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Comment: Longer Study (Score 3, Insightful) 170

by amclay (#29835039) Attached to: The Risks and Rewards of Warmer Data Centers
The studies were not long enough to constitute a very in-depth analysis. It would have to be a multi-month, or up to a year to analyze all the effects of raising temperatures.

For example, little was considered with:

1) Mechanical Part wear (increased fan wear, component wear due to heat)

2) Employee discomfort (80 degree server room?)

3) Part failure*

*If existing cooling solutions had issues, it would be a shorter time between the issue and additional problems since you have cut your window by ~15 degrees.
Graphics

NVIDIA Driver Developer Discusses Linux Graphics 317

Posted by kdawson
from the give-us-a-single-page-option-already dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Andy Ritger, who leads the NVIDIA UNIX Graphics Team responsible for creating drivers on Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris, has answered many questions at Phoronix about the state of Linux graphics, gaming, and drivers. Ritger shares some interesting facts, such as: the Linux graphics driver download rate is 0.5% that of their Windows driver downloads at NVIDIA.com; how the Nouveau developers are doing an incredible job; creating an AMD-like open-source strategy at NVIDIA would be time intensive and unlikely; and development problems for the Linux platform. Also commented on are new features that may come to their Linux driver within the next twelve months." Like all stories at Phoronix, in common with most other hardware review sites, this one is arbitrarily and maddeningly spread across 8 pages.

Comment: Internet vs. Comapnies (Score 5, Insightful) 182

by amclay (#27641545) Attached to: eReader.com Limits E-book Sales To US Citizens
I don't see why a company should have to sell things to other countries. Despite the internet being free, things contained on the internet do not necessarily have to be geographically free. It reduces the amount of time, energy, and money they might have to spend on lawyers looking up various countries copyright claims, and their market may primarily be based in the United States. Of course, in time this might change, but I'm not one for forcing companies to do things some other way. I'll just buy from another company. Capitalism wins in the end.

Comment: Re:All that and ruggedized? (Score 1) 236

by amclay (#27638903) Attached to: Rugged Linux Server For Rural, Tropical Environment?
The OP wasn't looking for those power requirements, or fan requirements, or lightning requirements. The temp. requirements are also, not what he was asking about. Your situation didn't match his, so I don't think it would be classified as "like you're talking about." Although I've never had real problems with laptop fans even after 9-10 years.

Comment: More (Score 4, Insightful) 515

by amclay (#27458155) Attached to: Phoenix Police Seize PCs of a Blogger Critical of the Department
It's only going to bite us once the police report what he may have been actually doing, or what was not published. Where I find it horrible that they would do it for no reason, I also find it unlikely that they would go to such efforts, when it is obvious that it was retaliatory. My guess is there's more than they reported or know.
Microsoft

Microsoft Asks Fed For Bailout 346

Posted by samzenpus
from the too-big-to-fail dept.
snydeq writes "Microsoft requested on Tuesday some $20 billion in bailout funds from the federal government, claiming that as the company controls an overwhelming share of the OS market, it is too big to fail. Low adoption rates for Vista, the ensuing ad campaign trying to convince people that they really do like Vista, and the increased need for development resources to rush Windows 7 to market to make people forget about Vista have necessitated the bailout, the company said. 'We want to make it absolutely clear that this is not a crisis of mismanagement,' said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a prepared statement. 'This is simply a crisis of dollars — a crisis of not having enough dollars coming our way.'"
Science

Concentrate Better By Doodling 94

Posted by timothy
from the la-la-la-la-shiny dept.
Kelson writes "The next time you see someone doodling during a meeting, don't criticize them for drifting off. It turns out that doodling is the mind's way of keeping itself just busy enough to avoid checking out entirely and slipping off into a daydream, and doodlers actually remember more of that boring talk. (Judging by my college notes, this probably helped me remember a lot of otherwise-boring lectures.)"
Image

Robot Love Goes Bad 101 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the become-my-robot-bride dept.
hundredrabh writes "Ever had a super needy girlfriend that demanded all your love and attention and would freak whenever you would leave her alone? Irritating, right? Now imagine the same situation, only with an asexual third-generation humanoid robot with 100kg arms. Such was the torture subjected upon Japanese researchers recently when their most advanced robot, capable of simulating human emotions, ditched its puppy love programming and switched over into stalker mode. Eventually the researchers had to decommission the robot, with a hope of bringing it back to life again."

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