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Security service targets gamers

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365w ago - A British intelligence agency has targeted a new generation of recruits by advertising in computer games.

The Cheltenham-based surveillance service GCHQ hopes to attract the attention of 'tech-savvy' gamers.

Adverts featuring the GCHQ website are on billboards within Xbox 360 games such as Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.

GCHQ said it hoped the campaign would "capture the imagination of people with a particular interest in IT".
 

Official: Sony sells PS3's Cell to Toshiba

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366w ago - So much for their earlier denial, eh? It's now official. An anonymous Sony official has "confirmed" to Japan's Nikkei that they will sell their advanced computer chip operations to Toshiba in an effort to re-focus on core business. The official announcement is expected later today.

The sale gives Toshiba the manufacturing responsibility for the much hyped Cell processor used in Sony's PS3. Sony, of course, will continue to invest in the Cell chip. Nikkei says the deal is worth some 100 billion (about $858 million) and should be completed by March.
 

Is PS3 Programming Really More Difficult?

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366w ago - This question has come up in GamePro and also on the new Sony (US) PS3 blog. According to Sony programming the PS3 can be more complex than the 360 but this is due to the Cell having more capabilities. This (sort of) matches what is said in the article and does seem to be a more general consensus.

But is it really true? You do have to put in more effort to get the power out of the Cell processor, there's no doubt about that. I don't think it's necessarily "difficult", contrary to what you might read, very few people who have programmed Cell have ever actually said that, they do say it's more involved though.

Being a chip geek I've looked over the 360's processor and my own thinking is that getting something up and running on it will be easier than getting it running on Cell. The 3 XCPU cores are the same and are programmed in much the same way as a traditional PC processor.

Cell is of course different, the PPE is similar to existing processors (actually, it's based on the same core as the XCPU). The SPEs however are different and are not programmed in quite the same way, programmatically the big difference is the local store, you have to explicitly move data in and out of it. On a normal CPU this is invisible as the cache handles this for you.

However you don't want to just...
 

California bans cell-phone use for teen drivers

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370w ago - A law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday will require those teens to put down all cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. Older drivers will be able to use hands-free devices but minors won't enjoy that luxury – in part because of the popularity of text-messaging among teens.

"The simple fact is that teenage drivers are more easily distracted. They are young, inexperienced and have a slower reaction time," Schwarzenegger said in a statement after he signed the legislation into law. "We want to eliminate any extra distractions so they can focus on paying attention to the road and being good drivers."

Anyone under 18 who thinks this isn't fair? If I was a minor in Cali I'd probably be upset
 

Apple killing 4GB iPhone, $299 while supplies last

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372w ago - Apple has no more use for the puny capacity of its 4GB iPhone, and is selling off the remaining stock at $299. The 8GB version dropped to $399. You can get both off of the apple store.

Bet that makes early adopters feel great that their phones are worth half as much, less than three months after launch
 
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