By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's improves-with-age department
The folks over at Anandtech managed to spend some time with early Ivy bridge production samples
and perform a few benchmarks. The skinny: CPU performance is mildly increased as expected, but the GPU is 20-50% faster than the Sandy Bridge GPU
. Power consumption is also down about 30W under full load
. The graphics, however, are still slower than AMD's Llano
(but the Ivy Bridge CPU beats the pants off of the Fusion's). Is the tradeoff worth it?Read Replies (0)
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's gnu-patent-regime department
Thinkcloud writes "More than 700 new software packages including popular packages such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit will now receive royalty-free shelter under by Open Invention Network. This could make it more friction-free for organizations and developers to adopt and modify open source technology."
OIN's press release has a bit more detail
. They've greatly expanded their definition of the "Linux system"
to cover a lot more core software with their defensive patent pool.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's but-in-a-good-way department
writes "NASA will this week detail a mission where it will launch five rockets in five minutes from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia that will light up the night sky for millions of folks in a swath between New York City and about Wilmington, NC. The five rocket blasts, which could occur between March 14 and April 4, are part of what the space agency calls the Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX), a Heliophysics sounding rocket mission that aims to gather data needed to better understand the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth, NASA said."
NASA will be hosting a teleconference
at 1PM EST on Wednesday to discuss the mission. They also have brief PDF descriptions of the rockets involved: Terrier-Improved Orion
, Terrier Oriole
, and Terrier Malemute
.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's they're-expensive-therefore-they-work department
points out a video that lays bare a glaring flaw in the TSA body scanners
used in airports to detect weapons and explosives. In such scans, citizens are depicted in light colors, while metallic objects show as very dark. The problem comes when you consider that the images are taken with a dark background. From the transcript:"Yes that’s right, if you have a metallic object on your side, it will be the same color as the background and therefore completely invisible to both visual and automated inspection. It can’t possibly be that easy to beat the TSA’s billion dollar fleet of nude body scanners, right? The TSA can’t be that stupid, can they? Unfortunately, they can, and they are. To put it to the test, I bought a sewing kit from the dollar store, broke out my 8th grade home ec skills, and sewed a pocket directly on the side of a shirt. Then I took a random metallic object, in this case a heavy metal carrying case that would easily alarm any of the “old” metal detectors, and walked through a backscatter x-ray at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. On video, of course. While I’m not about to win any videography awards for my hidden camera footage, you can watch as I walk through the security line with the metal object in my new side pocket."Read Replies (0)