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Saturday 29 July 2006
Ballmer Tries to Offset Flak over Vista Ship Date
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 29 July 2006 - 13:49:02 //

REDMOND—Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer tried to offset some of the fallout from what Wall Street sees as the company's hedging on when Windows Vista would ship.

In a talk about shareholder value at its annual financial analyst meeting at the campus here on July 27, and after the company's stock fell more than 2 percent or $0.50 to a market close of $23.87 on Vista shipping concerns, Ballmer stressed that Microsoft would never take as long to ship another version of Windows.

"Some of the things we work on will take a number of years, but we will never repeat what happened with Windows Vista again. We won't ever take five years to develop another version of Windows," he said.

Ballmer also talked about how it was necessary for Microsoft to have a long-term approach and invest early and heavily in new products and technologies, which does not always yield a speedy return.

Citing its investments in nascent markets for the software maker like the HPC (high performance computing) space, Ballmer said these investments would take time to yield a return.

"We have to value all kinds of innovation. We need to be able to innovate and build on our own, and we also need to be able to buy innovation," before looking at the spending and investment opportunities and challenges that faced the company, he said.

"Almost every technology we have banked on succeeding has done so, or we are telling you that they are still going to, with the exception of Microsoft Bob [a user friendly interface for Windows], which I'll cop to in advance," Ballmer quipped.

[Submitted by WingnuT [PCD]]

Analysis: Intel Shuns Negative Questions on Its Big Day
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 29 July 2006 - 13:48:27 //

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Paul Otellini, Intel's CEO, was visibly annoyed that someone from the media would have the gumption to ask a negative question on July 27, a celebratory day in the chip maker's history: the Core 2 Duo microprocessor launch.

After all, about 1,000 people—media types, analysts, Intel employees, Intel customers, hangers-on—were partying it up at midday in a circus-size tent pitched on the company's Santa Clara campus. Finger food, bottled water and rock music reigned supreme.

This new series of microprocessors is supposed to save Intel's bacon for at least a few years; Core 2 Duo represents the company's biggest product launch since Pentium in 1993.

Intel executives proclaimed the chips—and therefore Intel itself—the king of the PC processor hill, based on their strengths, which promise a 40 percent increase in performance and a 40 percent reduction in power consumption versus the Pentium D, its predecessor in desktops.

"I'm just wondering," the reporter asked Otellini. "Since your main competitor [AMD] has just announced it is acquiring [graphics processor maker] ATI Technologies and said it intends to put graphics functionality right in the processor, will this mean that Intel will also put graphics in its chips?"

Somewhat flustered, Otellini glared and said: "The short answer is 'yes.' That's the only answer I'm giving. Next question."

[Submitted by WingnuT [PCD]]

Gmail Used For Hate Speech; Feds Examine Google Records
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 29 July 2006 - 13:48:00 //

Federal agents requested and retrieved records from Google concerning a Gmail account that contained threatening speech, Google Watch has learned.
The agents requested the records on June 22nd, 2006 after the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) notified the FBI they had received a threatening e-mail.

The recovered records included the offending e-mail, registration information, session timestamps, and originating IP addresses for .

That e-mail address allegedly was used by a Randall C. Ashby II to send threatening speech from Weston, West Virginia to the Washington Bureau of the NAACP on May 22,2006. That act was a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875c (Interstate Communication of a Threat).

The email read:

You are no match for our numbers and our power. We will come out of the night and rise from the dirt to murder you in your sleep. Meet us on 6/6/06 to seal your fate. The end is at hand, accept your place at the foot of the true masters throne. The kingdom of [censored] is for naught, Hell will rule the earth soon enough. We will meet you at the center of sin, Washington on June 6th or you can hide and die like the insignificant mortals you are. Christ is Dead.

[Submitted by WingnuT [PCD]]

Saturday 22 July 2006
HP Unveils RFID's Future Competitor
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 22 July 2006 - 12:50:50 //

Hewlett-Packard unveiled a memory chip the size of a tomato seed on Monday in its Palo Alto laboratories. The tiny chip, called the Memory Spot, can be attached unobtrusively to any object and carry media or data.

The Memory Spot will rival RFID tags in carrying information on movable physical objects, but HP calls it the smarter alternative.

"It has some of the characteristics of RFID but it's very different because it's orders of magnitude different in bandwidth," said Howard Taub, vice president and associate director of HP Laboratories. "It's like comparing a monkey and a human. There are some similarities but the capabilities are very different."

The Memory Spot has a 10 megabits-per-second data-transfer rate and can store up to 4 megabits of data, although the demonstration chips stored only 256 kilobits. The chip has an integrated antenna, which is why it is so much smaller than an RFID chip, which gets most of its size from the separately attached antennae. It receives power through inductive coupling from a special read-write device that extracts data from the memory on the chip.

HP says that the chip will "bridge the digital and physical worlds." Taub demonstrated picture albums with the nearly-invisible chip attached to the borders. When a reader touched the chip, audio from the picture was played. Taub next waved the reader over the chip on a medicine bottle and the attached computer received the dosage, direction, and all other pertinent information from the prescription.

Other proposed applications include sending digital postcards with movies and sounds like the moving pictures in a Harry Potter movie. The chip can also be used to attach catalogs to merchandise, resumes to business cards, and digital information to a document in order to photocopy it without scanning.

The reading devices have yet to be developed, but Taub has hopes that mobile phone companies and PDA manufacturers will want in.

"A PDA is a good reader because it's got a screen and audio and video capabilities, but cell phones are the perfect readers," Taub said. "Everybody has one with them at all times and they can play video and audio. But cell phones are not designed for this yet, so the cell phone companies would have to decide if they want to be part of the ecosystem."

Information transfer requires actual physical connection to the Memory Spot and Taub says they designed it that way. "We don't want to increase the range of contact," he said. "We think it's just right."

Memory Spot technology works independently of Internet connection. It is meant for physical data transmission, much like RFID, although another fundamental difference is that the data on Memory Spot is rewriteable whereas the majority of RFID chips are read-only.

"In a world with infinite connection and infinite bandwidth, you probably wouldn't need this, but I still don't have cell phone connection here in the basement," Taub said.

HP's business divisions have not put a price approximation on Memory Spot, particularly because they do not have a manufacturer lined up yet. Taub estimates that the chips could cost consumers $1 each, but emphasized that this price point is pure speculation. Because this Memory Spot is in such early phases, consumers will not actually see or use it for at least another two to five years.

"We're just announcing the technology right now," Taub said. "The hard part is building the ecosystem. You have to get your readers and writers, and I don't know how long it will take me to convince the cell phone companies to do this. How long has RFID been around and it's still not completely built out?"

An integral part of building the ecosystem will also involve building new standards for Memory Spot. Taub says that they have applied to some standards boards, although he would not say which ones, as well as complied with FCC regulations. He said that HP will announce the new standard in the "near future."

[Submitted by WingnuT [PCD]]

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Wednesday 12 July 2006
Google's Gdrive, or Something a Little More Subtle
Christo [PCD] , Wednesday 12 July 2006 - 08:47:49 //

Google's "Platypus" project: an employee-only version of Gdrive?

Google's unlimited storage service is getting closer to a public release according to a leaked prototype page (mirror still available here). The source code for the page claims Justin Rosenstein is the author, who happens to be the product manager for the Google Page Creator. Furthermore, the page claims (hidden comments in italics):

* Backup. If you lose your computer, grab a new one and reinstall Platypus. Your files will be on your new machine in minutes.
* Sync. Keep all your machines synchronized, even if they run different operating systems.
* VPN-less access. Not at a Google computer? View your files on the web at .
* Publish. All of the files you store on Platypus are automatically accessible from the (corporate) web.
* Share. Other Googlers can mount your Platypus folders and open your files in read-only mode.
* Collaborate. Create shared spaces to which multiple Googlers can write.
* Disconnected access. On the plane? VPN broken? All your files are still accessible.
* Local IO speeds. Open and save as quickly as you could if you were accessing them from your C: drive.

However, upon closer examination of the screenshot and its text, some of the hidden commentary in the original site indicates that project codename Platypus appears to be an internal version of Gdrive that Google is testing out with its own employees. Originally run on the private Intranet domain, Platypus appears to be a version of the final Gdrive service with enhanced Google employee-only features, such as VPN bypass through the domain should the user not be at a "Google computer." Details of the public version of Gdrive are still scarce at this time, but Google has said before that it plans to offer users the ability to store all their files for easy access.

As the screenshot is an internal test of Gdrive, it is still unclear what platforms Gdrive will initially support. According to the report, Gdrive will initially support Windows, OS X and various flavors of Linux.

Google aims to have Gdrive be a secure method of backup for many users. Gdrive users will be able to sync files from their computers to online copies stored on Google's own data centers. Users will be able to choose what files are synced and data is then kept "live" -- changes made locally are immediately reflected to the remote copies.

Google is also touting that users will be able to collaborate with other Gdrive or Google account holders. Shared spaces can be created so that certain files can be shared, or worked on together by more than one user. At this stage, it is still unclear whether all of the above features will make it into the final public release as it appears the current version is geared towards Google corporate use.

DailyTech previously reported on Gdrive several months ago. The service is intended to offer unlimited amounts of storage space to users. Other details also suggested that Google intends to have users store any information and all information remotely, as a secure way of backing up data and having it retrievable from any location. While still in the development stages, security concerns are already rising about this new service -- although Google isn't forcing anyone to sign up, so it's at a person's own discretion.
[Submitted by Christo [PCD]]

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