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CERN Testing Cloud For Crunching the Universe's Secrets

boulat CPU vs GPU (67 comments)

Use of CPUs from cloud-based providers is not as efficient for computations as using multiple GPUs linked together on a custom built setup. Using hypervisors instead of barebones for computational work further reduces efficiency by another 10-15%. This is a waste of money, and poorly done systems analysis.

1 year,29 days

World's Largest High-Rise Data Center Opens In New York

boulat Re:How can they compete with other data centers th (60 comments)

Although an excellent question, this has always been counter-intuitive about Manhattan.

Technically its a worthless piece of land and yet everyone flocks here and keeps pimping up the prices.

This Datacenter would not be going out of business anytime soon, and neither properties that charge $200/sq. ft. The reason is quite simple - proximity to other tech companies makes it a favorable location, and if you don't have to travel through Lincoln or Holland tunnel, then you don't have to waste an hour in traffic. As a CTO/ IT Manager you will likely chose a location that is within minutes of your office or place of residence. Time savings for you will translate into customers offsetting this cost for a faster service and bragging rights. Who wants to see 'our datacenter is in New Jersey'?

about a year ago

Your Cloud Provider (Probably) Isn't Spying On You

boulat Re:encryption (85 comments)

Yes. GlusterFS with HekaFS.

about a year and a half ago

Your Cloud Provider (Probably) Isn't Spying On You

boulat Re:encryption (85 comments)

An encrypted filesystem with block striped volumes across multiple different providers would be a pretty good protection. Even if they had your key, they only had a partial block of data which is impossible to reconstruct without all of the blocks.

about a year and a half ago

US Nuclear Lab Removes Chinese Tech

boulat Re:What's the replacement going to be? (125 comments)

And the 10x the cost is worth every penny. Cisco and Juniper routers and switches are the backbone of many serious enterprises. Serious about security and performance. I don't know of any Chinese product that is worth spending money on.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Microsatellite?

boulat Yeah ok (117 comments)

One of these companies that supposedly promises to launch your 1U CubeSat is charging $125k for 1kg 1U CubeSat, with a 2 year delivery date. And that is to low earth orbit. Price goes up to $250k for geosync orbit, and $490k to gso/low lunar orbit, whatever that means. Meanwhile, back on Earth, actual prices to launch 1kg of mass into space are $10k with most rockets, or $5k with SpaceX. So this article, as well as Wiki entry are essentially advertisement for a crappy, slow product, that costs 25x-100x more than what the actual price is. And people wonder why we haven't gotten to Mars yet.

about a year and a half ago

IQ 'a Myth,' Study Says

boulat This is not new science. (530 comments)

This is not new 'science' that was just discovered. It has been known and taught in Childhood Psychology classes for decades. It is always amazing how these psychology professors venture out into studying a little bit of mathematics and statistics and decide to publish papers on the obvious, padding their resumes and shuffling papers around. You never hear about something really new and groundbreaking from University of Western Ontario, and this is not an exception.

about a year and a half ago

Spammers Using Shortened .gov URLs

boulat Re:Happened before (75 comments)

How is this a 'Flamebait'? Get a sense of humor you Nazis

about 2 years ago

Spammers Using Shortened .gov URLs

boulat Happened before (75 comments)

Obama has been spamming for donations from for years!

about 2 years ago

UN Bigwig: The Web Should Have Been Patented and Licensed

boulat Not a not a good idea. (411 comments)

What do you people think the Internet is? Its mostly a collection of Cisco routers and switches. Don't fool yourself if you think its this living breathing emergent organism that has evolved because of open source and Linux and all the techno weenie coders and packet kiddies circle jerking each other on IRC all night long. Its a network evolved BY corporations FOR corporations. The only difference is that they didn't have to pay royalties to any university for the idea.

more than 2 years ago

UN Bigwig: The Web Should Have Been Patented and Licensed

boulat Re:Good point though (411 comments)

Fax is patented and it is still used today worldwide and is unlikely to go away. What is so wrong with Coke and Pepsi? McDonalds and Burger King? All these are proprietary, patented products, that have created a market and inspired competition FOR that market share. If Internet was a commercial entity, then perhaps we would have faster expansion of various networks trying to compete with one another for the customers. Since there is a free networking standard, Cisco still managed to monopolize it, so did Microsoft and any other company. And what did they contribute to the basic research? Very little compared to what would've been contributed by a nonprofit entity.

more than 2 years ago

UN Bigwig: The Web Should Have Been Patented and Licensed

boulat Good point though (411 comments)

And he is absolutely right. If Internet was patented by the Universities, today we would have more money centered around basic research and development. We would still have businesses competing to create an alternative and perhaps yield a better standard than HTML. Ultimately the price level and innovation are correlated and depend on consumer demand.

more than 2 years ago

Rite Aid Drug Stores Offer Virtual Doc Visits

boulat Doing some math here (138 comments)

So this virtual 'doctor' earns about $561,600 salary a year for consulting services? There is no liability, no physical exam, no prescription services. This is a great business model!

more than 2 years ago

Sony Marketing Man Tweets PS3 Master Key

boulat Fiduciary obligations (1 comments)

I suppose when it involves your own personal stock in the company, as well as an officer position, posting confidential internal materials that could potentially hurt the company is a breach of fiduciary duty with such company. Even if he wasn't the first to reveal this information.

more than 3 years ago

Appeals Court Rules On Internet Obscenity Standards

boulat Less means more for us (697 comments)

If they disable the Internet access to their local community then we have less traffic to deal with. This, in my humble opinion, is a win for the rest of the enlightened world in the US

more than 4 years ago

Chinese Hackers Targeting NYPD Computers

boulat Not very wise of the Chinese (212 comments)

The NYPD's computers are so old, any attempt to flood the machine will result in an immediate segfault and a BSOD.

more than 5 years ago

The Japanese/American Tech Deficit

boulat morning procedure.. (787 comments)

Upon waking up in the morning, Johnny stumbles to the bathroom to answer the call of nature using the household's amazing Matsushita-brand Smart Toilet, which automatically measures his weight, body fat, blood pressure and urine sugar and sends the results to the Sokko family physician via the Internet.

how many doctors in US would really want to know that in the morning.. no, really?

more than 9 years ago


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