October 31st, 2001
Guardian: Carlyle Group Expose
Warning: the article contains harsh language.
Pravda: CIA Agent Met with Osama bin Laden Shortly Before September Attacks
The Internet publication spin-off of the Russian newspaper Pravda, citing a French report, claims that the wealthy Saudi mercenary met with a CIA agent in an American hospital in Dubai soon before the September 11th attacks. Whether the article is true or not, it is noteworthy considering that it reveals the tenor of a prominent media organization inside the borders of an ally.
October 30th, 2001
Ace's Hardware: nForce Review
Johan's tests show the new NVIDIA chipset in a very favorable light.
AMDMB: Intel Bribing Sales People?
Lars sends us a link to a thread on their message board reportedly containing an interesting memo from Intel marketing.
October 29th, 2001
US Preparing to “Steal Atomic Warheads” from Pakistan?
Special forces training for "exfiltration" operation.
October 28th, 2001
October 27th, 2001
TechIMO: A New Affiliate
At Joel's request we have linked up with his buddies at TechIMO.
Domestic Terrorists Cited for Anthrax Attacks
In one of the worst possible turns for civil liberties, a day after Bush signed into law sweeping anti-terror legislation, government officials are now claiming that the recent anthrax attacks appear to be the work of domestic extremists. Apparently besieged on two fronts, panic might now be the greatest enemy to our freedoms and to our American way of life. Those in our government seeking to expand their powers will no doubt cynically manipulate the recent events to do so. We must be more vigilant than ever to ensure that this power grab does not happen. In the midst of this crisis, we must not lose our system of checks and balances nor relinquish control of a government "of the people, by the people, for the people" or our cherished way of life will indeed perish from this earth.
Strange Email Problems
Over the last few days, several emails sent to us have either never reached us or were delayed for hours -- in one case about 14 hours. If you have sent us important email in this timeframe and we have not responded, please consider resending it.
October 26th, 2001
New Fossils of Giant Crocodile Found
The king of paleo-publicity discusses the 40-foot long, ten-ton dinosaur eater. The photo of the six-foot long croc skull is impressive.
Trade Center Death Toll Revised Downwards Again
According to the New York Times, the toll now stands around 2,950. The American Red Cross reports that so far 2,563 people are considered missing. At one point city officials said 6,700 people might have died from the attack on the twin towers.
Mystery Man Handed Over to the US
A Pakistani news agency is reporting that a "mystery man" was handed over to US officials in Karachi. Reportedly, everyone involved was wearing masks.
Mississippi Crop-dusters a Misunderstanding?
Harmless white smoke and fertilizer claimed.
October 25th, 2001
Clockless Chip Technology
Joel sends this in. We're all used to measuring performance in terms of clock speeds--but if these researchers out in Silicon Valley are correct, the entire method of designing chips with clocks may be headed for extinction. Check the article out for a look at new clockless chip designs--and the advantages of doing so.
LostCircuits: Shuttle SV24 Review
Dr. Michael Schuette reviews the Shuttle SV24 Barebone System. It's currently the smallest fully functional PC available.
Taliban Building Pakistani Refuges
As support for the Taliban inside of Pakistan continues to increase, the Taliban and their allies, many of whom live in Pakistan, are constructing refuges for their Afghan counterparts inside of Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Pakistani military government is growing increasingly wary of cracking down on such activity since, after siding with the US, doing so might undermine the country's fragile stability.
AMDMB: NVIDIA nForce Review
Although the nForce appears to be the best integrated core logic solution for any CPU, VIA's inexpensive KT266A looks to offer better overall performance. Underwhelming speed on business applications suggests that there may still be chipset latency issues which we encountered on an early preproduction sample. Bandwidth tests are strong but not as otherworldly as Inquest's early results suggested (according to the results derived by Inquest and passed to me, StreamD demonstrated the most exceptional nForce CPU bandwidth performance advantages).
Custom Computer Cases
AMDZone has a review of a computer case from Computers Divine whose quality products well epitomize the enthusiast mindset.
Anthrax Likely a US Military Strain
The deadly bacteria used in recent American attacks is not a strain from Iraq or the Soviet Union, but part of the "Ames" strain used to develop defunct American bioweapons. Furthermore, the level of refinement does not indicate state involvement according to a report from New Scientist. This directly contradicts an article from MSNBC which cites circumstantial evidence for a sophisticated dispersal additive. In fact, New Scientist presents opposing evidence indicating there was no anti-caking agent added to the anthrax spores involved in the mail-delivered terrorist acts. Studies being conducted in Northern Arizona University should be able to discern whether or not the biomaterial was fermented by a state. These studies should also be able to pinpoint the exact strain. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to maintain that there is no evidence connecting the anthrax cases to the bin Laden network.
October 24th, 2001
Certain AGP cards will destroy Pentium 4 Motherboards?
Joel sends us this. According to Hardtecs4u, some
newer AGP cards use 3.3 v even when 1.5 v is supposedly required for AGP 4X.
Cards that use this signaling (and some GeForce2 Pro cards have been found to do
so) may have major issues with i850 and i845 motherboards--and using the wrong
type of card in one of these configurations will destroy both the card and the
motherboard. Check the article out for details, especially if planning a P4
upgrade anytime soon.
Intel Strong-Arms Site
OC-AthlonXP.com, a new site published by enthusiast Anthony Skorochod, has been contacted via email by one of Intel's fleet of lawyers, a Benoit Philippe, regarding a parody of the "Intel Inside!" logo. Intel demanded that Mr. Skorochod remove his "Trash Inside!" parody immediately or he will suffer the furious wrath of the perturbed and litigious chip titan.
Emulators, Inc.: Athlon, Athlon XP, PIII, and P4 Comparative Benchmarks
Darek Mihocka continues his interesting and engaging analysis.
Martian Probe Successfully Enters Orbit
NASA is relieved.
Photos Of Anthrax Letters
On FBI site.
October 23rd, 2001
Another Case of Inhalational Anthrax Reported
A New Jersey postal woman stricken.
US Helicopters Fired Upon Over Pakistan
Two choppers encounter strafing small arms fire.
Second Crop Dusting Incident Reported
Also in Mississippi, a U.S. Coast Guard post north of Natchez hit.
Update on Crop Dusting in Mississippi
Spencer Kittelson sends us this update. The chemical might be sodium chlorate which is used on cotton to defoliate it prior to harvest. Authorities have yet to release information on what the material actually is.
Probe to Reach Mars Today
After previous high-profile failures, NASA holds its breath.
The country that risks most in supporting the US
attack on Afghanistan is the country that helped found modern Afghanistan. A
confirmed nuclear power, Pakistan might be edging towards an Islamic revolution.
grow and the eternal conflict with India over Kashmir intensifies.
10,000 Postal Workers on Anthrax Medicine
Number is in Washington D.C. alone. Pneumatic
cleaning machine helped disperse infectious anthrax spores.
Athlon MP Overclocked to 2.2 GHz
SuperPi in 48 seconds. Looks like the Palomino has lots of headroom.
FBI Considers Torture
...as suspects refuse to talk.
AsiaWeek on the Taliban
Onerous propaganda or merely a different perspective: 55-year old Japanese doctor offers a head-spinning view of the Afghan ruling body.
Machiavellian Copyright Law Losing Support
Being pushed by a prominent Democratic senator and backed by Disney, the plan would require copyright protection mechanisms in "all interactive digital" devices. Presumably this means everything from computers to TIVOs to XBoxes to MP3 players would all have to have built-in copy protection. Attempts to defeat these mechanisms would be illegal. Although the industry, including both Microsoft and Intel, oppose the legislation, these companies have their own nefarious plans they intend to unroll which the Hollings plan might derail.
October 22nd, 2001
Mississippi River-Going Vessels Crop Dusted With Unknown “White Substance”
Towboat, 17 barges and a pleasure boat hit 30 miles south of Helena, Arkansas on Friday. Determination of substance not yet released.
The Inquirer: Don't Buy P4 Socket-423
Buyer beware! Mike puts up sage advice for those considering an Intel Pentium 4.
October 21st, 2001
c't: nForce Review
Apparently boards are available in Germany. There are not many tests, but results are underwhelming suggesting that some of the latency issues we encountered might have been traded for bandwidth performance.
Update on D.C. Postal worker ill with Anthrax
D.C. postal worker's condition worsens. More postal employees to be tested.
Poll: Nuke Afghanistan?
Good Lord, these people can't be serious! I used to work on tactical nukes and I pray to God in heaven that they are never used. Reportedly these weapons, including neutron bombs, are being deployed into the Afghan theatre. UPDATE: In the two or three hours since we have had this information up, the poll numbers have inverted from 75% For / 24% Against to 41% For / 58% Against. About 4,000 votes have been cast against using nuclear weapons in this time. The poll is important since it is positioned by an influential radio personality. UPDATE 2: As fast as the numbers turned around they seem to be flip-flopping again. It is possible that a handful of people are manipulating the poll numbers since it is possible to vote multiple times. I doubt this will prevent the author of the poll from still singing its results.
Australians to Attempt Airspeed Record
Scramjet test next week targeted to reach Mach 7.6. Vehicle costs are 150-times less than NASA counterpart.
LostCircuits: HP Mako Dual-Core Preview
The good doctor of hardware sites takes the scalpel (no, he's not a medical doctor; Dr. Michael Schuette has legitimate credentials) to the HP PA-8800 SMP-on-a-chip offering. A mind-blowing 35 MB of L1+L2 cache including 3 MB for L1 cache, this chip is a 1 GHz monster! Unlike AMD's Hammer, you will not see this beast in laptops anytime soon.
October 20th, 2001
October 19th, 2001
The FBI, ISPs and Your Email
Measures to require ISPs to reconfigure email servers for FBI access.
October 18th, 2001
A note from the “other side” dated March of this year, a member of Afghanistan’s ruling body talks about the Taliban.
Intel P4 Northwood Benchmarks?
Although slim pickins,’ the results are pretty mediocre even on an i845 especially if they represent what a shipping 1.8 GHz Northwood overclocked to 2.3 GHz can deliver.
Low End PC
A new site.
October 17th, 2001
October 16th, 2001
First Steganographic Image in the Wild
Hidden encoded message in jpeg's finally found -- in an ABC test image.
AMD's 2 GHz Hammer to Reach a SPECInt Score of Over 1,400
Beating even IBM's new Power4. Get your translator here.
India Shells Pakistan
Over Kashmir once again, but the stakes are higher as both countries have recently armed themselves with nuclear weapons and the conditions inside of Pakistan, arguably the birthplace of the Taliban, are brittle as the Pakistani government continues to support U.S. operations against Afghanistan. American Secretary of State Colin Powell and Pakistan's leader Pervez Musharraf met to discuss the role of the Taliban in future Afghan governments.
October 15th, 2001
First "Microsoft PC" Appears
Nils' triumvirate of Microsoft-AMD-nVidia now appears to be raising its collective head.
October 14th, 2001
Bush Stipulates Conditions For the End of Bombing
A new Yahoo article released hours after our last post now states Bush's explicit terms for bombing cessation: "'All they got to do is turn him (bin Laden) over, and his colleagues and the thugs he hides, as well as destroy his camps and (release) the innocent people being held hostage in Afghanistan,' Bush said."
Bush Rejects Taliban Offer to Turn Over bin Laden
...according to Yahoo News. Bush also rules out any further negotiations with the Afghanistan ruling body on the Saudi accused of the September 11th attacks. Consequently, it now appears that Osama bin Laden is no longer the reason why we are attacking Afghanistan.
LostCircuits: Review of the Athlon XP
The good doctor, Michael Schuette, weighs in with his take on AMD's new offering.
Pixia Freeware Paint Program
Nils writes, "You may even find this program very useful for design work at your web site. This is the English language site for learning about and downloading Pixia, a freeware paint program by an expert Japanese programmer. The interface is 'different' than the usual stuff. This is more a commercial quality paint program than a hobbyist 'fool around' tool."
October 13th, 2001
Five More Anthrax Victims in Florida
...all from American Media. And AMDZone's "MaxHax," mentioned immediately below, has been proven correct on the Reno case. Apparently a letter sent from Malaysia to a Microsoft office in Reno has since been confirmed positive for the virulent spore. MaxHax also maintains there has been an Anthrax case in Virginia involving a sailor in the Navy. Apparently MaxHax himself has now become a victim of hate mail from some who claims he is spreading panic. The real problem is that the public, rightfully, does not trust corporate media and this very instability is causing tremendous anxiety. We, the American public, need the facts in simple unadulterated form -- no music, no soapy-eyed collages, no censorship, no propaganda. The corporate media with it increasingly stilted and evocative coverage is creating a powder keg of fear and doubt in our country.
Chris at AMDZone has published a link to a thread in one of his forums discussing the spread of Anthrax. One longtime AMDZone message board poster is claiming to have inside CDC knowledge into the current Anthrax threat. Although "MaxHax" does seem to get at least one fact confused, apparently he is a trusted member of that community. As always, take any information from message boards cautiously. Ironically and tragically, we are also having to exercise almost equivalent measures of skepticism towards reports passed to us by corporate media.
AMD Trademark Info
Michael Westman kindly sent in information that AMD has trademarked "Code 64." Michael suggests that x86-64, AMD's 64-bit instruction set for its Hammer line of processors, might be marketed as Code 64. This is sound conjecture combined with other AMD trademark data recently published at JC's News and Links.
October 12th, 2001
Vote in JC's Poll
JC is taking a poll to measure reader responses to recent Athlon XP reviews and he has an entry for VHJ. If you have an opportunity, please go vote.
OK atoms, get in line. March!
Spencer Kittelson sends us this - Since the
Bose-Einstein condensation was predicted decades ago (a perfectly coherent and
organized state of matter, much like a laser beam is coherent) it has been
difficult and expensive to produce such conditions for study. Now, physicists at
the Max Planck Institute have created a microchip that can produce such a state
in seconds and at relatively low cost.
Robots at the WTC
Spencer Kittelson sends us this - One of the
things that grad students often get to do is be involved in ground breaking
research and development. The WTC attack unfortunately provided an event which
called upon robotics expert Robin Murphy, an associate professor of computer
science at the University of South Florida and his team of students and
to help out. Vivid pictures of the destruction can be found at
Part of NBC building to be closed as authorities test for anthrax
NBC Worker Tests Positive for Anthrax
The employee tested positive for a cutaneous - skin - anthrax infection. This type of anthrax infection is less virulent than respiratory anthrax that killed a Florida man.
October 11th, 2001
Corporate media agrees to censor all future Bin Laden tapes
...so much for free press.
Wristwatch PC running on Linux
Do you gotta have one?!
TechIMO.com launched on Monday
Joel Hruska let us know that his friend and colleague, Scott Wainner has a new site.
October 10th, 2001
Another Case of Anthrax Reported
35-year old Floridian woman who also works at The Sun has tested positive for the deadly spore.
Which Would Win Between a Pit Bull and a Burmese Python?
Pet owner finds out that pooch is tastier than tough.
October 9th, 2001
AMDZone Has an Extensive List of Athlon XP Reviews
I apologize for our coverage being fragmented and piecemeal, but I have been sick the last two days. We hope to have another update either tonight or early tomorrow.
An Interesting Response to Afghans
Spencer Kittelson sent in this link to a Dutch journalist's viewpoint on supporting the Afghan people with food, clothing, medicine, knowledge and radios. We only wish we could get good information here in this country.
Control Your Computer with a Flip of the Wrist
A Sony developed wristwatch style strap lets you control mouse movements on a computer. It has great potential for reducing the intrusiveness of the man-machine interface and may make wearable computing more practical.
October 8th, 2001
Music business looking for stricter DMCA, CPRM 2 copyright protection
The Register on copyrights in the music business.
100th Edition of ZZZ on-line
Edition includes coverage of scarecrow robot, robotic bartender, enormous energy towers, 19 keys keyboard and more....
Lost Circuits: DDR SDRAM based SiS645 P4 Chipset Crushes Intel's i850
For Rambus holdouts that have been cursing me over the years, I'm sorry but I told you so.
Iran Declares Afghan Attacks "Unacceptable"
Some Iranians fear Iran might be next target.
Second Employee of The Sun Tests Positive for Anthrax
Offices shut down.
Chinese Troops Moving to Support Afghanistan?
Troop strength reported between 5,000 and 15,000. Chinese allegedly threatened by U.S.-Russian alliance for control of strategic region.
U.S.-Russia Deploy Tactical Nukes in Afghanistan
Neutron bombs readied.
October 7th, 2001
Overclockers Australia: Review of KingMax TinyBGA PC2100 DDR SDRAM
The memory was able to reach 162 MHz x 2 at CL2.
Intel Itanium Benchmarks
Keith sent in this link to an article written early this year which shows benchmarks of Intel's Itanium on existing software. The Itanium performs very poorly on 32-bit programs.
U.S. Begins Bombing in Afghanistan
So begins the "Bomb-by-night-food-by-day" campaign against one of the poorest countries in the world.
NATO Planes Soon to be Deployed Inside U.S.
As in an anti-globalist's bad nightmare, the first foreign forces ever to patrol the U.S. will soon be deployed. No one is saying why a foreign force was called into the United States in the first place.
October 6th, 2001
Athlon XP Overclocked
Mario sent in the link to this genuine enthusiast site which seems to share our tastes in backgrounds.
October 5th, 2001
SysMark 2001 Handicaps AMD Chips
...but AMD and Microsoft have supplied a patch to correct this particular problem. AMDZone has published a related article. BAPCo's intimate relationship with Intel is well known throughout the industry. BAPCo, which lists its office at the same address as Intel, has placed AMD's chips at disadvantages in the past as well.
Florida Anthrax Victim Dies
Mr. Bob Stevens died at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis after antibiotics failed against the infection.
Official British Document of Responsibility For September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Can you find the smoking gun?
U.S. Colleges turn over student records to FBI
Independent Media Center reports how the September 11 tragedy is affecting some colleges.
Security Issues - 2 CISCO PIX in trouble
An unnamed Cisco source reports that CISCO is having problems with the 506 and 515 secure firewalls. The 506 and the 515 are on line stops. THE PIX 506 is being replaced with the 515 LNR.
U.S. Cracks Down on Independent Media
No free speech for you! The American government is pressuring host nation Qatar to "rein in" the popular and influential independent Arab television channel, al-Jazeera, seen over much of the globe. al-Jazeera gives airtime to anti-American views.
October 4th, 2001
LostCircuits: VIA C3 800 Review
"...on a system level, the C3, clock by clock is roughly equal to the Pentium4 paired with the Brookdale PC100 SDRAM." The C3's strengths are its low cost, low power consumption (enabling the Ezra to run without a fan) and good performance in certain server applications.
October 3rd, 2001
Greyhound Halts National Bus Service After Alleged Attack Leads to Fatal Crash
Apparently a man attacked the bus driver, cutting his throat. The subsequent bus crash led to six deaths while the 32 others on board were injured. It is not clear yet if this is another terrorist act related to the September 11th events. The attacker was one of the six killed on the bus.
October 2nd, 2001
e3 Engine to Bring More Power for Less Fuel?
A new internal combustion engine design from British Engineering Firm Mayflower. According to Mario, "very simple in concept is the use of a double pivot bearing design which enables combustion engines to have on the fly variable stroke and hence compression giving rise to 40% savings in economy and 50% in emissions with no loss in performance."
October 1st, 2001
X-Bit Labs: Intel To Release Dual-Channel DDR SDRAM P4Chipset in H2, 2002
… trailing the nForce 420 by about a year. As we wrote September 20th, it has been our belief for quite a while that Intel has been strongly pro-DDR SDRAM, but could not act due to contractual obligations with Rambus. We will see Intel’s commitment to DDR SDRAM start to unfold early next year.
A Couple of 1.1 GHz AMD Morgan Reviews
AMDZone and AMDMB. We will have our review up later this week. AMDZone also has sent us information on AMD's new pricing.
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