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Comment: Already Plans for Permanent Closure (Score 1) 193

by PastTense (#45044477) Attached to: Another Science Facility Bites the Dust, Temporarily

Has everyone forgotten the previous Slashdot story:
derekmead writes "Data from the enormous Green Bank Telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory has been used to test some of Einstein's theories, discover new molecules in space, and find evidence of the building blocks of life and of the origins of galaxies. With 6,600 hours of observation time a year, the GBT produces massive amounts of data on the makeup of space, and any researchers with reason to use the data are welcome to do so. The eleven-year-old GBT stands as one of the crowning achievements of American big science. But with the National Science Foundation strapped for cash like most other science-minded government agencies, the NRAO's funding is threatened. In August of this year, the Astronomy Portfolio Review, a committee appointed by the NSF, recommended that the GBT be defunded over the next five years. Researchers, along with locals and West Virginia congressmen, are fighting the decision, which puts the nearly $100 million telescope at risk. Unless they succeed, America's giant dish will go silent."

http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/09/28/1513208/astronomy-portfolio-review-recommends-defunding-uss-biggest-telescope

Anyone know what the current status is concerning this permanent planned shutdown?

Comment: Overwhelmingly Linux (95%) (Score 4, Informative) 125

by PastTense (#44032575) Attached to: China Bumps US Out of First Place For Fastest Supercomptuer

It's interesting to browse this website:
http://www.top500.org/
And look at the Statistics section, such as Operating System Family
http://www.top500.org/statistics/list/
Operating system Familyâf Countâf System Share (%)âf Rmax (GFlops)âf Rpeak (GFlops)âf Coresâf
Linux 476 95.2 217,913,963 318,748,391 18,700,112
Unix 16 3.2 3,949,373 4,923,380 181,120
Mixed 4 0.8 1,184,521 1,420,492 417,792
Windows 3 0.6 465,600 628,129 46,092
BSD Based 1 0.2 122,400 131,072 1,280

Comment: I can't believe the comments here. (Score 4, Insightful) 417

by PastTense (#42491361) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Using a Tablet As a Sole Computing Device?

I can't believe the comments here.

First get her a computer with the same Operating System as she already has. The older generation doesn't like change for the sake of change--they only want change when it offers significant improvements.

Second she will want a full size keyboard and a decent sized screen. As you get older your fingers are less nimble and your eyesight gets worse.

So I am thinking something like a 15"-17", used business class laptop from eBay (a few years old).

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.

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