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Space

Pluto — a Complex and Changing World 191

astroengine writes "After 4 years of processing the highest resolution photographs the Hubble Space Telescope could muster, we now have the highest resolution view of Pluto's surface ever produced. Most excitingly, these new observations show an active world with seasonal changes altering the dwarf planet's surface. It turns out that this far-flung world has more in common with Earth than we would have ever imagined."
Idle

Submission + - Tech workers go nude for charity calendar (itpro.co.uk) 3

nk497 writes: London tech workers have stripped off to create their very own naked calendar for charity. Created by TechCrunch Europe contributing editor Milo Yiannopoulous, London Nude Tech 2010 isn't half as frightening as you'd think. It features photos (a few included at the link) of female and male tech entrepreneurs — one with strategically placed Mac — for every month of the year. It's raising funds for Take Heart India, so pick up your copy — it's for charity, right?
IBM

Submission + - Cat-brain supercomputing milestone (networkworld.com)

bednarz writes: "IBM's quest to build a computer that can mimic the human brain reached a new milestone with a brain simulation that exceeds the scale of a cat's cortex. The simulation involves 1 billion spiking neurons and 10 trillion individual learning synapses. That's as powerful as a cat's cortex — or 4.5% of a human cerebral cortex. It was performed on an IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer with 147,456 processors and 144TB of main memory."
Medicine

Submission + - Heart disease plagued the ancient Egyptians (examiner.com)

mmmscience writes: CT scans of mummies have revealed that heart disease was also a common problem 3500 years ago. The scans show calcification of arterial pathways, a preserved sign of atherosclerosis, the heart disease caused by hardening arteries. Of the 16 mummies that had intact arteries, nine showed signs of significant calcification. Dr. Gregory Thomas, co-lead author on the study, stated, "The findings suggest that we may have to look beyond modern risk factors to fully understand the disease."

Comment So, they've reimplemented CEF (Score 3, Interesting) 122

Yippee.

Cisco (and probably several others) have done this by default for many many moons now. By way of practical demonstration, notice that equal weight routes load balance per flow, not per packet. What it allows is subsequent routing decisions to be offloaded from a route processor down to the asics on the card level. And don't try to turn CEF off on a layer 3 switch - even a lightly loaded one - unless you want your throughput to resemble 56k.

Comment DHP != VDH (Score 4, Informative) 325

Just for clarification, the Virginia Department of Health Professionals is not the same agency as the Virginia Department of Health.

Each Virginia agency is its own little independent IT fiefdom, with all the disparity of budget and clue that entails. At least until their IT is taken over by Northrop Grumman, which is another clusterfuck entirely...

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