We knew printer ink was expensive, we just never bothered to put it into perspective before. And now we don't have to, because somebody else already did, and the comparisons are pretty eye-popping.
In a graphic comparing the "relative price of different liquids," a single mL of HP black ink #45 runs about $0.70. That's nearly twice as much as a mL of blood, which according to the data runs less than $0.40. It's also almost 14 times more expensive than Penicillin, which runs a little over $0.05 per mL.
So there you have it. Assuming the numbers are accurate, penny pinchers may be better off pricking their finger and refilling those empty ink cartridges with their own blood (please don't try this). Of course, there's always generic ink, which while usually significantly cheaper than "genuine" ink from the printer's manufacturer, have also been known to clog print heads.
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Boutique system builder CyberPower today announced it has completely redesigned its Black Mamba custom gaming machine, which the company describes as "the cornerstone of the Fang Series."
CyberPower's not kidding about the overhaul. Everything about the Black Mamba has been replaced or rejiggered, including the chassis, which now consists of Corsair's Obsidian 800D enclosure.
On the inside, the Black Mamba now comes equipped with the new Xtreme Hydro custom cooling kit, Intel's still flagship Core i7 975 processor, Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard with "the latest special BIOS that allows for improved overclocking and support for...Gulftown that will be released" next year, a pair of Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards, two 64GB Kingston SSDs in a RAID 0 array, and plenty of other goodies.
The redesigned Black Mamba doesn't come cheap, with the base MSRP set at $3,800. Yikes, someone pass the anti-venom.
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You may have noticed the name RockYou on some popular apps found on leading social networking sites Facebook and MySpace. The Redwood City-based company was founded in 2006 and currently ranks among the world's top social networking app developers. However, paying tribute to RockYou's precious contribution to the social web is not the subject of this story.
The developer is in the news for (almost) opprobrious reasons: a new class-action suit accuses it of abjectly failing at the task of protecting millions of user accounts from “even the least capable hacker.” According to the suit, a hacker managed to get past RockYou's flimsy security - sensitive information was reportedly stored in plain text - using a SQL injection flaw. The hacker, identified only by his sobriquet “igigi,” pilfered the emails and passwords of 32 million RockYou users, who weren't even informed of the breach that occurred on December 4. The lawyer heading the class-action, Michael Aschenbrener, termed the breach “catastrophic” during a telephone interview with Wired.
The app developer has vowed to defend itself “vigorously” and dismissed allegations that user privacy does not figure on its list of priorities. But a spokesperson for the company refused to comment any further on the allegations during an interview with Wired.
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To everyone who donated to Wikimedia and helped the non-profit organization reach its goal to raise $7.5 million, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has a message for you: "Thank you." After you're finished patting yourself on the back, go ahead and reach back into your pocket, because
Pull up a chair in front of the fire because it's storytime here at bit-tech as we look back on our personal favourite moments of 2009. From Mark's discovery of Samorost to Antony's pilgrimage back to Battlefield 2, check out our tales and tell us yours in the forums.
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The launch of a new mobile broadband service at CES next month could spark a price war. The new prepaid mobile broadband service is called DataJack. Its 3G network will cover 130 U.S cities at launch, as per its website. It is promising unlimited mobile broadband – absolutely no download limits- for a flat fee of $39.99 a month. The icing on the cake happens to be the fact that the service is prepaid. The USB modem required to access the service costs only $99 and can be used for storing data using an inbuilt microSD slot (card not supplied). Similar offerings on the market are not only more expensive but also don't provide unlimited data usage. DataJack will be in a league of its own when it debuts unless other carriers try and outmaneuver it by slashing their own prices before that.
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