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Small Supercomputer, XPC, Notebook, and Gaming Thingy

jamie posted more than 10 years ago | from the four-in-one dept.

Handhelds 142

kidgenius, SpinnerBait, and anonymous readers wrote in with four fun tales of small devices doing cool things. IBM has built a supercomputer the size of a TV, using 1000 PPC-based CPUs. Shuttle recently began shipping their AMD Athlon 64 based XPC, the size of a breadbox. Sony has a new 0.4" thick VAIO notebook (scroll down). And a European company is about to introduce the Gametrac, a handheld WinCE gaming gadget with 3D, Bluetooth, SMS, MP3 playback, MPEG4 video playback, camera, and -- interestingly -- GPS tracking. "The system allows the parents to establish 'fences,' which, when entered by the child, cause a notification to be sent to the parents in the form of either an SMS message or an email." Hmmm.

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FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477538)

First post you muthafuckas!

400 dead or so (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477546)

where are the WMD's
What a fraud Bush is

Re:400 dead or so (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477628)

where are the WMD's
What a fraud Bush is


Sir, are you suggesting that this and all similar WinCE handhelds are WMDs, or that microsoft software is the cause of all the world's misery?
I concur!

Hah, Apple beat them to it. (0)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477548)

The iCube was WAY smaller then this new IBM system. And Apple wouldn't lie about the iCube being a super computer now would they?

Re:Hah, Apple beat them to it. (2, Informative)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477814)

Hi, I'd like to return this "i", and no I don't have a receipt.

It's just a cube, not an iCube.

Re:Hah, Apple beat them to it. (1)

EvilSS (557649) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478464)

Yea, but the IBM can simulate nuclear reactions while at the same time providing more heat than one.

Another post (-1, Offtopic)

k3vmo (620362) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477556)

Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

GPS tracking (3, Insightful)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477559)

"Alarm is sent to parents when device is carried outside of prescribed zone." Uh, won't that simply teach children to set the device down before wandering off?

Re:GPS tracking (2, Funny)

Wireless Joe (604314) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477594)

"Alarm is sent to parents when device is carried outside of prescribed zone." Uh, won't that simply teach children to set the device down before wandering off?

I can just hear my parents:
I wonder why Joe has been hanging around the vicinity of those airport lockers for over a week now?

Re:GPS tracking (4, Funny)

product byproduct (628318) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477618)

Yes, smart children will set the device down, but *geek* children will wrap the device in tin-foil and continue to play with it.

Re:GPS tracking (1)

El Cubano (631386) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477767)

"Alarm is sent to parents when device is carried outside of prescribed zone." Uh, won't that simply teach children to set the device down before wandering off?

I don't care what it teaches kids, as long as my "Big Brother" doesn't give me one of these things for my birthday or otherwise force me to carry it around.

Now, where did I leave my tinfoil hat?

Re:GPS tracking (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477868)

yes, but what happens when mommy tries to call you and asks you why you didn't pick up. Mommy gives you a cell phone, but only so that they can call you to see what you are doing every 5 min.

Re:GPS tracking (2, Interesting)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478076)

Uh... call forwarding to a disposable cell phone? Of course, if you call mommy back, and she checks the caller id, you're screwed. By the way, the article never says this device encorporates a cell phone, although it does support SMS messaging, which is strange -- if you've already got the transmitter and receiver for SMS, isn't adding cell capability pretty cheap?

Re:GPS tracking (1)

bgspace (719076) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478227)

What about just leaving your cell off, thats what I have always done.

Re:GPS tracking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7478379)

i want an alarm when the kids come into the prescribed zone so i can run, run far away!

vaio not so thin (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477564)

once again the battery is the limiting factor -- but this time not for uptime, but because it is 0.8" thick. :P

Re:vaio not so thin (3, Funny)

mikehoskins (177074) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477672)

"...the size of a TV..."
"...the size of a breadbox..."
"...notebook..."


I know exactly what the size of TVs, breadboxes, and notebooks are! Good thing were talking about precise, scientific dimensions here -- unlike NASA's problem with converting standard to metric.... :-)

Was that a 13" black and white or a 57" HDTV rear projection supercomputer?

Re:vaio not so thin (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477822)

Was that a 13" black and white or a 57" HDTV rear projection supercomputer?

The breadbox was a WinnaBagel 9000, with fold-out dinette and a tow-bar for your SUV.

allows parents. (5, Insightful)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477565)

it's one thing to be pissed about a government tracking you, but if parents want to track their children, so be it. don't make it sound so big brotherly.

however, i don't think it would be good parenting (though, really.. who am i to judge) to use tracking like this as a first, second, or even third option. a little trust goes a long way.

Re:allows parents. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477711)

you misunderstand - the concern by most of the inbred pedophiles here is that this will allow parents to protect their children from predators like Michael and Jon Katz. Just like library filters - they don't really care as much about free speech as they do about having a place to download jap scat porn.

Re:allows parents. (2, Insightful)

freeweed (309734) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477801)

But that's precisely where the term "Big Brother" came from in the first place. Orwell wanted something that sounded warm and friendly (family, someone who looks out for your well being), but taken to the illogical extreme.

To me, the term fits today's paranoid parent perfectly.

And to all of those who will reply "they're my kids, I can do what I please with 'em" and "wait till you have kids and you realize just how hard it is to keep them out of trouble"?

These are the exact same arguments I heard growing up when beating your kids became child abuse. However will we discipline little Johnny if we can't give him a good whuppin? Well, sometimes abuse isn't just physical.

Re:allows parents. (1)

zangdesign (462534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477927)

Amazing how technology allows parents to surrender the responsibilities of childcare to a metal and plastic surrogate, ain't it?

I'd be surprised, but I have to watch TV first.

Re:allows parents. (1)

NeoSkandranon (515696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478656)

These are the exact same arguments I heard growing up when beating your kids became child abus

What about the part where beating your kids is illegal? minior detail you missed there bub

Re:allows parents. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477851)

As a parent of a 4 year old, I would put a gps tracker on his person if it was available and not too inconvienent. Now, I don't think I'd keep it on him during his teen years (to whom this product is aimed), but I'm not the parent of a teen so I can't really say. Maybe by that time, I would welcome such a device. If some parent doesn't want to use it, then don't. If some parent does want to use it, that is their choice and I doubt they will consult /. before buying one.

As far as the government tracking you, can't they already track you using your cell phone?

Re:allows parents. (1)

ctr2sprt (574731) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478048)

I don't know if that's even the intended purpose. Think kidnapping and similar. If the kidnappers are stupid the police might be able to track them right to where they've got the kid; if they're smarter, then maybe they will take the kid outside the "fence" before they get rid of the computer. That could get the authorities looking hours before they might otherwise begin to suspect kidnapping, and I don't need to say how important that could be.

There's no way of saying how effective this will be until it happens, but it at least looks like it could be effective. I strongly suspect that every parent would say the mere possibility of effectiveness is enough to make it a selling point.

Tracking me (4, Funny)

Hi_2k (567317) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477569)

I have parents. I have a love of techno gadgets. I have a real problem, however, with my parents using my techno gadget to tell where I am. Sometimes people want privacy, especialy when they're playing games.

Re:Tracking me (1)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477582)

So leave the box at the library before you head off to party... it's not like it's shackled to your wrist, is it?

Re:Tracking me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477857)

RRRRRight....so they need to stick this thing up their kid's butt.

Re:Tracking me (1)

Hi_2k (567317) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478100)

You've never met my parents.

Re:Tracking me (1)

cgranade (702534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477585)

God forbid you play a gameboy in a bordello...
Really, this was satire... not to bash or anything...

smaller is not always better (0, Redundant)

anomalous cohort (704239) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477576)

Remember the sub-notebook? It was a little bigger than a handheld but with the software of a laptop. I really thought that was going to take off but it never did.

Re:smaller is not always better (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477688)

well the draw back is the battery - these machines would be popular if they gave more than 4-6 hours at best of usage! Lets face it batteries suck!

Zodiac! (3, Informative)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477577)

Damn, that thing looks like a Zodiac [tapwave.com] .

BTW, Fedex says they are delivering mine this evening.

Now, we do the dance of joy! Hup! Ho! Hay!

this story by Jamie (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477588)

...our only female /. editor.. [colorado.edu]

Re:this story by Jamie (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477684)

Female? Are you sure?

It looks more like a male goat to me. Oh well, slashdot.. they have niggers [tux.org] as editors too.

Re:this story by Jamie (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477777)

I'd hit it!

Thank god (5, Funny)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477597)

""The system allows the parents to establish 'fences,' which, when entered by the child, cause a notification to be sent to the parents in the form of either an SMS message or an email." Hmmm."

Thank God. For a second I was a little scared. I mean, my parents need me to program their VCR to stop flashing 12. My dad thought his shift key was broken, when in reality his entire keyboard wasn't working. My guess is that the kids are going to be able to either change the "fence", disable it, make it so it doesn't notify the parents, or simply not take it with them.

Just goes to show, digital rights management isn't the only easy thing to crack, organic rights management is too.

Re:Thank god (3, Funny)

aliens (90441) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477683)

Of course they could just ya know, turn the power off too.

Re:Thank god (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7478236)

Change the fence...
Yeah, but that'll get you thrown in juvie gitmo. Circumventing technological locks and all.

So it comes to this... (0)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477599)

"The system allows the parents to establish 'fences,' which, when entered by the child, cause a notification to be sent to the parents in the form of either an SMS message or an email."

WTF? Now we even need tin foil hats for our frickin' Game Boys?

Tracking children (4, Insightful)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477615)


How is it that adults can never seem to remember just how elusive they were themselves, as children :-)

Here's a hint to the parents - they'll leave it at home if it gets them into trouble :-))

Simon

Re:Tracking children (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477788)

How is it that the children can never realize that the world has changed since their parents were kids.

Don't believe me? Watch an episode of Leave it to Beaver and lets talk. Today that title would be a p0rn series.

I'm sure the Smart family (had their child abducted in Utah) would have loved to have had some device to track their daughters whereabouts.

Eventually these things will get down to the size where they can be integrated into jewelry. And yes, that can be a good thing.

And like all good things it can be abused. That will vary from parent to parent, just like behavior varies from child to child.

Re:Tracking children (1)

freeweed (309734) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477815)

You do realize that Leave it to Beaver was fiction, right? As in, no bearing on reality?

Ask any person who grew up in the 40s and 50s how many times they got beat as a child. Wally and the Beav never seemed to be disciplined. You're right, things have changed since my parents were kids. For the better, if you ask me. I'll take a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of being gunned down at school over a 1 in 2 chance of being beaten because I spilled some milk any day, thanks.

And you also of course realize that Elizabeth Smart's kidnappers would simply have removed the device, short of it being an implanted chip in her brain, right?

You are just kidding here, right?

From "Demolition Man" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477622)

"Why don't you just shove a leash up my ass."

John Spartan, you have been charged 1 credit for violation of the verbal morality code.

Parent fences (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477623)

The system allows the parents to establish 'fences,' which, when entered by the child, cause a notification to be sent to the parents in the form of either an SMS message or an email.

When I can shock the little tykes who violate the perimeter, they just might see some of my money.

almost a good design (2, Insightful)

utexaspunk (527541) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477626)

that laptop is pretty dang sweet sweet, with one glaring exception- the placement of the keyboard. laptop designers learned a long time ago that putting the keyboard up against the front edge is no good for using the computer on your lap. it's better to have it toward the back so that your wrists have a place to rest.

could use a bigger HD, too, for my tastes...

Re:almost a good design (2, Interesting)

mfago (514801) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477740)

It is not really 0.4" thick either - but a wedge. With that kind of logic a manufacturer could sharpen the "wedge" into a knife-edge at the front. I can see the new marketing slogan:

It slices, it dices, it runs XL, Word, and Halo.
The only laptop that's one atom thick!

That's marketing drivel for you. Nevertheless, other than the keyboard placement, it does look pretty nice (and thin).

Re:almost a good design (1)

Leareth (25555) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477977)

I actually disagree. I like the design, because I never use the laptop in my lap. Generally when I use a laptop, it's sitting on table in a cafe, work table, or similiar surface. (Note that I seldom fly, so using it in airports is rare.)

Using one with the "the Gap" actually causes me pain, and I've been coddling my thinkpad with out the gap until something similiar came out.

I was even considering buying a new Toshiba convertible Tabletpc, because of the lack of the gap.

Good to know there are other options.

MOD PARENT DOWN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7478058)

Insightful? Funny how THE ARTICLE SAYS THE EXACT SAME GODDAMN THING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Interestingly, while the PXG-X505's internals are modern, it's design is something of a throwback. Like laptops of yore, the Sony's keyboard is mounted at the front of the base rather than the rear.

Never Phear, Its SuperTV here! (0)

Melted Rubber (723294) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477675)

They should really make a SuperTV, give it the capabilities of a computer and sell it for lots of money. With people like my grandmother who must have the latest gizmos but don't know how to use them it would really sell. And the TV could be the size of a computer. Whats the difference you ask? Well.... I'll get back to you.

New top 500 list will be out this week... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477678)

It should be interesting to see where this system will rank. The 22nd top 500 list will be announced this week at the Supercomputer conference [sc-conference.org] . Further details on the top 500 list can be found at the Top 500 list [top500.org] .

Size of a television.... (0, Troll)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477686)

Do you know how useless that tidbit of information is? Televisons come in many different sizes, from the very small [dealtime.com] to the very large [pengrowthsaddledome.com] . What's the size in standard 19 inch units?

Re:Size of a television.... (4, Funny)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477760)

I think 1 televion ~= 0.0012 VW Beetle.

Re:Size of a television.... (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477852)

I thought it was 73.4 billion fleas?

Re:Size of a television.... (1)

El_Smack (267329) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477917)

"I think 1 televion ~= 0.0012 VW Beetle.

Cool. And from there we can express the number of teraflops per unit of average college student.
College Student Teraflops = 2 teraflops * 25 (WR students in a Beetle) [guinnessworldrecords.com] / 0.0012.
Find that info anywhere else on the net, I dare ya!

Re:Size of a television.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7478006)

Ah, but what's that in terms of Wales?

Re:Size of a television.... (1)

joephish (695229) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478136)

is that an african or european VW Beetle?

Re:Size of a television.... (1)

EinarH (583836) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477843)

I think the original press release said "the size of a dishwasher".

This is how things like this happens:
IBM engineers make this box probably approx. the size of a z/800 or S/390. Marketing sees that they can't send out something like "the size of a large mainframe cut in two" so they sends it out as "the size of a dishwasher" because people will understand that.
But jounalists then don't think that's sexy enough and think that "a dishwasher is like a big TV" and sends it out as "the size of a TV".

There is a story here [yahoo.com] on Yahoo from AP.

The most interesting thing apart from the type and number of CPU's is:

Among the breakthroughs: IBM used chips that combine several supercomputer functions. Designers also slanted the machine's walls 11 degrees to speed the entry of cool air and exit of hot air, slashing the supercomputer's need for electricity-sucking air conditioning.

"Nobody had tilted the walls before," said William Pulleyblank, who heads the project for IBM.

Cool.

Re:Size of a television.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7478066)

What's wrong with just giving the flipping dimensions of the thing?

Re:Size of a television.... (1)

Haeleth (414428) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477981)

It's the size of a 30" TV, according to this [internetnews.com] .

(Link shamelessly blagged from a post further down the /. page, so don't bother moderating this "informative".)

AOL News Followup (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477697)

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GPS Tracking and Fences (4, Interesting)

Tim C (15259) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477702)

So, let me get this straight - I buy one of those things for myself, set up a fence at some appropriate distance from my house, and it'll automatically notify my house when I'm at a certain distance away on my way home?

So, for example, a PC at home could switch on lights/heating/whatever, or my gf would know I'm nearly home (so she can start dinner, or knows that I'll be there soon to take our daughter off her hands and/or will be able to go out soon, whatever).

Re:GPS Tracking and Fences (1)

adzoox (615327) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477754)

"So, for example, a PC at home could switch on lights/heating/whatever, or my gf would know I'm nearly home (so she can start dinner, or knows that I'll be there soon to take our daughter off her hands and/or will be able to go out soon, whatever)."

You can already do all of that (seriously) with a Sony Ericsson t610/t616 phone and an iMac

Re:GPS Tracking and Fences (1)

i_r_sensitive (697893) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477778)

So, let me get this straight - I buy one of those things for myself, set up a fence at some appropriate distance from my house, and it'll automatically notify my house when I'm at a certain distance away on my way home?

Now that is a valid use for the device...

pateNTdead eyecon0meter outpreforms phonIE payper (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477703)

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as the lights continue to come up, you'll see what we mean. meanwhile, there are plenty of challenges, not the least of which is the planet/population rescue (from the corepirate nazi/walking dead contingent) initiative.

EVERYTHING is going to change, despite the lameNT of the evile wons. you CAN bet your .asp on that won. as the lights come up, there'll be no going back, & no where to hide.

we weren't planted here to facilitate/perpetuate the excesses of a handful of Godless felons. you already know that? yOUR ONLY purpose here is to help one another. any other pretense is totally false.

pay attention (to yOUR environment, for example). that's quite affordable, & leads to insights on preserving life as it should/could/will be again. everything's ALL about yOUR motives.

mynuts won: no monIE involved? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477747)

seems to be a repetitive tome in lieu of stuff that really matters?

Jesus H, 1000 CPUs must be hot (2, Insightful)

unassimilatible (225662) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477717)

1000 CPUs in a little box?

That thing could cause a China Syndrome if not cooled correctly.

Re:Jesus H, 1000 CPUs must be hot (1)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477834)

It's probably cooled by immersing the components in refrigerated Novec fluid. Air cooling would be hopelessly inadequate for the part density and thermal output in question.

Re:Jesus H, 1000 CPUs must be hot (1)

Wesley Felter (138342) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477894)

Nope, it's air-cooled. The CPUs are only 700MHz, so they're probably about 5W each. Dissipating 5kW from ~20U is not a problem.

Re:Jesus H, 1000 CPUs must be hot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477934)

Anyone does remember 2100 G5 of Mac (using microchips IBM's PowerPC) in the Virginia University?

It was a big room with good air ventilation :), and not inside of a TV :o)

Air is easy enough. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7478088)

Mercury (www.mc.com) crams about 256 to 360
MPC74xx "G4" processors into 9U (19" cube).
That's air cooled.

You get a rack of 9 or 16 fans on top, and
another rack on the bottom. Cards go in the
middle, with aerodynamic heat sinks and
dummy cards to fill any empty slots. It works.

It's not intel kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7478211)

These are PPC 440's - beautiful little embedded type chips from IBM. Their aim is to create a supercomputer at approx 180Tflops (Earth simulator is what...36 Tflops?).

from the article: "it will be air-cooled, as opposed to many high-performance machines that use water and refrigeration, and it will use no more power than the average home, the executives said. Computer scientists and industry analysts said the Blue Gene/L represented a radical departure from the industry's obsession with ever-faster microprocessor chips. Instead, I.B.M. designers chose to balance computing speed and energy consumption to create a far denser data processing system than had previously been possible."

The 440 is similar to the 970 used by the G5 (essentially just a lower clock speed...not sure).

It erks me just a little bit that almost everyone these days expects to need expensive cooling systems to just run their latest wintel box. There are quite a few really good low power/high performance chips out there - and people (like Apple) who are interested in using them.

These gaming systems are a godsend! (3, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477718)

As a member of the Hysterical Mothers Society of America, we've found these game systems to be worthy of our highest honor - Five Golden Slaps!

Please think of the children, and purchase one immediately!

Signed,
Cindy Lou Anderson, High Screamer

Re:These gaming systems are a godsend! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477821)

dear god you are suck a cock-gobbler

More Info on IBM Machine (5, Informative)

obsidianpreacher (316585) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477731)

There's more to the story than the simple Reuters blurb that the CNN/Money article above shows ... internetnews.com [internetnews.com] has got a more in-depth article about this.

Also interesting to note is that IBM says this is the same processors that will be in next-gen consoles from Nintendo and Sony that are due out next year ... but I thought that wasn't gonna happen [slashdot.org] ...?

Re:More Info on IBM Machine (2, Informative)

Wesley Felter (138342) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477869)

IBM says this is the same processors that will be in next-gen consoles from Nintendo and Sony that are due out next year

This is not true. BlueGene/L uses custom processors based on the PowerPC 440.

RTFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7478404)

supercomputer the size of a television based on microchip technology to be used in gaming consoles due out next year.
RFTA Numbnuts

Lo-Jack Jr. (1)

mod_parent_down (692943) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477752)

Oh they definitely need to work that Gametrac into an episode of Without a Trace...

"Little joey was last seen at the bus stop, but his Gametrac somehow made it to the basement of St Paul's Church down the street."

Great! (1)

justsomebody (525308) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477753)

Now everything goes smaller.

BUT... Where the f* is my pocket watch with 22" screen??? @#$@$@

Re:Great! (1)

elvey (86546) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478277)

What about the OQO Ultra-Personal Computer (UPC) [oqo.com] ? It runs Windows XP, and is the size of an iPod.

Re:Great! (1)

justsomebody (525308) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478350)

Naah, it doesn't work! Didn't you see that it runs WinXP??

Sorry, Linux only:)

Tracking (3, Funny)

El_Smack (267329) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477812)


I'm generally against this type of thing, but any parent who has been enjoying some late afternoon intercourse on the living room floor only to be surprised by their child coming home early from a friends house will see this for the godsend it truly is.

And no, that's not a hypothetical situation above.

Re:Tracking (1)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477850)

Maybe if you have kids that could barge in on you you shouldn't be having sex in your living room? That would be a much more sensible and much more correct way of stopping it. Not to mention the last time I had sex, I wasn't exactly about to glance at a computer screen in the middle of it.

Re:Tracking (4, Funny)

El_Smack (267329) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477947)


"Maybe if you have kids that could barge in on you you shouldn't be having sex in your living room? That would be a much more sensible and much more correct way of stopping it. Not to mention the last time I had sex, I wasn't exactly about to glance at a computer screen in the middle of it."

I am willing to bet the last time you had sex, you were ALREADY looking at a computer screen.

OK, that was uncalled for, and I'm sure you are a nice guy, but the straight line was too much to resist. Hope I didn't hurt your feelings. :)

Re:Tracking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7478456)

At least be happy that the roles weren't reversed:

"I'm generally against this type of thing, but any teen who has been enjoying some late afternoon intercourse on the living room floor only to be surprised by their parents coming home early from work will see this for the godsend it truly is."

Only joking, of course. =)

GPS tracking (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477838)

Anyone who's used a GPS knows you have to work with it for it to work. If you walk around with a GPS in your pocket, well, it won't get a signal and you won't be able to track anything.

So you'll have to teach litte Johnny to walk around outdoors with a clear view of the sky for it to work.

Re:GPS tracking (1)

topham (32406) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477985)

This is no longer entirely true. Some new-er GPS technoligies use information provided by the cellular network to establish a lock with the satelites. This is the same technology that allows the new 911/GPS requirements to work even in many buildings that a handheld GPS would not.

(The idea is; if the unit knows the time accuratly enough (from the network) has current, up to date satelite orbit data, and a rough estimate of where it is on the planet it hs an easier time filtering out noise and picking up a valid signal.). never used such a unit myself though

small supercomputer? hah (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477858)

That's the next desktop right there. Back in 1981 or so, IBM came out with a big, clunky supercomputer called the PC. It was so freaking expensive, but so useful. Now, the desktop machines we have kill that old thing... in 20 years, we'll all have at least 1000 chips on our desks thanks to technology like this.

Re:small supercomputer? hah (1)

binaryDigit (557647) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478059)

Back in 1981 or so, IBM came out with a big, clunky supercomputer called the PC.

Huh? Since when did ANYONE (including IBM) consider the PC a supercomputer? And frankly the original PC is not much different in form factor than todays PC, though a lot heavier. And the trend is to have FEWER chips in computers, not more. Now we might have a single "chip" that has 1000 virtual mini-chips inside, or one that performs the same as 1000 do today, but the odds of us having a desktop computer with 1000 cpu's anytime ever is slim and none.

Breadbox (1)

amplt1337 (707922) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477920)

When I was growing up, my family had a (somewhat tacky) large breadbox, wooden, with a roll-top like you see on old desks. It was pretty durable, but it was also a whole lot bigger (in terms of total volume) than the average desktop tower.

Needless to say I'm not too impressed at the breadbox-sized computer.

Could we at least use relatively standardized-ish sized objects for our impossibly vague comparisons??

Or maybe... (1)

Jellybob (597204) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477923)

I could use the tracking so that next time I lose my phone, at least I'll know who's house it's at, so I can rip *their* house apart looking for it.

Kid tracking...Simpsons...I mean Southpark did it! (1)

Kentamanos (320208) | more than 10 years ago | (#7477933)

Kid Trackers [southparkstudios.com]

Incredibly Powerful Gaming Consoles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7477963)

"International Business Machines Corp. said Friday that it has built a supercomputer the size of a television based on microchip technology to be used in gaming consoles due out next year."

This is FANTASTIC! I wonder how much a gaming console that has one of those 1000-processor supercomputers inside it will cost?

PS2 - GC - Xbox - Newer PC's? (1)

Ridgelift (228977) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478040)

It is also the technology that will be the foundation of the next generation of gaming consoles from Nintendo Co. and Sony Corp., which IBM is working on, he said.

So is Sony & Nintendo's usage of this chip the reason why Microsoft is switching away from Intel? [wired.com] With such vast speed improvements and the portability of Linux, could we see a paradigm shift in computer hardware soon?

Perfect!... (1)

sircle_72 (710306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478111)

...Now I don't have to log off spankdatass.com while downloading mp3's and cracked progz off of KazAa to fulfill my parental responsibilites. Most convenient.

I can just program a fucking toy to watch my children - much as the parents of my generation did with television - so I can go about ignoring them without having to worry about looking responsible if one of my sons walks in front of Mack truck.

So, Nintendo IS releasing a new console next year? (1)

MyDixieWrecked (548719) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478144)

based on microchip technology to be used in gaming consoles due out next year

It seems that the speculation [slashdot.org] of Nintendo [nintendo.com] releasing a console next year could be true?

Reminds me of an old joke (1)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478229)

When Myrias computers was talking aout building a 1000 processor super computer back in 1982, I joked that it might be able to generate real-time holograms and pop popcorn at the same time..

Kid Fence (2, Funny)

lotho brandybuck (720697) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478238)

SMS Message or email? Couldn't it just shock my kid into compliance w/o bothering me about it?

SN85G4 (1)

Snarph (596331) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478364)

Pity the SN85G4 (the AMD64 box) is so fugly. Shuttle should've stuck with their G2 case design.

Oh, and gigabit ethernet would've been nice, even if I couldn't get more than 200-300Mbps out of it in actual use.

1000 processors? Probably 400h. (1)

Thinkit3 (671998) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478591)

Computing doesn't like decimal.
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