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Colonel Panic
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Icon 1 posted June 09, 2008 20:13      Profile for Colonel Panic         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
From the wonderful folks who brought us $134 a barrel oil.

Talk about going nowhere fast!

http://www.betanews.com/article/DOE_supercomputer_broke_the_petaflop_barrier_conference_acknowledges/1213052334

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There's something very Orwellian about calling your nuclear weapons research labs "The Department Of Energy"

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Icon 1 posted June 10, 2008 18:53      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The DOE didn't bring us $134/barrel oil. It was inevitable. The executive branch, however, has spent 8 years maximizing the *pain* it would cause at that price.
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quantumfluff
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Icon 1 posted June 10, 2008 18:59      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Did someone mention Orwell? http://wuntvor.mirror.waffleimages.com/files/44/44cb4b91287cfcd8111d471867502a3cac861ab0.jpg
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Icon 1 posted June 10, 2008 19:29      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
Did someone mention Orwell? http://wuntvor.mirror.waffleimages.com/files/44/44cb4b91287cfcd8111d471867502a3cac861ab0.jpg

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Icon 1 posted June 10, 2008 20:55      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well, to be fair nuclear energy has peace time uses.

That said, simulating nuclear warhead explosions (which is what 3/4 of that computer's time is going to go to) isn't exactly peaceful. Easier on the environment than real weapons testing, yes. Peaceful, no.

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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2008 08:21      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
On the subject of ironic photos...

This statue of Mel Gibson at the William Wallace memorial in Scotland was being vandalized, so...
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TFD – This is perfect for the current administration in the White House.

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