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Friday September 30, 2005

[H]ardNews 9th Edition - Blair's Tech Ed.

IC Resale Scandal Rocks AMD:

Former employees from AMD, 3M, Seagate and STMicro were thrown in jail this week for a chip resale scam that involved Singapore’s Citiraya Industries, an electronics waste recycling specialist, according to The Business Times.

The former chip and disk-drive employees pleaded guilty in taking bribes from executives of Citiraya, the report said. In return for the bribes, the individuals allegedly resold chips in the open market that were meant for destruction at Citiraya, according to the reports.

Optical Breakthrough:

Holy cow, 100Gb/s Ethernet over optical? I’d say that is an “optical breakthrough”. Damn near caused an optical breakthrough when I read that…my eyes popping out of their sockets.

Lucent Technologies Bell Labs announced the first reported transmissions of 100 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) Ethernet over optical. Bell Labs says these results are a significant milestone in the industry's march towards migrating to 100Gb/s data networking.

Behold The Flying Carmack!

October 6th is right around the corner…your chance to see John Carmack fly! Heh…I’ll skip all the obvious “rocket arena” jokes.

The burgeoning commercial spaceflight industry is about to hold its first big convention, replete with rocket launches, flying space vehicles and the first demonstration of games whiz John Carmack's spaceship-in-progress.