A prominent computer professor says modern
cars should be able to run on mere liters of fuel a year, if
automotive technology had kept pace with computer advances. During a
lecture marking the 60th anniversary of The Baby Computer built at the
University of Manchester, Professor Steve Furber told the audience that
computers have become 50 billion times more energy efficient in sixty
years. If you applied the same rate of advance to cars then all the
vehicles in the UK would be able to run continuously for a year on just
one liter of gas, according to Furber.
Outspoken YouTube critic and billionaire Mark
Cuban has announced in a recent blog post that “Hulu is kicking
Youtube’s Ass” and he predicts Hulu’s total revenues will surpass
YouTube's by next year. The secret to Hulu’s success, according to
Cuban, is its ability to monetize 100% of its content and that it can
piggyback on YouTube by posting small clips of full shows for free.
A former Massachusetts state worker has been
vindicated of child pornography charges after investigators said a
computer virus was responsible for automatically downloading dozens of
illegal pictures. Michael Fiola, formerly of the Department of
Industrial Accidents, was fired in 2007 after department IT staff found
child porn on his work laptop. Later in the year, he was charged with
possession of child pornography.
Sometimes perception is all that matters in the business world, even if
it contradicts reality. GreenFactor, which is claimed to be the first
global study of IT decision makers on green products and marketing
reveals current perceptions on green technology and some of the
findings, including which IT company is believed to be the greenest IT
company, may be surprising to some and we believe that especially one
CEO will be very happy to read that is company is perceived to be
forest green despite the fact that other studies have criticized the
company for its lack of green initiatives. Who do you think is
perceived as being green – and who not? Let’s find out.
The British Music Rights published a new study on digital music usage
trends that sheds new light on piracy issues. You would expect once
again scary numbers of how many music files have been downloaded and
how damaging the digital music age is for the music industry. However,
this study actually found that music publishers and artists should be
very upbeat on current trends and the fact that young adults are
willing to put a “considerable value” on music, if the right service is
offered. Music industry, are you listening?
Napkin sketches on lunch tables have given industrial design student
Avery Holleman the idea to come up with a Napkin PC concept – a system
that focuses on collaboration and data sharing within its own network.
The idea has won this year’s Microsoft Next-Gen PC Design Competition
and $20,000 in prize money.
Scientists from the Imperial College of London claim to have found
evidence that life on our planet did not originate from Earth itself.
For the first time, the scientists say, it is confirmed that an
important component of early genetic material found in meteorite
fragments is of extraterrestrial origin.
During Nvidia Editor's Day, we learned that Nvidia and the Folding@Home
research group led by Vijay Pande are making final preparation to
launch the first version of the Folding@Home client for Nvidia graphics
Up until yesterday, Intel was showcasing its ray-tracing research using
Quake 3 and Quake 4, which were nice demos, but did not exactly reflect
fresh software. Over past several months, the company has been working
one converting Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and we have to admit that
the results are quite impressive.