Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fwd: Ethernet Summit 2012 - Terabit Ethernet is Coming!

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RAMCloud puts everything in DRAM | ZDNet


Monday, January 30, 2012

Meet Bill Gates, the Man Who Changed Open Source Software - Wired.com


Then Bill Gates stood up.
He walked to the whiteboard and drew a diagram of how the system could work, from copyrights to code contribution to patents, and he said — in no uncertain terms — that the company had to make the move.
For Ramji — who would spend more than three and a half years as the company’s chief open source strategist — the moment Bill Gates stood up was the moment Microsoft turned the corner on its approach to free software. “He was given little to no credit by the open source community — or anyone in the tech industry — for really understanding open source and why it can be important, how it can be a competitive advantage, and why when your competitors start to use it, you have to too. He really got it, and in that moment, he taught us all.”

Sopa/pipa is being implemented without congress

The below E-mails came from a Respected Retired Computer Programmer from around Stanford.  He can trace his roots to the 1960's Unix / Internet, and hangs out with a group of retired Silicon Valley Computer Scientists that are legends in there own right. Well within the same caliber as Arthur C. Clarke Himself.  

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From: (Name Removed)
Date: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Subject: reason for the previous 2 emails...

squareslate was shut down.... i am probably one of the few that captured all of it... and i might be on the hit list... 
anyway, when i sent the list of shows to a few of my friends there were quite different results...
some were not allowed the attachment, stating there was a virus ( it is only images, .jpg's  of the movie ads, a file, i created ) ... 
another only got a short list of about 26 of the 300 .... and another, when they tried to reply to me, the attachment, was blocked...

seems that sopa/pipa is being implemented without congress... which could stop all independent communications between individuals, not just domain names... stuff like this .... really not harmful, and doing our own thing, just that somebody's over-programmed the bots to look for more then is really out there... which then could cause stuff like this ... if not "really" now, likely later, unfortunately.....

                                                       best wishes  

There are two major products that came out of Berkeley:  LSD and UNIX.  We do not believe this to be a coincidence.  ~Jeremy S. Anderson

From Previous E-mail.

 btw.. i did capture the whole site of squareslate.com/video
if you want it bring about 160g+ or for some of it... bring mem sticks,  ... I did burn one onto a video for stand alone tv, but ___ has it .... also win8 (developers edition) will need a dl/dd dvd to install the iso ( or stick it in a VB like i did....   out of dvd's or would burn some stuff for you ...
From Previous E-mail.

this one comes and goes .... tones of movies you can capture with download helper
.... http://www.squareslate.com/video/

They who put out the peoples eyes reproach them for their blindness.
 John Milton - 1642

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Exploits Emerge For Linux Privilege Escalation Flaw

From Slashdot:

Exploits Emerge For Linux Privilege Escalation Flaw

"Linux vendors are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel that can be exploited by local attackers to gain root access on the system. The vulnerability, which is identified as CVE-2012-0056, was discovered by Jüri Aedla and is caused by a failure of the Linux kernel to properly restrict access to the '/proc//mem' file."

Indian scientists find way to cut heat in computers

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Indian scientists find way to cut heat in computers

Kalyan Ray, New Delhi, Jan 24, 2012, DHNS:

In a finding that may lead to development of better-performing laptops, iPods or cellphones in future, material scientists have found a novel way to remove the heat generated in those devices by too many chips being packed in them to make them run faster and perform better.

The scientists' finding has the potential to create "wonders for the electronics world" if researchers can successfully upgrade their project to the industrial scale.

The electronics industry follows the empirical Moore's Law, which suggests processing speed of computer doubles in every 18 months. In every one and a half years, engineers find out ways to pack larger number of integrated-circuits (IC) onto a single chip to enable computers process more and more data efficiently.

As processing speed increases, removal of heat – generated by all these processors – from computers becomes an acute problem. If kept in the system, the heat will damage the machine.

At the moment, heat is drained out by a small fan. But this low-cost option would not work beyond a point if the number of ICs on a chip become too many. This is where the new discovery would come handy. Exploiting graphene – the thinnest material known to science – the scientists have found a unique way to drain away the excess heat from computers.

"If the packing density of chips increases substantially, conventional cooling systems used on chips such as fans or heat spreaders cannot handle this heat. The solution could lie in heat pipes to efficiently dissipate heat from the chip. Our technology could significantly improve the performance of such heat pipes for computer and other applications," team member Nikhil Koratkar, a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, told Deccan Herald. The findings were published in "Nature Materials" on January 22.

The researchers utilised a nano-material called graphene, which is an one atom-thick sheet of carbon packed like a honey-comb. Because of its many interesting properties, graphene is one of the hottest areas of research and being used extensively in nanotechnology. Koratkar, Pulickel Ajayan from Rice University and their colleagues successfully created those nano heat-pipes by coating copper, gold and silicon with graphene. "This is more useful for laptops, cellphones and iPod where lots of data is stored in a small space," said Koratkar.

Novel method

* Every 18 months, engineers try to pack in a large number of integrated-circuits onto a single chip for more efficient data processing

* As processing speed increases, removal of heat from computers becomes a problem as the machine may get damaged

* Nano-heat pipes found to dissipate heat efficiently

* Team comprising four Indians and two Iranians and Chinese each have made nano-heat pipes by coating graphene, the thinnest material known to science, onto silicon, copper and gold 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

VirtualBSD 9.0 Released

From Slashdot:

VirtualBSD 9.0 Released

"VirtualBSD 9.0 is a desktop-ready FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE built around the XFCE Desktop Environment for good aesthetics and usability, and is distributed as a VMware appliance (that can also be made to work with VirtualBox) so even non techies can be up and running in minutes. The most common applications, plugins and multimedia codecs are ready since the first boot and chances are that you'll find VirtualBSD very functional right out of the box. However, it should be noted that VirtualBSD is more a technology demonstrator than a fully fledged distribution, therefore is squarely aimed at people that heard about FreeBSD but have never tried it, didn't have enough time to build the system from scratch, or have since moved to a different OS but still need their FreeBSD fix from time to time."

The Scary Tale of Why Apple Makes iPhones In China - BusinessInsider


From Slashdot:

How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

"Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year are manufactured overseas. 'It isn't just that workers are cheaper abroad,' write Charles Duhig and Keith Bradsher. 'Rather, Apple's executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have outpaced their American counterparts so much that "Made in the U.S.A." is no longer a viable option for most Apple products.' Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option and recount the time Apple redesigned the iPhone's screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company's dormitories, and then each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day. 'The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,' says one Apple executive. 'There's no American plant that can match that.' Apple's success has benefited the U.S. economy by empowering entrepreneurs and creating jobs at companies like cellular providers and businesses shipping Apple products. But ultimately, Apple executives say curing unemployment is not Apple's job. 'We don't have an obligation to solve America's problems. Our only obligation is making the best product possible.'"

CPU Startup Combines CPU+DRAM - HotHardware


Monday, January 23, 2012

RIM Falls After Replacing CEOs With Insider to Battle Apple- Bloomberg

One of the best rundowns on why the change for RIM is DOA.


Fwd: Hardware Events -- Bay Area

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Date: Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM
Subject: Hardware Events -- Bay Area
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Bay Area Hardware Events Digest -- Week of January 23rd

This week is all about the future of cars.  Will we see self-driving vehicles in 2020?

Lemnos Labs is hosting an event on Friday about standards and compliance. We have a few spots left, please email me (jeremy@lemnoslabs.com) if you would like to attend. 

Featured Event -- If you only have time for one
HomeBrew Robotics Club
Wednesday, January 25th @ 7 PM | Google, Mountain View

The HomeBrew Robotics Club was resurrected from the ashes of the original HomeBrew Computer Club by a group enthusiasts who were interested in the emerging field of robotics. The United States needs engineers and scientists to fuel the innovation fires of high tech and beyond. Young people today are not aspiring to those fields in the numbers of decades past. Learn more about the current state of STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics) graduates and understand how career theories suggest that robotics activities spark interests in engineering and science in young people.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Amazon Goes Back to the Future With 'NoSQL' Database | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

I've been saying this for years.
Amazing when they start to get it, they take the credit for it.


Silicon Inside the Asus eeePad Transformer Prime


Silicon Inside the Asus eeePad Transformer Prime

The Silicon Story
The Asus Transformer Prime presents an interesting story from many angles. The first look inside showed a general look at the chips where we saw a fairly simple circuit board with a focus on the newest and greatest in only a couple of the sockets.  You could conclude that it was those with the highest performance impact to the user.
There is also an interesting IP story of sorts because Hasbro, the makers of the Transformers Optimus Prime robot toy are suing Asus for trademark infringement. We wonder if there is a functional Optimus Prime Robot that we can reverse engineer to look for electronics patent hits on IP that Asus owns.
And finally, the silicon itself. And there are at least four interesting stories to be discussed: the processor, the touch screen controller, the WiFi chip, and the primary camera.
Transformer Prime - Chips Inside
The Processor
The processor in question is none other than the first proven commercial use of the nVIDIA Tegra 3. For a mobile chip this processor is very large and 60% bigger than the prior Tegra 2, at the same process generation.  Making room for more cores, room for what one nVIDIA CES 2012 presenter calls the “ninja” core, and of course all the power management and I/O.  This die is interesting in that there are 4 digital regions in the middle of the chip that are separated from the rest of the digital logic by an array of (what appears to be) capacitors. There is also a physical separation from the I/O region and the main logic and memory.
We don’t tend to speculate on what blocks are what without providing specific evidence so we’ll be looking more closely at this chip in a Functional Analysis Report.  When compared to the Tegra 2 (at right), we see a lot of differences in layout, although the ratio of the die allocated to analog and digital blocks is very similar. (low resolution provided)
nVIDIA Tegra 3 Polysilicon Die Photo
nVIDIA Tegra 2 Poly Die Photo
Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip
One of the places where perhaps money was saved, or perhaps the timing for the original specification is revealed, is in the Wi-Fi module on the Asus Transformer Prime. Broadcom’s latest flagship product is the BCM 4330, and this devices uses theBCM4329. From our cataloging, the BCM4329 is the most successful WiFi chip in recent history, so from a functionality standpoint it is not really a compromise. Just a choice.
The BCM4329 when compared the the BCM4330, is a larger die and does not use Bluetooth 4.0.
AzureWave NH615 WiFi
AzureWave NH615 WiFi
AzureWave NH615 WiFi showing Broadcom BCM4329
AzureWave NH615 WiFi showing Broadcom BCM4329
Touch Screen Controller
The new flagship MXT768E from Atmel. Certainly new package markings versus the MXT540E we analyzed previously, but inside we see the exact same die right down to the ‘cut here’ markings.
Atmel’s marketing bumph calls the mXT768E, “the industry’s first 32–bit single–chip touch controller for tablets and other large screen applications up to 12–inches. Based on Atmel’s ultra–low–power 32-bit AVR architecture, the mXT768E meets the increased demand on signal processing needed for rejecting unintended touches and maintaining responsiveness on large screens. The mXT540E and mXT384E devices, also based on the advanced 32–bit AVR architecture, offer system designers the right price–to–performance selection for their touchscreen designs, and are appropriate for smaller tablets, e–book readers and high–performance smartphones.”
So the same die performing to different specifications.  This does not look like a case of binning because when you examine the bond pads in the die photos, the 768E has a number of pads with wire bonds that are not bonded in the 540E.  This approach lets Atmel incur only one set of design and die manufacturing costs, while delivering different price-performance parameters to clients. It makes good sense in many cases.
Atmel MXT768E Package
Atmel MXT768E Die Photo
Atmel MXT540E Die Photo
OmniVision BSI2 Hits the Street
The Asus Transformer Prime’s primary image sensor is the first design win that we have found for OmniVision’s BSI2 technology. This is an 8 Mp back illuminated sensor with die markings AEQGG6 OV2B8B0 and according to the specifications the device is theOmniVision 8830.
Features that show it to be BSI2 include the suspected TSVs located on either side of the bond pads (shown at right) and the copper metallization found during SEM analysis (EDS spectrum not shown). We have launched a full Imager Process Review  on this device.
OmniVision BSI 2 found in Transformer Prime
OmniVision BSI 2 foung in Transformer Prime
OmniVision BSI 2 foung in Transformer Prime

10 years ago today: Bill Gates kicks arse over security • Channel Register


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Will Secure Boot Cripple Linux Compatibility? - Slashdot


Will Secure Boot Cripple Linux Compatibility?

Posted by Unknown Lamer  
from the security-through-totalitarianism dept.
MojoMax writes"The advent of Windows 8 is drawing ever nearer and recently we have learned that ARM devices installed with Windows 8 will not be able to disable the UEFI secure boot feature that many of us are deeply concerned about. However, UEFI is still a very real danger to Linux and the freedom to use whichever OS you chose. Regardless of information for OEMs to enable customers to install their own keys, such as that published by the Linux Foundation, there are still very serious and as yet unresolved issues with using secure boot and Linux. These issues are best summarized quoting Matthew Garrett: 'Signing the kernel isn't enough. Signed Linux kernels must refuse to load any unsigned kernel modules. Virtualbox on Linux? Dead. Nvidia binary driver on Linux? Dead. All out of tree kernel modules? Utterly, utterly dead. Building an updated driver locally? Not going to happen. That's going to make some people fairly unhappy.'"