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100-Sq.-Mile Ice Island Breaks Off Greenland Glacier 323

Posted by kdawson
from the many-titanics-worth dept.
suraj.sun sends word of a 100-sq.-mile (260-sq.-km) ice island that broke off of a Greenland glacier on Thursday. "The block of ice separated from the Petermann Glacier, on the north-west coast of Greenland. It is the largest Arctic iceberg to calve since 1962... The ice could become frozen in place over winter or escape into the waters between Greenland and Canada. ... [NASA satellite] images showed that Petermann Glacier lost about one-quarter of its 70-km-long (43-mile) floating ice shelf. There was enough fresh water locked up in the ice island to 'keep all US public tap water flowing for 120 days,' said Prof Muenchow." The Montreal Gazette has more details and implications for Canadian shipping and oil exploration, along with this telling detail: "the ice island’s thickness [is] more than 200 metres in some places... [or] half the height of the Empire State Building." The NY Times has a good satellite photo of the situation.

+ - alternatives to rent-a-coder?

Submitted by mikewelter
mikewelter (526625) writes "I'm looking for pickup coding jobs. rentacoder.com has a nice website, but the buyers have a definite M$ slant (many go so far as to specify "no open source allowed"). Are there alternative sites that cater to the non-M$ coder?"

Comment: Re:Once upon a time (Score 1) 120

by mikewelter (#28585723) Attached to: The Laptop, Circa 1968

Except this beast was 110baud. But time sharing systems in those days weren't much faster (IBM 1401 series, Honeywell 200 series, early IBM360). It was a TTY33 in a case with wheels and an acoustic coupler (connecting wires to AT&T's network in those days was strictly verboten). It weighed about 90 pounds (or at least felt like 90 #).

The first 300baud units were lugable but used thermal paper on a roll.

How can you work when the system's so crowded?

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