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Comment: Re:Oh please. (Score 1) 264

by puetzk (#25757083) Attached to: AMD Launches First 45nm Shanghai CPUs

Ordinary ECC will correct any single-bit error in a 64 bit word, and detect all 2 bit and most other errors. Chipkill ECC (same RAM, fancier memory controller) spread the codes across multiple words and is stronger still.

Average soft error rates for DRAM are about 1 bit flip/gigabyte/month (sea level up to about 10x that in Denver), mostly due to cosmic rays.

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Ubuntu 8.10 Outperforms Windows Vista 689

Posted by timothy
from the windows-probably-runs-more-windows-apps dept.
Anonymous writes "By now a lot has been reported on the new features and improvements in Ubuntu 8.10; it also looks like the OS is outperforming Vista in early benchmarking (Geekbench, boot times, etc.) At what point does this start to make a difference in the market place?" (And though there are lot of ways to benchmark computers, Ubuntu 8.10 with Compiz Fusion is certainly prettier on my Eee than the Windows XP that it came with.)

Hikers May Have Found Fossett Items 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the amelia-earhart-club dept.
An Anonymous reader writes "CNN is reporting 'A weathered sweat shirt, cash and a pilot license with Fossett's name were found Tuesday near Mammoth Lakes, police Chief Randy Schienle said.' The license did not have a photo. '"We're not certain that it belongs to Steve Fossett, but it certainly has his name on the ID," Schienle said.'"

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