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Mozilla Offers FCC a Net Neutrality Plan With a Twist

Lank Re:ISPs are Shady (123 comments)

I completely agree. So does Lawrence Lessig: he's trying to get his SuperPAC off the ground. I donated. You might want to consider donating as well.

about 4 months ago

Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Lank She should charge more (506 comments)

She should have an English page and then a French page on which all the prices are elevated slightly. When asked why there's a difference, she can say it costs more to translate and host more content, thereby increasing her cost of doing business.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can We Still Trust FIPS?

Lank Re:How can anyone trust (138 comments)

If by good you mean "for the common good" then yes, I'd agree. I would say they do great work with a terrible purpose.

1 year,7 days

LLNL/RPI Supercomputer Smashes Simulation Speed Record

Lank Re:can you put the paper online? (79 comments)

I didn't realize that it was acceptable to post it before the conference even happened. But you're right so here it is.

about a year ago

Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

Lank Re:I didn't buy one for the payback (762 comments)

When I bought the car in 2005 there weren't a hell of a lot of used hybrids. The Toyota dealer had a waiting list for a Prius and I needed a car ASAP so I went to the Honda dealer. My father sells cars and he always says to buy "used" car because the resale value of the vehicle drops significantly by basically driving it off the lot. Either way, in CA you pretty much need a car, though I did manage to bike to work a few times, it's not something I'd like to do every day - I'm not Lance Armstrong.

more than 4 years ago

Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

Lank I didn't buy one for the payback (762 comments)

Look, is it so hard to believe that someone would buy a hybrid to make a statement not to others, but to the car manufacturers making these products? I own a Honda Civic hybrid. It's not much to look at and it certainly doesn't turn heads. On the other hand, I bought it new from a Honda dealer in California when they were trying to push a lot more expensive cars on me. Why? Because I want Honda to know that I'd rather be green than cool or hip or whatever. I want Honda to know that it's important to ME so in the future they'll make cars better-suited to ME.

From one of the linked articles, "Translation: The kinds of people who buy Toyota Prius hybrids in the U.S. may indulge themselves in private, where no one else will see them, but want to be seen in public with less luxurious, greener products to bolster their reputation."

I call bullshit. I didn't do it to bolster my reputation. I put my money where my mouth is and instead of getting on a soapbox and telling everyone to go out and buy a hybrid, I actually bought one.

I don't care that I probably spent more than I'll recoup from the fuel-efficiency. For me, it wasn't about that.

more than 4 years ago

Web-Based Private File Storage?

Lank Simple (467 comments)

Don't die.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Makes Offering Service Blocks a Fireable Offense

Lank This is why I'm OK with AT&T (370 comments)

Not that I believe AT&T has no problems, because it absolutely does. But I figure I use my iPhone more for data services than phone calls anyway and that's one of AT&T's strong areas. But at least I'm not giving my money to Verizon no matter how good their coverage is -- they're basically jackasses.

more than 3 years ago

Which Breakthrough Is Most Likely?

Lank Re:Time Travel (903 comments)

I most certainly can. Time slows down as your approach the speed of light. This is very well-understood by relativistic effects. Where an hour passes for you, a minute may pass for me depending on how fast I am going relative to the speed of light. So while one day may pass for me, I may effectively jump 100 years into the future. Einstein wasn't kidding when he said all of this stuff.

about 5 years ago

Which Breakthrough Is Most Likely?

Lank Time Travel (903 comments)

I travel into the future all the time! :) Seriously, though, if you can accelerate to close to the speed of light (perhaps 1/10th) which I believe WILL be achievable at some point, time will slow down (for you). At which point, people will be able to effectively travel into the future. Therefore, time travel into the future is probably the most likely choice, and I'd venture to say we'll be there in less than 50-100 years.

about 5 years ago

Apple Removes Nearly All Reference To ZFS

Lank One less "feature" (361 comments)

With most of the emphasis on performance and stability, this was probably the one "feature" I was looking forward to with Snow Leopard. At $29 I'll still upgrade. Grand Central and OpenCL sound fairly impressive but I was really looking forward to a file system that never needed to be upgraded... I guess I'll keep on waiting.

more than 5 years ago

I Backup My Personal Data..

Lank Re:The Incredible Time Machine (393 comments)

It's not the Mac I'm worried about -- it's the hard drive inside the Mac. Don't blast Apple when it's actually the fault of Seagate/Maxtor/WD/etc.

more than 5 years ago

EA Patches Spore, Eases DRM

Lank Obligatory Star Wars quote: (161 comments)

C3PO: Surrender is a perfectly acceptable alternative in extreme circumstances! The Empire may be gracious enough to...

(Han nods at Leia who promptly turns him off)

more than 5 years ago



RPI supercomputer story title is incorrect (should be LLNL)

Lank Lank writes  |  about a year ago

Lank (19922) writes "Hi,

I submitted a story posted to the front page but unfortunately some incorrect data made it into the title. Instead of RPI supercomputer, it should say an LLNL supercomputer, or possibly LLNL / RPI. Thanks."

Link to Original Source

Supercomputer smashes simulation speed record

Lank Lank writes  |  about a year ago

Lank (19922) writes "A team of computer scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have managed to coordinate nearly 2 million cores to achieve a blistering 504 billion events per second, over 40 times faster than the previous record. This result was achieved on Sequoia, a 120-rack IBM Blue Gene/Q normally used to run classified nuclear simulations. Note: I am a co-author of the coming paper to appear in PADS 2013."

Lost/Stolen Laptop Tracking Service

Lank Lank writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lank (19922) writes "Ever lost your laptop at the airport? How about using the restroom at your favorite coffee shop only to come back and find your laptop missing? Unfortunately stories such as these are becoming more and more common in a time when people are becoming increasingly dependent on portable computing. I've often thought about implementing a "beacon" that my MacBook Pro would periodically send back to one of my servers with its current IP, but never got around to it. Good thing someone did. Adeona is such a service. Not only that, it also fully encrypts all data sent back to their servers so that only the owner can read the data (it's even open source so you can be sure). It's available for Windows, Linux, and Mac. The Mac version even allows you to photograph the thief as some people have done."

Lank Lank writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lank (19922) writes "According to an article on CNN Money, Parallels and VMware can not only run Windows on Macs, but also allow OS X on non-Apple computers! Serguei Beloussov, the CEO of SWsoft, parent company to Parallels, insists that this ability is not deliberate but rather a byproduct Intel's built-in virtualization technology. "I wonder what Steve Jobs is going to do, because there is so much pressure to run Mac OS on non-Macs. There's no technical reason not to do it. He's so proprietary about everything, yet it could be a very strategic move for him to make," CEO of VMware Diane Greene said. But I feel the decision still belongs to Jobs."


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