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Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 421

Nope. This kind of discovery, pushing the frontiers of knowledge, is the only thing we as a species do that's of any value. Spending all of our effort trying to "fix[...] the current issues of the world" would just drag us down to the lowest common denominator.

Let the current issues of the world fix themselves or die trying.

Supercomputing

Homebrew Cray-1 140

egil writes "Chris Fenton built his own fully functional 1/10 scale Cray-1 supercomputer. True to the original, it includes the couch-seat, but is also binary compatible with the original. Instead of the power-hungry ECL technology, however, the scale model is built around a Xilinx Spartan-3E 1600 development board. All software is available if you want to build one for your own living room. The largest obstacle in the project is to find original software."

Comment Re:NaCl, we don't need no stinkin' NaCl (Score 1) 131

Build us a reservoir, a dam and t'other side of dam, a clutch of pelton wheels.

With the weight of the world's oceans pressing on those pelton wheels, I fail to see why there would be insufficient energy to pump said 'salty brine' back from whence it came, minus the desert greening ingredient.

Comment Re:Definately an (Score 1) 212

I succumbed and installed MSE a little while ago after hearing good things about it... it found one virus in a zip file (which I knew was dodgy, and had never run), then proceeded to hose my system on reboot. Repeated BSOD reboot, Vista64. It's the only OS crash I've ever had since running Vista (apart from during installation). I had to do a system restore from a few days prior - worked better than I expected, tbh. I'm not going to touch consumer antivirus ever again on my system.

It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. -- Woody Allen

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