Friday, October 29, 2010

Snake? Snake! SNAAAAKE (Oil)!

Gotta hand it to them, Steorn just won't quit peddling their unproven "free energy" device. Despite not yet achieving a successful public demo in the past (but they sure did boast), Steorn wants you to shell out 399 Euros for an "Orbo Evaluation and Development System," which will let you:
Evaluate the core principle of Orbo Technology, which is that a time-variant magnetic interaction leads to a non-conservative energy result
Le sigh.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Core-Count Wars?

You want singularitarianism? Think of how long ago (answer: not long) the "Giga-/Mega-hertz" wars gave way to multi-core CPUs, and now this:
AMD CTO of servers Donald Newell prognosticated that the number of individual CPUs on a chip won't go up forever: "There will come an end to the core-count wars," he told IDG News. Just as the megahertz race was eventually defeated by thermal restrictions, so too will the number of cores on an chip cease to increase. " I won't put an exact date on it, but I don't myself expect to see 128 cores on a full-sized server die by the end of this decade...
Accelerating returns!