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SMS 4x More Expensive Than Data From Hubble
Compression? 1. Compression would mean less bits transmitted, therefore lower cost.
2. It's pretty hard to compress "lol" and "l8r".
How Do I Make A Cluster?
calebt3 (1098475) writes "I am a student at the local college. Recently the IT instructor received 8 PIII servers that he doesn't have any particular use for at the moment, so he is imagining a beowulf cluster of them. Since he doesn't have much spare time and has no experience with clustering, he has asked me to look into it. Call it trial-by-fire, since I do not have any experience, either. We are planning to start by clustering two and expand gradually. I would prefer to use Linux but Microsoft Server 2003 Enterprise Edition is available. It will likely be hosting a website or running virtual machines. What are some good resources that I could use and do you have any suggestions? Thank you."
Christmas card delivered after 93 years
calebt3 (1098475) writes "The Article:
A postcard featuring a color drawing of Santa Claus and a young girl was mailed in 1914, but its journey was slower than Christmas. It just arrived in northwest Kansas.
The Christmas card was dated Dec. 23, 1914, and mailed to Ethel Martin of Oberlin, apparently from her cousins in Alma, Neb.
It's a mystery where it spent most of the last century, Oberlin Postmaster Steve Schultz said. "It's surprising that it never got thrown away," he said. "How someone found it, I don't know."
Ethel Martin is deceased, but Schultz said the post office wanted to get the card to a relative.
That's how the 93-year-old relic ended up with Bernice Martin, Ethel's sister-in-law. She said she believed the card had been found somewhere in Illinois.
"That's all we know," she said. "But it is kind of curious. We'd like to know how it got down there."
The card was placed inside another envelope with modern postage for the trip to Oberlin — the one-cent postage of the early 20th century wouldn't have covered it, Martin said.
"We don't know much about it," she said. "But wherever they kept it, it was in perfect shape.""
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Poll: What would be the best gift ever for Xmas?
calebt3 (1098475) writes "New Linux release
unlocked iPhone/iPod Touch
Pre-order of StarCraft 2
What was your favorite CowboyNeal Poll option?
calebt3 (1098475) writes "We need a poll asking people what their favorite CowboyNeal options were from past polls. Possible options include:
NealNanottech (Favorite Fictional Company)
CowboyNeal for King! (What's your political affiliation?)
Cloning an army of CowboyNeal's (Billionaire hobby)
The map is tattooed on CowboyNeal?!? (Favorite Pirate Day Phrase)
No Neal is good Neal (least favorite cliche)
H.M.S. CowboyNeal (Favorite Sci-Fi Ship)
CowboyNeal (/.'s best meme)"
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