Daily Archives: March 10, 2008

Blu-ray to save economy, world

THANK GOD for Sony’s Blu-Ray!

According to the CEO of Xenon, Toshiba renouncing HD DVD and vendors switching to Blu-ray signals an “uptick” in the economy and a “cleaner environment”.

Why exactly? Well said Lou Panico, Xenon’s CEO, “Now that the industry has one high definition standard, consumer’s earlier concerns about purchasing movies and players that might be obsolete is removed. With the huge capacity and clarity it offers, I see consumer sales rocketing with consumers purchasing Blu-ray compatible equipment as well as discs for their home TV sets and computers. And while many companies are outsourcing their products offshore, at Xenon we’re manufacturing our products here, in Massachusetts, and exporting to other countries. This means more jobs in Massachusetts and a healthier economy.”

We’re sure had Toshiba realised this, it would never have introduced HD DVD in the first place.

Sheesh! This is like big hotel chains pushing you to re-use your towels rather than increase their laundry bill  deplete natural resources.

In other words, it’s a “sustainable” story – goodness knows, we’re going to see a stack more of them in the Year of Our Lord 2008. ♥

George W. Bush saves Ballmer’s bacon

IT SEEMS that the Bush administration has allowed Microsoft off its US antitrust hook, according to a report on Bloomberg

That emerged as a court transcript was released last week, revealing that any further antitrust action will be up to the 17 US states which were part of the original complaint. 

Microsoft may be in the clear as far as the Justice Department goes, but in Europe it faces further woe as the EC steps up its investigation into the Great Vole of Volesoft. 

The Bloomberg report is here. ♣

Celts can’t conceal pennies in their sporran any more

REUTERS reckons that a British company has invented a camera which will show up what you have on your person, even if you’re wearing your kilt and your sporran.

The idea is to detect things that might be concealed about your person if you’re planning a heist or a terrorist attack.

The company, called Thruvision, reckons that its T5000 camera won’t reveal whether you have any reason to be proud or ashamed of what you have under your kilt.

But if you’re an Aberdonian and have your precious penny in your sporran, it will show that up, although you won’t be asked to spend such penny, much to the relief of people from the Granite City.

This will come as a relief to all Aberdonians who while prepared to spend pounds on a good Scotch whisky, don’t want to have to pay good money to go to what’s coyly called a “rest room” in some parts.

Reuters’ story is here. ♥

Design parallelised code and win prizes, says AMD

AMD has lined itself up to give prizes to people who develop software code that can take advantage of different cores.

This is in conjunction with Topcoder and is dubbed the Multicore Threadfest, presumably because Old Mother Hubbard and her family of microprocessor manufacturers have released that multicore apps are a little Threadbare.

We saw at HKEPC last week that Intel has already started to er, atomise its Atom family with dual core versions of these chips starting to become available in the second half of this year.So soon enough you might have a MID with eight and 16 cores, which no doubt will bring superlative benefits to you and your family, although software applications for even dual core chipolatas are hard to come by.

The Threadfest initiative will offer quarterly cash prizes to developers who figure out how to make software applications for desktops and for notebooks.But prizes of $250 to $2,500, while it’s a start, suggest that AMD is hoping that newcomers will square a circle which is difficult even for the best software developers.

If kids have developed such apps already, and they’re good ones, surely a cash prize of $250 will hardly attract them to give away their ideas?There’s more information, and it’s here. ♦