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Submission + - NTP's Fate Hinges On 'Father Time'

Esther Schindler writes: In April, one of the open source code movement's first and biggest success stories, the Network Time Protocol, will reach a decision point, writes Charlie Babcock. At 30 years old, will NTP continue as the preeminent time synchronization system for Macs, Windows, and Linux computers and most servers on networks?

Or will this protocol go into a decline marked by drastically slowed development, fewer bug fixes, and greater security risks for the computers that use it? The question hinges to a surprising degree on the personal finances of a 59-year-old technologist in Talent, Ore., named Harlan Stenn.

Comment Do something impossible (Score 1) 172

When I am learning a new language, I usually try to think of something cool to do, that would be pretty difficult, and then challenge myself to actually do it. Using the many resources available on the web you should be able to figure out any problem you run across. I am personally more into utility type apps, so that's the sort of things I have done, but if you are more into games or whatever you can do that too.

Submission + - Google Using Sea Water to Cool New Data Center-> 1

miller60 writes: Google will use cool water from the Baltic Sea in the cooling system for its new data center in Hamina, Finland. This approach provides Google a new way to operate without chillers, in addition to using fresh air (free cooling) as it has in Belgium. A number of large energy users use cold water from large fresh water lakes, including the city of Toronto and Cornell, which says it has saved 85 percent on its cooling bills. A data center project in Mauritius has planned a similar system, but Google appears to be first into the production phase. See Computer Sweden for photos of the construction of the Google facility.
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Submission + - Inside Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture->

PabloSandoval48 writes: Intel has officially entered the race to heterogeneous computer processors, sketching out the first members of its Sandy Bridge family that will ship before April. The 32nm chips will come in versions with two or four dual-threaded x86 cores and one graphics core on a shared ring interconnect.

The first Sandy Bridge parts are aimed at notebooks, desktops and single-socket servers. Versions with more cores aimed at multi-socket servers will follow later in the year or early in 2012.

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Comment Re:Old time (Score 1) 827

As he says, not all CD players are made equally. If you have ever listened to much music on CD, you will have heard what happens when discs can be read but not properly. If you are fairly young then you might have little experience with actual CD's though. In any case, it's very obvious to me when a CD player has to interpolate data.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"

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