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Comment: Re:MIPS/horsepower? (Score 2) 334

by tomherbst (#38229908) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Flash-Friendly Router To Replace Aging WRT54GS?
The only thing done in hardware is generally the LAN switching. All bridging to/from WIFI and all traffic to/from the Internet (WAN port) is via a software path. The technology exists so it could be done in hardware, it just isn't necessary because the software path is fast enough.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 104

by tomherbst (#36687134) Attached to: IETF Mulls Working Group For IPv6 Home Networking
I expect your house may be either doing or capable of doing a lot of IPv6 if the devices, software, etc are fairly current. Apple and Microsoft both use IPv6 for many functions, transparent to what the user sees. Apple has used IPv6 (linklocal) for configuring their Airport routers, for example. Many of the cloud based services like back to my mac are tunneling IPv6 in IPv4. Microsoft tunnels IPv6 for their cloud services, also.

+ - Shatner to boldly lead Canada as Governor-> 1

Submitted by just fiddling around
just fiddling around (636818) writes "Now that Michaëlle Jean is approaching the end of her customary 5 years post as Governor General of Canada, the rumor mill has started on who Prime Minister Steven Harper will propose to the Queen in her stead. According to the CBC, the short list includes Captain Kirk, actor William Shatner. It seems that acting can lead to the highest offices in places other than California."
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Comment: used to do about 100:1, but data is more important (Score 1) 414

by tomherbst (#30594516) Attached to: How Many Admins Per User/Computer Have You Seen?
It does not seem widely off - I used to manage a team of 10 people who did the admin/networking for 8000 users. We did not do all of the end user hand holding, though some days it seemed like we did. Our ratio was about 1:1 users to computers, so your needs may be higher with the larger percentage of users. Rules of thumb are useful, but in any support function is it really important to keep data on what you are doing. If the team works really hard it seems like you aren't even there. Most people don't understand the "magic" required to keep this stuff working. If you track calls/time, it is much easier to ask for more resources/staff when they are needed.
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IBM Scientists Build Computer Chips From DNA 97

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the some-chips-are-longer-than-others dept.
snydeq writes "Scientists at IBM are experimenting with using DNA molecules as a way to create tiny circuits that could form the basis of smaller, more powerful computer chips. The technique builds on work done by Cal Tech's Paul Rothemund, who found that DNA molecules can be made to 'self-assemble' into tiny forms [PDF] such as triangles, squares and stars. 'To make a chip, the scientists first create lithographic templates using traditional chip making techniques. After, they pour a DNA solution over the surface of the silicon and the tiny triangles and squares — what the scientists call DNA origami — line themselves up to the patterns etched out using lithography.' DNA-based chips may sound like crackpot tech, but those involved believe the methodology could lead to a new way of fabricating features on the surface of chips that allows semiconductors to be made even smaller, faster and more power-efficient than they are today."

Comment: Re:465 Million $ loan?? (Score 3, Insightful) 248

by tomherbst (#28996221) Attached to: Tesla Motors Turns a Profit For the First Time
Telsa has a valuation in the billions of dollars. The way they pay back the loan is by having what the VC's call a "positive exit" - the company going public or being acquired by a larger company. Even growing organically they could do it - they are manufacturing constrained right now, the loan is all about expanding manufacturing. Personally, I would have rather seen the gov't broker a deal for Telsa to use the NUMI manufacturing plant in Fremont rather than get big gov't loan to build a new plant at the same time they are giving Toyota a bunch of incentives to keep NUMI open after GM walked. If I fit in the roadster, I'd want one. Got a ride in one and it was wicked fun. 0-80 in half a block.

Comment: Give the numbers (Score 1) 2155

by tomherbst (#15913359) Attached to: Did Humans Evolve? No, Say Americans
While I'm not going to defend those who don't accept evolution, would it be too much to ask for the NY Times to state the percentages are in actual numbers rather than the impossible to read graph?

The graph sort of indicates that the US evolution acceptance is about 70% which is lower than it should be, but higher than the tone of the article would lead you to think. This is typical of the NY Times in that they are quite certain that those in NY are smarter and more worldly than those in the rest of the country.

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