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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.

+ - Shooting at MIT->

Submitted by Aphonia
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

by Aphonia (#41363481) Attached to: India Plans To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2017

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

by Aphonia (#41197615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Keeping Personal Tech Cool In Extreme Heat?

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: Data Deduplication (Score 1) 405

by Aphonia (#40946175) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Simple Way To Backup 24TB of Data Onto USB HDDs ?

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

by Aphonia (#40606103) Attached to: Valve Will Let Gamers Pick Games To Appear On Steam

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

by Aphonia (#40596983) Attached to: General Motors To Slash Outsourcing In IT Overhaul

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

by Aphonia (#40353291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Instead of a Laptop, a Tiny Computer and Projector?

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)

A good supervisor can step on your toes without messing up your shine.