Somniloquy - A Download Device for Computers at Sleep

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Somniloquy – A Download Device for Computers at Sleep
Somniloquy keeps downloads going even when the host system is in sleep modeResearchers from the University of California at San Diego have reportedly invented a USB dongle device that allows download enthusiasts to continue downloading even after putting their PCs to sleep. The new gadget has been named Somniloquy, which means “talking in your sleep”.
Designed to work as an external USB network card to the host system, the gadget comes with an in-built processor and flash memory storage. Even when the system has gone into sleep mode, Somniloquy’s in-built operating system stays online to keep downloads going – both in straight protocols and torrents. The device also keeps the host’s DHCP connected to the local network.
If there is a spurt in activity which the dongle cannot handle by itself, it rouses the system from sleep and transfers command to the host. To ensure that Somniloquy does not use up precious hard drive resources, it comes with a SD card that buffers the download; this ensures the hard drive is only used when the card runs out of storage space and needs to transfer data to the main drive.
According to the researchers, Somniloquy can reduce energy consumption between 60 and 80 percent, bringing down electricity bills, thereby caring for the environment. The dongle has been developed in association with Microsoft Research and was presented at USENIX last week. Still in development stage, Somniloquy is still some time away from going into commercial production.
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25-04-2009, 15:26:37

here ya go

25-04-2009, 15:33:56

LMAO thats the funniest thing Ive seen in ages!

PMSL you can get them on scan for 70, n00000b!

25-04-2009, 15:42:00

well i am a funny guy... anyway as i said in another thread i am a nvidia fanboy so i dont know how much ati's cost or are they amd now?

25-04-2009, 18:04:10

There's one for sale over at Chilledpc forum's. You need to have enough post's to view.

25-04-2009, 18:49:07

He wants £60 though dude?

25-04-2009, 19:33:27

Rofl £60 for a 3870?? add £20 and get a 4850 .
add £10 get a 3870x2 dream on ?

3870 worth what £40 -50 MAX?

26-04-2009, 18:40:15


He wants £60 though dude?

Make him an offer :).

27-04-2009, 13:32:56

What's worse is that they're actually selling at that price and beyond :o

Perhaps you could take advantage of this and flog the faulty one on eBay as faulty and spares and the other as fully functional. Could fetch near £100 so long as there are numpties buying them and it could be possible to go buy a single fast graphics card? Something to consider if you're unable to locate another 3870 at a decent price.

27-04-2009, 13:34:06

Pretty sure hes having a 4850 now so they will be on the bay anyways :p

27-04-2009, 13:35:08

Thread cleaned.

This is a FS&W thread people. TRY and keep to the rules of the section.

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