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Comment Why would you want that old thing in your home? (Score 1) 281

We've gone through an extensive consolidation project that threw out V880s/V440s and other older Sun equipment, in preference to M5000, M4000, and M3000. The power draw difference is huge - especially when you compare the fact you can run several V880 apps on a single M5000! They are also noisy. So unless you intend switching off your central heating in summer and wearing earplugs, why would you want one of these in your home? Run a VM on your PC instead.

Comment Re:It sort-of is Atari (Score 1) 127

What everyone seems to forget is that Atari was dominant in the MIDI market - just about everyone was programming their hit records using them in the late 80's (Alison Moyet, Erasure, Bronski Beat, etc), and the music software available for it was second to none!

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 209

I finished it the day after I got it. Silmarillion IS a difficult read, but the description of the battles and the engagement with the reader within them is far superior to any of Tolkien's other works. I only got bored with all the God stuff, regarding the Creation etc. But it's all useful stuff when trying to put the tales into perspective.

Humans Evolving 100 Times Faster Than Ever 584

John Hawks writes "A new genomics study in PNAS shows that humans have been evolving new adaptive genes during the past 10,000 years much faster than ever before. The study says that evolution has sped up because of population growth, making people adapt faster to new diseases, new diets, and social changes like cities. Oh, and I'm the lead author. I've been reading Slashdot for a long time, and let me just say that our study doesn't necessarily apply to trolls."

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.