Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 X2

Model ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 X2 is built on a non-standard layout of a black printed circuit board with a bus PCI Express 2.0 x16, and is equipped with power system, involving three phases for each chip and the two phases to the total volume of GDDR5 memory 2 GB with 256-bit interface. For supplementary feeding is provided a pair of special 8-pin connectors. In addition, the board contains a chip NVIDIA nForce 200 with respect to implementation of technology NVIDIA SLI, as well as a film capacitor NEC Proadlizer.

Turkish star Türkoğlu scores six in Suns debut

Turkish forward Hidayet “Hedo” Türkoğlu made a slow start to his career with the Phoenix Suns, scoring only six points off a pair of threes in his team’s 106-92 loss at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
Portland's Nicolas Batum scored 19 points, including three late 3-pointers, and had 11 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers to the victory.
Brandon Roy scored 24 points for the Blazers, who fell to the Suns in the first round of the playoffs last season.
Canadian star Steve Nash had 26 points for the Suns, who trailed most of the first half before going ahead in the third quarter.
Türkoğlu, who spent the summer with the Turkish national team in camps and helped Turkey to second place at the FIBA 2010 World Championship on home soil, was in the starting five and played for 27 minutes.
The 31-year-old Hedo left the Toronto Raptors for the Suns in the off-season following a bitter season with the Canadian NBA team.
In Tuesday’s other game, the Los Angeles Lakers were indebted to bench players Shannon Brown and Steve Blake as they launched their title defense with a nail-biting 112-110 win over the Houston Rockets.

World Cup oracle Paul The Octopus dies

Paul the octopus, who shot to fame during this year's football World Cup for his flawless record in predicting game results, has died peacefully in his sleep, his German aquarium said Tuesday.
"Management and staff at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre were devastated to discover that oracle octopus Paul, who achieved global renown during the recent World Cup, had passed away overnight," the aquarium said in a statement.
"He appears to have passed away peacefully during the night, of natural causes," said Sea Life manager Stefan Porwoll.
"His success made him almost a bigger story than the World Cup itself . . . We had all naturally grown very fond of him and he will be sorely missed."
Paul, who was nearly three, beat the odds during the World Cup by correctly forecasting all eight games he was asked to predict, including Spain's 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the final.
For the prediction, two boxes were lowered into the salty soothsayer's tank, each containing a mussel and the flags of the two opposing teams.
Watched by a myriad of reporters, Paul would head to one box, wrench open the lid and gobble the tasty morsel, with the box he plumped for being deemed the likely winner.
His astonishing ability made him a global media phenomenon. His later predictions were carried live on rolling news channels in Germany.
Within two hours of his death, more than 250 messages of condolence were posted on Paul's "official" Facebook page.
"Paul, we will never forget you. We love you," wrote one. "There will never be an octopus as cool as you again," wrote another.
"RIP in octopus heaven," wished a third member of Paul's nearly 60,000-strong Facebook fan club.
One user of microblogging site Twitter wrote: "Paul the octopus is dead. Bet he didn't see that coming."
Meanwhile Paul himself "wrote" from beyond the grave on his Facebook page: "It seems, my time has come, finally. Take care everybody. Hugs and don't forget me."
The eight-legged oracle became a media superstar for his skills, but he naturally fell out with fans whose teams he failed to tip.
He was slammed in the British press for treason after tipping Germany to beat his "home country" which they duly did, 4-1.
He then fell offside with bitter German fans who threatened to turn him into sushi after he correctly predicted a semi-final defeat for the Mannschaft against Spain.
Stung by Paul's "treachery", some sections of the 350,000-strong crowd watching the game on giant screens in Berlin sang anti-octopus songs.
The honour of Paul's mother was also called into question in the stands, and Paul's home aquarium received death-threat emails saying "we want Paul for the pan."
No less an authority than Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero called for octopus bodyguards.
But Paul's fans need not despair too much at his death. The aquarium has already been grooming a successor, to be named Paul like his mentor.
Paul's body is now in cold storage while the aquarium decides "how best to mark his passing."
"We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine," said Porwoll.
"While this may seem a curious thing to do for a sea creature, Paul achieved such popularity during his short life that it may be deemed the most appropriate course of action."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

France warns citizens about Britain travel

Amid a high alert over an alleged al Qaeda plot to attack cities in Europe, France has warned its citizens about travel to the United Kingdom, saying British authorities believe a terror attack is "highly likely."
The move follows a United States warning that Americans be careful about traveling in Europe because of the risk of terror attacks.

Neither the Britain nor France raised threat levels in response to the American warning, but each has now warned its citizens about travel elsewhere on the continent.

Europe remains on edge after the warnings, based at least partly on intelligence about a plot obtained from a German-Afghan in U.S. custody in Afghanistan.

Police in France seized 12 people for suspected terrorist ties Tuesday, but it is not clear whether they are connected to the plot that prompted the warning.

Those arrests came a day after a suspected drone strike in Pakistan left five German nationals dead, adding to the unease.

French national police said the 12 suspects were seized in the south of France.
Three have links to a French man -- identified as Riahd Hennouni -- arrested in Italy last month, authorities said. Two of them were arrested in Marseilles and the third was arrested in Bordeaux.

The nine other arrests happened throughout southern France, including some in Marseilles and at least one in Avignon, police said. Police in Marseille said the nine have links to an Islamist movement and are suspected of trying to obtain arms and explosives.

It is unclear whether the 12 are French citizens. None of them has been charged. Under French law, police can detain and question suspects for up to six days without filing charges.

Meanwhile, Italian police said Sunday they detained a French citizen of Algerian origin who is suspected of being a member of al Qaeda. The man was arrested last month by Italian police in Naples, Italy, on a European arrest warrant requested by France, the chief prosecutor in Naples told CNN Monday. The arrest was not announced at the time.

Dollar falls to 15-year low against yen

The dollar continued to lose ground on Wednesday, hitting a 15-year low against the yen, as the prospect of more quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve kept the U.S. currency under pressure.

Central banks across Asia were suspected of intervening to stem gains in their own currencies, with authorities in South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines all active in the market.

But dealers said the Bank of Japan did not intervene to weaken the yen, even as the currency rose to a 15-year high of Y82.76 against the dollar, an event which last month sparked Tokyo's first foray into currency markets since 2004.

While traders noted that several Japanese government-backed institutions were active in the market buying dollars against the yen around Y83, analysts said the BoJ was likely to hold back from intervening before this weekend's meeting of finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 leading nations.

They reasoned that Tokyo would not risk further action that could attract criticism at the meeting, given the heightened tensions over exchange-rate policy, which have triggered much talk of currency wars.

Elsa Lignos, at RBC Capital Markets, said Japan would be hard pushed to justify intervention on the grounds of smoothing volatility in the currency markets. "This has not been a sudden jump in the yen, but a steady grind higher," she said. By late in the day in New York, the dollar was 0.4 per cent weaker at Y82.92 against the yen.

Meanwhile, the prospect of further QE from the Fed kept the greenback under pressure elsewhere. The dollar index, which tracks the U.S. currency's progress against a basket of six leading currencies, fell 0.5 per cent to 77.38 -- its weakest level since late January.

The euro was the biggest winner among leading currencies, rising 0.7 per cent to an eight-month high of $1.3937 against the dollar.

Analysts said the performance of the euro, which has risen more than 9 percent since the start of September, reflected the fact that the European Central Bank was the only large central bank not putting pressure on its currency by announcing or considering QE.

"On the back of the European Central Bank not complaining or participating in the race for the weakest currency, the euro has continued its majestic rise," said Ankita Dudani at Royal Bank of Scotland.
The dollar also lost ground elsewhere, falling 0.5 per cent to a record low of SFr0.9610 against the Swiss franc and losing 0.6 per cent to a 26-month low of $0.9771 against the Australian dollar. The greenback was flat against the British pound at $1.5889.