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"... built eight metres into the ground beneath IBM’s Zurich labs."
Get the ground penetrating missiles ready: obviously IBM is preparing to manufacture nukes!
Get a life
These nostagia articles are just as irritating as classic rock stations. I remember most of these machines, they were crap at the time to anyone who looked at mini and mainframe tech. My then TI calculator was easier to program and use than a typical home computer of the day.
Rehashing your youth is something you should do in private or in small groups.
Look forward not back.
What about when Mars is occluded by the sun?
Stealthy attempt to fill the sky with satellite killers!
Re: Problem with this idea...
I can't completely agree - Linux sysadmins generally take security stuff seriously, but I know lots of programmers working on linux boxes who do not.
As well, given distros like Ubuntu that are very easy to install for non-experts, and which pop up that "enter your password" dialog a lot, a trojan will probably succeed.
Back in 2007 the phalanx (phalanx2 ?) rootkit was used very successfully to penetrate a large percentage of thewestern world's linux academic research networks. Those networks were operated by people who understood something about *NIX safety and security... how well do you think the average joe Linux user will fare?
1. AFAIK people don't much die from malaria.
2. M$ under Gates tried and failed to take over the internet. This is just Gates' sour grapes.
I can erase that backup very easily with a hammer.
There is so much hot air at Apple HQ
...they could run it on wind power
Re: And how does a developer make money from this?
AFAICT it should be possible. FF OS is a stripped down Linux distro, the screen is driven using OpenGL ES, and I think HTML5 has some kind of GL layer. So, yeah, a port should be possible.
Roughly 25 years ago Marc Andreeson was crying to the rooftops that Netscape was going to reduce Windows to the status of a commodity hardware layer on top of which Navigator would provide all the user functionality.
Of course Bill Gates gave him a good kicking.
Now the Son of the Son of Navigator might just fulfill Marc's dream.
Re: No auto destruct ?
LOL, they don't need no self destruct button.
Go and research pollution from Soviet era nuclear weapons facilities - the policy seems to have been to just dump the radioactive waste in the nearest river.
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I like Infiniband, I like the speed and the built in management protocols. Much better than Ethernet.
I even use point to point SDR IB networking at home for NFS & SAMBA because 10Gb enet is such a rip-off price-wise.
So when I saw the graphic at the end of the article I was pretty excited because I thought it was showing miniPCI IB card. Too bad it's actually a cable-end.
Still, I look forward to when the supercomputer people start replacing their QDR IB gear with 100Gb+ gear... will be a good time to upgrade to used QDR cards with fibre cables, and get rid of the bulky CX4 copper I have now.
Re: Snapshot of windows in my life
"...why undergo constant change and relearning?... ..."
MS does this for several reasons: (a) because it makes some money off training courses for new versions of Windows; (b) if the changes were visibly only evolutionary then people would be less likely to upgrade, so gotta make it look different; (c) renaming all the APIs or just obsoleting them every few years keeps the indie and 3rd party developers chained to the product because they never have time to do anything but relearn Windows programming.
All in all the intent is to maintain everyone's attention, to the greatest degree possible, on Windows. Now yer *NIX operating systems... well, until two years ago the common desktop metaphors had not changed in a decade or more, and once you know BASH, POSIX, or LIBC programming, well you know them. PERL I won't comment on, I'm having a nice day so far, want to keep it that way.
Re: Not really a U turn, more a wiggle in the road.
I've long considered Windows the premier gaming OS. For getting real work done I mostly use Linux. What I've heard about Win8 imposing some sort of DRM-like control over what games may be installed makes me very leery of the product.
Still, I have to admit that Microsoft makes a fine mouse. It's only real competition for mice is Logitech.
This should not be surprising. Turing certainly was capable of the calculations required to determine that a water/alcohol solution would work.
Is the hotline analog or is it IP based? If it's IP then the Chinese are probably listening in already.
Someone above said "Shit that works - works."
Quite right. I worked at a place a few years ago - their HR and payroll ran on a 32 bit x86 based VMS machine. It weighed about 60 pounds and it's uptime was more than 6 years.
Would you run a nuclear power plant on Windows? Mac OS 10? Even Linux? I would not: too many crashes or kernel panics for my nuke plant.
Or just maybe...
The universe is much bigger than we think...
There was as much matter as antimatter...
Local inhomogeneities in the matter/anti mix persisted through the expansionary (inflationary?) epoch...
We live in an expanded region with an abundance of matter...
There are other regions that have an abundance of antimatter...
Globally the universe is in balance qua matter & antimatter...
Where's my Nobel, heehee?
Wolves that shoot ultraviolet rays from their eyeballs!
@ Andy Fletcher
"I'm literally angry with rage..."
Don't be that way. Be angry, or be enraged. Rage is just extreme anger. If you are enraged then you certainly are angry.
Some of my co-workers are wont to say that a piece of software or hardware is "raging" them. Strangely the never claim to be "raged" when in that condition.
The correct words are "enraging" and "enraged".
I hope this tech quickly becomes a standard as cheap as gigabit ethernet - the process to fab it seems amenable.
Sadly I expect it will be withheld at the high end of the market, kept very expensive.
100Gb/s office and home networking would be game changing.
Whither desktop chip news? I want to know if my socket 2011 board is effectively EOL or if new S2011 CPUs will be coming.
Q: What do you say to a B.A.?
A: I'll have fries with that.
Q: What do you say to an M.A.?
A: Fill it up with unleaded.
Q: What do you say to a B.Com.?
A: Put me on the no-call list.
Re: Cynicism about Blackberry
Apple gave the 'opinion leaders' free tat. BB did not. Result predictable.
It would be good if Ubuntu made the TCP/IP comms params for the search queries sent to 3rd parties easy to block on outbound chain in ipchains or external firewall.
Perhaps always send the query from specific local port which then could be blocked outbound.
Perhaps salt the packets with specific & disclosed value in the unused bits between LEN and FLAGS in the TCP header.
This matters at the least because a business using Ubuntu on desktops could leak information if users turn the 3rd party search feature on. Network/security staff could block the traffic at firewalls.
It's partial pressure that drives diffusion, not net air pressure. The helium pressure within the drive would be vastly higher that outside, as normal air contains virtually no helium.
This article is flamebait, you wankers!
Re: Why the apostrophe?
* qua wildcard would turn nauts into the set af all things that end in 'naut'.
I think we have no argonauts in space.
Re: not safe at all, but....
That would be very neat. Then the ball eventually hits a wall and sticks, you would have a wall of fish!
Re: back in favor
You must keep in mind when reading 'research' that scientists' decisions about research topics are driven in large part by fashion: popular topics get research grants; papers on popular topics get read and can lead to advancement.
In an effort like the one described here, attempting to explaining how evolution produces the results described, where the model contains only a subset of influences and is somewhat biased toward a certain result in any case, one must take the researchers with a large grain of salt.
Most 'soft science' is mostly conjecture.
Like most "evolutionary" explanations, I find this one tenuous.
Just as easy a bit of off the cuff logic: if the females were to die at menopause that would leave more food available for child-rearing females to feed to their offspring. Thus early female mortality can be construed as a leading to better grandchild survival - we *should* be seeing females with dramatically shorter lifespans than we do see.
The vaunted weakly interacting dark matter ought not interfere with EM radiation from these supposed stars, thus the model proposed for shrouded starts is either wrong, or the WIMP model of dark matter is wrong.
Toronto city is investigating pumping cold water from the bottom of Lake Ontario to use in cooling office towers. Problem with that and this scheme is the turnover in deep lakes is not very fast. It is quite possible that in 20 years all T.O or the Swiss will have is warm lakes.
Re: Bono Related Charity?
WTF is RED?
Apple will sue.
Re: Language, language!
Whereas if the rover trundled across some named substance of no particular or important location one does not say it trundled across the substance, but rather across substance or some substance.
To wit: the martians managed, when no one was looking, to place oil in the rover's way to make it's tyres slippery.
NASA spokesperson would say: "The rover trundled across oil and now it's tyres are very slippery", or perhaps "The rover trundled across some oil and now it's tyres are very slippery".
Spokesperson would not say "The rover trundled across the oil and now it's tyres are very slippery", as that implies NASA knows where the oil is. Further one might then ask NASA if this is the Black Oil of X Files fame and if so when will it arrive here? NASA, and indeed the entire USA gov't, are deeply commited to denying the existence of black oil.
Re: I hope JPL uploaded some more audio
Their chief Photoshop Scientist is on days off.
This robot was built to rove...
At 72 to 120-odd feet per day I say it was made to crawl.
I thought an SUV sized nuclear powered rover would cruise at minimum 100KM/h.
Cart before the horse
Democracy is a prerequisite for a functioning capitalist economy.
Capitalism is not a prereq for democracy.
Michael Franti reported from outside the green zone.
I'll stand an M$ Fone that you've not been to Iraq since the invasion!
This is not worthy of a patent.
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