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Comment: Re:Put your money where your mouth is. (Score 1) 233

by Guy Harris (#48431397) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

So much wrong in just a few sentences.

First, IBM didn't sell it's HPC group, or its Power Systems group.


The computer in question wouldn't be made using x86

If the computer in question is the same one mentioned in IBM's 2012 press release, not correct - that speaks of "IBM iDataPlex servers", which are x86 servers, not Power Architecture servers.

Comment: Re:Amnesty International (Score 4, Informative) 94

by Guy Harris (#48430145) Attached to: Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

Amnesty International has a terrible track record of attacking Western Democracies disproportionately more so than Dictatorships. I guess they like picking on easy targets, instead of actually trying to make a difference. When is the last time we heard them lobby government action in Africa or the Middle-East?

You mean like this, for Syria, or this, for Iraq, and archived campaigns such as this, for South Sudan, and this, for the Central African Republic?

Comment: Re:Put your money where your mouth is. (Score 5, Informative) 233

by Guy Harris (#48429735) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

As TFA mentions, IBM just sold its supercomputer division to a Chinese company (Lenovo).

What TFA says is:

IBM's decision to sell its x86 server business to Lenovo will turn the China-based company, in short order, into one of the largest HPC vendors in the world, according to IDC.

"Lenovo may become the number two HPC provider literally by the end of this year," said Earl Joseph, an analyst at IDC. Hewlett-Packard is number one. If not in the second position, Lenovo will be close to it.

The linked article says:

As a result of the deal, Lenovo is receiving a host of IBM products including its System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, along with its NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software.

IBM, however, will still hold on to its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, PureApplication and PureData appliances.

I don't know what "[IBM's] supercomputer division" is, but it's not a division that solely develops and sells x86 servers; they also sell Power Architecture HPC systems.

However, at least in 2012, they spoke of iDataPlex servers for NOAA, so they sold that part of their supercomputer efforts to Lenovo. Whether they'll push for Power Architecture HPC systems for NOAA instead is another matter.

Comment: Re:Elevator in the sky with diamonds (Score 3, Funny) 79

by Guy Harris (#48400419) Attached to: Scientists Discover Diamond Nanothreads

You wouldn't guess from the summary that the article title is "Going up! Cosmic elevator could reach space on a cable made of diamonds".

Breaking news: Slashdot submission headline less hyperbolic than TFA's headline.

In other news, Satan cuts ribbon to celebrate the opening of a new ski resort. Film at 11.

Programmers do it bit by bit.