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Taking the Human out of Health Care

If you have been following the news at all lately you will see a push towards moving more and more of our personal data onto the internet. Now I am not sure about you, but isn?t this the same internet that is full of viruses, spam, malware and other very bad things? How can we possibly consider moving sensitive medical and financial data on the internet? After all over the past years we have watched in mute rage and fear as we hear news stories about large companies and government workers losing laptops filled with sensitive data. But for some strange reason it is ok

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Ulysses Part III: Rendezvous with the comet Hyakutake in outerspace

While traversing its orbit, Ulysses encountered the tails of three distinct comets, McNaught, McNaught-Hartley, and the largest, Hyakutake. Although Ulysses was hundreds of millions of miles from the comet in May 1996, and outside its visible tail, scientists were getting unexpected readings. Their analysis led them to the conclusion that Hyakutake’s tail extended far beyond what they originally thought – more than 480 million kilometers (300 million miles), the longest ever recorded. Ulysses first encounter with a comet’s tail caused confusion on Earth. US project scientist Edward J. Smith of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said: "As we were not looking for comets, we did not

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Ulysses solar orbiting spacecraft says: "Mission Accomplished"

After whirling around the sun since its launch in 1990, Ulysses has accomplished its mission. It has provided earthlings data on interstellar dust particles and interstellar helium atoms in the solar system. Experiments were conducted by more than 120 scientists world wide. Data was gathered from instruments that includedmeasurements of the interplanetary magnetic field, determination of the solar-wind ion-composition, quantification of ion and electron fluxes, gamma ray detection, and review of interstellar neutral gas. The data collected during Ulysses’ Solar Minimum Mission make up eight CD-ROMS and are available from ESA. Ulysess space craft with its key systems… bear in mind that this unit was

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Ulysses space craft says goodbye to Earth

Ulysses, a space craft launched in October 1990 was the first real joint-venture between the European Space Agency [ESA] and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA]. This space craft will send its final communication on June 30, 2009. Its primary mission was to characterize the Sun and its influence on the space environment. Ulysses did just that, concentrating on the Sun’s north and south poles. ESA’s mission is to “shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.” Scientists, engineers, information technology specialists, and administrative personnel work towards

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Michael Jackson died, RIP

Michael Jackson has died of a cardiac arrest. Paramedics came to his home this afternoon after the popular artist stopped breathing. When they arrived, he had no pulse and after repeated attempts to revive him, he was pronounced dead. He was the one of the greatest singers and his songs were on a number of different movie soundtracks over the years, and as an actor he appeared in the film The Wiz. The world is never going to forget his extended music video for Thriller, directed by John Landis. Though he’s had his share of problems and controversies over the years, it’s sad to hear

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Facebook Fraud: Custom Naming for Celebrities first

When Facebook announced that it will copy MySpace and allow custom names of profiles, we wondered will Facebook be fair and actually enable people with real names to get their names reserved, or will they actually screw the pooch? The answer unfortunately, is the latter. Facebook decided to cheat, yes – that’s the word – cheat on their self-imposed rules and regulations. A colleague of ours, Will Smith – editor-in-chief of Maximum PC got robbed of his chance to register his name as facebook.com/WillSmith, but the "honor" went to a fan page for Willard Christopher Smith Junior. One would think than an actor proud of

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China Still Blocking Tiananmen Square after 20 years

20 years ago today we saw one of the most horrible acts a modern government can perform. On the night and morning spanning June 3rd and 4th 1989 thousands of protesters [mostly students] filled Tiananmen Square to protest the current government. They wanted a democratic system, they wanted to clean up the government, and they wanted a better way of life. What they received was violence and one of the worst acts of human rights suppression in the 20th Century. The Chinese Government responded by sending tanks and armed soldiers into the Square. The events of that terrible day began back earlier after the death of the ousted

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Introducing BSO* – Bright Side of Overclocking*

One of ideas behind Bright Side of News* is to open up to various communities, such as gaming, scientific or hardcore overclocking ones.  A while ago, Thomas Jorgen Jacobsen, a well-known overclocker known as "xt0m" from Denmark contacted us and as of today, we’re officially bringing Bright Side of Overclocking* to life. Thomas will be joined by our colleagues and we will try to do our best to bring you different overclocking numbers, benchmarking and overclocking not just the conventional products, but also some things that you would never think of overclocking. We start off with an attempt to overclock an ASUS EEE 1000HE netbook,

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Lunchtime in the Market of "Good and Evil"

Perception and the market: Recently I wrote a piece that opened up a possible skeleton in AMD’s closet. This brought out the critics left and right and even resulted in a direct attack by another publication.  Why is the airing of a bad practice by AMD so unappealing to people? It all comes down to perception and the psychological need to believe in right and wrong, good and bad.  Our brains force us to believe in a moral order, we HAVE to think of things in terms of the good guys and the bad guys. It is a natural part of our brain and psyche.

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AMD and Anti-Competitive Practices

Today I was thumbing through the news and noticed something. The spin put on about Palit leaving AMD and going back to being an nVidia only shop. Yes there were quite a few articles about it. Some even touched on why, but none talked about or really even mentioned what it means in reality. Simply put if AMD/ATi is controlling what partners can do with the GPUs they purchase, and allowing other partners preferential treatment it makes AMD just as shady as Intel. It also goes a long way to explaining why someone would want to use Intel or nVidia over AMD/ATi. Here were all

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BSN* Visitor Stats: April 2009

At Bright Side of News*, we want to follow market trends not just by reporting what market research groups are releasing to the general audience, but also to follow the profile of our readers. While designing the site, we were often faced with design choices – you noticed that we went with the 1050 pixel wide resolution. Starting today, around every 24th in the month we’ll show our monthly stats when it comes to our readers. We are paying attention to the resolution our readers use, browsers, operating systems, flash & java support – based on the information we receive, we will tailor our site

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New Laptop Hunters: Meet Lauren and Sue

The new episode of Microsoft’s Laptop Hunters marketing ploy is out. Here we meet Lauren a pre-law student and her mom Sue. Just like always, the notebook shopping time brings an anonymous character that looks for a laptop and when he/she finds it and buys it [if it is a Windows-based laptop – netbooks and Macs need no apply, Ed.], they get the cash back. This time around, Lauren is looking for a laptop with speed, portability and battery life. First they check out Mac [as always, Ed.] but as they say it is too expensive and that before adding additional things, so why would anyone paid

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Why a recession can be good for technology and consumers

As everyone knows we are in the middle of an economic downturn, a recession, call it what you want it is bad news for the economy. As we move deeper and deeper into what the media is calling the financial crisis we hear news of corruption, business closings and all sorts of bad things. It is enough to put you off your lunch. But an economic recession does not mean all bad news. In one and very important way it has hidden benefits to the consumer, the companies that sell to them and to technology in general. In the simplest terms a recession forces companies to

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BSN* Folding@Home team enters Top 300 list

Folding@home is one of the distributed computing projects I am personally most interested in. This valiant project from the Pande Group at Stanford University focuses on harnessing the computing power for simulation of a protein’s life. Given the amount of diseases caused by the mis-folding of proteins, we strongly believe this project is one that deservers our full idle-GPU focus and members of BSN* are joining in with our GPU hardware. Even though there are only dozen or so active folders inside our group, we all predominately use GPUs and the results are coming in – we have entered the Top 300 teams [out of

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A Blurring of the Lines

When I first entered the IT world there was a huge gap between what you would see in an office environment and what you would see in a home. But then again this was the early to late 80s and the PC craze was not in full swing just yet. Now we see something new and incredible in the IT world, we see a blurring of the lines that formerly divided the home and the office. What was once considered uniquely enterprise is finding its way to the home. While this is nothing new in itself, what is new is that nothing is being developed

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Tracking swine flu on the internet

There are several web sites on the internet that provide information about swine flu outbreak – we decided to provide you with a quick article with the most popular links online at this hour: Google Maps swine flu outbreak map: With this map you can find every known infection case of the swine flu around the world. It also provides information on the current state of the infected person and it is continuously updated. You can also see H1N1 Timeline, a page you can see where the flu is and where it’s going. You can track where it has started and where it is spreading.  The

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Update: Swine Flu panic spreads through social networks

Till now in Mexico 103 people died, and 1600 are infected. After the virus was confirmed in Spain European Commission called urgent meeting of the ministers. The governments all over the world are trying everything to stop the Pandemic of Swine flu and global hysteria. The new cases of disease are showing from Canada to New Zealand. However, the governments are not able to stop spreading of the hysteria on social networking sites and search engines. Today, Google Trends reports "Swine Flu" is the 3d most popular search keyword currently. Swine flu is still the most trend topic on Twitter, and almost every second one

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Panic from swine flu spreading through social network on the web

Today the U.S. declared a public health emergency over the Swine Flu. It was confirmed that 20 cases of the flu spread to people in New York, Ohio, Kansas, Texas and California. At least 81 people have died in Mexico from the disease and more than 1,300 people are infected. The virus started to spread across the world pretty fast (it has already spread to U.S., New Zealand, Spain and United Kingdom) and experts are in fear from pandemic. Although Federal officials are telling Americans not to panic about the disease, fear of the potentially deadly flu is spreading over Twitter, Google, and blogs across

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Hubble celebrates 19th birthday- Congratulations!

Space telescope Hubble celebrated its 19th birthday – for that long period of time Hubble shot the most amazing and most detailed pictures of planets, stars, galaxies and other different space objects.  Hubble was launched 1990, crossing 4.5 billion kilometers. This 19-year mission resulted with over 570,000 pictures and 39 Terabit of data sent to Earth. Development costs for this majestic piece of technology ran well over 1.5 billion USD. Atlantis mission (May 11th) will mark the last time Hubble gets upgraded with new parts and hardware.  The telescope was serviced four times: 1993, 1997, 1999 and 2002. The Hubble is going to be active

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nVidia says Core i7 a waste of money for gamers

nVidia is throwing the smack talk around, this time it is nVidia’s technical marketing director Tom Petersen who claims that Core i7 is a waste of money for gamers. He goes on to say that for gaming having a Core 2 Duo E8400 and an SLI’d Pair of GTS250s (8800GT, 9800GT, but who’s counting) is better than a single GPU and a Core i7. The interesting thing he does not mention is multi-threaded games that are popping up like patent lawsuits in the coming future. They use games like Crysis Warhead, Fallout 3, Call of Duty: World at War and Far Cry 2 at 1,920

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