Author Archives: Robert Pogson

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

ARMed Servers Going Into Production

“you can now provision hourly, on-demand ARMv8 servers powered by 2 x 48 Cavium SoC’s on Packet. We’re starting with our EWR1 home (New York metro), as well as Sunnyvale and Amsterdam. We’ll add in Tokyo in early December when … Continue reading

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China v USA

“China on Monday revealed its latest supercomputer, a monolithic system with 10.65 million compute cores built entirely with Chinese microprocessors. This follows a U.S. government decision last year to deny China access to Intel’s fastest microprocessors. There is no U.S.-made system … Continue reading

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Enough Talking Already

“France called on Tuesday for an immediate United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in Aleppo and said it would press for a U.N. resolution to punish the use of chemical weapons in Syria.” See France wants urgent U.N. … Continue reading

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It’s On! Lemaker Cello To Be Available In Time For Christmas.

“LEMAKER SALES 22:30 (2 minutes ago) to me We will kick off the Cello production at the middle of Decemeber.” e-mail from Lemaker in response to my query (“We’ve been waiting many months for the long-ago announced Cello. Is it ever going to … Continue reading

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Mining Water On Mars

“Scientists examined part of Mars’ Utopia Planitia region, in the mid-northern latitudes, with the orbiter’s ground-penetrating Shallow Radar (SHARAD) instrument. Analyses of data from more than 600 overhead passes with the onboard radar instrument reveal a deposit more extensive in … Continue reading

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Birds And Bees

“Canada’s health regulator is planning to ban a controversial neonicotinoid pesticide, which it says has contaminated waterways and killed important aquatic insects.” See Health Canada proposes ban on pesticide linked to bee deaths See also Feds move to ban common neonicotinoid insecticide, … Continue reading

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Finally! A Buck!

We’ve been hunting many days this season and only today took a buck. It was pretty easy until the retrieval… We set up at the angle of an “L”-shaped opening with mature poplar on one side and immature poplar on … Continue reading

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M$ Sinks On Web-servers

“8.90%” Yes, that’s M$’s share of active sites… See November 2016 Web Server SurveyI laugh when trolls come to my blog to repeat the lie that M$’s OS is the greatest thing since sliced bread. If that were so, why is … Continue reading

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Russia Makes The Right Moves For The Wrong Reasons

“The State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s Federal Assembly, is working on a law to reduce government dependence on IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. According to Bloomberg, Russian government agencies will be restricted in buying proprietary software, and will have … Continue reading

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Security Of FLOSS

“Just like the OpenSSL Heartbleed security hole, once you look at the code, the problem leaps out at you. But, if you don’t look, it just hides there in plain sight. Open-source security only works if you actually read the … Continue reading

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Huge Reset On Debian Release-Critical Bug-Tracking

“2619 release-critical bugs were closed and NONE were opened.” See Release-critical bugs status, Mon Nov 14 12:00:00 UTC 2016Not sure what happened here. Debian’s release-critical bug count has been high for months with many failures to build from source after changes … Continue reading

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Broken LeMaker Cello Board

“LeMaker has decided to restart production of these boards, even though it still has a communication issue between the processor and PCIe x16 slot. Those who don’t mind, can pre-order it for $299 dollars and because PCIe x16 slot isn’t … Continue reading

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