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Comment Re:More reason to build your own (Score 1) 265 265

Well, I've set up my rsync-based solution with incremental backups, using the link-dest functionality (just google for rsync and link-dest and you'll get to the same info I got).

Basically it allows me to have directories on my server which has complete snapshots of my data. But rsync works it out so that files that are the same (and have not moved) are really the same file, using hard links.

So it can be done with rsync.

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Paleontologists Discover World's Horniest Dinosaur 109 109

Ponca City, We love you writes "The Guardian reports that paleontologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient beast called Kosmoceratops richardsoni that stood 16 feet tall with a 6-foot skull equipped with 15 horns and lived 76 million years ago in the warm, wet swamps of what is now southern Utah. 'These animals are basically over-sized rhinos with a whole lot more horns on their heads. They had huge heads relative to their body size,' says Scott Sampson, a researcher at the Utah Museum of Natural History."
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Leak Shows US Lead Opponent of ACTA Transparency 164 164

An anonymous reader writes "Throughout the debate over ACTA transparency, the secret copyright treaty, many countries have taken public positions that they support release of the actual text, but that other countries do not. Since full transparency requires consensus of all the ACTA partners, the text simply can't be released until everyone is in agreement. A new leak from the Netherlands fingers who the chief opponents of transparency are: the United States, South Korea, Singapore, and Denmark lead the way, with Belgium, Germany, and Portugal not far behind as problem countries."

Comment Butlerian Jihad in Dune Encyclopedia (Score 2, Informative) 589 589

I always preferred the explanation put forward in the Dune Encyclopedia which, although not "canon", still rings more true to the spirit of Dune:

AIs were used to control in vitro fertilization systems. The AIs started to breed more controllable humans, and IIRC even killed off offspring that were likely to be a threat to the AIs.
This quite nicely explains two Dune taboos in one go: AIs and IVF.

Comment Re:U.N. and Human Rights... (Score 1) 409 409

You got it slightly (but significantly) wrong:

it's hilarious that you complain about that restaurant's food, when you're one of the owners

If you own a restaurant that serves bad food, tearing it down may not be the best solution. Either sell it, or start working on improving the food.

Comment Re:Blocks and GDC (Score 1) 342 342

I think 16 or 32 is counting low.

Consider Larrabee (yes, it is a GPU, but it runs the x86 instruction set, so it'll certainly not be long until it gets used by regular apps for other stuff as well), it is assumed that it will have 32 cores in its first version, and each will have four hardware threads. Presto, 128 hw threads! And this will likely be available in about a year!
How long until this sort of tech goes into the general cpus? I'd say less than 3 years.

All developers worth their salt should start thinking about concurrency, and how they're going to make use of these multitudes of low-powered cores. I can recommend Herb Sutters course in "Effective Concurrency" for those who are interested.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larrabee_(GPU)
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