Supercomputer maker Cray had been hinting that it would deliver a new cut-down version of its "Cascade" XC30 system, and the machine is being unveiled on Tuesday at the Cray User Group meeting in Napa Valley, California. The XC30-AC machines go into more standard cabinets like those used with the XE5 and XE6 predecessors to the …
bye bye freon cooled big iron
"America, what a country! This is precisely how the phone company charges us for the internet that our tax dollars paid to create in the first place."
Not really. What's important for "the Internet" is not the glued-together packet-exchanging network from DARPA that found some success in universities - but the infrastructure underneath the pavement. The latter was built via a circuitous route involving state-granted privileges, sweetheart deals, a telecoms bubble and outright abuse of dominant positions in the marketplace. So one may argue that fleecing, gouging, larcency and pension scheme draining are involved, but tax dollars? Not so much.
What we have got here is bog-standard "industrial policy" whereby companies get some orders from tax-and-spend state outfits to do R&D. Not exactly capitalism, but then again, at least it's not a 5-trillion dollar war on stuff for the benefit of the well-connected ones.
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