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US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s

STFS Re:Cell processor (144 comments)

I'm not sure this data is valid still but according to there is a huge difference between a PS3 and a QS21 blade in terms of price/performance... in favor of the PS3!!!

Since most academic research groups are not overly flush with cash, the authors put these results in terms that someone holding the purse strings would understand. It terms of computing power per cost, the PS3 delivers 50,000 LUPS/dollar, the super high performance IBM QS20/QS21 runs at 3500 LUPS/dollar, while a quadcore desktop machine is capable of putting out 17,000 LUPS/dollar.

However, there seems to be the issue with the memory though:

The researchers point out that LB simulations take a large amount of RAM and, when moving to a three-dimensional simulation, the amount of RAM will become very important. Since the PS3 has only 256 MB of RAM, even moderately sized 3D grids could end up being written and read into swap memory, which would be a significant performance bottleneck.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released

STFS Re:It says: 256MB RAM... (744 comments)

Or you do what I do: use xubuntu. I cant imagine running full ubuntu on less than 1gig.

Have you actually tried Ubuntu out with 256Mb? I ask because what you're saying directly contradicts this article which says Ubuntu is actually easier on the memory than XUbuntu:

And the subject of the article is of great relevance of course, LUbuntu, which supposedly beats both XUbuntu and Ubuntu's pants off.

about 5 years ago

The Orange Goo That Could Save Your Laptop

STFS Re:ThinkGeek has this? (285 comments)

oooh... cool... so how "rapid" does the impact have to be???

more than 5 years ago

The Orange Goo That Could Save Your Laptop

STFS Re:ThinkGeek has this? (285 comments)

I'll give you a hint. The answer can be found somewhere in the first 8 words of my post: "The behavior of this stuff sounds a bit like..."

more than 5 years ago

The Orange Goo That Could Save Your Laptop

STFS ThinkGeek has this? (285 comments)

The behavior of this stuff sounds a bit like the Smart Mass Thinking Putty I have from

more than 5 years ago

URL Shortener To Go Community-Owned, Open Source

STFS Firefox crawling to a halt on (145 comments)

Ok, I know this isn't technically on topic and I'm sorry about that... but I'm having this problem with Firefox on a few sites and since I haven't found anyone else that suffers from this problem I haven't been able to isolate it properly.

I just tried submitting a URL to and after doing so my browser bogged down and slowed to a crawl. My CPU usage jumps to 50% (so 100% of one of the two cores I have) and my whole system becomes ill-responsive. Meanwhile the "answer" section of is "fading in". So the problem seems to have something to do with opacity in HTML rendering.

Slashdot crowd: please help me... is anyone else experiencing this problem?

I'm running Firefox 3.5.2 on Kubuntu 8.04 with an NVIDIA graphics card and my XServer version is 7.3.

more than 5 years ago

How Do You Sync & Manage Your Home Directories?

STFS Wuala might work too (421 comments)

I know this is late and all but wuala might suite someones needs: It's a distributed file system. Pros: - Owned by LaCie - Uses distributed P2P technology to store data fragments (your data is encrypted and distributed). - Ability to "trade storage space" (donate your hdd space and bandwidth for more "distributed storage"). - Multiplatform Cons: - Java application on your desktop :-( Check out their features: ...and a google tech talk they gave about their technology:

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology

STFS Re:So what? (665 comments)

Well done... you just managed to piss of three religions in one comment!

more than 5 years ago

13,000 Volunteer To Put Personal Genomes Online

STFS Re:bit late (126 comments)

I decided to verify your research.

Results 1 - 20 of about 298,000


I decided to verify as well and concur with your findings. 298,000 images of gnomes.

I also found that turning off the "safe search" feature resulted in a total of 305,000 images being found.

Can someone please tell me how I can get only those 7,000 additional images?!

more than 5 years ago

What Do You Call People Who "Do HTML"?

STFS What do you call people who "do HTML"... (586 comments)

... weavers. Probably not the fanciest title to put in a job ad but I think it catches the work they do rather nicely.

more than 5 years ago

Firefox 3.2 Plans Include Natural Language, Themes

STFS Re:Why don't they... (285 comments)

There is never enough porn to watch!

There, fixed that for ya.

more than 5 years ago

Test For Prostate Cancer Gene Soon To Be Available

STFS Nothing new? (72 comments)

There are already tests that check for some genetic markers that increase the possibility of prostate cancer. An example is, if you take their test you get a genetic profile about yourself with information about a few (34) known diseases and traits. One of them is prostate cancer.

It may of course very well be that they have developed an even better indicator of the risk you have of getting prostate cancer... but the article made it sound like this was a completely new thing.

more than 5 years ago

What Programming Language For Linux Development?

STFS Re:Learn C and Python (997 comments)

Python is absolutely unusable on real world projects (any project where you aren't the sole developer) due to that indentation crap.

Would you mind repeating that? I don't think the guys developing the following projects heard you:

I could go on... but you get the point.

If your software team is having problems with the significance of white spaces in Python, my bet would be that, no offense, the team was to blame.

The trick is to coordinate the "white space rules" between members of the team. If it can't pull that one off, I wouldn't trust them to write code for a production system anyways.

more than 5 years ago

Rewriting a Software Product After Quitting a Job?

STFS Re:working for ms? (604 comments)

hosted vs. stand-alone

Yeah, I'm sure a hosted Operating System would totally rock!

more than 5 years ago

Revamped WebKit JavaScript Engine Doubles In Speed

STFS Re:That's great! (270 comments)

Please mod parent up, it's true, this is bullshit! Monolithic libraries in C++ restrict your freedom? How in the world do you get to that conclusion? FYI, almost nobody uses MFC, and if it bogs you down, well duhhh... don't use it! C++ is almost exactly the way it used to be, the language hasn't changed at all. You can still do everything by hand like you used to if that's what you want. The "monolithic" libraries you speak of tend to help the rest of us get things done and I for one, welcome a more diverse selection of these.

more than 6 years ago


top may loose their domain name

STFS STFS writes  |  more than 4 years ago

STFS (671004) writes "The Tech Crunch reports that many of the named domains ending with the TLD .ly (Libya) may loose their domains if website content is deemed in violation with Libyan Islamic/Sharia law."
Link to Original Source

STFS STFS writes  |  more than 6 years ago

STFS (671004) writes "A number of news sites have picked up on singer Björk's idea of having an open contest for making a music video to one of her latest songs titled Innocence.

The official contest page has more information about the contest along with some material (the song itself, the lyrics and some visual goodies) to get the ball rolling.

This may be the ultimate opportunity for those artistically inclined Slashdot readers to take a stab at world fame."

STFS STFS writes  |  more than 8 years ago

STFS (671004) writes "A low cost, commercial rocket failed to reach space after an 'unexpected aerodynamic effect' a few seconds after liftoff according to a report.
From the article: 'The telephone pole-sized rocket hurtled into clear skies with 50 items of payload — including a Ziploc bag of Cheerios, some cremated remains and several high school science projects — on a brief suborbital flight 70 miles (110 km) above Earth at 2:14 p.m. Central Time.'
Here is a video of the event."

STFS STFS writes  |  more than 8 years ago

STFS (671004) writes " has a story about a team of French doctors who will attempt the worlds first zero-gravity operation on a human aboard an Airbus A300 dubbed "Zero-G".
The patient, according to was chosen because of his experience with "dramatic gravitational shifts" as an avid bungee-jumper.
The operation will serve as a test for performing surgery in space."

STFS STFS writes  |  more than 8 years ago

STFS (671004) writes "As reported several times before (and more) the Poincaré conjecture has now in all likelihood been solved.

The most recent addition to this mathematical drama pointed out an article in the New Yorker which seems to be causing quite a stir.

Harvard mathematics professor, Dr. Shing-Tung Yau, reports on his website that a letter, written by Yau's attorney, has been sent to the parties responsible for the New Yorker's article (including Pulitzer-prize finalist Sylvia Nasar). In the letter, Yau's attorney requests their "immediate assistance [...] in undoing, to the extent possible, the literally world-wide damage done to Dr. Yau's reputation [...]".

Dr. Yau will be giving a web cast (unfortunately it's scheduled in less than two hours at the time of this writing) in which he will discuss these allegations in detail. Further information can be found on his website."


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