Archive for March, 2011 | Monthly archive page

HipHop for PHP serves 70% more traffic on same hardware

When Facebook moved its servers to HipHop for PHP – the code transformer it built to convert PHP into optimized C++ – the company’s average CPU usage dropped by 50 per cent. And after six months of additional engineering, the tool was about 1.8 times faster. Now, after another six months, the company says, it […]

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Browser Power Consumption compared – big differences

Now this is from MS themselves, so obviously they’ll have picked sites which work best for IE, but most importantly it shows that there is a huge variability in the amount of power each browser uses. This is not only useful for laptop users who want to maximise their batteries, but also for the global […]

Former RIAA Lobbyist Now Handles File Sharing Cases as a Federal Judge

And no one sees any conflict of interest?! While many judges around the country are throwing out file sharing lawsuits on account of questionable or faulty arguments, DC federal judge Beryl Howell just recently allowed three cases filed by copyright holders to proceed. What makes it intriguing is that she used to be a former […]

Artificial leaf – Spinning the Sun’s Rays Into Fuel

Nearly all the energy we use on this planet starts out as sunlight that plants use to knit chemical bonds. Now, for the first time, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge have created a potentially cheap, practical artificial leaf that does much the same thing—providing a potentially limitless source of energy […]

SmartBird – robot flying bird

SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds – one of the oldest dreams of humankind. via Festo Festo Corporate – SmartBird.

Tintri – Storage for VMs

Blinding fast virtual storage appliance gets rid of managing LUNs or disks and gives you virtual disks. Easy to set up in 8 minutes, it can be run by anyone without needing specific storage experience. It’ll be taking on EMC for speed and price. Tintri – Storage for VMs.

The Untapped Power Of Smiling

We knew that the act of smiling makes you feel better. It turns out that analysing yearbook photo’s or baseball cards shows that people with the wider smile live longer, do better, have a happier life! The Untapped Power Of Smiling – Eric Savitz – The Tech Trade – Forbes.

UK Global Food and Farming Futures Report

The Foresight project Global Food and Farming Futures final report and executive summary provide an overview of the evidence and discuss the challenges and choices for policy makers and others whose interests relate to all aspects of the global food system. via Reports and publications | Our work | BIS.

RSA breach leaks data for hacking SecurID tokens

Attackers breached the servers of RSA and stole information that could be used to compromise the security of two-factor authentication tokens used by 40 million employees to access sensitive corporate and government networks via RSA breach leaks data for hacking SecurID tokens • The Register.

59 Open Source Tools That Can Replace Popular Security Software

59 Open Source Tools That Can Replace Popular Security Software —

Celluon evoMouse – laser projected multitouch mousepad

The evoMouse is the evolution of the computer mouse. With the evoMouse, your finger is your pointer and there is no more pushing around a physical mouse. The evoMouse works on nearly any flat surface and requires very little space. It tracks effortlessly to your comfortable and natural movements. With the evoMouse, you can perform […]

TSA Airport perv scanners emit 10 times more radiation than initially stated.

The story then says that radiation levels are still ‘safe’. I’d say radiation levels were still ‘safe’ too. As far as I’m concerned we get enough radiation levels from the global background radiation, we really don’t need ANY more radiation from any source at all. Except medical X-Rays – these fall under what I term […]

Safari/MacBook First To Fall At Pwn2Own 2011

Again… hahahaha – 5 seconds is all it took 🙂 Safari/MacBook First To Fall At Pwn2Own 2011 – Slashdot.

World’s bees still face multiple threats

UNEP head Achim Steiner said: “The way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century. The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees. via World’s bees face […]

Samsung Shows Ambient Light Powered Transparent Display

The 46-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 1920×1080 as well as touch screen with full ten finger recognition. The type of panel used here is a VA panel and will mostly be implemented for commercial applications. CeBIT 2011: Samsung Shows Ambient Light Powered Display > Display >

Social Media Dashboard | Unilyzer

Unilyzer – Social Media Dashboard Share25Social Media ManagementWant to understand the return on your investment ROI from social media? Need to show your clients, investors, or manager results? Now you can with the Unilyzer Social Media Dashboard. Simply add your social accounts and let Unilyzer do the tracking and reporting. Social Media Metrics Facebook Fan […]

Bloodhound SSC – > 1000mph car

This car is uses an F-1 engine to pump fuel into two rockets. Richard Noble is hoping that Wg Cdr Andy Green will drive this beast at over 1000 mph in S Africa in 2013. The Car Faster Than a Speeding Bullet – Tech Europe – WSJ.

Sword of the Stars 2 – Paradox Interactive

Not out  yet, but this is an alternative to space based RTS Sins of a Solar Empire. Part one, is of course out for you to play. Sword of the Stars 2 – Paradox Interactive.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Expansion

This space based RTS has just gotten a whole load bigger. Sins of a Solar Empire.

O-Flash Ring Flash Adapter for $40,-

It’s very cheap indeed and offered by photojojo. You can DIY one cheaper, but it won’t look anywhere near as good.

PrimaSee – translucent displays

Making its first debut into the retail marketplace, STRATACACHE’s PrimaSee™ is a translucent digital display that showcases high-definition, dynamic video advertisements embedded within a glass panel. These see-through promotional videos correspond with products visible in the backdrop to convey point-of-purchase brand messages. Using an embedded media player, content can easily be updated based on current […]

Tiny Spy Planes Mimic Birds, Insects

With a 6.5-inch wing span, the remote-controlled bird weighs less than a AA battery and can fly at speeds of up to 11 mph, propelled only by the flapping of its two wings. A tiny video camera sits in its belly. The bird can climb and descend vertically, fly sideways, forward and backward. It can […]

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