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Comment Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers (Score 1) 140

Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers is a new book by Mung Chiang at Princeton which picks a few major features of our modern technological society and explains them in some detail. Doesn't require math, very clearly written and also relatively cheap.

Submission + - Shooting at MIT->

Aphonia writes: There was a shooting at MIT. A police officer is down, near the home of CSAIL.
"Update on shooter incident. Responding agencies continue to investigate the situation. The scene is outside of Building 32 (Stata) and 76 (Koch) near Vassar and Main Streets. Injuries have been reported. The situation is still very active and we ask everyone to stay inside. "

Link to Original Source

Comment Crores to USD (Score 1) 135

1 crore is 10 million, so this comes out to be 875 million USD roughly.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/06/with-16-petaflops-and-1-6m-cores-doe-supercomputer-is-worlds-fastest/ says that livermore spent 250 mil on sequoia (which seems like a bit of a lowball to me, given the K computer's price at 1 billion), so throwing a lot more money at the problem would seem to give better performance.

Comment "Mil-spec" or Tough tech (Score 1) 165

Aside from cracking open a window, some tech is designed to withstand this sort of conditions.

My Casio GZ'one Ravine 2 has (from casio's website):
High Temperature MIL-STD 501.5 Procedure I 85C 96hrs
Low Temperature MIL-STD 502.5 Procedure I -25C 96hrs

among other things (theres also a Casio smartphone called the commando which has the same test results).

Panasonic's stuff (Toughbooks) is also designed to deal with high temperatures: http://www.panasonic.com/business/toughbook/why-heat-resistant-laptops.asp (140 F operating, 160 F non-operating)

So on, so forth - you can find versions fo a lot of devices (for a price premium) designed to work or be left in rather high operating temperatures

Comment BMW Track Trainer (Score 2) 97

Isn't this roughly BMW's track trainer? http://www.autoblog.com/2007/12/11/bmw-330i-races-around-the-top-gear-track-without-a-driver/

Seems like it did impressively well on the top gear test track, but a 330i is much slower than a TTS... (Clarkson does mention you can fit it to a M3 though)

Comment Data Deduplication (Score 1) 405

USB seems inane and insane for that level of data. How redundant is this 24 tb of data as well? Running it through a data de duplicator (possibly to reduce storage requirements depending on the type of data) and then a tape drive or raid array may be a cheaper and more time effective option.

Comment Re:don't buy into DRM (Score 2) 129

if its on steam, chances are its better than the alternatives (origins, blizzard's always online thing, etc).

Bioware had "leave the dvd in" if you played Dragon Age, but now that a lot of people are using laptops and dvd drives may be disappearing in the forseeable future (see: retina mbp, mb air), an online option is desirable. (they even were relatively reasonable on selling used copies - just that you wouldn't get some DLC which was desirable)

Good luck with your not buying into DRM - its not going to wither away and die, because frankly, not enough people care. I'll still buy a good game so long as it works and isn't overly intrusive.

Comment Re:more like 7th largest automaker! (Score 4, Informative) 232

Uh...: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automotive_industry#Top_vehicle_manufacturing_groups_.3Cby_volume.3E (which does put Toyota #1 and GM #2)

If you had bothered to read the article you copy-pasted that from, "Volkswagen has retained its place as the number one car company in the world, according to the Forbes Global 2000 companies survey.
The report ranks the world’s biggest companies across an equal weighting of sales, profits, assets and market value. The result is a company ranking in order of size, with 66 countries represented in the mix." (http://news.drive.com.au/drive/motor-news/rankings-worlds-biggest-car-companies-20120420-1xc14.html)

Think of the brands VW owns versus the brands that GM owns.

Comment Tablets and Phones and You're Doing it Wrong (Score 1) 339

A rooted android device or even an ipad + 3g (possibly rooted) would fulfil this with a keyboard case.

Motorola atrix is also another option, but your main concern when traveling is room and you cant fit an ultralight laptop (thinkpad x series, macbook air, netbook, etc.) you probably need a bigger bag or to talk to other business travelers on how they're packing (cause you're doing it wrong)

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