Archive for June, 2007

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.

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Rachel on June 28th 2007 in Technology

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forever, but it’s now been replaced by content for the new Die Hard film.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.

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Rachel on June 20th 2007 in FlickrStream, Second Life

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.

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Rachel on June 20th 2007 in FlickrStream, Second Life

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.

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Rachel on June 20th 2007 in Internet