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Fatwa Arbuckle
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4 years ago

G’day, GN!

Can’t tell if teh thread puppy is supposed to be a thug or a DEA agent…because it’s very hard to tell the difference: (Link) For nine years, DEA withholds names of masked agents who violently raided two innocent women. Federal court shrugs.

(Rather than a long quote, click the link for yet another War on Drugs horror story of innocents who were abused by armed, masked statist goons and how the system has protected said goons for almost a decade.)

On a lighter note, this is a pretty cool project: (Link) an attempt to build a working 1/10 scale model of a Cray 1 computer.

Sven
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Sven
4 years ago

Now that is one creepy thread pic. Hi Fatwa.

Fatwa Arbuckle
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4 years ago

Hai, Sven!

This amused me:

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Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
4 years ago

Happy Wednesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!

Well, most of the tech issues at school seem to be resolved, although I know at least one teacher who still doesn’t have email.

In re the mini-Cray: I was at a lecture by an atmospheric chemist who described needing time on the university’s super computer. When he learned how limited the access was, he gathered together about 50 surplus computers, hooked them all in parallel, and built his own, on the cheap.

Fatwa Arbuckle
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4 years ago

Hai, Paddy!

Glad the tech issues are being resolved.

Your anecdote about the atmospheric chemist reminded me of (Link) Virginia Tech’s 2003 ‘Big Mac’ supercomputer:

System X (pronounced “System Ten”) was a supercomputer assembled by Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Computing facility in the summer of 2003. Costing US$5.2 million, it was originally composed of 1,100 Apple Power Mac G5 computers with dual 2.0 GHz processors. System X was decommissioned on May 21, 2012.

System X ran at 12.25 Teraflops, (20.24 peak), and was ranked #3 on November 16, 2003 and #280 in the July 2008 edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The system used error-correcting RAM, which is important for accuracy due to the rate of bits flipped by cosmic rays or other interference sources in its vast number of RAM chips.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
4 years ago

Ace has a headline that pretty much sums up this presidential election:

Decrepit Alcoholic Grifter’s Unfavorable Ratings Rise to Match Those of Lunatic Narcissistic Conman

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
4 years ago

That comment ended in the sp@m filter. I haven’t dived into that cesspool in years!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
4 years ago
Reply to  Machinist

Well, “Decrepit Alcoholic Grifter” does sound like someone we know.

Sven
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Sven
4 years ago

Oh. Once again, the “spam filter” which means Mr. Schmoe is lurking around.

Sven
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Sven
4 years ago

I’m no Trump supporter, but if this isn’t the best day of his campaign, I don’t know what day was better.

Watching CNN rip his immigration speech. It’s funny, but the Left never has an answer to those Americans that lost family friends to illegal aliens.

Sven
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Sven
4 years ago

And my last political thought of the evening: Hillary! is playing not to lose; my bet is that the poll numbers will show Trump ahead nationally by mid-September if not by the end of next week.