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Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 606

Yep, Google could sue for Trademark infringement. Except BK would argue back that using "Google" in a trigger phrase has diluted the trademark to the point where it's a common phrase. Oops. That's something else stupid Google did.

Google's smart play here would have been to do nothing and direct all the complaints to BK. The novelty would have turned into PO'd customers in about 5 min and he Ad would have been pulled.

Comment Re:We laughed when they said illegal numbers... (Score 1) 606

Yes, "protected" is a legal term. In effect, it means any computer connected to the Internet.

The real key here is whether the access is "unauthorized". Given that the access code is published for the world to see, It's going to be really hard to claim the access is unauthorized.

Comment Re:Stratus has proprietary redundant *everything*. (Score 1) 137

A lot of manufacturing shops use them to run production lines (where the computer crashing can cause the entire line to shut down).

They are also part of the 911 system.

The other reason one occasionally wants voting hardware is to detect failures. If the numbers you are crunching are really important, you want to be sure you get the right answer. I certainly hope that the people designing self-driving cars are using voting computers, redundant sensors, and redundant actuators. I don't want a glitch in some microprocessor to send me into a head-on collision! [I wouldn't use a Stratus computer for that, but I would build voting into the CPU chip -- in the correct way so that memory is also voted.]

Comment Re: Not "continuously" in the geek sense of the wo (Score 1) 137

Given that the version of the OS that supports that machine hasn't been updated for more than a decade, that machine probably has been running continuously for a lot more than 10 years.

If it was bought in 1993, the CPUs were probably PA-RISC, not 68K. I can't tell for sure, because the picture was not a Stratus machine.

The current generation of CPUs are functionally dual socket zeons in 4U rack enclosures. The heat envelope allows for up to 24 cores. Operating systems supported are VOS (the original proprietary OS -- which is still being developed), Windows Server, Linux and VMWare.

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