2125 posts • joined Tuesday 24th April 2007 14:31 GMT
Is it just me?
But whenever I hear the name of these orbiters, I have an image of John Cleese as "Tim the Enchanter" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The way he bawled "GRRRAIL!!" in a Scottish accent at Graham Chapman as King Arthur is forever etched in my memory.
Re: Mexico again
Maybe they like enchiladas?
Mine is the one with the sombrero
The perfect gift for fashionable protozoans?
Re: if this is what you have for the 7th of march
Isn't that when they release the iFool?
Sorry, couldn't resist
"The Jobsian legacy calls for a new product thrust into every niche in your life."
Re: or maybe laying on the chaise longue
Re: Foreign lorries @Matthew 3
But then I do not live in Blighty
Re: picture sizes?
I just got me a 2 Terabyte disk for picture backup, which should keep me in business for a while. I might put some stuff in cloud storage for cloud processing, or access when not at home, but I will certainly keep local backups.
Given the price of a NAS, you can store shed-loads at home for very little.
Men were real men in those days
This is proven by the fact that the Delilah speech scrambler shown in the picture was called "portable".
By implication, we assume women were real women, and small furry creatures from alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from alpha Centauri.
How many of us want that app?
Could get messy if everyone could fire a minister, but I know we have all wanted to at times.
Re: Somethings wrong here...
Glare can cause a non-circular object to appear round quite easily.
Re: Spectral Analysis
Usually the brightest fireballs show up red and green N2 and O2 lines. A very bright one may show other traces, but it might have been difficult to get spectral readings on such a fast moving object.
Kudos to these guys!
The lot of them. Really interesting stuff is being made out there.
One caveat: Igors disapprove of near threshold computing:
"Tethting the printhiple? Thtick a bolt of lighting through it! Igorth alwayth make thythtemth that need more power!"
Re: Re: Perfectly plausible
Ah, now you are talking. Proper Bond movie with no fewer than 7 James Bonds (well, 6 and one Jimmy Bond).
"Who is this le Chifre?"
"Nobody knows. Not even le Chifre."
UNIX has a card in its hand:
I ATEN'T DEAD!!
5 digit PINs are being introduced here
I would have no problems remembering 5 digit or longer ones.
Regarding blacklisting, given that your bank knows your date of birth, surely they could forbid you to use a number derived from that date? That would not prevent you from using your wife's, or kids birthday, but those are not printed on your ID, as a rule, so at least some security is added.
Re: Re: I could use such power
Many image processing tools are easily broken up into small loads. The tools we develop are so-called connected filters in which data from all parts of the image may influence all other parts. Often you want to avoid this, but e.g. for analysis of complete road networks, you cannot predict which parts need to communicate with which other parts. To cut communication overhead down you need comparatively coarse grained parallellism.
We have been able to device a scheme (which we are now implementing) which cuts down local memory requirements from O(N) to O(N/Np + sqrt(N)), with N the number of pixels and Np the number of processor nodes. Normally you just require O(N/Np) per node. Communication overhead can be dropped from O(N) to O(sqrt(N) log(N)). This has moved the problem from the impossible to the "possible, but you need a coarse-grained cluster."
Of course, the first (shared memory) parallel algorithm for this filters dates from 2008, so we still have much to learn. Other problems in science can also require global interaction between particles (gravity has infinite reach). A lot of work is done cutting communication down, but this is often at the expense of accuracy.
I could use such power
We are looking at terapixel scale image processing. One aim is compute the entire aerial photography data set of the Haiti earthquake for damage assessment. We aim to do this in a few hours. This can still be done at the multi gigaflop rates provided by decent size clusters. For the 2004 tsunami, we would need orders of magnitude more compute power to handle all measurements required (we are talking petapixel range). These are computations that cannot possibly wait. Though exaflop processing might not be needed yet, as image resolution increases, so do the data rates. Compute power will have to keep up. Real-time emergency response requires real-time processing of vast amounts of data. The size of each compute node of the EC2 and similar cloud systems is far too small for our purposes (we need to have at least 32 cores (preferably 64) cores per node and between 128 GB and 1 TB of RAM per node).
So, yes, I can see real-world, life and death applications for these kinds of compute powers. Other applications include large scale scientific simulations (think evolution of galaxies, or the cosmic web, but also earthquakes, ocean currents, or even the blood flow through a sizeable chunk of the vascular system).
-196 C is cold, but
it is "merely" liquid nitrogen (LiN) level. Not everyday, but not nearly as impractical as previous devices requiring liquid helium (LiHe) temperatures. Think of the Josephson switch, which was hailed as a breakthrough in high performance computing once. LiHe cooling requirements.
If we can build qubit devices based on this, the potential gains might outstrip the cost of LiN cooling.
Users might not care, but what do they know?
If all OSS products were withdrawn or crippled in one fell swoop, how much of the internet would be left standing? Users do not care about the fact that Apache is OSS, or that their home wifi router runs Linux, but unplug all OSS products from the net, and the wails of anguish would be deafening. Much of open OSS (or software in general) is not sexy. It just sits in the background doing some vital job. That means people only begin to care when something fails.
Small runs become much more interesting this way. Ultimately, one might envisage chip making to be commoditized like 3D printing is becoming a commodity. One off parts are becoming affordable (see LOHAN). Imagine designing your own ASIC chip from scratch rather than going the FPGA route. Design a schematic, send it off, have a wafer-full made, mounted and sent to you.
Far fetched now, but maybe some day.
What do you mean "a man can dream"? A man should dream!
OMG I want one!!!
or two, or three!
Devices like these could SERIOUSLy boost the performance of some seriously big image processing chores (multi terapixel stuff). We require both massive storage and rapid access to LOTS of data.
Aren't we living in wonderful times, technology wise.
"The steady stream of embarrassments are being seen as evidence of a power struggle within the church as one group of elderly men pits itself against another group of elderly men to replace an even more elderly man. Possibly with an elderly Italian."
Loved that bit to bits! It almost sounds like the bad old days at the Unseen University (dead men's shoes and all that).
On the plus side, if we wait just e bit longer, maybe nature will take its course and all these elderly men will start falling over from old age. Whether or not they will meet the maker they would expect (or would have us believe to expect) is another matter entirely
It may have been the 11.x version that would not boot on various NVidia powered laptops (specifically), not just mine. I then got the older Kubuntu (maybe Gnome versions worked better) which on occasion froze, until that fateful evening when it froze 4 times in quite quick succession (whilst writing some LaTeX in emacs, not a graphics or CPU intensive load). Later a patch was made available for 11.X, but by then I had switched back. New version might be fine, and we work with some Kubuntu derivative at work on my desktop machine, which seems happy enough with the NVidia support. It just did not get along with my old Vaio SZ.
Simon will want one
You just know it. Better still, rig the Boss/head of IT's smartphone/fondleslab to remotely mess things up, with an easy trail leading to said Boss/head of IT. Just one more way of getting rid of a boss.
Kubuntu 10.04 crashed on my NVidia-powered laptop 4 times in one evening (complete freeze of the desktop, lost quite some work that evening). The 10.10 version would not even boot on NVidia (beta testing apparently done by end users of the so-called stable version). Switched back to OpenSuse 11.2, no worries since.
a whole new meaning of "bipolar" springs to mind watching that video.
Or is it just me thinking that
My thoughts exactly
The 16" guns used shells in the order of a ton in weight, which left the barrel at supersonic speed (820 m/s) yielding some 688 MJ of kinetic energy.
Of course, this is just a prototype being tested.
Just splice in some frog DNA?
Why are you assuming the Denisovans were related to the French?
Monsieur, you offend me, we French are related to the tall, graceful Cro-Magnon!
Re: Not medieval
And anyway, as Pratchett and Gaiman (1990) have stated, bishop Ussher was off by at least 15 minutes
was on my mind more, but then I am that old
Thinner != better
6mm might still be OK, but I would start to worry at some point that the thing would break, and given where I carry my phone, that would leave gorilla-glass shards in my groinal area.
The eyes water at the thought
Coat, for that is where I should keep an overly thin phone.
The surface of the moon is not covered in a couple of miles of water.
Just over half of the moon's surface is visible from my back garden with my telescope (given enough time, and the various wobbles that allow us to see a bit more than half). Using bigger kit, and the odd lunar orbiter, you can see a lot more. It is also a lot easier to walk on the moon's surface (ask Neil), than on the bottom of the oceans, thousands of meters below (ask any scuba diver). Getting to the bottom of the ocean is relatively simple, of course. Getting there alive is quite a different matter.
did it taste like chicken?
Mine is the one with the "cooking with crocodiles" book in the pocket
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