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Homebrew Cray-1 140

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."

Comment Re:A big flop (Score 1) 206

Verizon wants no part of [service plan discounts for bringing your own phone]. I can understand why consumers are upset. But let consumers vote with their wallets rather that over-regulate with Congress.

Congress is already regulating by allocating spectrum through the FCC.

Comment Re:Definately an (Score 1) 212

I succumbed and installed MSE a little while ago after hearing good things about it... it found one virus in a zip file (which I knew was dodgy, and had never run), then proceeded to hose my system on reboot. Repeated BSOD reboot, Vista64. It's the only OS crash I've ever had since running Vista (apart from during installation). I had to do a system restore from a few days prior - worked better than I expected, tbh. I'm not going to touch consumer antivirus ever again on my system.

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Wisconsin Designates State Microbe 102

Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that state legislators in Wisconsin raced against the clock to pass a bill designating Lactococcus lactis as Wisconsin's official state microbe. 'The first time I heard the idea, I thought, I've got more important things to do than spending my time honoring a microbe,' says Gary Hebl, a Democratic state representative who proposed the bill which, he says, would make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to grant such a designation, 'but this microbe is really a very hard worker,' added Hebl, referring to the bacterium supported by the Department of Bacteriology at UW — Madison used to make cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack cheese. The proposal faced only one detractor in committee ('the opponent was clearly lactose-intolerant,' says Hebl), and there was no sign of a last-minute campaign from other bacteria, so by evening, the Assembly had approved the measure, 56 to 41. In case there were any doubts about Wisconsin's priorities, a separate bill also awaits consideration in Madison, declaring cheese Wisconsin's state snack."

Comment Re:Kids love the lack of reality... (Score 1) 187

Depends what game you are playing. But the very nature of FPS means you can't really have "the real thing". Well, you could go train to be a special forces soldier, but that kind of means you give up everything else in your life just to experience real(istic) combat. The next best thing is a decent FPS. MW2 is not one of those. A direct hit with a decent-sized bullet should knock you down, and make you bleed to death quickly, unless it hit you in a vital place whenby you would die instantly. I could go on, but you get the idea.

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