Re: Wow, another company inventing the thin client. (again).
And indeed it would. The Vmware View client is available for Linux.
Look at the Raspberry Pi Thin Client Project http://rpitc.blogspot.co.uk/
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I used to work for an NHS hospital.
I found it cheaper and easier to go to Tottenham Court Road in my lunchtimes and buy small items like cables and connectors on my own credit card and claim them back on expenses, rather than going through filling out a requisitions form.
Oh, and another point. A lot of us aren't quiche eaters.
Some of us build and install systems which are used for aircraft engine design and nuclear weapons simulations.
A lot of us run systems which do Real Work (TM) - which of course includes e-commerce, big databases, high frequency trading in the City.
In my case I care for and manage hugely powerful Beowulf clusters which run 24 hours a day, running simulations, the results of which my colleagues will look at over the weekend and on Monday morning. If I were to TURN OFF these machines overnight I would be
a) laughed at
b) out of a job
Turning off the email servers at 6:30? What a clod this guy is.
I work for a company which has a global presence - we send teams of engineers and technicians all over the world, complete with racks of servers and data comms.
We also have branch offices and dealerships all over the globe, which means we are a 24/7 operation.
I also am very glad to say I work with a team of dedicated, hard working people. I guarantee my office will have people in and working hard at 8pm tonight, same as any other night.
Turn the email servers off at 6:30? Ha ha ha ha. In what time zone?
Yes - but the discharge is HOTTER
If you took an intake from downstream of your outtake you would end up heating the same water again and again. There has to be a temperature difference between the hot water which comes from your server room pipe loops and the water which you are using for cooling - too close a difference and you aren't able to transfer much heat into the cooling water. Identical temperatures of course and you can't transfer any.
I get your argument re. the amount of CPU power in an average office.
And IB switches are quite cheap these days - see colfaxdirect.com for example
I would conter though with exactly the same argument - CPU horsepower is relatively cheap these days, and it is the effort and wages of the programmers and administrators which is the cost.
So I would say it is better to have dedicated hardware in an environmentally stable room, close to the data. Rather than coping with a mongrel set of desktops, which vary in speed and memory.
Depends on your application of course.
And cloud (ye Gods why did I have to use this word...) changes things - I wouldn;t bother these days to do office level cycle scavenging. Hire those cloud machines by the hour.
At the Sandybridge launch the other day there was a talk by Amazon - their HPC instances when ganged together reached 42 in the Top500
The reply from Sporkinum confuses the compression applied to the image on disk (which may or may nto be lossy - I don't know).
Anonymous coward asked about PCOIP compression - which is the compression used by the remote desktop protocol. Read up about PCOIP - it is pretty smart. It will 'build to lossless' - ie you might see some loss when an image is rotating, depending on how much bandwidth you have.
HOWEVER when the image is stationary - ie like an X-ray image - you will have a perfect image.
Speaking as someone who worked on the first PACS system in the UK, this is really interesting stuff and a good use for PCOIP.
Mr Watmore is a senior civil servant. He has gone before a parliamentary select committe and stated that "He insisted the government was committed to using more "open source" software to save cash - but had to balance this with concerns about how easily it could be "hacked". "
This is purely and simply FUD.
Mr Watmore, if you read this please present the eveidence for your assertion that open source software is more easily hacked.
Please stand up and speak at any one of the IT user groups which meet in London and give a presentation to back up the statement you make.
"that a few more people have (access to) geiger counters than back in 1986."
Err... well no not really. 1986 was not that primitive a year.
Ionizing radiation detectors have been around for over a hundred years, beginning with gold leaf electrometers and cloud chambers.
"Geiger" counters as you term them are pretty standard bits of kit in any physics lab, or health physics setup, and were certainly common in 1986.
In 1986 I was a student at university, working at a CERN experiment.
My PhD is in experimental particle physics - so I know a thing or two about radiation detection devices - and I have also worked for several years in a medical physics department.
I really don't like the term "Geiger counters" being used by the media - there are many, many types of radiation detectors, which are relevant to the type and energy of the radiation you are tyring to measure (spark tubes, scintillators, ionisation chambers, Geiger counters, filem dose badges, calorimeters, semiconductor detectors, drift chambers)
What you see on TV are dose meters - which are likely to be ionization detectors.
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