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Hack Jandy writes "Would you be surprised to hear Sun is the lowest
cost Tier 1 dual-Opteron provider? AnandTech benchmarks Sun's newest
w2100z and includes some sneak peaks at Solaris 10 and Java Desktop
System 2. Has Sun learned from the demise of SGI
workstations that relying on one processor architecture is harmful?"
CrzyP adds "They perform various benchmarks including 2D/3D rendering,
compiling, encryption, and thermal and noise performance, and compare
the 64-bit Sun box with various other configurations, including
varying operating systems."
If you already play the Massively Multiplayer Game Star Wars Galaxies,
you're undoubtedly already aware that the Jump to Lightspeed space
expansion officially launched today. For the rest of us, there are
some details on the developer side regarding the ramp up to release
available on the official site. Details on the experience of the new
expansion is available at Gamespot and PC.IGN. colourful
analysis can be found on Grimwell's boards, and N3rfed has a post
discussing the fact that the rest of the world has to wait until
November 5th for their space-goodies.
DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- A judge who welcomed a former fugitive back to
her courtroom with balloons, streamers and a cake defended her actions
Wednesday, saying that getting a killer and abuser of women off the
streets is reason to celebrate.
Judge Faith Johnson threw the party Monday upon sentencing 53-year-old
Billy Wayne Williams to life in prison. And, yes, I threw a party," the judge said in a
The judge said about 4 million U.S. women a year are physically abused
by their husbands or live-in partners, and some 30 percent of female
murder victims in this country are slain by their husbands or
"When these kind of stats begin to shrink, then we'll have cause to
celebrate," she said.
The party for Williams troubled some legal experts, and Seana Willing,
executive director of Texas' Commission on Judicial Conduct, said the
incident may have violated requirements that judges remain impartial
and observe proper decorum.
"Q: At LinuxWorld, IBM announced that it is contributing Cloudscape
to the Apache Software Foundation.
"A: Cloudscape is a Java-based, fully transactional relational
database technology. It's a purely embedded database that can
either be used within an application, or as the database for a more
traditional client-server application. It has a very small
footprint, and there's no need for a database administrator; You make your database calls, and
Cloudscape is there for you..."
trumpeted on Tuesday a new speed
record with the Columbia supercomputer it built for NASA, CNET
News.com has learned, it quietly submitted another, faster result:
51.9 trillion calculations per second.
"During the unveiling of the Columbia supercomputer, SGI touted a
speed of 42.7 trillion calculations per second, or 42.7 teraflops.
That handily beat the machine at the top of a list of the world's
500 fastest machines, NEC's Earth Simulator at 35.9 teraflops, as
well as a top challenger, IBM's Blue Gene/L at 36.0 teraflops..."
"In West Bengal, a tropical region in the northeast of India best
known for tea and tigers, students at 2,500 rural schools are
getting their first introduction to computers.
"After testing Microsoft products in 300 of the schools, the
regional Education Ministry said it decided to instead install
open-source software on 10,000 new computers, the first phase of an
even bigger project..."