What we're trying to move towards where I work is RHEL on the server and making use of Docker. The plan is that we'll put some more user friendly OS on the desktop so our users aren't endlessly frustrated by the desktop being shit and let the developers use Docker to create application stack builds. Once they go through the testing and vetting process we'll just push the containers up to the production RHEL servers. This serves two purposes, the people that actually have to interface with the desktop can have something that looks nice like Ubuntu(I get it you don't like Unity, grow up and realize that it's not the horrible end of the world.), Elementary, or some other more desktop oriented distribution that supports Docker. On the other side we get all the excellence that is RHEL on the server side with a nice clean and seamless integration for out developers. It also allows us to keep our developers from needing root or even sudo access because they can do whatever the hell they want with the Docker containers. Once they're vetted for stability and security I honestly don't give a damn how they handle them. I'm very interested in this Atomic Server Red Hat is exploring for this very reason.
It's not what it's capable of, it's what's been tested and is supported. You can certainly go bigger if you want, but don't expect support.
Where it gets even more interesting is when you have things like GPU passthrough to a VM. That's something I'm working on right now, virtualizing Windows and passing it a GPU. I have the VM bridged to the network so it has a native IP address and assign it whatever resources I think it needs to play games. This lets me have a pretty beefy server that's running Windows in a VM as well as doing all the other server tasks I ask of it like file serving, Plex, a VM for web development. All in one machine. Then my desktops/laptops are relatively low powered and let my server do all the work. What was old is new again.
It has the ability to do RBD Snapshots, it's not a perfect solution but it does work. We're actually in the process of building a Ceph system for testing of climate modeling data. https://ceph.com/community/blo...
I grew up splitting wood with a single bit axe instead of a maul and wedge(all hardwood, maple, oak, cherry, beech, ash). I could hit like the fist of an angry god with an axe because I could get a lot more velocity out of it, plus if you've ever swung a splittle maul that weighs in at six pounds-ish you get really tired really really fast. All that being said this is a great design.
Having grown up splitting enough wood to fill a 30'x30'x10' wood shed every year(not all of it was split but a lot was) and all of it by hand because I grew up poor as dirt I can tell you that it's not as bad as you think. The way this thing rotates is actually how you should split wood anyway, it just takes a ridiculous amount of practice to get it right. With a more traditional single bit axe(no maul, too heavy to swing for hours like I used to) you come down as hard as you can and then right at the moment of impact twist to transfer some of the inertia laterally causing a wider split. The only thing this changes is makes it a hell of a lot easier to do and more efficient because you can get consistent results.
We had a LaserJet II when I deployed with the Army in 2003. It had been in constant use all the preceding years and it's the only printer that made it through every single deployment. That thing went all over the desert, was filled with dirt and dust, bounced around in trucks, flown all over the place, shocked, dropped, banged and beaten. As far as I know it still works.
I know for certain that Amazon is building up some GPU in their compute data clusters. I wonder if they're going to start to offer a game streaming service like OnLive. That would actually be pretty cool if they did it, not only video streaming, but game streaming also.
The AF may not, but the Army does. Theirs are really well equipped too(as of just a couple years ago), the one I used to work on my car in had nice lifts, paint shops, experienced mechanics(professional), great tools, and lots of other perks. They had 40 bays and it was hard to get in to one because people were always in there doing things from just changing their oil to in my friend's case welding a truck frame back together after it cracked. Right next store was a wood working shop that was really well equipped, and if you stayed in the barracks they also picked out technically savvy people to handle basic building maintenance which required training and access to all sorts of shops and equipment. I really wish that we had them in the normal world now that I'm out. It was a fantastic resource that wasn't ridiculously expensive.
Are car designers responsible for drunk drivers?
INDY were garbage, it was great on the Onyx3 or Tezro(basically the same thing) systems.
Oh man, IRIX. You know, that's still probably the fastest and most responsive DE that I've ever used. At least it was on good hardware, I think overall the user interface blew, but it was fast.
I think it would be interesting for the Maker community to come out with some part specs for this. Think a standard body and motor mounting structure that have interfaces to take different wing configurations, tail configurations, even wheels and whatnot. Kinda like an API for a plane model where you have a few basic standardized parts and you can then print out all manner of different things to try that just basically bolt onto those standards. They could probably do much the same for the quatro/hexa copters as well. Hell, there's probably a ton of applications that would benefit from a library of standard parts that you can build on.
I wish I had mod points for you. This statement is so very much the truth, I also believe in the rule of law, however I also believe in ethics and morality. It's a large reason I left the military after two war tours. Just because I was given an order didn't make that order right or just despite the lawfulness of it. It's also why I believe in civil disobedience and standing up for what's right.
I think a good tactic is to do what this guy did or something similar. Waste as much of their time as you can because they're not going to make any money off of you and the longer you tie them up the less profitable they are.