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Education

Submission + - Study says MySpace,Facebook reflects social divide

em8chel writes: "BBC is reporting about a research project from UC Berkeley PhD student Danah Boyd, who finds "those using Facebook come from wealthier homes and are more likely to attend college. By contrast, MySpace users tend to get a job after finishing high school rather than continue their education", among other things.

The conclusions are based on interviews with many teenage users of the social networking sites, says BBC."
Software

Submission + - Roll your own Linux distro (itwire.com.au)

davidmwilliams writes: "Linux comes in many flavours, generally targeting specific architectures or users. However, your needs may vary — to this end ITWire present good reasons just why you might want to make your very own Linux distro and aim to give you both the inspiration and confidence to do so, guiding you to some of the best resources on the Internet. http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/13169/53/"
Supercomputing

Submission + - IBM's Blue Gene/P runs continuously at 1 petaflop

An anonymous reader writes: ZDNet is reporting IBM claims that the Blue Gene/P will continuously operate at more than 1 petaflop — It is actually capable of 3 quadrillion operations a second, or 3 petaflops. IBM claims that at 1 petaflop, Blue Gene/P is performing more operations than a 1.5-mile-high stack of laptops!

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