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Emigrating To a Freer Country?

Glove d'OJ Re:What languages? (1359 comments)

And by "emersion," you mean "immersion," yes?

Or do you really think that his "coming out" is the best way to learn a language?

(BTW, those Engrish lesions are combing along nicly.)

more than 5 years ago

Hacking Our Five Senses and Building New Ones

Glove d'OJ March 2007? (290 comments)

Um, is it a dupe if it is more than *two* years old? This was in the first WIRED magazine I got, in March of 2007 (issue 15.04, per the URL given.)

I hate to be rant-y, but is this "News for nerds?" If you are going to point to WIRED articles, at least nab them from the latest article...

more than 5 years ago

Apple Reconsiders, Approves NIN iPhone App

Glove d'OJ Re:I dont get it (146 comments)

ALT+0105 on the keypad. Recreate any ASCII character with simple numbers.

more than 5 years ago

Options For a Laptop With a Broken Screen?

Glove d'OJ Carputer... (544 comments)

Why not install a touchscreen 7" monitor in your dash, and have a carputer? Mount the reasonably powerful laptop w/broken screen in the trunk, wire it in to a power supply, attach a USB GPS antenna, and go from the audio out to the amp / speakers?

All the MP3s you can store, instant access to the OBD-II information, "free" GPS, and (with Backtrack III or the like), war-driving capability. Have it get email from your wireless access point and read it to you on the way to work. Keep a copy of the local yellow pages on the drive, and look up the nearest Cuban restaurant.

There are a lot of great "front ends" out there, and most all of them are skinnable to your heart's content.

Hope that this helps / is something in which you might have interest.


more than 5 years ago

Amazonian Tribe Has No Word To Express Numbers

Glove d'OJ Aghar? (482 comments)


No, not the city in Afghanistan, but the slow-witted, loveable creatures in the Dragonlance series of books, described here.

This was my 1st thought, anyway, and I was pleased to see that someone beat me to it!

more than 6 years ago



Glove d'OJ Glove d'OJ writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Glove d'OJ (227281) writes "Instant Data Center : Just add bandwidth!

A recent story on Sun's website (http://www.sun.com/emrkt/blackbox/story.jsp) details Project BlackBox, "an extraordinarily simple idea that will change the way you think about datacenters."

From the story:

        After today, you'll never look at an ordinary shipping container quite the same way again. Project Blackbox is a prototype of the world's first virtualized datacenter — built into a shipping container and optimized to deliver extreme energy, space, and performance efficiencies.

        Designed to address the needs of customers who are running out of space, power and cooling, Project Blackbox gives customers a glimpse into the fast, cost-effective datacenter deployments coming in the near future — where thinking out of the box means putting an IT infrastructure in a box.

        "Just about every CIO and startup I meet says they're crippled by datacenter energy and space constraints — today's solutions are clearly failing to meet the needs of Web 2.0," said Jonathan Schwartz,CEO and president, Sun Microsystems. "Rather than trying to improve upon today's datacenter, designed for people babysitting computers, Project Blackbox starts from the world's most broadly adopted industry standard, the shipping container, and asks — how can we most efficiently create modular, lights-out datacenters from this base? The answer...with one-hundredth of the initial cost, one-fifth the cost per square foot and with 20 percent more power efficiency, we can deliver an immense multiple of capacity and capability — anywhere on earth."

This has far-ranging implications around new designs for data security (just *try* to find our data center) to business continuity (hurricane aimed at our Florida datacenter? Let's move it to Georgia!) to software piracy / RIAA / bit-Torrent (just *try* to find our data center, again!) to overall capacity planning (just imagine a cluster / parking lot of these!)"


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