the SS50 is for you! Based on it's innovative design, affordable price (under $340 US as of the time of this writing) and decent performance, we give the Shuttle SS50 mini barebones system a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of...7.5
Okay, so we have Turbolinux, Caldera, SuSE, and Conectiva joining forces to (rule the planet!) make a better Linux. They promise to promote better compatibility and other things. Or is it to try to knock Red Hat off the thrown?[PAGEBREAK] The UnitedLinux name is something of a misnomer because the group conspicuously neglected to invite Red Hat until the day before the announcement, and few expect the Raleigh, N.C., company to sign on. Also missing are MandrakeSoft, whose software is used on PCs and higher-powered servers, and Sun Microsystems, which plans to unveil a Red Hat-based version of Linux in the summer.
Intel began shipping XScale prototype devices to manufacturers this spring, and the first handheld computers using the chips are expected to appear on the market as early as June. The XScale line will replace Intel's StrongARM line, with Intel promising that they will consume one-quarter to three-quarters less power than the StrongARM SA-1110, while delivering faster clock speeds.
Aside from allowing access to greater storage capacity, IBM researchers say using centralized storage instead of internal drives can help companies cut PC maintenance costs, saving on procedures like software upgrades for PCs. And, they say, iBoot could eventually boost server performance by letting manufacturers build thinner, diskless servers that can be stacked more closely together in a rack. iBoot also lets companies remotely boot PCs, without making changes to Windows or Linux software
"They've created a version of their body armor that is not only protecting the individual but includes support and protection for the computing device," said Xybernaut spokesman Michael Binko. "It can stop a .44 Magnum round or a 9mm full-metal jacket, which covers a good portion of what you might face if you're a soldier or a police officer on patrol.". Cool, so a cop could browse the internet while getting shot at...
Organic Light Emitting Diode technology is here... and will come on strong. Eastman Kodak has commercially available color organic LED displays. Less power than LCD, more contrast, higher viewing angle..brighter... better in every way.
Well, it seems to me that this could be a great combo. You have an almost PC with an almost operating system. Why not replace the almost operating system (Windows CE or variant) and put linux on your Xbox?[PAGEBREAK] The Xbox uses a Pentium III chip and Nvidia graphics, but Enigmah's invention, which we reported here last week, allows unsigned code to run on the console.
Well although many people assume that RV250 cards will be launched at Computex, which starts this coming Monday, we expect it only to be showed to people who sign non disclosure agreements, and behind closed doors.
The company began offering the service Wednesday through its telecom subsidiary, Con Edison Communications (CEC). The service, dubbed PowerLan Ethernet, will provide a high-bandwidth, low-cost alternative to current networks. It will also give New York a backup network by providing the only alternative to Verizon Communications' conduits.
Do you remember those really stupid ads on the radio about the Business Software Alliance? Well they just did a study and found that....... 57% of people don't pay for software!!! Wow, I'm stunned... The only software I bought in the last 2 years were (I think) some games.[PAGEBREAK] In a study of 1,026 Web users released Wednesday, the group found that 57 percent of respondents never or seldom pay for copyrighted works they download. And 12 percent admitted to pirating software.
So, to sum up, if your looking for performance, look no further than the Asus V8460 Ultra. On the other hand, if your budget is a bit more restrained, the Ti4400 is an excellent 2nd choice, and, if all else fails, look for the Ti4200, which, though slower, costs considerably less than either of the former.
AMD dropped its top three desktop Athlon XP chips by as much as one-third, for example. The 2100+ chip moved from $330 to $224, a 32 percent reduction, while the 2000+ went from $280 to $193, a 31 percent cut, and the 1900+ was reduced 22 percent, from $220 to $172.
Imitation is flattery? Abit has decided to follow in Asus' footsteps and create a subsidiary to make low-end boards and sell 'em cheap. They plan on being able to make about 100,000 boards a month beginning in the 4th quarter of the year.
So what do I think you should do? Go out and buy one. Now. What are you still reading this for? Okay, well this system isn't for everyone, but those of you who have been waiting for it I think you will definitely be glad you did. There are other manufacturers out there that are making systems like the SS40G/SS50, but Shuttle has stepped up and let everyone know who is the king in this arena. It isn't going to be easy for anyone else to dethrone Shuttle, and I can only see them getting better with time. I don't usually feel so strongly about a product, but a lot of time and effort went into the SS40G, and it shows. If you are looking for this type of system, then the SS40G comes with my recommendations, and I have also decided to give it the Editors Choice award. There will be a version with AGP in the future, and some of you may want that for a really cool LAN box, but I know many of you prefer 2 PCI slots over the 1 AGP/1 PCI configuration.
The KX7-333R is a true Abit board offering excellent overclocking and tweaking and not many onboard features. However, times have changed and even though Abit is trying its best to keep up, we feel that its about time SoftMenu IV is introduced with, at least, higher Core and Memory voltage offerings. Abit has the reputation of being the "king" of overclocking but we've seen companies like Epox and Shuttle doing very well in overclocking in recent times. Like the box says, Abit is moving in the fast lane- its about time they changed to a higher gear and once again leave the competition in the dust.
MS has issued a patch for their email server software. It is suggested you download immediately as the bug is 'critical'.[PAGEBREAK] Malformed messages created using RFC 821 and 822, versions of the SMTP format commonly used by e-mail programs, can cause the CPU of the server receiving the message to run at 100 percent as it attempts to read the message. The result would be a denial-of-service attack, with the affected server unable to do anything until it finishes processing the message.