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Intel Centrino 2 Platform Launches On Monday, July 14th

By Newsgroup Usenet July 12th, 2008

As notebook shipments have begun to significantly outpace the sales of desktop computers, each new notebook platform launched by Intel becomes more important to the company. This Monday July 14 marks the launch of Intel’s Centrino 2 platform, previously known by the code-name Montevina. The launch comes weeks after Intel had planned due to a problem with Intel’s own integrated graphics for the platform.

In fact, the Centrino 2 notebooks running Intel’s own integrated graphics will not be available on Monday. Only Centrino 2 systems running discrete graphics from NVIDIA or ATI will be available on Monday.

According to eWeek, the Centrino 2 platform is aimed at enterprise users, but it will find its way into consumer focused notebooks as well. The Centrino 2 platform will be the first mobile platform to take advantage of Intel’s new 45nm Penryn CPUs and the CPUs will run from 2.4GHz to 2.8GHz.

Also supported by the Centrino 2 platform is DDR3 RAM along with 802.11n and WiMAX. The move from the 65nm CPUs used in previous mobile platforms to 45nm parts in the Centrino 2 platform should lead to increased battery life and lower heat output — both very important to notebook users. The first 45-nm processors in the Centrino 2 platform will be dual-core parts, but quad-core CPUs will be available for the platform later.

Intel revealed in a blog post that the Centrino 2 platform processors will run at 25 watts whereas the older processors ran at 35 watts.



Top 10 Best Linus Trovalds Quotes

By Newsgroup Usenet July 12th, 2008

1. “Software is like sex: it’s better when it’s free.”

2. “Microsoft isn’t evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.”

3. “My name is Linus, and I am your God.”

4. “See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like Linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too.”

5. “The Linux philosophy is ‘Laugh in the face of danger’. Oops. Wrong One. ‘Do it yourself’. Yes, that’s it.”

6. “Some people have told me they don’t think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen a angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100 mph.”

7. “Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.”

8. “When you say, ‘I wrote a program that crashed Windows,’ people just stare at you blankly and say, ‘Hey, I got those with the system, for free.’”

9. “I don’t doubt at all that virtualization is useful in some areas. What I doubt rather strongly is that it will ever have the kind of impact that the people involved in virtualization want it to have.”

10. “Now, most of you are probably going to be totally bored out of your minds on Christmas day, and here’s the perfect distraction. Test 2.6.15-rc7. All the stores will be closed, and there’s really nothing better to do in between meals.”



Newsdemon welcomes Newsgroups customers from AOL and AT&T!

By WebMaster July 11th, 2008

Apparently, AT&T and Time Warner owned AOL have decided to eliminate free usenet access for their customers.  Newsdemon would like to extend a welcome to the refugees of these ISPs and offer a 15% discount to all new Newsdemon subscribers from AT&T or AOL.

Simply use the coupon code twarner15 and receive a 15% lifetime discount on Newsdemon monthly accounts.  This discount will be good as long as you remain a Newsdemon Newsgroups customer



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest July 10th, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet July 10th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  What does ARPANET stand for?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!



Fanboy Gets A Fan

By Newsgroup Usenet July 9th, 2008

One of the most popular sources for definitions, Mirriam-Webster, has decided to include the word ‘Fanboy’ to the 11th Edition Collegiate Dictionary this year. Others that were considered, but eventually squashed were ‘noob’,’pr0n’ and the most popular in many newsgroups – ‘pwnd’.

Other inclusions this year included ‘unibrow’, ‘ringtone’, and ‘sandwich generation’.

Over the years, Mirriam-Webster has added many words into its dictionary over the years that have had a solid root in the Usenet community through Newsgroup discussions. Although many may not be proud, the Usenet community sees another nod of acknowledgement for its role in making ‘Fanboy’ as popular as it has become.



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest July 7th, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet July 7th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  What is the “BIG 8” and what are they?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!



Hearing Voices Inside Your Head?

By Newsgroup Usenet July 7th, 2008

The U.S. military has been funding the deployment of a non-lethal microwave weapon that creates sound inside your head. The project, known as MEDUSA (Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio) creates “microwave auditory effects” which works by a beam of microwaves that are turned into sound by the interaction with it in your head. No one else can hear it unless they are part of the beam as well.

There are health risks stemming from the weapon, namely radioation. Due to the high-intensity shockwaves created by the microwave pulse, there is a risk of brain damage associated with the beams. More research is obviously needed.

The U.S. military’s interest with microwaves and ray guns go back for as long as they have been an idea, and although it may be far from being produced for combat, the achievements up to this point as well as its expanding usages are assuredly being considered.

So the next time you hear voices in your head, you might think twice if its just your imagination, or a secret military weapon meant to control your mind.



REPOST – Newsdemon Discounts Usenet for Time Warner, Verizon, Sprint

By Newsgroup Usenet July 3rd, 2008

Just a reminder for ISP users that may just have found out as many newsgroups and complete Usenet access has either been removed or shut down by some providers –

Newsdemon welcomes the Time Warner, Spring, and Verizon Usenet refugees with open arms!  We will give a lifetime 15% discount to all incoming Time Warner, Sprint, and Verizon customers.  Simply input the couponcode twarner15 in the ‘coupon code’ box on our join page and you will receive a lifetime 15% discount off all our regularly priced monthly accounts.



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest July 3rd, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet July 3rd, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  What operating system was Usenet meant to assist in sharing information?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!



The Universe May Be More Squishy Than Believed

By Newsgroup Usenet July 3rd, 2008

Squishy PlanetsAccording to data from the unmanned Voyager spacecraft that was launched in 1977 that is now studying the edges of the hemisphere, it reveals that the solar system may not be a nice round shape once imagined. Instead, the data reveals that it may be squashed and oblong instead.

While studying the edges of the heliopsphere where it defines a huge magnetic buggle around our solar system which was crated by solar winds as it runs up against the thin gas in interstellar space.

Scientists think this indicates that the bubble carved into interstellar space by the heliosphere, which extends well past the distant orbit of Pluto, is not perfectly round, and the solar system is shaped a bit like an oblong.

“Imagine a balloon is being blown up by the solar wind. You might imagine that if you took a balloon, which is mainly spherical, and pushed it against the wall, it would be blunted on one side,” said Edward Stone of the California Institute of Technology, one of the scientists involved in the research.

The findings were published in the journal Nature.