atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1929: 16 GFlops

I saw a thing somewhere this morning which mentioned that the Cray 2 was released in 1985 and provided 1.9 GFlops of performance. ("Billon floating-point operations per second" is what "GFlop" stands for.)

So I decided to find out what my computer could do, by way of comparison. Overall it turns out that the Intel Pentium D 925 in this computer, with two cores running at 3 GHz churns out some 16 gigaflops. Which is a mere eight times faster than the fastest computer in the world in 1985.

The Cray X-MP--the fastest computer in the world from 1982-1985--pumped out 920 MFlops (million rather than billion Flops). Clock speed: 117 MHz.

This computer is seventeen times faster than that. (Though its clock speed is 25.6 times faster.) In fact, I would bet this computer could emulate a Cray X-MP in real time. How crazy is that?

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Expect a terror attack in the next 3-6 months. I said it before: the US government assigns a 100% probability to there being a major attack sometime before August is through.

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"Nature has given us sex so we can use it with another girl, with a boy or with an animal." I am going to go out on a limb here and say No. No, that is NOT what "nature gave us sex" for.

Sex is not a social construct which can be interpreted; sex is a biological function which promotes the continuance of a species. Although humans treat the satisfaction of mating urges as a recreational activity, the primary function of sex in any creature is to create more, similar creatures.

"Nature gave us sex" so that humans can make more humans. Nature did not "give us sex" so we could go around screwing dogs or horses or WTF-ever. The fact that some of us still do is more a reflection on those individuals than anything "nature" had in mind.

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Speaking of which--

I had to download Onani Master Kurosawa when I saw it over at BakaBT. C'mon, the title translates to "masturbation master Kurosawa". The story is about a junior high school guy who--every day--sneaks into an unused girls' bathroom at his school and rubs one out.

Despite this, it's not a pervie manga. We never see any "action" (thankfully). With that title I expected it to be horrible--that was why I had to download it--but in fact it turned out to be a really good story and I read it all at one sitting.

The main character--the aforementioned Kurosawa--ends up being blackmailed by one of the girls in his class. Aya Kitahara uses him to get revenge on other girls who bully him, by having him "do his thing" on their clothes or what-have-you; and he's never caught. But he discovers that he has a conscience, and other interesting things happen; and in fact the character changes from an utterly apathetic slacker into someone who knows what he wants to do with his life and is working towards that goal.

He starts out a pretty unlikable person, but ends up being a good guy.

I liked it. I didn't expect to--not with that title!--but it was an excellent story.

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"Only the Navy had jets. They flew very high, and very fast."

...I'm starting to get a hankering to watch Wings of Honneamise again. It's been quite a while since I last saw it. It's one of the best dubs I've ever seen, too.

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