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Isn't this a Contradiction in Terms? IBM Dishes Out Small, Low-Power Supercomputer

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Watson A.Name - Watt Sun, Dark Remover

Jan 1, 1970
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Isn't this a Contradiction in Terms?
IBM Dishes Out Small, Low-Power Supercomputer
http://www.internetwk.com/breakingNews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=161
00789


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Watson A.Name - Watt Sun, Dark Remover

Jan 1, 1970
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It's a good thing it runs Linux. 128,000 CPUs running Windows would
crash about 40 times a second, on average.

LOL! Ya know, ever since I went to W2000 I've gone from seldom seeing
(weell, okay, occasional) an NT BSOD to almost never. I only have to
reboot at work to reload the virus def files from our server. I leave
it on 24/7 otherwise.

Of course I did the Microsoft Update a week or so ago, so that helps
keep the nasties away. But we've had a few bad days recently, so I'm
knocking on wood.


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Don Taylor

Jan 1, 1970
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John Larkin said:
On Sat, 15 Nov 2003 13:25:07 -0800, Watson A.Name - "Watt Sun, Dark
It's a good thing it runs Linux. 128,000 CPUs running Windows would
crash about 40 times a second, on average.

And consume the entire world's communication capacity spewing Swen virus.
 
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Jim Thompson

Jan 1, 1970
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[email protected] mentioned... [snip]
LOL! Ya know, ever since I went to W2000 I've gone from seldom seeing
(weell, okay, occasional) an NT BSOD to almost never. I only have to
reboot at work to reload the virus def files from our server. I leave
it on 24/7 otherwise.
[snip]

Same here, I love Win2K up thru SP3... backed out of SP4, it was just
plain weird.

Likewise I *never* reboot except when required by a program install.

...Jim Thompson
 
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Damien

Jan 1, 1970
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Watson A.Name - Watt Sun said:
LOL! Ya know, ever since I went to W2000 I've gone from seldom seeing
(weell, okay, occasional) an NT BSOD to almost never. I only have to
reboot at work to reload the virus def files from our server. I leave
it on 24/7 otherwise.

XP still blue screens without too much difficulty. Not as much as NT4 used
to, but it does it. I've had at least two just in the last week.

Damien
 
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JeffM

Jan 1, 1970
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...have to reboot at work to reload the virus def files...
Watson A.Name

Thank you BillG for that wonderful Windows Registry idea.

An OS should only have to be restarted after a kernel recompile.
http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/today/top.avg.html

The Rules of Operating System Design
1) Applications must not crash the operating system.
2) APPLICATIONS MUST NOT CRASH THE OPERATING SYSTEM.
 
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DarkMatter

Jan 1, 1970
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Isn't this a Contradiction in Terms?
IBM Dishes Out Small, Low-Power Supercomputer
http://www.internetwk.com/breakingNews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=161
00789


Is What a contradiction in terms? You failed to specify what you
believe to be a contradiction.

Aside from that, the term supercomputer does not EVER mean that the
thing has to be physically large in size.

So, as things get smaller, so to does their consumption rates.

Again... where is the contradiction?
 
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DarkMatter

Jan 1, 1970
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XP still blue screens without too much difficulty. Not as much as NT4 used
to, but it does it. I've had at least two just in the last week.

Damien

There could be a big difference between a man that uses his computer
for e-mails, and document nd spreadsheet generation, etc. and one
which you may perhaps be like, that always is attempting to tweak his
box, OC it, or run a bunch of multimedia apps on Bill's failed version
of a multimedia capable computer OS.

What are you doing on your "always crashing" box?

If only normal things, then I would ask what are you running in the
task bar?

As far as I am concerned, business personnel have gotten far far too
much leeway with what they do to, and on their work PCs.
 
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Mark Jones

Jan 1, 1970
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In news:[email protected] (Damien):
XP still blue screens without too much difficulty. Not as much as NT4
used to, but it does it. I've had at least two just in the last week.

Damien


I'm convinced the whole thing is Karma.

In my garage are two bikes. A 1981 Yamaha Maxim 650, always babied, which
there is ALWAYS something wrong with it, hard to start, runs bad. It's
supposed to be a good bike... the oil pan is off of it now. Then there is a
1971 Suzuki RV 90J (little 90cc dirt bike, big wide tires, 2-cycle rotary
valve intake) and it has so far not required any major engine servicing.
ANY! And it's been abused, very very abused... been through other
consumables though, 2 chains, 2 rear sprockets, 2 pairs of rear shocks, new
seat, 2 new tires, new front fender... yet it starts on the first kick, even
after sitting in a corner for a year. Now *that* is Karma. Both bikes are
made from the same kind of metals and plastics, but one has clearly worked
much better over the years than the other, and under much harsher
conditions. Is it manufacturing, materials, or Karma?

It might be a combination of all three, but there something to say about
the position of the stars when the item was manufactured, its "birthday" if
you will... I think the state of the universe at the moment of
conceptulization determines part of how an entity further interacts with the
rest of its reality (and hence our experience with it.) This is disregarding
the technology aspect.

I've built PC's that have worked fine even with Win98, and had troubles
with Win2k. I've used WinXP for 6+ months now, abused it with 10GB of
hardcore applications, use it for lots of advanced things like CNC,
programming uC's, render/animation, games... and can't remember a single
BSOD.

Generally, I've found the following to be true in regards to PC's:

0. Backup important data!
1. Avoid junk no-name hardware and the hottest cutting-edge technology.
2. Update BIOS and drivers religiously (especially video drivers.)
3. Don't install a bunch of junk software and expect things to work
perfectly! Software dude A knows knothing of sotware dude B...
4. Heat is a bad thing! Keep your components cool and clean.
5. BSOD's indicate a problem! Even in '98, they are not normal. (Maybe more
likely though, due to 98's poor memory management.)
6. Anti-Virus software /w email scanning... mandatory. Even if you don't
need it, you'll eventually need to scan something.
7. Firewall, mandatory. ZoneAlarm is great, don't leave the 'net without it.
Get a spyware scanner also, like BPS Spyware Remover. You'll be surprised at
the junk you can find.
8. Norton WinDoctor - great all-around tool.
9. Defrag... once in a great while at least. And goto
www.windowsupdate.microsoft.com occasionaly too.
10. And one last thing, losing everything and formatting is NOT optional. It
will happen eventually, even to the best of us. Be prepared.

We humans seem to have this egocentric notion that our particular OS is
bulletproof and eternally-sustaining, yet if you think about it, changing
one specific bit on any OS will render it useless. So have a backup if
nothing else.

-M
 
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John Larkin

Jan 1, 1970
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The Rules of Operating System Design
1) Applications must not crash the operating system.
2) APPLICATIONS MUST NOT CRASH THE OPERATING SYSTEM.

3) DATA IS NOT INSTRUCTIONS.

John
 
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Ban

Jan 1, 1970
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Mark Jones wrote:
|||
||| XP still blue screens without too much difficulty. Not as much as
||| NT4 used to, but it does it. I've had at least two just in the last
||| week.
|||
||| Damien
||

I have XPpro on my notebook since 22 month no crash of the OS, single apps
sometime crash i.e. Eagle, 2020, realplayer, mediaplayer. But it is much
better than '98.




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|| I'm convinced the whole thing is Karma.
||
|| In my garage are two bikes. A 1981 Yamaha Maxim 650, always babied,
|| which there is ALWAYS something wrong with it, hard to start, runs
|| bad. It's supposed to be a good bike... the oil pan is off of it
|| now. Then there is a 1971 Suzuki RV 90J (little 90cc dirt bike, big
|| wide tires, 2-cycle rotary valve intake) and it has so far not
|| required any major engine servicing. ANY! And it's been abused, very
|| very abused... been through other consumables though, 2 chains, 2
|| rear sprockets, 2 pairs of rear shocks, new seat, 2 new tires, new
|| front fender... yet it starts on the first kick, even after sitting
|| in a corner for a year. Now *that* is Karma. Both bikes are made
|| from the same kind of metals and plastics, but one has clearly
|| worked much better over the years than the other, and under much
|| harsher conditions. Is it manufacturing, materials, or Karma?
||
|| It might be a combination of all three, but there something to say
|| about the position of the stars when the item was manufactured, its
|| "birthday" if you will... I think the state of the universe at the
|| moment of conceptulization determines part of how an entity further
|| interacts with the rest of its reality (and hence our experience
|| with it.) This is disregarding the technology aspect.
||
|| I've built PC's that have worked fine even with Win98, and had
|| troubles with Win2k. I've used WinXP for 6+ months now, abused it
|| with 10GB of hardcore applications, use it for lots of advanced
|| things like CNC, programming uC's, render/animation, games... and
|| can't remember a single BSOD.
||
|| Generally, I've found the following to be true in regards to PC's:
||
|| 0. Backup important data!
|| 1. Avoid junk no-name hardware and the hottest cutting-edge
|| technology.
|| 2. Update BIOS and drivers religiously (especially video drivers.)
|| 3. Don't install a bunch of junk software and expect things to work
|| perfectly! Software dude A knows knothing of sotware dude B...
|| 4. Heat is a bad thing! Keep your components cool and clean.
|| 5. BSOD's indicate a problem! Even in '98, they are not normal.
|| (Maybe more likely though, due to 98's poor memory management.)
|| 6. Anti-Virus software /w email scanning... mandatory. Even if you
|| don't need it, you'll eventually need to scan something.
|| 7. Firewall, mandatory. ZoneAlarm is great, don't leave the 'net
|| without it. Get a spyware scanner also, like BPS Spyware Remover.
|| You'll be surprised at the junk you can find.
|| 8. Norton WinDoctor - great all-around tool.
|| 9. Defrag... once in a great while at least. And goto
|| www.windowsupdate.microsoft.com occasionaly too.
|| 10. And one last thing, losing everything and formatting is NOT
|| optional. It will happen eventually, even to the best of us. Be
|| prepared.
||
|| We humans seem to have this egocentric notion that our particular
|| OS is bulletproof and eternally-sustaining, yet if you think about
|| it, changing one specific bit on any OS will render it useless. So
|| have a backup if nothing else.
||
|| -M

I found backups absolutely necessary.
And never think the backup is secure, the CD/DVD doesn't read anymore, or
like on my new desktop the backup-HD stops functioning.
So my advise is: keep another backup on your 2nd computer and another on an
USB-stick, which seems to be quite reliable.
Also I still can use my 1st PC from 1987, a 286 with coprocessor, a blatant
20MHz and 2Mb. Never any part failed, the keyboard became yellowish, but
still is better than any new KB that comes with the computer nowadays. Even
the mouse works still perfectly.
But with the rapid pace of hard- and software progress, this kind of
ruggedness is certainly overkill, I do not want to go back to the
pre-windows software I had been running that time, like ACAD2.4, I like it
more in the -2004 version. :))
Also comparatively the price tag was around 5* what we pay today for a
multiple of performance.
I cannot imagine a better idea than what BGates had, to create a common
OS-interface for all apps.
This idea has not only made Bill rich, but also the success of the PC.
Otherwise this tool would have remained with only professional users and few
tech-freaks like todays Linuxers.
I LOVE BILL GATES :-(

ciao Ban
 
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Chuck Harris

Jan 1, 1970
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That's a good one John! I would say the 99% of the BSOD's
I get with MS products are due to the OS trying to execute data
space. There is really no excuse for that in the 21st
century.

(thankfully I run linux 99.9% of the time now days.)

-Chuck
 
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Greg Pierce

Jan 1, 1970
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Thank you BillG for that wonderful Windows Registry idea.

An OS should only have to be restarted after a kernel recompile.
http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/today/top.avg.html

The Rules of Operating System Design
1) Applications must not crash the operating system. 2) APPLICATIONS MUST
NOT CRASH THE OPERATING SYSTEM.

BTW, the uptimes numbers listed in this site are DAYS, not hours. Thus,
the top runner has (supposedly; usually systems are updated at least
once a year in a typical environment) 1688 DAYS of uptime.

You will notice that all the systems listed are BSD/OS and FreeBSD. This
may lead you to the conclusion that these are the best, but that is
erroneous. The reason is that HP-UX, Linux, NetApp NetCache, Solaris,
and recent FreeBSD kernels return to zero after 497 days. Therefore, you
will never see the OS report an uptime of over 497 days. However, other
uptime indicators show that all of these OS's have the same general
reliability.

Keep in mind that Windows DOES report uptimes of over 497 days, but
does not appear on this list. Other statistical lists show that Windows
Server OS's are far inferior to Unix-type OSs with regards to stability,
uptime, and availability, not to mention throughput.

BTW, here is the info on my system:

Linux version 2.4.20-20.9smp ([email protected]) (gcc
version 3.2.2 20030222 (Red Hat Linux 3.2.2-5)) #1 SMP Mon Aug 18 11:18:01
EDT 2003

23:42:04 up 46 days, 8:51, 6 users, load average: 0.00, 0.05, 0.07
99 processes: 98 sleeping, 1 running, 0 zombie, 0 stopped
CPU0 states: 2.2% user 0.2% system 0.0% nice 0.0% iowait 97.1% idle
CPU1 states: 2.2% user 1.1% system 0.0% nice 0.0% iowait 96.2% idle
Mem: 512776k av, 496844k used, 15932k free, 0k shrd, 112320k buff
363696k actv, 0k in_d, 7696k in_c
Swap: 4194248k av, 310932k used, 3883316k free 168764k cached


Yes, my system has been up for 46 days, 8 hours and 51 minutes. The last
reboot was due to a kernel upgrade.
 
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Mjolinor

Jan 1, 1970
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3) DATA IS NOT INSTRUCTIONS.
Surely
Data are not instructions
or
A Datum is not an instruction
let's get the programming right :)
 
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Mjolinor

Jan 1, 1970
0
I'm convinced the whole thing is Karma.

In my garage are two bikes. A 1981 Yamaha Maxim 650, always babied, which
there is ALWAYS something wrong with it, hard to start, runs bad. It's
supposed to be a good bike... the oil pan is off of it now. Then there is a
1971 Suzuki RV 90J (little 90cc dirt bike, big wide tires, 2-cycle rotary
valve intake) and it has so far not required any major engine servicing.
ANY! And it's been abused, very very abused... been through other
consumables though, 2 chains, 2 rear sprockets, 2 pairs of rear shocks, new
seat, 2 new tires, new front fender... yet it starts on the first kick, even
after sitting in a corner for a year. Now *that* is Karma. Both bikes are
made from the same kind of metals and plastics, but one has clearly worked
much better over the years than the other, and under much harsher
conditions. Is it manufacturing, materials, or Karma?

May I propose that in 1971 the Japanese were still trying to enter the
market, build quality was superb, value for money was unbelievable. Once
they dominated the market they went the same way as all monopolies. I would
further suggest that an engine with 3 moving parts, all of which are
substantial parts, stands more chance of working for a long time than one
with two or three hundred? moving parts. Just food for thought :)
 
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John Woodgate

Jan 1, 1970
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I read in sci.electronics.design that DarkMatter <[email protected]
endoftheuniverse.org> wrote (in <[email protected]
com>) about 'Isn't this a Contradiction in Terms? IBM Dishes Out Small,
Low-Power Supercomputer', on Sat, 15 Nov 2003:
As far as I am concerned, business personnel have gotten far far too
much leeway with what they do to, and on their work PCs.

OTOH, IT managers obstruct the provision of essential functions. For
example, a certain organization **needs** to put its own reference
numbers on document files that it receives from elsewhere. But this is
NOT ALLOWED, because the people who put the numbers on 'might' use the
facility for other purposes.

The absence of the reference numbers means that people have to keep
separate cross-reference tables. It takes a long time to keep these up
to date.
 
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Watson A.Name - Watt Sun, Dark Remover

Jan 1, 1970
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Thank you BillG for that wonderful Windows Registry idea.

An OS should only have to be restarted after a kernel recompile.
http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/today/top.avg.html

The Rules of Operating System Design
1) Applications must not crash the operating system.
2) APPLICATIONS MUST NOT CRASH THE OPERATING SYSTEM.

3) Operating system should not crash the operating system.

I think the reason why my W98SE PC gets constipated is because the OS
can't resolve what to do with memory freed up when progs are finished
running.

The most problems I have with W98SE are when I try to run Acrobat
Reader. Sometimes it freezes, and task mgr says not responding. So I
end the task, restart it and it seems okay. For awhile anyway..


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goes directly to the trash unless you add NOSPAM in the
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Don't be ripped off by the big book dealers. Go to the URL
that will give you a choice and save you money(up to half).
http://www.everybookstore.com You'll be glad you did!
Just when you thought you had all this figured out, the gov't
changed it: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html
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