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PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

Comment Deposit Functionality Requires Location (Score 1) 293

Interesting. I'm a USAA customer and I just loaded up the app. For security-purposes, it seems that the application requires the phone's location before it will allow a user to deposit a check. Presumably this is to combat fraud, such as detect a user in Seattle depositing a check and then the same user in Vienna attempting to deposit a check 10 minutes later. When the window asking whether I wanted to let it use my location popped up, I hit cancel and it did not let me go any further with the deposit. Unfortunately, I don't have any checks handy that I need to deposit, but I can't wait to test this out.

Comment Re:Moving parts are the main problem (Score 1) 655

You're right about the moving parts, however I disagree about the flash memory bit. Electrical utilities deploy systems to substations, which utilize flash-based storage systems and they are sold with a 10-year warranty. Having seen devices with rotating storage fail in those environments when flash-based systems have not, I think that it's fair to say that flash memory will definitely go a long way in the reliability department.

Comment I'm thinking of doing the same thing myself (Score 1) 272

I've been thinking of maxing out my 8 Core Mac Pro with 32GB ram, gobs of disk space and installing XenServer or Vmware ESX server and boot via rEFit. Another option I'm considering is picking up a new box altogether. I have my eye on a Dell server with 2 4x core AMD CPUs. With a 300GB disk and 32GB ram, it goes for just over $3k. Add in a few SAS drives and you're around $4k, but you have a highly capable system capable of running more VMs than you probably need.

Comment Bid Process (Score 1) 93

I know it's sometimes a pain and can take time, but you might want to consider putting out an RFP for an application test. Depending on the size of your company and procurement policies, you might be required to put the job out for bid anyway. It also gives you a good idea about what's out there. Let me warn you however, that if you're only looking to satisfy an audit requirement, you're probably wasting your time, as you'll probably be force to choose the lowest bid, which will most likely provide the least value in the long run, not to mention a false sense of security. There are many things to include in the RFP, but the major points that come to mind at the moment are as follows: - Company information (size, qualifications, location (important if testing is on-site), personnel bios, insurance, etc.) - Technical Methodology (as detailed as possible) - Tools used - Reporting (make them include a sample) - References (3 professional references seem to be the norm, which should be past clients) There are many places one can place the RFP, such as magazines (SC, Infosec.), listserves (e.g., and of course you can always pick the top-10 replies to your query on slashdot and send the RFP to them. You should get at least 5-6 responses.

Comment Loss Prevention (Score 1) 655

TSA should be forced to implement a loss prevention program at each airport. Screeners would only be permitted to inspect checked luggage in a highly monitored area. Companies like SAIC could then sell them a centralized video monitoring service to oversee the inspections and report suspicious behavior. Corporate taxes should foot the bill and then make some money back on the service.
Data Storage

Submission + - EMC's CEO blames social networking for data deluge

Lucas123 writes: "In a keynote speech used to unveil a new $1 million disk array, EMC President and CEO Joe Tucci said data centers are being flooded by not only traditional business data but a slew content from digital cameras, phones and personal devices. Tucci also pointed to online social networking communities such as Facebook, Youtube, MySpace, Flickr, and LinkedIn as part of the problem. 'Tucci said, disk-based recovery will continue to trump tape-based recovery operations in terms of cost, functionality and speed. "I'll bet you anything you want that going forward more and more, virtually all [data] recovery will come off of disk and not on tape," Tucci said.'"

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