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Comment: Detailed replica, not crude device. (Score 1) 332

by veg_all (#35679600) Attached to: Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb

There's some misunderstanding here in these comments. I have his book and what he actually does is document painstaking research into the exact specs on all the bomb's parts down to the diameter of fasteners, etc. He didn't just create a template for a crude uranium-based device. The New Yorker published an interesting article about him in 2008.

Comment: Re:Optical drive still not optional (Score 1) 627

by veg_all (#35328174) Attached to: New Apple MacBook Pro Reviewed

It took me an hour to replace the optical drive in my MBP with an SSD. Mainly that was because the screws are so tiny I had to use tweezers for the ones that fell back in. But if the optical drive bugs you, it's not all that hard to remove it and replace it with something more useful.

http://remiel.info/post/1601242301/making-the-leap-to-ssd-on-a-macbook

Comment: app is kinda crappy (Score 2, Informative) 524

by veg_all (#33780516) Attached to: US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security

I live in a flight path to LGA, planes go over every five or ten minutes and often *blink* the apartment with their shadows. Which is kinda neat. But I think there's a misapprehension about this app. I t doesn't receive ADS transmissions, it relies on (some group of users other than app users) to submit the data to a db. Planes fly over my apartment every five or ten minutes. I've had this app open for an hour and none of the overflying planes were reflected in the UI.

Of course, if they were, I'da downed them with a SAM, which I never felt the need to do when they are flying over til now.

Comment: Re:They had to name it ping, didn't they? (Score 1) 579

by veg_all (#33444420) Attached to: Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes 10, Social Network, AppleTV

Almost every non-cl-using employee I've met in the web business uses ping as a synonym for 'contact', but often specifically contact over the internet, though IM or email or whatever and has for a couple or three years at least. I've always figured it was probably cl-using employees using it in a similar sense, which they do, and have as long as I remember, and being overheard. This made it sound 'hip', in a geeky kind of hip. This means it's our own fault.

Supercomputing

Homebrew Cray-1 140

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the when-i-was-a-child dept.
egil writes "Chris Fenton built his own fully functional 1/10 scale Cray-1 supercomputer. True to the original, it includes the couch-seat, but is also binary compatible with the original. Instead of the power-hungry ECL technology, however, the scale model is built around a Xilinx Spartan-3E 1600 development board. All software is available if you want to build one for your own living room. The largest obstacle in the project is to find original software."

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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