7 billion and counting: Should the world adopt a ‘one-child’ policy? – Yahoo! News

The world population has hit a whopping 7 billion, and researchers suggest it could reach 10 billion within the next century. On the one hand, this means we’re a great success — after all, the goal of any species is to expand and conquer. But, on the other hand, all that expansion means more mouths to feed, which requires more space and energy, which increases the demand on resources and the environment, perhaps too large a demand for Earth to support.
So Life’s Little Mysteries asks: How can we curb this growth? Should there be a global one-child policy, like the one enforced in China?
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In 1979, in response to two decades of rapid population growth the Chinese government announced a policy that limited each family to just one child (although there are exceptions). The worry was that if growth continued at such a pace, it would be a crushing burden to both society and the economy. [How Many People Can the World Support?]
In terms of limiting population growth, the policy was successful, cutting China’s population by an estimated 250 million to 300 million people, according to Chinese authorities. But this success came with a price. Reports of forced abortion and sterilization abound. And, because of a preference for male children in China, sex-selective abortions have skewed the country’s male-female birth ratio from the natural biological ratio of 105 to 100 to 121 to 100, resulting in millions more young men than women. Socially, the consequences range from mental health problems to kidnapping and trafficking women for marriage.
Social questions aside, does a global one-child policy make sense?
“I don’t think that’s a good idea, frankly,” said John Bongaarts, vice president of the Population Council, a global nonprofit and NGO. “First of all, nobody’s going to accept it. There’s been a massive outcry over the one-child policy in China as coercive, and there’s not a single person that I know that would support it. Plus, you don’t really want the fertility to decline to one child per woman, because you end up in the same problems as Japan has now, and nobody wants that.”
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AnandTech | LSI Announces Agreement to Acquire SandForce


For much of the past year I’ve been hearing SandForce wanted to be bought. The price? $300M – $400M. A bit too rich for OCZ’s blood, but a figure that I felt wasn’t too high given the immense technological advantage that SandForce enjoyed. SandForce’s biggest issue? It needed a partner that would bring sound validation methodology and the resources to actually test SF drives. I mentioned to many players in the SSD and HDD space that they should simply buy SandForce and make this easier on everyone. Today LSI announced that it would be the company to try and do just that.
Pending the typical closing conditions and regulatory approvals, LSI will acquire SandForce for $322M in cash plus assume another $48M in unvested SF stock options. LSI isn’t much of a player in the consumer space but it hopes to use SandForce’s controllers in a go at the enterprise market. A look back at the Vertex 3 in our Intel SSD 710 review shows just how strong SandForce’s architecture can be in database server workloads. As I’ve written before, the enterprise space is where the high margin sales are and as a result many players in the SSD space are focusing on it.
For now don’t expect anything to change with regards to SF drives in the client space, but OCZ’s timing with Octane probably couldn’t have been any better.
Source: AnandTech.

Intel’s Tri-Gate Transistor Named “Semiconductor Innovation of the Year”

The Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovation Awards named Intel’s Tri-Gate transistor the semiconductor innovation of the year. Award criteria included breaking with conventional processes in the field and having wide impact on its field or on future technology.For the first time since the invention of silicon transistors over 50 years ago, transistors using a 3-D structure will be put into high-volume manufacturing. Tri-Gate transistors will go into production by the end of this year in an Intel chip codenamed “Ivy Bridge.”
Intel’s Tri-Gate Transistor Named “Semiconductor Innovation of the Year”.

Computer great Dennis Ritchie dies at 70 | Reuters

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The world has lost another computer pioneer. Dennis Ritchie, the computer scientist who invented the C programing language and co-developed the Unix operating system, has died at the age of 70.
The New York Times reports that Ritchie’s body was found in his New Jersey home.
While working at Bell Labs in the 1960s and early ’70s, Ritchie served as the principal designer of C and was the co-developer of the Unix operating system. C, renowned for its clear, simple language, would become a vital tool in website development, while Unix is the foundation for computer operating systems such as Apples iOS.
“The tools that Dennis built — and their direct descendants — run pretty much everything today,” Brian Kerhighan, Ritchie’s colleague at Bell Labs, told the Times.
According to reports, Ritchie had been treated for prostate cancer and heart disease.
News of Ritchie’s death comes just days after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and, while their respective contributions to computer science might invite comparisons to the two, Ritchie and Jobs led very different lives, according to computer-history expert Paul Ceruzzi.
“It’s sort of ‘apples’ and oranges,” Ceruzzi told the Washington Post. “Ritchie was under the radar. His name was not a household name at all, but … if you had a microscope and could look in a computer, you’d see his work everywhere inside.”
Born in Bronxville, NY, Ritchie began working at Bell Labs — where his father was a scientist — in 1967, earning his Ph.D. from Harvard the following year. He retired from Bell in 2007.
In 1983, Ritchie and his Bell Labs collaborator Ken Thompson received the Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. In 1998, then-President Bill Clinton bestowed Ritchie and Thompson with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for their invention of C and Unix.
Source: Reuters.

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