xlr8yourmac has been posting a lot of stuff, but mostly rather regular things such a trouble reports and fixes for various issues, among them some with the new PowerBook G4.
Using the net to store data?
the register has heard of a Canadian company that thinks it would make sense to use fibre optical cables to store data on. By creating a network with cables and routers, a signal could then be sent circling, effectively storing it. This way the data would always be on the way and woul only have to be filtered out for use, instead of calling for it, waiting and then eventually getting it. Of course this new technology also has its limits and drawbacks. Read on for more.
Take care whom you are giving that computer, it might turn into a legal case in 50 years
the register reports that a new book has been published, discussing IBM's involvement in the German extermination of jews. Aparently the technology the Germans used to identify and manage all the names and information was supplied by IBM. OK and fine, but for god's sake, EVERYONE was trying to make the best out of the situation, not just IBM, the Swiss national bank or whoever else might have made a deal with t he Germans during Hitlers regime. It's time to get over it and look forward, jesus christ.
the register has some speculative features of the PlayStation 3 (yeah, they're already talking about that) and it's very impressive. But it also looks expensive to me, so maybe they'll have to cut out one thing or the other.
PlanetHardware discusses all the known and unknown facts about the upcoming NV20 graphics chip from nVidia (which should also be Mac compatible). A fairly long read, but surely worth it, if you're into this kind of stuff.
Related: nVidia History at FS
MacCentral notes that further rumors of lay-offs at Motorola have been confirmed. Motorola had just recently closed down a whole mobile phone facility, now they're firing another 4000 people out of the semiconductor division. The impact on the development of the PowerPC is unknown so far. Are they cutting their legs of, hoping to keep the boat afloat that way, or what?
Some better news
Slashdot then noted that Motorola has also successfully built a 256kilobit MRAM memory module (Magnetic non-volatile RAM). I think that was invented by IBM some 5 decades ago or so, but IBM only just recently started showing interest in the technology again, and most certainly Motorola jumped onto that bandwagon too.