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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."
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Submission + - SPAM: Airborne lasers make high-speed military net zip

coondoggie writes: Ultra-high bandwidth lasers could soon be blasting military voice, video and data across the skies and to the ground if a hybrid optical laser system currently undergoing test pans out.

The Air Force Research Laboratory has successfully tested high data-rate experiments using a free-space optical laser link, to send data across almost 22 miles from about 10,000 ft, in the air and on the ground, without interference at about 3Gbps, the Air Force stated.
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Submission + - Casino Denies Man $166 Million Jackpot (examiner.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: After having played on the slot machine for over 30 minutes, Bill Seebeck was ecstatic when the slot machine he was playing on Sunday hit the jackpot—$166 million.

However, The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa was less than enthusiastic, telling Seeback his win was a mistake because the machine malfunctioned. Thus, the casino refused to pay Seebeck his prize as the machine was only suppose to have a maximum pay out of $99K. Currently, the casino refuses to even pay out that amount.

Submission + - Pentagon Wants ‘Space Junk’ Cleaned Up (takefreetime.com)

slreboy writes: The orbit around Earth is a very messy place and the Pentagon’s far-out research arm wants to do something about it. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency put out a notice yesterday requesting information on possible solutions to the infamous space debris problem.

“Since the advent of the space-age over five decades ago, more than thirty-five thousand man-made objects have been cataloged by the U.S. Space Surveillance Network,” the agency notes. “Nearly twenty-thousand of those objects remain in orbit today, ninety-four percent of which are non-functioning orbital debris.”


Submission + - What about the enTourage eDGe? (entourageedge.com)

stacybro writes: A coworker of my just pointed out the enTourage eDGe. Why have I heard nothing about this device? I am usually pretty pessimistic about the latest greatest hardware out there. Nothing I can see about this thing seems too horribly bad and most things seems a lot better than what is out there or even what is coming except the microsoft courier and the apple tablet and they seem to be vaporware. They are taking preorders for shipment in February priced at what the Kindle DX costs. It has all of the important stuff like Android, touch/pen screen, wi-fi at places other than B&N and lots of nice stuff like an e-Ink screen so that I can read for 14 or 15 hours with no plug.
What are they hiding? Does anyone know anything about this thing other than what is on their web page? I might just be buying another new toy in a few months.

Submission + - SourceForge Changes Name to Geeknet (geek.net) 2

Joren writes: SourceForge, Inc., a company responsible for such sites as SourceForge, ThinkGeek , Ohloh, and our very own Slashdot, today announced that it has changed its name to Geeknet, Inc. Scott L. Kauffman, President & CEO of Geeknet, stated that "Our new name is a more accurate articulation of our business. With Geeknet as our calling card on Madison Avenue, we are now able to clearly define the audience we serve and more effectively capture the business opportunity that we are addressing."

Submission + - Man Denied Right to Vote Because He Hates Computer (houstonpress.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A Houston man wasn't allowed to vote in yesterday's mayoral election because he refuses to use computers and there were no other options available. No paper ballots? Skynet is taking over.

Submission + - Iranian NATSEC: Magic? Science? Who cares! 1

jggimi writes: In yesterday's New York Times, Iraq Swears by Bomb Detector U.S. Sees as Useless reports of sales of fifteen hundred remote sensing devices to Iran's Ministry of the Interior, at prices ranging from $16,500 to $60,000 each. Used for bomb and weapon detection at checkpoints, these devices, that have no battery or other power source, are waved about "'...on the same principle as a Ouija board — the power of suggestion — said a retired United States Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack, who described the wand as nothing more than an explosives divining rod."

Debunked by the US Military, the US Department of Justice, and even Sandia National Laboratories, the Iranians are thrilled with the devices. "'Whether it's magic or scientific, what I care about is it detects bombs,' said Maj. Gen. Jehad al-Jabiri, head of the Ministry of the Interior's General Directorate for Combating Explosives."

Last year, the James Randi Educational Foundation offered a $1 Million prize to "...any of the manufacturers, distributors, vendors, advertisers, or retailers of the ... device....Such test can be performed by anyone, anywhere, under your conditions, by you or by any appointed person or persons, in direct satisfaction of any or all of the provisions [in their promotional material]."

No one has taken the foundation up on its offer.

Submission + - Wii sales plummet (zdnet.com) 1

nomadic writes: "A nintendo executive has admitted that Wii sales have "stalled," falling 34.5% during the first half of its fiscal year, and blamed it the fact that "games of high demand could not be continuously released and the good mood has chilled.""

Submission + - Secret Copyright Treaty, Day 2: Jail for Copying (michaelgeist.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: As Slashdot readers digest details on the secret copyright treaty currently under discussion in Korea, yet another report reveals what is planned for talks today. Criminal provisions will be the main subject of discussion, with a U.S.-Japan proposal to establish jail time for some cases of non-commercial infringement as well as tough rules on camcording and even fake CD and DVD packaging.

Comment I know when I will happen... (Score 1) 600

It will happen the day after I win the 100 million dollar jackpot in the lottery. That is why I don't play the lotto. I am saving the world and you should all appreciate me for it.
If there is anyone out there that is interested in ending the world, feel free to send me the ticket that is guaranteed to win and there you go.

Comment Maintenance sucks... (Score 1) 551

A problem with duct tape programming can be that after each delivery you spend a little more time each week doing maintenance on the code that you "delivered". Not that this doesn't also happen with over-engineered apps but more so with under engineered apps. Eventually you have delivered so much that you are spending 100% of your time doing maint and it is time to get a new job.

on time, on budget, all functional ---- choose two.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Hacking a Digital Picture Frame?

stacybro writes: I got another email this morning wanting me to buy a cheap Digital Picture Frame. It was almost cheap enough that I thought I might spend a weekend trying to hack it to do something other than what it was meant to do. ( Why would I buy a digital picture frame to display pictures? I can make something that would do that out of an old laptop. )

I have never played with one so I don't really know what their hardware is like. Everything that I could find out on the web was doing just the opposite, making some old pc/laptop into a picture frame. They look to be fairly usable with USB, flash memory slots, video and sound on many.

Has anybody done anything cool with one of these?

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