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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

linatux Re:At least the infrastructure is in place (235 comments)

Any idea what percentage of the sunlight that would normally get reflected back into space now gets turned into heat?

5 days ago

Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

linatux Re:Way to go (75 comments)

Good to see things being stirred up, but I'm concerned the hacker is releasing only what will achieve his/her agenda rather than the whole truth.

about a month and a half ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

linatux Get the one who caused it... (800 comments)

Under no circumstances should they get away with it, even if that means taking out 3 others!

about 5 months ago

New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

linatux Re:I believe it (1010 comments)

Average IQ of Republicans vs Democrats?
Average IQ of believers vs non-believers?

Will I get to toast my marshmellows over the embers?

about 10 months ago

The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes

linatux Re:I can confirm this (332 comments)

I've never been anywhere that quiet - can only compare it to my first few times in a dark-room.

While trying to move film from canisters to tanks for processing my eyes got sore. Took a while to realise I was scrunching them shut - trying to keep the dark out?

about a year ago

Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January

linatux Re:I stopped using Chrome (260 comments)

and if Google apps stop working on Firefox you'll switch to Office365?

about a year ago

The First 'Practical' Jetpack May Be On Sale In Two Years

linatux Re:How is this better than an ultralight helicopte (127 comments)

One advantage the Martin has is that the blades are enclosed. I'd have better luck getting permission to land a Martin in the carpark than a Mosquito.

30 minutes at max speed of around 60 mph : would probably be enough for me to do a return trip on one tank - if only the damn airport wasn't in the way!
(Not that I have a spare US$150k)

about a year ago

Remember the Computer Science Past Or Be Condemned To Repeat It?

linatux Re:Some things are missing (479 comments)

I thought I was old for a Slashdotter!! GDG's still exist & are still excellent.
99/365 expiry doesn't & wasn't :-)

about a year ago

Linux 3.11 Officially Named "Linux For Workgroups"

linatux Re:what? (376 comments)

You get to keep a little more privacy than with the NSA version

about a year ago

AOC's 21:9 Format, 29" IPS Display Put To the Test At 2560x1080

linatux Re:NOPE! (217 comments)

Just so long as testing takes into account the fact the the end user will probably have a much lower spec machine/screen/connection (& won't have root/admin access). It might work great on a developers machine, but be a steaming dogpile for the intended user!

about a year ago

Google's Crazy Lack of Focus: Is It Really Serious About Enterprise?

linatux Partial-word searches... (226 comments)

When I can do partial-word searches on Gmail and Drive I'll believe Google is interested in corporate customers.
Google is primarily a search company & you can't do partial-word searches on email - what's up with that?

about a year ago

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate US Army Database, Compromise Safety of Dams

linatux Re:What Information? (256 comments)

Hopefully the SCADA systems have a password other than the default

about a year and a half ago

Average latency to

linatux Behind a firewall... (558 comments)

doesn't allow ping!

about a year and a half ago

Motorola Loses ITC Case Against Apple for Proximity Sensor Patents

linatux Tech can be obvious (121 comments)

but round corners can't?

about a year and a half ago

Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

linatux Re:Misleading headlines are misleading (953 comments)

It's not always the software that is the problem - drivers connecting a $100,000 piece of equipment may not be available for current versions of the O/S.
It may net even be possible to get them written if the company no longer trades, or refuses to support older equipment.

$10,000 may well be the pointy end of the problem!

about a year and a half ago

HP Launches Moonshot

linatux Re:Has Slashdot officially become a paid shill? (168 comments)

:-) 1st time accepted, 2nd or 3rd submission I think. Sad how the quality of stories seems to have declined over the last few years, but the quality of the posts & the turns they take still sometimes surprise me. Without their seasoned contributors, this site would fade away in no time. I hope the people running it recognise that.

about a year and a half ago



HP launches Moonshot

linatux linatux writes  |  about a year and a half ago

linatux (63153) writes "HP has announced their "Moonshot 1500 server" — up to 1,800 servers per 47U rack are supported.

Phoronix ZDNet & others are running intro articles. The tech certainly seems to be an advance on what is currently available — will it be enough to revive HP's server fleet?"

3D, light-trapping solar cells successfully fabricated by Solar3D

linatux linatux writes  |  more than 2 years ago

linatux (63153) writes "Engadget is running a brief article on the apparently successful creation of 3D solar cells using current fabrication techniques. Plenty of disclaimers in there, but may offer a large increase in efficiency over current techniques."
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David Caminer, creator of the first business compu

linatux linatux writes  |  about 3 years ago

linatux (63153) writes "Chris Bidmead at has written a fascinating article on "LEO" — the first business computer.

"A programming language, even at assembly level, would have been a help. LEO came with no such luxury. But it took Caminer's team only two years to tame the beast, and in November 1951 it was proudly running "The Bakery Valuations Job" to track and cost the labour and material of cakes, biscuits and bread moving through Lyons various profit centres.""

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