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+ - Intel Finally Has a Challenger in the Server Market: IBM->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "With AMD's fade out from the server market and the rapid decline of RISC systems, Intel has stood atop the server market all by itself. But now IBM, through its OpenPOWER Foundation, could give Intel and its server OEMs a real fight in China, which is a massive server market. As the investor group Motley Fool notes, OpenPOWER is a threat to Intel in the Chinese server market because the government has been actively pushing homegrown solutions over foreign technology, and many of the Foundation members like Tyan are from China."
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+ - Newspapers Use Special HTML Tags to Suppress Ads During Tragedies

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Lily Hay Newman reports that when big news stories evolve into tragedies and people are flocking to read the latest bulletins online, many major newspapers have measures in place so there isn't a dancing Geico newt competing with dire news. The NYT confirmed that the site has a manual switch that can put individual articles in "sensitivity" mode. The settings seem to be either standard, "noads," or finally "tragedy," depending on the content of the story. In the case of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525, the Times eventually upgraded to tragedy. "It’s interesting in part because it’s almost an acknowledgement that ads are invasive and uncomfortable," says Parker Higgins referring to the meta tag: meta property="ad_sensitivity" content="noads". "There are no Google results for the tag, so it looks like it hasn’t been documented," says Parker, "but it seems like a pretty low-tech way to keep possibly insensitive ads off a very sensitive story—an admirable effort." After all, the Internet is filled with lists of unfortunate ad placements, and the worst ones are probably upbeat ads intruding on solemn moments. "In these types of tragedy cases, it’s an editorial decision that we make," says a spokeswoman for CNN Digital."

Comment: Preselection before STEM (Score 1) 373

by tomhath (#49353089) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Those in the 90th percentile (i.e., the top-scoring) actually scored lower than top-scoring millennials in 15 of the 22 studied countries

In most countries the filter of students who get into STEM programs in the first place is much stricter and earlier than in the US. So it wouldn't surprise me that the US score is diluted. It's a US tradition to give everyone the opportunity to succeed or fail.

+ - Details Emerge on Intel's New 60+ Core Chip for High-End Servers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As Timothy Prickett-Morgan reveals over at our sister site The Platform, Knights Landing's Silvermont Atom core will have all the instructions of a Broadwell core except for the closed-for-repairs TSX transactional memory feature.
Chipzilla is still holding to its 3 teraflops target for Knights Landing, and for single-precision floating point it's now touting 6 teraflops"

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+ - Facebook Sued For Alleged Theft of Data Center Design->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "British engineering company BladeRoom Group says it contacted Facebook in 2011 about using its technique, which involves constructing data centers in a modular fashion from pre-fabricated parts. What happened next isn’t clear, since much of the public version of BRG’s lawsuit is redacted. But it claims Facebook ended up stealing its ideas and using them to build part of a data center in Lulea, Sweden, that opened last year. 'Facebook’s misdeeds might never have come to light had it decided that simply stealing BRG’s intellectual property was enough,' the company said in its lawsuit, filed Monday at the federal district court in San Jose, California. 'Instead, Facebook went further when it decided to encourage and induce others to use BRG’s intellectual property though an initiative created by Facebook called the ‘Open Compute Project’.'"
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Comment: Niagra Falls (Score 1) 316

by tomhath (#49320543) Attached to: Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy
For those who keep asking why we can't store water during times of low electrical demand and use it during high, take a look at how the Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant at Niagra Falls does exactly that. Generates massive amounts of electricity during the peak load times. Really an awesome bit of engineering.

At night, a substantial fraction (600,000 US gallons (2,300 m3) per second) of the water in the Niagara River is diverted to the forebay by two 700-foot (210 m) tunnels. Electricity generated in the Moses plant is used to power the pumps to push water into the upper reservoir behind the Lewiston Dam. The water is pumped at night because the demand for electricity is much lower than during the day. In addition to the lower demand for electricity at night, less water can be diverted from the river during the day because of the desire to preserve the appearance of the falls. During the following day, when electrical demand is high, water is released from the upper reservoir through the pump-generators in the Lewiston Dam. The water then flows into the forebay, where it falls through the turbines of the Moses plant. Some would say that the water is "used twice".

Comment: Re:This is one reason why IT doesn't get respect (Score 1) 759

by tomhath (#49315241) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

I agree with everything you said. But unfortunately that kind of behavior is not just tolerated but glorified in our society.

Think about the big shot liberal Hawkeye in M*A*S*H, in one breath he railed on about racism or the evils of war, then in the next he sexually harassed every nurse in the room. And of course there was the two term President who had his dick sucked in the oval office by a woman half his age.

Comment: Already happening? (Score 1) 413

by tomhath (#49312681) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought
From the Economist link:

State officials have cut off supplies to water districts; their federal counterparts will soon follow suit. Some farmers who made the risky decision in past years to plant lucrative pistachio and almond trees, which require year-round watering, have had to bulldoze them. Others are fallowing farmland, or digging deeper to tap brackish groundwater, further depleting aquifers.

It sound like farmers are already being forced out of growing crops in a desert that require a lot of water.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser