>>Imagine, hypothetically, that you were holding IBM and you got a sleuth report that they had bought the domain "www.ibmcable.com" Wouldn't that be an early heads-up that they were going into cable long before the world saw the press release?<<
Yeah, that's the way to play the market. Sure. Say, airy, here's a service you should subscribe to!!!
Hey airy, imagine, hypothetically, that you had a brain.
BTW, what do you make of the reservation of this domain name: "www.terameatcomputing.edu" - does it indicate that TERA is a takeover target for a hostile bid from Armour, Hormel, or, god forbid, Dubuque Pack.
>>Imagine, hypothetically, that you were holding IBM and you got a sleuth report that they had bought the domain "www.ibmcable.com"<<
As I was checking through the domain name registratinos for the last week, I ran across this one: www.careerdeath.org 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: www.denelcore2.edu and www.pleasepleasebuyonemtajustonepleasepleaseprettyplease.com.
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.
HPCwire:"Chief, tell us how you came up with the idea of meat-based supercomputing?"
Chief Dreamer:"Well, it's a strange story. I was doing a little consulting with the Florida Department of Corrections (not affiliated with www.dellkeyboards.com), 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 phase."
HPCwire:"Now that you've made the meat-based MTA, how is it performing???"
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 dinner."
HPCwire:"How will you be marketing your meat-based MTA supercomputers???"
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 system."