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How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

Troy Baer More importantly... (183 comments)

...when will this result in a 100W Marshall head on a chip?

(Why yes, I am a guitar player! Thanks for asking.)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tools For Managing Multiple Serial Console Servers?

Troy Baer Re:Conman and Powerman (104 comments)

Thirded. Conman & powerman rock.

about 9 months ago
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Lawyer Loses It In Letter To Patent Office

Troy Baer Examiners mailing rejection letters from home... (342 comments)

...is entirely possible. For the last several years, the U.S. Patent Office has been moving to a distributed model where comparatively few patent examiners live in the D.C. area except during their initial training period. I know two patent examiners, and both live in Ohio. In any case, this text-hissy-fit likely did no favors for the lawyer or their client.

about a year ago
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What's Next For Superhero Movies?

Troy Baer Re:TV Series! (Get good writers) (396 comments)

Yeah, but once Hollywood is done with it the series will be called Gotham Junior High...

Some exec at the WB requested almost exactly this in the late '90s after Batman:TAS ended -- they wanted a show with Bruce Wayne and most of Batman's rogues galley as high school students. Apparently it was bandied around for a while and eventually split into two separate ideas, an animated show about a teen Batman and a live action show about a fledging superhero in high school. These became "Batman Beyond" and "Smallville", respectively.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools To Aid When "On Call"?

Troy Baer Re:For Android phones (249 comments)

Klaxon is what I and the other Android users in our on-call rotation use.

more than 2 years ago
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SCO Zombie Creaks Into Motion Again

Troy Baer Re:SCO = Herpes (208 comments)

As long as a lawyer has not been beheaded/disbarred it will keep finding ways to troll.

My vote is for "beheaded" in this case.

more than 2 years ago
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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

Troy Baer Open letter to the Westboro Baptist Church (699 comments)

Seriously, I have to ask: Which part of "Love your neighbor as yourself" was unclear?

Yes, the U.S. Constitution says you're allowed to do your picketing. However, it doesn't require me to listen to you, or see you as anything other than a bunch of sad, deluded, hate-filled little nut-bars.

more than 2 years ago
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Zune Dead, Then Not Dead, Then Officially Dead

Troy Baer Re:As Coroner... (181 comments)

It's pining for the fjords!

And here I thought it was pining for the fnords...

more than 2 years ago
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10-Petaflops Supercomputer Being Built For Open Science Community

Troy Baer Re:NSF Blue Waters project reboot? (55 comments)

No, this is an NSF Petascale "Track 2" project like TACC's earlier Ranger system or NICS' Kraken system, whereas Blue Waters was/is the NSF Petascale "Track 1" project. Same basic idea, slightly different pots of money.

(Disclaimer: I work for NICS.)

--t

more than 2 years ago
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Borders Bust Means B&N May Get Your Shopping History

Troy Baer Every action has an equal and opposite reaction (230 comments)

Barnes & Noble, which paid almost $14 million for Borders' intellectual assets (including customer information) at auction last week, said it should not have to comply with certain customer-privacy standards recommended by a third-party ombudsman.

In unrelated news, I say customers should not buy anything from Barnes and Noble ever again.

more than 2 years ago
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Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

Troy Baer If this had happened 15-20 years ago... (463 comments)

...I might've cared. Hurd is an interesting idea from a CS research PoV, but it's taken so long to come out that Linux and the BSDs have long since filled any niche it might've had in the real world.

about 3 years ago
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Linux May Need a Rewrite Beyond 48 Cores

Troy Baer Re:Linux already runs on thousands of cores (462 comments)

I bet that saves on licensing costs.

You'd think that, but a lot of HPC software gets priced either by-core or by-socket...

more than 3 years ago
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Linux May Need a Rewrite Beyond 48 Cores

Troy Baer Re:Linux already runs on thousands of cores (462 comments)

Um, no. The early Itanium-based Altixes (Altices?) could go up to 512 cores running a single copy of Linux. The new Nehalem-based Altixes can have up to 2048 cores in a single system image IIRC. We just finished acceptance testing on an SGI Altix UV 1000 with 1024 cores. It runs one copy of Linux on it.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux May Need a Rewrite Beyond 48 Cores

Troy Baer Re:Windows 7 scales to 256 cores (462 comments)

The current limit is 2048 cores in a single system image, IIRC. I currently run an SGI UV 1000 with 1024 cores (128 8-core Nehalem EXs), and that's not the biggest possible configuration of that hardware.

more than 3 years ago
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New Linux Petabyte-Scale Distributed File System

Troy Baer Re:How does this differ from glusterfs? (132 comments)

I remember that the guys who originally wrote Coda basically abandoned it and moved on to doing Lustre...

more than 4 years ago
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What Kind of Cloud Computing Project Costs $32M?

Troy Baer Re:I hate clouds and care bears!! (158 comments)

cloud computing = grid computing + virtualization - security - performance

more than 4 years ago
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Turning Classic Literary Works Into Games

Troy Baer Been done. (93 comments)

I thought there was already a game based on Dante's Inferno, called "Where the Hell is Carmen Sandiego"...

more than 4 years ago
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Are RAID Controllers the Next Data Center Bottleneck?

Troy Baer Re:That's ok (171 comments)

The point of a parallel file system is that you do not need RAID.

Really? Why has virtually every production parallel file system implementation I've ever seen (using GPFS, Lustre, and PVFS) been done on top of hardware RAID controllers?

about 5 years ago

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