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Comment: Re:How does Apple use rumors? (Score 1) 195

by CoderDevo (#30574944) Attached to: The Speculative Pre-History of the iPhone

Dont assume the screensize is 320x240.

Yes that would be a bad assumption since the iPhone screensize has always been 320x480.

It doesn't take tablet to change that either. I expect future iPhone displays to increase the resolution even if the physical phone does not get bigger. Competitor phones are already at 360x640 and 480x854.

A smaller pixel size can be a competitive selling feature by providing a better user experience, especially as these devices are increasingly used for viewing detailed images such as maps or even rendering realistic 3D.

Comment: Re:Glad I am not the only one believing that... (Score 1) 183

by CoderDevo (#30229036) Attached to: Senators Ask EC To Let Oracle-Sun Deal Go Through

Based on that logic, the DoJ cleared the merger simply because neither Oracle nor Sun sells "consumer" products. Generally, consumers are considered to be real people that purchase goods or services for personal consumption. It would be hard to show harm to consumers since the impact on them by this merger would be so indirect.

When is the last time little Suzie wanted better support for her Sun laptop? When has your spouse ever called out "Honey! The Oracle man is here to setup our media center!"

The EU looking at how competition is affected expands the scope to include B2B trade as well as B2C. I'd say this is worthwhile, since improved competition for B2B trade has an indirect benefit to consumers.

Comment: Re:This stuff is so cool (Score 2, Informative) 238

by CoderDevo (#29229751) Attached to: Big, Beautiful Boxes From Computer History
That is a mess of wires obscuring the Cray 3 CPUs to which they are connected. It cost $300 million to develop the first functional system for NCAR before Cray Computer Corp, Seymore Cray's last start-up company, folded. (Not to be confused with Cray Inc. which is still producing new systems.)

This machine required 90,000 watts of power and gave off 310,000 British thermal units of heat per hour â" enough to warm six 2,000-square-foot homes. Getting the heat out of the data center would have been a serious problem. I'm sure the whole NCAR building was designed to do just that.

DigiBarn has more pictures of the Cray 3 CPUs.

Comment: Re:Desktop? Where's the notebook? (Score 1) 294

by CoderDevo (#25463361) Attached to: Cray's CX1 Desktop Supercomputer, Now For Sale

Well... My netbook has 2 GB of memory, 160 GB of storage, gigabit networking and thinks it has two 32 bit cores. It's a veritable late 80's, early 90's supercomputer that fits in my backpack.

Even in the mid 90's, GHz processors, and gigs of RAM/hard disk were still largely uncommon. I think you're talking late 90's before that started to become relatively common.

He did say supercomputer. I was once sysop for a 1993 vintage Cray T3D that had 896 * 150 MHz Dec Alpha CPUs configured in parallel, hooked up to a HIPPI (0.8 GB/s) network interface with over a terabyte of available disk. His laptop is less powerful than that, so I'm sure it matches the performance of a state-of-the-art supercomputer from some year before 1993.

IBM

IBM Leaks Details on New Mainframe 185

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Mark writes "Big Blue inadvertently revealed details about its new z10 Enterprise Class mainframe set to launch on Feb. 26, as well as details on z/OS v1.10, a new version of the mainframe OS due out in September. 'According to an internal IBM document obtained by SearchDataCenter.com, the z10 Enterprise Class will come in five different models and feature 64-way chips, compared with the 54-way z9 mainframes and earlier 32-way models. In a conference call last month, IBM CFO Mark Loughridge told investors that the z10 would have 50% more capacity, which indicates that it will probably tap out at around 27,000 million instructions per second (MIPS) at the top end, compared with about 18,000 MIPS on the previous z9 Enterprise Class.'"

Tangent's Rugged Mini Fanless PC resembles a giant heatsink->

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While Itronix's latest GoBook should handle your workload whilst on the go, Tangent is hoping that you'll look its direction for a rugged PC in your home or underground bunker. Quite frankly, the company claims that its Rugged Mini Fanless machine is "designed to take a beating," which apparently includes the ability to withstand "shock, dust, vibration, humidity, extreme cold and heat, and even electromagnetic interference." Externally, this thing is certainly on the opposite end of sexy, but it's the inside that counts; packed within is your choice of an Intel Celeron M, Core Solo, or Core Duo processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, Intel's GMA950 integrated graphics set, up to 120GB of hard drive space, optional external DVD writer, 802.11a/b/g, FireWire, a pair of PS/2 ports, six USB 2.0 connectors, VGA / DVI outputs, audio in / out, and Ethernet. Furthermore, you'll purportedly find "no moving parts" (aside from that HDD spindle, eh?) as its cooled by a passive convection-based system, and you can snag one right now with Windows XP Pro for $1,195.

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+ - ZFS port in Leopard confirmed by Sun CEO->

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Rossi writes "Jonathan Schwartz today confirmed that Apple has ported ZFS from the Open Solaris project and that the file system will be available in OS X 10.5. He also mentioned that Apple would make this announcement at the WWDC next week. Does this spoiler arrive suspiciously after Steve Jobs announced Java wouldn't be available on the iPhone?"
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+ - Does your employer mandate legacy programming?

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perlhacker14 writes "My company is mandating that all developers now function as legacy programmers in our spare time, as well as application developers (our regular roles). Is this normal in other companies: Do other developers (working on the main product of the company) also function as legacy programmers, maintaining older versions? If any of you have experienced this dual role, how much extra work is it to work on two major projects and maintain facets of older programs? As the lead programmer on two projects, I find it slightly hard to keep up at times, as it is."
The Internet

New Law Lets Data Centers Hide Power Usage 208

Posted by Zonk
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1sockchuck writes "Just days after Google announced that it may build a huge data center in the state, Oklahoma's governor has signed a bill into law that will effectively exempt the largest customers of municipal power companies from public disclosure of how much power they are using. Officials of the state's power industry say the measure is not a 'Google Law' but was sought 'on behalf of large-volume electric users that might be considering a move to Oklahoma.' Others acknowledge that data center operators were among those seeking the law, apparently arguing that the details of their enormous power usage are a trade secret. Google recently acquired 800 acres in Pryor, Oklahoma for possible development as a data center, and is reportedly seeking up to 15 megawatts of power for the facility."
Censorship

+ - Transcript of Missing Watergate tapes revealed

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poopreport writes "Eighteen-and-a-half minutes of Nixon's Watergate tapes were excised not for reasons of conspiracy or national security, but rather to avoid an embarrassing revelation of the 37th president's penchant for toilet humor. From the transcript: "You know, when I shook that bastard Mao's hand back in '72 I swore he pinched one off on me. Smelled of rice and cabbage.""
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