- Obsolete communications systems live on
Maybe this Matthew Lasar article on Ars Technica about obsolete technology living on was well received because I am reading James Gleick’s “The Information”, in particular the chapter on the birth of the telegraph and the electric telegraph. Maybe it was just due to my fascination with the history of technology in general. Either way, it is well worth a read though I am not so sure I agree with dial-up Internet or land-line phones. In general I guess the point is well made, that the last two examples are on the cusp of being outmoded, joining the ranks of telegrams and telexes with perhaps some residual life but far outside the mainstream for quite a few people.
- How banks plan to compete with Groupon
Slashdot linked to this Forbes piece, emphasizing that credit card companies have found a loophole in the rules that would normally prevent them for using your purchase history data this way. The article mentions that at least one bank is defaulting to opting customers into the new system. This is technically legal, it even may not necessarily increase a customer’s risk of having their info exposed. The cynic in me even recognizes that this is continuous the banks’ past opportunism, with them selling other data they have to mass marketers. It doesn’t make it any less unpalatable to me.
- The fanless, spinning heatsink
Slashdot linked to Extreme Tech’s write up of a new idea developed by Jeff Koplow out of Sandia National Laboratories. The traditional approach of fans and heat sinks have an inherent limit on the combined effectiveness for cooling. Computing isn’t the only application, the article suggests this could be used in air conditioning, no doubt a factor in the impressive potential 7% savings in US electricity consumption.
- A change in attitude towards legacy code, Crafted Software via ReadWriteWeb
- GPU-powered planetarium renders 64 mega pixel projection, Hot Hardware via Slashdot
- Study finds fair use drives large part of US economy, ComputerWorld via