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HPC news and developments slack off a lot during the holidays. The lull often lasts well into January as we put the holiday season behind us, take down the tree, and exchange our geeky gifts for even geekier and more powerful gifts… but that won’t stop us from writing something HPC-related. In our never-ending quest to find …

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FAIL

The 1990's called...

they want their joke back

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Headmaster

Extra Time...

Some countries open their prezzies on the 6th January.

(And yes it probably predates the interwebs, but then again, nostalgia ain't what it used to be...)

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Coat

And how to brake?

And what kind of brakes would he need to have?

I ask this because (according to wolfram-alpha) an object of 321300 metric tons travelling at a speed of 650 miles/second contains about 1.758e20 joule of kinetic energy.

Thats 48,83 Pw/h (peta watt hour!!!)

Anyway, the escape velocity of earth is 11km/s. Flying 100 times faster and still stay in the neighborhood of earth must be very difficult, indeed.

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Boffin

An oldie, but a goodie

Possibly a bit late, or even early by some shopping standards. Unfortunately the author of the first rebuttal failed thermodynamics 101:

It assumes that the 1.43 x 10^19 J created by the friction of the reindeer moving at 4.85 x 10^-5 Ssx can be absorbed by the reindeer to accelerate them. So not only do we have to find a new species of flying reindeer, we have to find ones that are capable of shattering the laws of physics as we know them.

If Santa does exist, I wouldn't fancy playing snap or table tennis against him though, his reactions must be second to none.

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