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Was it written in Occam?
Good guess :-) but no, we had a parallel-C compiler (I'm guessing this linked to a similar RTL)
Obviously not suited to every problem, but still, if you could express your algorithm using what must've been some sort of Map/Reduce paradigm, you could do your development on a single TRAM and then run it on the departmental beast when ready.
20 years ago, I worked for a company which made image processing boards based around Transputers. You could have as many chips as your wallet could stand, and the code would indeed auto-parrallelise, and scale nicely. If the principles were well-known then, why can't this still be done?
3 cats may have been harmed during the course of this experiment.
All fine and dandy, until Carrot becomes the new standard.
The Sergeybrin Project
There is another:
Were they really doing serious experiments?
or just going through the motions?
Re: Ceres is 26% water? Hmmm...
Wrong kind of water. Ceres County Council have a hosepipe ban anyway.
Dark cider the force.
Worf, at Khitomer
sharpening his bat'leth..
The Culture's favourite fight juice
How can I learn to gland 'Special Brew' at will?
+1 on the CD's, they were prevalent in the early 80's.
And in 1986, you could have a C64, Amiga, Atari ST, 386 PC with EGA running Windows, dial into a BBS, have an analogue laser disc, drive a Sierra Cosworth..
There was Internet in 1986, just no WWW. And the GSM standard was ratified in 1987, not far off.
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Re: Signal to noise
"It is now possible to scan the sensor data looking for temperature and vibration patterns that are characteristic of an imminent component failure and get the part shipped and fitted before it fails."
Dave, the ooo-arr-35 inside the combine blades is about to fail, I suggest you pop down and take a look.
' initial contact with the landed object was handled using a robot'
Klaatu, Barada Nikto..
Re: So "Tinman" is a go.
It will prove itself undefeatable in air combat, but will be busted by the RIAA, when it downloads every MP3
Huge vacuum pump in space?
V'Ger will become one with the creator. Just having a bit of, erm, difficulty.
I had one!
An MTX512, the 64k edition. Bought in 1984, still worked fine when I (very reluctantly) had to let it go last year.
Ah the good old days, when the *user manual* for a computer listed all the hardware registers (this) , or the CPU opcodes (Spectrum)
But not as shocking as when I met someone who had not only heard of it, but had written a game for it!
Where are you now, Gremlin?
Unlicenced nuclear accelerator?
Don't cross the streams!
That's what they're *telling us* they're building
It's actually 'The Machine', from Contact.
Re: A sad loss...
"We'll never know; if you're reading this he's long dead; had his appointment with the displacement drone and been zapped to the very livid heart of the system, corpse blasted to plasma in the vast erupting core of Chiark's sun, his sundered atoms rising and falling in the raging fluid thermals of the mighty star, each pulverised particle migrating over the millennia to that planet-swallowing surface of blinding, storm-swept fire, to boil off there, and so add their own little parcels of meaningless illumination to the encompassing night...Ah well, getting a bit flowery there."
'The Player Of Games'
Beer, cos I can't gland Crystal Fugue State.
I've had many PCs for the last 20 years, but I can count the number of ready-made systems on one hand.
Most of mine have been FrankenPCs, put together from parts. As bits get upgraded, bits are left over, and eventually there is a big enough pile of bits to make another machine </circleoflife>
If you add in motherboard sales, how many's that? I doubt my purchases would've been logged as PC shipments.
I had a Sharp PC3100, very similar to the Poqet, and it was brilliant. You could underclock the CPU down to 1mhz, to use it as an ebook reader, and the batteries would last for ages. The particular LCD technology used didn't need a backlight. People even managed to shoehorn Windows 3.0 onto it!
<misty eyed>Turbo C 2.0, LIST.COM, Borland Sidekick..
I guess the spiritual successor would be something like the Vaio P-Series, and as the trend for content consumers is PC->touch device, we may never see their like again, as the market for content producers is just too small.
A rep warp civilization?
So, the spacelanes will be full of FTL white van men. It's theorised that as objects accelerate past c, they lose mass. Hence, contents may be lost in Transit.
and in other news
"Turkeys love Christmas", says a recent survey from Bernard Matthews.
Re: possibly one of the dumbest things i've ever read
5th Gear did something like this in the UK. Not on a track, but at a training centre designed to simulate public roads, while being well away from public roads.
There was a drunk driver (illegal), a driver stoned on weed (illegal) and a sleep-deprived driver (legal). The metric of 'better' was quantity of accidents, near-misses, and general driving precision at normal road speeds.
This will go next to the DB9 fridge
for the LaFerrari.
It's been said
that the first *trillionaire* will be made, from space mining.
By the way, you've been woken early cos we need you to check out a distress signal.
Re: Fine, but does it have a large moon?
Yes, it does. Oh wait, that's no moon.
Where'd the planet go?
The white one. Er, guys, you're putting it on me back-to-front..guys?
That's asking for trouble.
On a less un-seriouser note, I know a fair few folks who have Windows phones, and the story is the same: great OS, needs more apps.
+1 for MS offering free SDK's and app store membership to IOS/Android devs, to woo them towards WinPho.
Re: On the subject of dubious images...
Oh, better than that, how about Richard Branson *as* a flight attendant.
Yes, it happened.
I believe the flight went over Paris.
That is all.
Sounds like a great idea
What can go wrong?
We all know they're imitating Facebook with social
but isn't this taking things a bit far?
As far as I can tell..
..he wasn't actually using the phone to make calls, he was taking photos and playing music. If he was using a digital camera or an MP3 player, would that've been OK? Most smartphones these days are sold as all-in-one devices, to save carrying around separate gizmos.
Does the airline training only go so far as 'phones are bad, mkay'? I've been on quite a few airlines, and they usually say something like 'switch your phone to flight mode now' midflight. If I was reading a work-related PDF, or playing Angry Birds, with no sound or radios active, how is that affecting anyone else?
Re: If we are no alone
The research has already been done.
We have Macbooks that can upload a virus to the mothership.
I think I use their brother
I bought my first Amiga there in 1988. They ran out of them at the Commodore Christmas show, and promised that I could get one from the shop at the same price. So I did. And carried it on the train back to Bristol. And a 1084S monitor.
+1. I recently needed to source a new 24" monitor, and the selection of those that can do 1920x1200 pix is pitiful.
Note to manufacturers: This isn't a telly, it's a monitor. To be connected to a PC*. To *do work on*. We need a massive desktop for many open windows at once, and playing videos is only a *tiny fraction* of how it'll be used.
*Other computers are available.
Re: Prior art ?
Re: The brain is in fact a quantum computer
Yes. Read 'Quarantine', by Greg Egan.
So, you'll be needing some sort of capacitor, for quanta in flux..
In another dimension?
With voyeuristic intention?
Hive of Scum and Villainy
Only if I can trade Alien Items in the departure lounge.
The scruffy-looking one, with 'Nerf Herding for Beginners'.
to the hexotoad.
I always needed a docking computer meself
But they could spend it instead on an escape pod, or a fuel scoop
Cray XMP = Sub Zero.
Heart of Gold
Re: she was "appalled" by what she found there
Rule 34 for 'Top Trumps'?
Re: Prior art
"Teen girloids in your local supercluster are waiting to quchat with you"
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