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  • Reverend_Vice Reverend_Vice Nov 29, 1999 6:41 PM Flag

    domain names and business forecasts

    >>Imagine, hypothetically, that you were
    holding IBM and you got a sleuth report that they had
    bought the domain ""
    Wouldn't that be
    an early heads-up that they were going into cable
    long before the world saw the press

    Yeah, that's the way to play the market. Sure. Say,
    airy, here's a service you should subscribe

    Hey airy, imagine, hypothetically, that you had a

    BTW, what do you make of the reservation of this
    domain name: "" - does it
    indicate that TERA is a takeover target for a hostile bid
    from Armour, Hormel, or, god forbid, Dubuque Pack.

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    • >>Imagine, hypothetically, that you were
      holding IBM and you got a sleuth report that they had
      bought the domain ""<<

      As I
      was checking through the domain name registratinos
      for the last week, I ran across this one: which is registered to a "Smithtown Group" from
      Seattle (shades of Jonestown???) which describes itself
      as an organization devoted to cult-based
      supercomputing using religious fervor channeled through novel
      meat-based hardware.

      Curiously, when you
      cross-reference other domain names reserved by Smithtown Group,
      you find these domains: and

      P.S. - I've been informed that Dubuque Pack was bought
      and is now part of the Farmland co-op. They still can
      ham, make hotdogs, pack cold-cuts and the like.
      Perhaps TERA could recruit some "meatcutting engineers"
      from there for the meat-based MTA project - some of
      those butcher knives can etch to 100 micron linewidths
      or less.

      • 1 Reply to Poindexter_FORTRAN
      • HPCwire:"Chief, tell us how you came up with the
        idea of meat-based supercomputing?"

        Dreamer:"Well, it's a strange story. I was doing a little
        consulting with the Florida Department of Corrections (not
        affiliated with, and I got to talking
        to some good ole boys down at the Death House. They
        told me how Old Sparky worked by using flesh to
        complete an electric circuit. At that point, it became
        clear to me that it would be possible to make
        integrated circuits out of flesh. I did some preliminary
        experiments on my forearm using a single-edge razor blade to
        etch the circuit traces and a 9 volt battery. Once I'd
        demonstrated to myself that this circuit fabrication
        technology was workable, I went to the local butcher and
        bought enough meat to carve out all the circuits needed
        for a functional ALU."

        HPCwire:"How long did
        it take you to implement the entire MTA instruction
        set in meat?"

        Chief:"We first tried it
        entirely in beef, but after using suitably modified
        place-and-route software, we found that some functional units
        were better if implemented in other meats like pork,
        chicken, fish, or even lamb. The different resistances and
        heat capacities of these materials caused us severe
        consternation until we brought in several meat engineers from
        Turkey who were familiar with each of the meats and
        their physical and electrical properties. It still took
        us several months of trial-and-error before we
        finalized the design of the processor. Needless to say, we
        all gained several pounds during that engineering

        HPCwire:"Now that you've made the meat-based MTA, how is it

        Chief:"It's very tasty. We've run several different types of
        benchmarks on it now. The IS small data set problem cooks
        the beef and lamb to a perfect medium rare, but
        overcooks the chicken and fish components. We're currently
        tuning the code to address and correct these minor
        problems. We generally set up 4-8 resource modules in the
        morning, run some codes, disassemle the MTA, pull out the
        copper wires from the resource modules, get out the
        carving knife and break for lunch. Then, after lunch, we
        pull a fresh set of resource modules out of the
        fridge, reassemble the MTA, and cook a few more
        benchmarks during the afternoon before we break for

        HPCwire:"How will you be marketing your meat-based MTA

        Chief:"Hopefully, by next summer they will be available in the deli
        section of your local supermarket. We plan to refine the
        meat-based fabrication technology to allow us eventually to
        freeze the resource modules so you could buy them in the
        frozen food section and keep them at home in the freezer
        until needed."


        Chief:"You're welcome. Here, have a bite of our latest

        Copyright 1999

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