I was in a similar situation setting up a research group. Wanted an expandable setup for a research group, that would meet approval of local IT sysadmins (some remote management opts, vendor support). Per 2.6K pounds a pop I got a Dell poweredge T410 server with 2 6-core CPUs and 24GB RAM. I'm never one to push a Dell (been purchasing IBM/HP for years) but this is a decent machine for a decent price. I tried various cloud solutions using virtual machines on Amazon and similar frameworks, but for the kind of work we do (frequent software updates, massive amounts of data that need to be stored locally and can't be transferred easily), those don't scale. We use Condor as a job submission engine. Not that we don't like SGE but with Oracle's plans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_Grid_Engine) one can never tell. PS: remind you friend to invest in a QNAP NAS or similar for backups / disaster recovery.
I think the fault is of the original reporter at the Register who either did not understand what is said (text comprehension) or decided to use a bit of journalistic 'slight of hand' to pazzazz his rather dull story. In any case it's clear the article contains no content supporting its title. And slashdot? I've been reading it on/off for 14 years and there's clearly an exponential decay (with us being just at the beginning of the drop; who know where this site will be in 10 years).
ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."
longacre writes "An amateur video of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion has been made public for the first time. The Florida man who filmed it from his front yard on his new Betamax camcorder turned the tape over to an educational organization a week before he died this past December. The Space Exploration Archive has since published the video into the public domain in time for the 24th anniversary of the catastrophe. Despite being shot from about 70 miles from Cape Canaveral, the shuttle and the explosion can be seen quite clearly. It is unclear why he never shared the footage with NASA or the media. NASA officials say they were not aware of the video, but are interested in examining it now that it has been made available."
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Dear Geoffrey, While I appreciate idealism as the other bloke, your argument leads to a rapid slippery slope. Following it would have lost the brits and americans espionage battles of the cold war. What you are saying is that by choosing a side and operating in a manner that helps that side -- in this case, the opposition forces in Iran, you are playing into the hands of the Iranian regime who will use it to argue that the rebellion is supported by Non-Iranians. You are basically saying that any opinion against the Iranian regime from an outsider source will serve to strengthen the Iranian regime. This is rather defeatist in my own ideological opinion which argues that people, of all nations, have the duty of taking a stand against oppression, and not allow cynical regimes to manipulate public opinion into thinking that doing so will weaken the opposition.
Planely speaking, "el al" literally means "towards upwards". "El" means "to" and "Al" means "on" or "over". Combinatorial semantics apply here. As a person speaking Hebrew for more than 30y now, I think your friends got it wrong.
The OSS bit becomes a big deal when you want to use parallel computations (on cloud, grid-computing env). We use R for thousands of massively parallel computations on TeraGrid, using its database interface to querty remoted DBs.
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Let me second that. I work in NeuroImaging at Uchicago, and since we were given cluster and TeraGrid access we got neuroimaging folks using R and SWIFT (Grid parallel workflow language), and High Energy Physics folks implementing their signal analysis methods on neuroimaging data. They used to say that physical distance (in yards) is a good prediction of collaboration potential in academic departments. These days, sharing a computer cluster seems to achieve a similar thing. But, if you are asking how you can contribute, try setting up your system to load virtual machines on each node -- If you can get that going you'll find many potential users that couldn't bother with adapting their code to the cluster, but would be glad to load an image and run a job in it.