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Comment PICK (Score 2) 283

Hop into the wayback machine and fire up any flavor of PICK. The database where schema is applied on use, not on storage. No length limits on fields and very fast on old hardware (really fast on new). Storing bits of xml and code are no problem. And for those users who simply must have SQL, many versions will support that too (UniData and UniVerse are two examples). It's not cool, not new, but it does work.

Security

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.

Comment Long Term Costs (Score 1) 349

It's not about the cost of the hardware. A large organization will want the cost of management and support to be low as that is an ongoing expense. A thin client that costs double what a PC costs can return that upfront cost over a couple of years worth of much cheaper support costs.

PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

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