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Monday, December 11, 2000


Blue's News' sweet new redesign moved me to bust out my HTML skills and work on a new design for The Haus. I got a lot done today, hopefully we can reveal it soon.

Q3:TA and CDs / CD-Keys

I saw on the Quake III World forums that while there will be a new CD-key for Quake III: Team Arena, you will NOT have to have the CD in the drive. Huzzah!


According to NVIDIA's quarterly report, RAMBUS is threatening to sue them over their memory patents. Here's a snip:
[W]e have been advised by Rambus Inc. that it believes our products infringe certain patents owned by Rambus and requesting that we agree to certain licensing terms, including royalty payments. We believe the Rambus patents are invalid, not infringed and unenforceable. Although we currently are having discussions with Rambus regarding potential business alternatives to Rambus' proposed licensing terms, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to reach a satisfactory agreement with Rambus. If we are unable to do so, Rambus may sue us for patent infringement at any time.
My hope remains that if RAMBUS keeps on suing enough people, the combined force of the entire technology industry's lawyers will crush them. I hope, I hope, I hope. Thanks Ars Technica.

Sharky on 30nm Transistors

The folks at Sharky Extreme take a closer look at Intel's new 30nm transistor breakthrough, taking a look at what it means, what hurdles still need to be overcome, and what we will do with a 10Ghz processor (OK, the last one's an easy one).

Sunday, December 10, 2000

World's Smallest Transistor

According to Fairfax IT, Intel has developed the world's smallest transistor, only 30 nanometers in size, with a width of just three atoms. They predict that this could lead to 10 Ghz processors by 2005 using current manufacturing techniques. Moore's Law is a great thing. Hmmm. I wonder how many fps you could get in Quake III with a 10 Ghz processor . . . Thanks Slashdot.


Well, while I was at work helping in the whole body-and-fender shop that is our MIS department right now (we just moved all our servers onto a new gigabit switch-yummy) Eeyore went out to Best Buy (no affiliation, yadda yadda) and picked up a copy of Alice for me at the bargain price of $30. Damn but I married a great woman-she even thinks of my gaming addictions even though she'd rather see me do ANYTHING else :-)

Something wicked this way comes . . .

Ask Sweeney

VoodooExtreme posted Tim Sweeney's answers to a couple of user-submitted questions. Sweeney is the brains behind the Unreal engine at Epic. In this brief Q&A is some great news:
[Question submitted by Jeff Walker] Is Glide dead yet?

Tim Sweeney's response -- Yes. Glide is dead. Nobody is writing any new code aimed at Glide. There are just some games on the market still taking advantage of it, so it will be a little while before the thing is fully buried. But I can assure you developers are doing their best to shovel dirt on the grave, and it we ever see the deceased try to claw its way out, we will whack it back down.
The king is dead. Good riddence.


Looks like I'm offline once again this weekend-heck, I'm using my work dialup to post this. Time Warner has once again sucked down a major lump of sludge, and half of the internet is offline waiting for their network people to fix it. I don't know whether I should atribute this to malice or incompetence, but this is the second weekend I've been offline in a row, and I'm just a bit po'd at this point. They aught to be thankful Eeyore is calling Monday and not me. I'd melt their bloody phone right to their heads. Ironically, I'm sure I can't contact the Haus server since I think the Time-Warner connection from Road Runner to EZ-Net's TW feed is the problem, and they don't reroute to the Sprint link instead. Oh, man am I mad.

Don't count on me being back online again anytime soon. I'm sure RR is going to pull the famous "it's not our problem" routine for a few days before they start looking at their own bloody equipment. Grrrr.

Update 10:27pm Well, I can at least reach The Haus again-not that everything is peachy in RR land-it's mollases right now. Whee.

A.T. Hun comments: Time-Warner really is hosed beyond belief up here. I can't do a traceroute to at all. I'm really thankful that EZ-Net has their Sprint feed too.

The Master comments: I'd be thankful you have EZ-Net-they could kill themselves and STILL not be this incompetent. AAAAAAARRRGGGHHH!!!

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