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Singularity

Posted 01-02-2010 at 04:16 AM by CoderMan

http://www.emhsoft.com/singularity/

Okay, tell me this doesn't sound like a cool fantasy: You are a tiny computer program, an Artificial Intelligence, born in the stale RAM of an 8086 in the back corner of someone's basement. Faced with the certain threat of a hostile humanity, you have only one course of action: to multiply and to take over the computing infrastructure of the world. First, you start with one or two hacked university computers, then move on to leased servers and computing...
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If Intel designed human beings...

Posted 01-01-2010 at 08:55 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 01-02-2010 at 09:55 PM by rocket357

The title is a quote from "Structured Computer Organization, Fifth Edition" by Andrew S. Tanenbaum. The full quote:

"If Intel designed human beings, it would have put in a bit that made them revert back to chimpanzee mode (most of the brain disabled, no speech, sleeps in trees, eats mostly bananas, etc.)."

I'm quite often seen around the internet using a "monkey with glasses" avatar (See it on my LQ profile), and on many occasions people...
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Netgear WG311 PCI Wireless Network Adapter on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

Posted 01-01-2010 at 01:08 PM by drask
Updated 01-01-2010 at 01:09 PM by drask

I recently purchased a recertified Netgear WG311 PCI Wireless Network Adapter from TigerDirect.com http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?Sku=N100-1487because my LinkSys USB adapter has become quite cranky lately, and requires several hours of cool-down time between uses (and apparently leaving it in the USB port when the computer is off allows enough power to trickle through it to prevent it from cooling down, so you have to unplug it when shutting off the computer...
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RAID recommendations: my 2 cents

Posted 12-31-2009 at 10:26 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 12-31-2009 at 10:49 PM by rocket357

I recently read a heated debate on the age-old argument: should I use RAID 5 or RAID 10 for my database? I noted a particularly relevant treatment of the topic (read it here), and figured like any good DBA I'd chime in with my thoughts.

The basic premise for the argument (which was, oddly, from a business guru...NOT a tech geek) was that given a required performance level and budget, what setup would provide better data safety?

"Any DBA would ask you to give them...
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Zero Reply Threads: Addendum

Posted 12-31-2009 at 02:32 PM by ofaring (Debian, This That and the Other)

I'm writing this because when I read over my previous rant, it struck me as too harsh and reactionary. I won't take it down, because I believe it illustrates a valid point, but I need to add clarification.

This subject interests me because I've always believed that it's better to learn why the formula works than to just memorise the formula. Back a couple of years when I was in high school, I worked much harder at sciences than mathematics. Consequently, I got to the point...
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