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Computer boffins at Microsoft Research and UC San Diego have proposed the introduction of "sleep talking" technology, allowing PCs to carry out network tasks such as BitTorrent downloads or VoIP/IM listening while in energy-saving standby mode. The prototype gumstix-based Somniloquy "sleep talking" network interface Sniffs your …

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How about a NAS or a SFF PC?

Whenever I need to keep anything running for transfering files (hosting or receiving), I just keep my small NAS online. Low-power and does the job (runs linux too). Can SSH into it, WOL the PC remotely,... If not a NAS, one could always get one of those tiny computers Like SlimFit or NSLU...

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Nice

I for one hate paying the leccy bill thanks to my laptop being on 24/7, this would be a nice tool for me - though only if it's cheaper than the extra bill!

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Plug into someone else connection

Sounds fun. If you could plug into someone elses connection. And leave it seeding torrents. Give it some SSH or a torrent webUI. And all will be dandy

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NAS and this tech

I would love to see this in a smart NAS style design.

NAS is all well and good but again these are left on just waiting for someone to access. if we could has a WOL NAS box which switches off again once no network traffic is detected i would by it and it would of course save on the old leccy bills,

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boffins?

not sure I'd use the word boffin on someone that just "dreamt up" the Windows Vista sideshow, a device which has been around for several years, and on the market too!

Well done lads. What's next, inventing a device with rows of buttons for text input?

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Good idea!

Simple but a good idea! Nice :)

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Or

You don't even need a NAS, some USB hard drives can be reflashed to do this, Western Digital drives and media players are the current fave: http://mybookworld.wikidot.com/hacks-and-howto

The fantastic little WD HDTV player, combined with a USB drive, and flashed with custom firmware to open up its linux core becomes a fearsome ultra-low power always-on computer and torrent box.

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Media Players

The PopcornHour media player does torrent and usenet troughing out of the box.

(don't have the power ratings to hand though).

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Check out OpenWRT

You can put linux on your wireless router (or the like) using OpenWRT and run that sort of thing on it, especially if you attach a USB hard drive or SD card reader.

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@Joe K

http://mybookworld.wikidot.com/more_about_c&c/ ? If the MBWE requires tweaking to reduce heat/noise, then it's not relevant to this article's topic.

IMHO any ARM CPU (consuming lt 1Wt BTW) with decent amount of DRAM, some boot flash/ROM, USB host controller and Linux will do the job. And of course, it won't have no stinkin' WD drive connected to the mentioned USB controller when doing this, ever.

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@NAS

How about a mobile phone? I use my old WM5 smartphone for overnight downloads (...of Linux Distros...) and stick the files onto a storage card. It takes approximately bugger all power (especially as it uses a few old solar chargers for most of its power), downloads as fast as anything else can over 802.11 and can store huge amounts of data to SD-card. It could also save off to a portable hard drive if it had USB-Host facilities, or off to a Bluetooth storage device.

Plus it's connected to Skype and my work / home email addresses.

It also used to control my coffee maker, but that's not realy related to the article.

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