September 27th, 2003
Austin City Council
Condemns Federal Anti-Terrorist Measures
Dear Mr. Osborne,
We write to you to express our deep disappointment with your coverage
of Thursday's Austin City Council meeting where hundreds of citizens
took a stand against a keystone federal anti-terrorist measure, the USA
Patriot Act. Moreover, the Austin City Council has now also
officially voiced opposition against the passage of the Patriot Act II.
And despite your extremely poor understanding of the importance of this
event and your equally weak and inaccurate recitation of the revolt by
former Texas Governor Bush's constituency against one of his most
profound acts of federal legislation as President, your updated on-line
piece is one of the most popular articles on statesman.com.
So though you and your editors, who relegated the piece to obscurity
deep inside of Friday's newspaper, lacked the insight to recognize the
significance of this event, your readers have not.
Coming from Northwest Arkansas, it is true that we are accustomed to a
much higher level of journalistic quality than what is routinely
produced by the Austin American-Statesman, but your piece falls far
short of expectations that have been stunted by over two years of
exposure to your Cox Communications' monopolist franchise.
Thursday's Austin City Council resolution signals a clarion call that
power hungry politicians seeking to exploit the tragic events of
September 11th should fear. Thursday's event demonstrates that
even voters deep in the heart of President Bush's home state are alert
to the continuing assault on our nation's beloved Constitution and Bill
of Rights by cynical power mongers currently entrenched in our
Championed by true patriots Jackie Goodman, Danny Thomas and Raul
Alvarez, Austin's City Council resolution joins hundreds of similar
official acts of rebellion by cities, counties and states across our
great nation. What once was a mere whisper into the ears of
despots has grown into revolution.
The people of the United States will not allow our country to fall to
either terrorists or to equally dangerous villains inside our
government who pretend to protect us while savaging our rights and
broadening their own powers.
Take heed politicians and media organizations who endorse the
destruction of our republic through U.S. Constitution and Bill of
Rights butchering measures like Patriot Acts I and II and Total
Information Awareness, we the People are on to you.
Van and Kathy Smith
COSBI Source Code
We are adding important features...
id software: Intel Coconspirator?
website recently released a controversial patch to one of the leaders of the
3d computer gaming revolution, Quake III. The website, NewAgeOC,
claims that its dynamic link
libraries (DLLs) boost performance on this veteran first-person-shooter for
certain AMD processors by 30% or more. This significant performance gain is
allegedly brought about by correcting SIMD optimizations in the Quake III
engine for the AMD lines of Athlon and Athlon XP processors.
Quake3 (even with an Athlon XP) forces AMD chips to use 3DNow, not SSE.
Little do people know the 3DNow! code is completely broken in Quake3. It
does not help at ALL.
id software’s Quake III is not just
a game, but, at least for marketing purposes, it remains perhaps the single
most influential benchmark in the world. Historically the Intel Pentium 4
has dominated its AMD rivals on Quake III tests, one of the quirky
processor’s most convincing and consistent wins. However, NewAgeOC
claims that its patch boosts the performance of Athlon XP processors from
trailing the Pentium 4 by significant margins to comfortably beating the
These DLLs don't enable SSE but do help with Athlons.. and if SSE was to
ever be enabled in Quake3 for Athlon processors they would blow Pentium 4
chips out of the water even more. In the tests I ran a P4-2.53 @ 3.32GHz,
175/700fsb lost to a "stock" Athlon XP 2700+(2166MHz, 166fsb) using these
NewAgeOC fuels controversy by claiming that the AMD fix was deliberately
held back by the leader of id software, John Carmack, prompting some to call
for a boycott against the influential game maker.
These [DLLs] were intended for an official
AMD patch however John Carmack wouldn't allow AMD to use the dlls
cynicism still elevated from last year’s BAPCo scandal that we triggered on
our site by exposing a bombshell AMD presentation, it is easy to assume the
worst from an industry that provides more than its share of intrigue and
deception. No doubt, biasing Quake III in favor of Intel processors would be
a major marketing advantage for the Santa Clara, California-based chip
decided to test the patch for id software’s Quake III and determine if the
DLLs do, in fact, help the relative performance of the Athlon XP in
comparisons with the Intel Pentium 4.
% improvement with patch
AMD Athlon XP
GeForce FX 5200
GeForce Ti 4800SE
Radeon 9700 Pro
tests indicate that the new DLLs do indeed significantly boost the
performance of the AMD Athlon XP on Quake III benchmarks. However, the
benefits we saw for AMD’s chip topped out just over 12%, which is well short
of the 30% or more that some have claimed for this patch. Moreover, the DLLs
accelerated the Intel Pentium 4 and the VIA C3-Nehemiah by almost the same
this informal observation, it appears that those fearing an Intel-id
conspiracy can, with fairly clear conscience, reinstate their orders for
Doom III. NewAgeOC’s DLLs appear to elevate performance across the
board for chips from all major vendors by similar amounts. This suggests
that the performance gains are obtained from the use of newer and better
compilers rather than fixing a processor specific coding bug.
other hand, NewAgeOC’s DLLs do seem to be quite a bit faster than
id’s. Gamers interested in wringing out the best performance possible might
want to take a look at them.
software's John Carmack was not available for comment at press time.
The scenes from a long forgotten World War II documentary
have great resonance in a modern world slipping rapidly towards an ironic
and eerily similar fascistic fate.
Renowned for popular motion pictures like It's a Wonderful
Life, Meet John Doe and Arsenic and Old Lace, director
Frank Capra also made a series of "moral-boosting" documentaries for the
U.S. War Department. Prelude to War, Capra's first of seven
entries in the Why We Fight progression, has been released on DVD by
Platinum Disk Corporation and portrays the events leading up to World War
The intense irony of the images contained in the 12.9MB video
file linked above requires no commentary especially in light of recent news
events. You will need DivX
(BEWARE! the Adware version comes with Gator, a
infestation) or other MPEG4 player to view the brief yet powerful scenes
that we captured from the Capra documentary.
COSBI Source Code Coming Soon
Sorry for the delay.
Anthrax Vaccine Consequences
On the 7th of this month, we mentioned a UPI story suggesting
that the U.S. Army vaccine program might be responsible for recent
mysterious and lethal pneumonia cases suffered by American troops in Iraq.
John Bloch sends to us a sobering account of side effects of the Army's
Anthrax vaccine program:
I am renovating my house and the plumber informed me about
his problem with the Army's vaccines. Turns out that following the anthrax
vaccine, which was injected into his buttock, he developed intestinal
Just as a coincidence, several members of his squad developed the same
condition at the same time. Last time I talked to him in March 03, he had
surgery to remove 1/3 of his intestine and was prescribed to take heavy
medication. In his words, "With all the complications, I wish I would
just die so that I can end the suffering and finally have some peace. I
stopped taking the medication. I look forward to dying". Of course the
army is doing everything it can to cover this up. As they typically do.
The United Nations, A Global Corporation's Best Pal
No case is too small or too trivial for the globalists.
Perhaps one day the U.N. will mandate that all people wear
flatulence detectors (sounds uncomfortable) so that our planet can be
"protected" from the harmful global warming effects of eating too much
cheese. Don't laugh, New Zealand has already proposed
farmers for livestock flatulence in order to abide by the U.N.'s
Those who worry about global warming should study
paleontology. The earth has been much, much warmer and wetter than it
is today and life thrived. In fact, we are currently at the tail end
of a series of ice ages and the earth's average temperature is still below
normal. Perhaps those chanting global warming Armageddon should adopt
the mantra "Preserve the Ice Age."
Bits & Bytes
Van looks at the oh-so-hot Prescott, the chilly-willy Banias,
Linux, PocoMail and more.
COSBI to be Released under GNU GPL
Within the next week, we will be releasing on this site all
of the source code to COSBI, our free software/open source benchmarking
initiative, under the GNU General Public License.
Transmeta Article Popular
By and large, our hosting service has been excellent, but its
usage reports are pretty poor. We can download the daily log file for
our site, combine it with older files and process them together, but we have
never bothered to do so especially since the original daily reports that Tera-Byte provided were good enough. About a year ago, the reports
changed dramatically and it is now hard to get any useful information out of
However, it appears that we had at least 125,710 hits last
month for the
Transmeta article that we published on July 15th. Since we do not
break our articles up into many pages nor make them uncacheable, this is
roughly equal to one-million hits on some other hardware sites. A
million-hit article is considered to be very, very good even at the largest
While that is a long stretch from being our most popular
article ever, given that we were closed down for a year, the popularity of
that piece is humbling. Thank you for your patience and your loyalty.
We have never responded to many, many emails sent to us after
we closed the site last year. In fact, I still have not read hundreds
of these letters because they tear my heart out -- and it is still very
painful to view them. I apologize for our unresponsiveness, but we
were simply overwhelmed by the circumstances of last year.
VHJ Will Not Be Reviewing the Athlon
AMD's Damon Muzny informed us that we will not be getting an
Athlon 64 system to review for the September launch. We know
expectations are high for our assessment of AMD's most important product
ever and we apologize to our readers for this disappointing development.
Mike points us to this old, but overlooked article .
Transmeta TM8000 is now "Efficeon"
"We looked at lots of different versions of Astro: Astrino,
Aztro," he said. Unfortunately, many of the Astro trademark variations were
owned or controlled by Hanna-Barbera, creators of "The Jetsons" cartoon.
Astro was the family dog on the show."
Global Warming Apocalypse Sanely Refuted
Speaking of Flickerdown, a few of the most thoughtful
posters on the Internet still frequent its forums. One of my favorite
writers there is the not-so-evilpaul who started an interesting thread
regarding global warming. He cites an article that takes a step back
from the global warming debate and refreshingly frames it within the
lifespan of the earth.
I once thought water fluoridation opponents were nuts, but
this article presents convincing arguments against dumping sodium fluoride,
a hazardous byproduct of the fertilizer industry, into our drinking water.
"Our members' review of the body of evidence over the last
11 years, including animal and human epidemiology studies, indicates a
causal link between fluoride/fluoridation and cancer, genetic damage,
neurological impairment and bone pathology. Of particular concern are recent
epidemiology studies linking fluoride exposures to lower IQ in children.
Little Boy Needs Help
Sid Sawyer of 4peeps.com
has just told me that an owner of the site has an eight year old nephew,
Kevin, suffering from cancer affecting his spine. You can read about it
here. Please pray for the little boy. The hardware
enthusiast site is also collecting donations to buy gifts for young Kevin.
Federal Government Still Stealing Indian Children
...a long and ignoble history. Yet another reason to
reduce the size, power and scope of an American government that has grown
to menace the freedoms of its own citizenry.
Goodluck, a Navajo, said there also may have been a
She said she was "upset" by the inquiry. "The social worker kept asking
for all this information. She would ask me all these questions when we
were alone, then stop when someone else walked in the room. If I didn't
tell her what she wanted, she threatened me. She said, 'I'm going to take
your kid away.'
"She said the doctors were concerned about my homelessness, but my friend
took pictures of our house and brought them in. It's so stupid. I gave her
all the information. I don't know what she was looking for."
Need to detect throttling? Perhaps you want to graph
the dynamic frequency transitions of your new laptop as it runs through a
gauntlet of applications. COSBI CPUSpeed can help by graphing the
CPU frequency over time. This data can then be saved to a CSV file
so that frequency performance can be easily transferred into spreadsheets.
There are other goodies built into this utility that we will describe at a
Vaccines Possibly Killing U.S. Troops
Vaccinations might be responsible for the recent outbreak
of lethal pneumonia suffered by American troops in Iraq, a UPI news story
reports. A Mayo Clinic coroner listed on his death certificate for
one deceased soldier "post-vaccine" complications as a possible cause of
death. This follows only days after our recent news item
highlighted the dangers of the CDC vaccine regimen prescribed for
A VIA Royal Wedding
VIA Technology founder Cher Wong marries VIA Technology CEO
Wen-Chi Chen. These Christian ties that bind, let no man put
asunder. Best wishes and prayers to the newlyweds!
Vaccination Dangers Erupt from "Corrupt" CDC
A recently published UPI investigation harshly criticizes
the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for "a
pattern of serious problems linked to vaccines recommended by" that
organization. The report also discloses the close ties between the
powerful government agency and the giant pharmaceutical companies
responsible for vaccine production.
According to the study, in the last four years two CDC
endorsed vaccinations were pulled off the market after "a number of
infants and adults appear to have suffered devastating side effects, and
some died." The UPI story also uncovered direct financial
connections between members of the CDC's Vaccine Advisory Committee and
vaccine manufacturers. The story also maintains that the CDC is "in
the vaccine business" with 28 licensing agreements for vaccines and
vaccine related products.
Yet in spite of mounting evidence of the dangers that the
out-of-control CDC vaccination program poses to our nation's delicate
youth, politicians, like Texas State Representative Jaime Capelo, are
working hard to force these vaccinations upon all children.
A lawyer who, like former Texas governor Bush, attended
Yale University, Capelo is using his position as head of the Texas House
Public Health Committee to introduce legislation that would effectively
mandate all vaccinations for all school age children in his state.
While there is little doubt that some vaccines have been
successful in controlling the spread of disease, there is also no doubt
that vaccinations carry varying risks for serious side effects.
Vaccination risk is underscored by the fact that very few in the medical
community have rolled up their own sleeves to accept the smallpox
vaccination program pushed by the Bush administration.
The state of California has experienced a very real and
documented explosion in autism rates over the last two decades.
A debilitating and irreversible brain disorder portrayed in the movie
Rainman, autism is believed by many to be directly associated with the
barrage of nearly forty vaccine doses commonly administered to children
before the age of two.
According to some studies, autism rates have increased by
as much as tenfold in this twenty year period. The rise in autism
rates coincides with the CDC's doubling of endorsed vaccinations.
Specifically, the mercury based vaccine preservative
thimerosal has been singled out as a possible cause for the vastly
increased incidence of autism in recent years. Just weeks ago, a
study led by Louisiana doctor Amy Holmes released findings that
the connection between autism and exposure to mercury, even at very low
levels. And according to the
UPI exposé, vaccinations have exposed American children to up to 125
times the mercury limits set by the EPA.
"It is just too damn toxic," says Boyd Haley, chairman of
the Chemistry Department at the University of Kentucky. "You can't
do a study showing it (thimerosal) is safe," Dr. Haley maintains in the
UPI investigation. "I know that they (the CDC) knows and that is
what bothers me more than anything else," he stated.
Disturbingly, through the Homeland Security Bill, U.S.
President Bush attempted to
protect drug giant Eli Lilly from a tidal wave of lawsuits erupting
from parents who believe their children have been poisoned by the
mercury-based vaccine preservative produced by the global pharmaceutical
Few would argue for the elimination of all vaccinations,
but it is now obvious that parents must be allowed to make decisions about
what levels of risk their children are exposed to through so-called
If lawmakers like Texas State Representative Jaime Capelo
get their way, state governments will enforce vaccines regardless of the
risk involved. No doubt, lawyer Capelo, who has been recently
accused of commercial bribery for allegedly accepting a $100,000 kickback
from CITGO Petroleum, was pleased with a recent UK high court
verdict forcing two mothers to vaccinate their four and ten year old
year old girls for measles, mumps and rubella.
Passage of Capelo's vaccination initiative would
effectively require the state of Texas to play Russian Roulette with every
child inside its borders. And there is no doubt that many -- perhaps
many thousands -- of Texas's children would lose this devastating game of
"Educate, don't mandate" is the much more intelligent
alternative to forced vaccinations. Educational programs promoting
continued studies by independent research groups into the merits and risks
of vaccines should become the focus of national, state and local
government bodies concerned with boosting immunization rates.
Carbon Black: TIM in Time?
Migrating to 90nm process technology is going to be tough.
For instance, Intel is finding that Prescott, its soon-to-be-released
successor to Northwood, is going to be a lot hotter furnace than the CPU
maker anticipated. Not only will Prescott exceed the Northwood core by
>20% in the heat it produces, but Prescott has a significantly smaller
die. Together this means that Prescott is going to have much, much greater
thermal densities than current P4s, which already produce more heat than
any other desktop CPU.
One advancement that might begin to help tackle Intel's skyrocketing
Prescott thermal density problems is a new thermal interface material
(TIM) based on carbon black, a material used to reinforce rubber and make
pigments. The developer claims that its carbon paste TIM "surpassed the
pure metal bond in thermal conductivity by 33%." If accurate, carbon black
pastes will greatly surpass existing thermal interface materials.
Supposedly cheap to produce, carbon black TIMs won't be a panacea for all
thermal density problems, but it might become a necessary requirement for
some 90nm, 60nm and smaller-process based CPUs.
Orthogonal Threads v0.11
Sharing neither code nor data, threads in the COSBI
Orthogonal Thread Benchmark represent a best case scenario for obtaining
perfectly linear scaling in SMP environments. Scores are currently
normalized against a 1.7GHz P4-Celeron Dell system (=1000), but this will
be changed to fit in with QuickTests where these tests will be absorbed into
the next version of that test suite. All COSBI benchmarks have been
tested in WinXP, but they should all work within Win98SE, although the
system information module may display an error message in that OS at the
startup of some COSBI programs.
Unlike many disk tests, COSBI FileCopy v0.52 is a real-life
benchmark and has direct relevancy for everyday work. COSBI FileCopy
creates a randomized file and copies it. Both file creation times
and file copy times are tracked. Scores are normalized against a
2.53GHz Dell Pentium 4 system using a 20GB 7200rpm ATA100 Seagate
Barracuda drive. This system scores 1,000 on all tests.
Gratitude to Dave Graham for his input which helped refine this benchmark.
Dave has used COSBI FileCopy in several of his hard drive reviews at
AMDZone. All COSBI tests
are still under development, so if you find any bugs or have any advice
for improvements, please let us
Want to know the impact of altered cache set associativity
on a new CPU design? Does a new memory technology or memory
controller or cache line length have drawbacks or advantages on memory
latency? MemLatencyPlus puts real life latency impacts of memory
subsystem designs under a magnifying glass. Poor performance on
MemLatencyPlus is usually a good predictor of lackluster database
throughput and sluggish business application performance.
More memory bandwidth tests are added, larger cache sizes
can be tested, the background image can be changed and various usability
tweaks set this version of COSBI BandwidthBurn apart. BandwidthBurn
is an indispensable tool for understanding a computer system's memory
Son of God, spiritual perfection in human form, and look what we,
humanity, did to Him. Are we any more receptive to His Message of love and
selflessness today? Link courtesy of
Flickerdown Hardware. The QuickTime trailer of Mel Gibson's new
movie takes a minute or two to download. If you have problems with the
main link, we are also hosting the 23MB file
In our first major article in nearly a year,
we closely examine the merits of the struggling, brash little CPU designer
and its chances to reverse its fortunes with an ambitious new design
The Fall of Baghdad
Baghdad has not fallen, but a new, terrible war has begun.
Coalition forces have recently entered the besieged Iraqi
capital of Baghdad encountering only token resistance. With over a
hundred-thousand of Iraq's best trained and best equipped soldiers poised to
protect Baghdad, many experts foresaw a protracted siege of the massive city
as inevitable. Consequently, the rapid melting away of the Iraqi military
along with the complete disappearance of Iraq's command and control
apparatus have prompted the U.S. and its mass media organs to triumphantly
declare the fall of Baghdad.
However, the behavior of the Republican Guard and Special
Republican Guard units tasked with the defense of the ancient capital is
incongruous with the fanatical resistance Coalition troops encountered
against lowly conscripts and militia in southern Iraq earlier in the war.
Moreover, the total evanescence of the inner circles of Saddam Hussein's
government points to a preplanned strategy to take the war underground and
onto the streets.
Despite the awesome might and accuracy of the American war
machine, in terms of human material resources, the Iraqi military remains
almost completely intact, although in apparent disarray. From a
strategic point of view, the Iraqi military stood no chance in traditional
warfare against an enemy dramatically better equipped, but in protracted low
level engagements stretched out over months and years, Iraqi attacks will
find a much higher rate of effectiveness. It makes sense for the Iraqi
military to shift this war into an unconventional arena if victory is their
Cutting off the head of the Hussein regime might
prove to be difficult because mounting evidence suggests that at least some
of its elements have reached sanctums in nearby sympathetic states. Saddam
Hussein himself might have been spirited away in a recent Russian convoy
from Baghdad to Syria.
For America, we may now face the worst possible
outcome as a million strong army of subversive holy warriors fight for their
sovereignty directed by shadowy leaders tucked away in untouchable and
This is the war of the 21st Century. This is World War
III and it will reach deep into America. And this war is a direct
result of neo-Colonialism: a power grab for the Black Gold erupting from the
navel of civilization.
Distortions of the conditions inside of Baghdad are reckless and
premature. We must now, more than ever, demand accuracy and honesty in
the media. And if the mainstream media is unwilling or unable to
comply, then we must establish our own news reporting channels.
With over 90% of the Iraqi military's human material assets
still intact and perhaps now focused on a bloody guerilla war, Iraq might
well turn out to be Somalia magnified a thousand times. But worse, if
we did not before, we now face a very real terror war that will be waged on
And the American people will be attacked on two fronts: from
the terrorists themselves and from zealous opportunists inside our
government seeking to expand their power while stealing our liberties and
God given rights.
Pray for America and fight for Truth and Freedom.
VIA's MPM and Antar at CeBIT
Technologies is showing off samples of an innovative Multi-Package Module,
or MPM, at CeBIT. The VIA MPM, pictured above, integrates the tiny
Nehemiah C3 core
onto the same module as the North Bridge thus enabling even smaller form
factors than VIA's famous mini-ITX.
linked mycom pcweb article also discloses some information on VIA's
upcoming Antaur mobile processor. The Antaur shown in the article
is in an EBGA package similar to what VIA uses in its popular and diminutive EPIA
line of motherboards. EBGA stands for "Enhanced Ball Grid Array" where
processor pins have been replaced by solder balls and the package shrunk
New Mexico's House of Representatives Takes Stand Against Patriot Act
remarkable show of unity and courage, New Mexico's House of
Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation putting the state on
record as opposing many provisions of the Patriot Act.
"Terrorist attacks changed the way we live but should not
invade our freedoms that Americans enjoy and the reason why our country was
founded," Coll said.
Bravo! Now let's see if the New Mexico Senate has as
February 24th, 2003
Did the U.S. Set Fire to Kuwait's Oil Fields?
A popular radio program heard worldwide claims
to have proof that the United States, working under the auspices of the
United Nations, was responsible for igniting the massive oil field fires
in Kuwait at the close of the first Iraqi war. The controversial
talk show team of Joyce Riley and Dave VonKleist host the Missouri-based
program "The Power Hour" which is carried mostly by independent and
"patriot" radio stations. The program boasts an audience of several
The duo has provided a
transcript of an interview recently conducted with a Gulf War
veteran who alleges that he participated in the covert detonation
campaign of Kuwaiti oil wells, crafted to implicate Iraq, in order to
"remove any doubts that Saddam Hussein and his regime were a terrible
evil that had to be dealt with." This mission was allegedly
necessary because "there was concern that America... might see this
conflict as an unnecessary thing."
The talk show hosts,
who gained notoriety for championing causes supporting Gulf War
veterans, assert that this interview is bolstered by other
independent testimonials they have received. "The information provided over a
series of meetings with this veteran corroborates the reports from other
veterans who are totally unconnected with this individual," the duo
states in their press release.
February 21st, 2003
February 16th, 2003