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Comment: Re:WTF is Jaiku, you ask? (Score 1) 41

by dsandler (#27202037) Attached to: JaikuEngine Gets Open Sourced
The "micro" part nominally means that entries are typically capped to whatever will fit in an SMS (although it's unclear whether SMS usage is still common).

The more interesting property relates to subscription. Like RSS, you start receiving updates from contacts you've explicitly selected. Spam-proof, and highly conducive to emergent conversations. (If you're a Facebook user, this is kind of like the News Feed.) Here's another way to look at it: logging into your microblog is like joining an enormous IRC channel spanning the entire world, only almost everyone is set to /IGNORE so you don't really see them. Over time you unignore friends and build a little chatworld of your ownâ"no two views of the global conversation are identical.

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Sleep Mailing 195

Posted by samzenpus
from the better-than-drunk-dialing dept.
Doctors have reported the first case of someone using the internet while asleep, when a sleeping woman sent emails to people asking them over for drinks and caviar. The 44-year-old woman found out what she had done after a would be guest phoned her about it the next day. While asleep the woman turned on her computer, logged on by typing her username and password then composed and sent three emails. Each mail was in a random mix of upper and lower cases, unformatted and written in strange language. One read: "Come tomorrow and sort this hell hole out. Dinner and drinks, 4.pm,. Bring wine and caviar only." Another said simply, "What the......." If I had known that researchers were interested in unformatted, rambling email I would have let them read my inbox. They could start a whole new school of medicine.
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+ - Are Slower Processors Better?

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deadline writes "Last month at the annual supercomputing show, there was a different kind of system that seems to buck the current trends. Instead of handful of faster and hotter processors, a new company called SiCortex is using a bucket of slower cooler MIPS processors (5832 cores to be exact). The whole cluster computer takes up 5 square feet of floor space (1.4 square meters) and is expected to deliver 6 TFLOPS with a power signature of only 16 KWatts. Each MIPS core sips only 10 Watts. Linux, the HPC workhorse, was the OS of choice for this new machine. Interesting pictures and discussion on ClusterMonkey as well."

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