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Supercomputing

Submission + - Hydraulic Analogue Computer from 1949 (americafree.tv) 2

mbone writes: In the New York Times there is an interesting story about a hydraulic analogue computer from 1949 used to model the feedback loops in the economy. According to the article "copies of the "Moniac," as it became known in the United States, were built and sold to Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Ford Motor Company and the Central Bank of Guatemala, among others." There is a cool 19 MB video of the computer at Cambridge University in operation. I remember that the Instrumentation Lab at MIT still had a analogue computer in its computer center in the mid-1970's, but even then it seemed archaic and now this form of computation is largely forgotten.

With 14 machines built, it must have been one of the more successful analogue computers — a supercomputer of its day. Of course, you have to wonder if it could have been used to predict our current economic difficulties.

Microsoft

Submission + - The setup behind Microsoft.com (technet.com) 1

Toreo asesino writes: Jeff Alexander gives an insight into how some of the main websites in Microsoft are run (www.microsoft.com and update.microsoft.com). Interesting details include having no firewall, having to manage 650Gb of IIS logs every day, and the use of their yet unreleased Windows Server 2008 in a production environment. http://blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/archive/2007/12/13/microsoft-com-what-s-the-story.aspx
Microsoft

Submission + - The setup behind Microsoft.com (technet.com) 1

Toreo asesino writes: Jeff Alexander gives an insight into how some of the main websites in Microsoft are run (www.microsoft.com and update.microsoft.com). Interesting details include having no firewall, having to manage 650Gb of IIS logs every day, and the use of their yet unreleased Windows Server 2008 in a production environment. http://blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/archive/2007/12/13/microsoft-com-what-s-the-story.aspx
Microsoft

Submission + - The setup behind Microsoft.com (technet.com) 1

Toreo asesino writes: Jeff Alexander gives an insight into how some of the main websites in Microsoft are run (www.microsoft.com and update.microsoft.com). Interesting details include having no firewall, having to manage 650Gb of IIS logs every day, and the use of their yet unreleased Windows Server 2008 in a production environment. http://blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/archive/2007/12/13/microsoft-com-what-s-the-story.aspx
Media

Submission + - w00t Becomes A Word (fastsilicon.com) 2

mrneutron2003 writes: "In a move that shows the fluidity of the english language as well as the questionable ways in which we use it, Merriam-Websters has named "w00t" as the Word Of The Year. We wonder whether or not this is the first time a word has been adopted into Merriam-Websters dictionary that contains numbers and letters. The Sacremento Bee reports...
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Expect cheers among hardcore online game enthusiasts when they learn Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. Or, more accurately, expect them to "w00t." "W00t," a hybrid of letters and numbers used by gamers as an exclamation of happiness or triumph, topped all other terms in the Springfield-based dictionary publisher's online poll for the word that best sums up 2007. Merriam-Webster's president, John Morse, said "w00t" was an ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology.
http://www.fastsilicon.com/off-the-wall/w00t-becomes-a-word.html"

The Internet

Submission + - 95 percent of all e-mail sent in 2007 was spam (news.com)

mjasay writes: "There was a time — 2004 to be precise — when spam "only" consumed 70 percent of all e-mail. Those were the good old days. Today, as CNET reports, upwards of 95 percent of all e-mail is spam. In 2001, the number was 5 percent. Ironically, the United States Can-Spam Act has done absolutely nothing to stop the spam onslaught. Barracuda Networks analyzed more than 1 billion daily e-mail messages sent to its more than 50,000 customers worldwide, and found that 90 percent to 95 percent of all e-mail sent in 2007 was spam, increasing from an estimated 85 percent to 90 percent of e-mail in 2006. We've come a long way, baby."

Feed Science Daily: Earth Observation Satellites: A Roadmap For Calibration And Validation (sciencedaily.com)

The volume of data acquired by more than 50 Earth observation satellites is increasing at an exponential rate and is providing unprecedented synoptic views of our planet. Because these satellites often use different methodologies, using data for trend analysis and environmental monitoring can be difficult, making it essential to establish globally-recognized guidelines for calibration and validation processes.
Security

Submission + - Over 70,000 phished myspace passwords released! (youthbored.com) 4

Sniper223 writes: "Over 70,000 phished and stolen myspace passwords have been released by *channers (calling themselves Anonymous and blaming it on Ebaumsworld, as always). They seem to be releasing the accounts in some form of javascript-rich HTML page, which automatically logs you in as you select your targets. I must admit, it's pretty well made considering where it's coming from. There's an easy to read mirror (most of them seem to be rapidshare uploads of the pages themselves) here: http://bspayce.googlepages.com/, and here: http://sup2u.com/myspays/. (Note: these links are currently down)."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - OS poll at the BBC

FridayBob writes: "The BBC's Technology page is currently running a poll to see whether or not people are thinking about upgrading to Apple's new Leopard operating system. If not, it asks if you're either happy with Tiger, running Windows, or use Linux instead. At the risk of skewing their results, how about we let them know what we prefer? Of course, to be really effective, we have to keep this a secret..."

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