Big fat supercomputer!

The world’s fastest commercial supercomputer has been launched by computer giant IBM.
Blue Gene/P is three times more potent than the current fastest machine, BlueGene/L, also built by IBM.

The latest number cruncher is capable of operating at so called “petaflop” speeds – the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second.

Approximately 100,000 times more powerful than a PC, the first machine has been bought by the US government.

How cool is that? I’m imagining using Second Life on this machine or in fact any game. Maybe setting up a whole bank of shiny flatscreen monitors so that I can game, browse the net, play music, catch up on emails, use graphics programs and a bunch of other things ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

I think I’d need some kind of extra arm transplant or something to really enjoy it. 😀

Of course, I’m sure they’re going to use it for far more sensible and serious things.

The old 300 Expo from SilverScreen

This is mostly a test of the flickr posting-by-email thing, but also I
figured I might as well add a shot from the 300 Expo that was in
Silverscreen – it looked great and it would have been nice to keep it
forever, but it’s now been replaced by content for the new Die Hard film.

…which reminds me.

Abaddon in Second Life

Abaddon in Second Life, originally uploaded by herdivineshadow.

Abaddon is a really great looking sim. The only problem is when you find yourself under it and there’s nothing there. Apart from a really big ramp to get out, or I’m missing something. All it needs is some crazy underwater city to complete it.

Google is still shady

Google would consider keeping a user’s search data for longer than 18 months if they had explicitly consented, one of the firm’s key executives has said.
The web giant currently anonymises a user’s search history after 18 months.

I have always been suspicious of Google. Ever since I noticed that their cookies don’t expire for like… a bazillion years, I have been fairly wary.

It may just be a over-healthy sense of paranoia, but I don’t like the idea of some company in another country knowing who I am and what I do in so much detail.

And keeping all this data on people can’t be good.