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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 12:42 pm    Post subject: Wow, Imagine a Beowulf cluster of........ Reply with quote

[img:462f079d44]http://www.trygve.com/furbyrack.jpg[/img:462f079d44]
Furbies 8O
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When Linux was first ported to the Furby platform, it suffered from significant stability and performance problems, which gave the Furby an unfortunate reputation as being unsuitable for enterprise-level computing. The conversion of the IRS and NASA computing facilities to Furby-based platforms towards the end of 1999 was seen by many as premature and may have contributed to the problems experienced by those departments during 2000 which did nothing to improve the Furby's image in corporate America. To be fair, however, it should be noted that Furbys placed in IRS telephone support positions received no more complaints than their human counterparts and studies showed that they provided a comparable level of accuracy in their answers to taxpayer questions.

Subsequent releases of Furby Linux have largely addressed these problems and, though the flexibility of the user interface and the support for third-party add-on hardware remains limited, this is primarily a handicap for standard desktop applications like spreadsheets or graphic design, and does not pose a problem for the back-end CPU-intensive parallel processing applications typical of cluster computing.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahyayayayayayayayayayayay !!

ya know, if this was slashdot, you would be immediately modded "-1 troll" or sumtin !! ;)

but I had a good laugh :lol: so I would probably have modded you "+4 funny" :D

boy, this is scary ! a cluster of furbies ! sounds like evil to me !
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chrispy wrote:
if this was slashdot


...thank god it isn't. :D

Funny linkage...made my morning a little easier to bare.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would it be a Beowulf cluster or a Beowulf herd (flock? school?)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, funny I didn't notice those capabilities when we reverse engineered a Furby in my System Identification lectures. :-D
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember that one day there was an article on /. that actually dealt with beowulf clusters and one of the first posts read:
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now imagine a single unit of these
I found that hilarious.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2003 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris Finch wrote:
I remember that one day there was an article on /. that actually dealt with beowulf clusters and one of the first posts read:
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now imagine a single unit of these
I found that hilarious.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2003 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember seeing this earlier somewhere else... Ah yes, I was searching for information regarding the "Teddy Borg", and among one of the comments was 'imagine if you could have a computer inside instead of a switch... A real Beowulf cluster'
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