Friday, March 28, 2008

What's web 2.0? parrallelism new?

I read "Is Parallelism the New New Thing?" on SlashDot this morning.

You ever want to throw a brick at your monitor? I did, but I don't think my current employer would understand. Besides the new LCD screen just wouldn't have the satisfying implosion that the older CRT's had.

It talks about a blog post by Bill McColl , maybe he's right about VC flocking to what they see as the latest. Maybe some day they will learn to jump in before the market gets saturated with clueless idiots.

Back when I was a free man working for myself, I burned my last $100,000 in cash on trying to get aparallel processor startup Enumera off the ground in 2001. I guess at that time nothing I did could have worked anyhow since the streets in Silicon Valley were stating to run red with the blood of dying dot com's. You could almost set up a cot in the middle of the 101 during rush hour and take a nice quiet nap there was so few people left with jobs. Quite the contrast to the stop and go parking lot that it was the year before.

As for the current state of technology

I am still trying to figure out what the hell people are talking about with web 2.0?

With compuserver (1969), BBS's (1970's), UseNet, E-mail & The Source (1979), The Well & Q-link (1985) we have online communities this whole time. With IRC we have been IM Chatting since 1988.
And almost all of this existed over the IP based Internet starting around 1983 and starting in 1993 it became http/browser based. I have been using all of these early after their inception.

What the hell is new about Web 2.0?
There isn't anything I can see new at all, not even a little just hype.
Am I missing something?

Same with Parallelism.

I was a member of the Parallel Computing Connection PPC a club run by Mitchell Loebel in Silicon Valley going back to 1989 that later renamed itself into the Tech Startup Connection . From that club things like the NUMA Architecture arose.

Before that Thinking Machines Corporation by Danny Hillis 1982 with the "Connection Machine" and nCUBE.

Earlier was Control Data Corporation (CDC) and Cray which although technically not parallel processors used parallel Arithmetic circuits.

But even the Code breaking machines in WW2 used massive parallelism.

Richard Feynman's work on the Manhattan project, in which in one of his books (I think is was "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!") he describes a human assisted parallel computer with banks of Primitive IBM computers with humans moving stacks of punch cards between them to plow through the math needed to build the Bomb.

Point being, that in all of the excitement of Internet for the average Joe we forgot about most of these technologies and are now returning to it.
So there isn't anything new here, just a rediscovery.

How to use so many cpu's under Panic in Multicore Land March 11, 2008

Ask Chuck Moore About 25X, Forth And So On , Aug 28, 2001

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Breakdown of PC power usage

At my now dead startup Nisvara we where building Silent computers using passive cooling, and figure out how to build server rooms that didn't require air conditioning just outside evaporative cooling towers.

Our designed cooled each component individually so we did profiling of each components power draw.

I dont' have the numbers in front of me, but if I recall for a typical P4 3Ghz system we saw the total average power consumption at something like 75 watts when idle and 150 watts or more under load. With the ACPI on it would drop considerably when idle. (I am not including the monitors that also draw 75 watts or so)

Again we were more interested in were heat was generated so we measured power dissipation per component which for all purposes is directly equivalent to watts used.

We found watts for a component was quite different then the watts on the power line.

Why? Because in this breakdown almost 40 to 50% of the power was lost in PC's power supply's!
Both main and on the motherboards on board supply's needed for the CPU and chip sets.
This was very high since most PC power supply were only 60% efficient!
So all loaded inside the PC show up as almost 2x on the 110 volt power line.

So of the peak 150W coming in what's left after being stepped down is a remaining 80W or so.

Hard Drive 12 watts assuming 1 80Gb Maxtor DiamondMax.
North and South Bridge, 1 to 6 watts
Support chips, almost 1 maybe 2 watts, things like the NIC and other support components were insignificant.

CPU which could vary from 20 watts to 100 watts depending on it's load.
Running like CPU burn, CPU test or CPU stress would max out the CPU's power, again with the power supply low efficiency an 80 watt increase in CPU power use results in an 160 Watt increase on the 110V power line! We didn't not expect this when we started.

If you add a high end graphics (Nvidia/ATI) card then add on another 40 watts 2x so 80 watts on the power line.

Another interesting thing was 10 watts for fans!

Here is another unexpected result, the hotter the system ran the more power each component draw. This could add another 10% or so. So a cold system like just after power up uses less then a hot one.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Antigravity not required.

I saw Geoffrey A. Landis talking on "Alien Engineering," on the History channel, discussing the possibility of Antigravity.

I don't believe in Aliens, or at least any that are no more then the equivalent of North Americans bothering with monkeys in Africa, but I got to thinking.

Any race of of aliens out there would have to be +1000 to +1,000,000 or more years ahead of us.
It's very likely their concept of a "being" and life would have to be radically different then our current understanding.
Just as we are progressing towards being more machine based, the next evolutionary levels beyond would have to be even more robust, flexible and adaptable.

There would be a strong likelihood that Aliens would not be bound to a specific form or medium.
Their individual entities could be exist as some solid state medium much like our Silicon based RAM but based on quantum computers.
They could then grow themselves into a biological form (flesh) or convert them back to some information based medium as needed. Possibly even transmit them selves as a electromagnetic wave based signals.

Maybe they have even found some way to be in some form of plasma or other non-matter energy based existence that we can't even comprehend at this point.
Point being, they wouldn't be tied to a flesh and blood body, but exist more as information and software then animal.

So just like our software, that could be in the form of RAM, Hard disk, CD, USB Flash drive, or sent over the internet or radio signals their whole beings could be just as flexible.

They should be able to assume forms optimized for 0G , 1G or even 9000+G and transform themselves as needed for the given situation as easily as we would don a coat and gloves on a cold day.

Same with vehicle's and modes of transportation. They could easily fabricate physical aircraft or plasma based crafts on demands, when needed. I am also sure that they would have to have solved their energy requirements also, so they would have unimaginable large amounts energy available for propulsion. (Power to weight ratio's approaching infinity)

In any case, it is very unlikely that they would require the use of an Anti Gravity device or even need to violate any of the physics that we currently understand to accomplish many of the feats that we credit UFO's with today.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Copyleft movies, can it be done?

hypothetically speaking, let say some big name science fiction authors were willing to allow there older stories to be made into Copyleft films done in a similar production quality as I-Robot, Blade runner, StarWars or StarTrek.

Would it be possible to raise enough to produce a big budget film that has a LGPL type license on it?
Possibly as a Non-profit where authors are paid there typical fees and actors, are paid typical fees but no investors, just grants and donations? Proceeds would be wrapped back in to produce the next movie. Sort like PBS and NPR.

How could money be raised? What are the ramifications? How to bootstrap such a project and get it played in theaters and legally distributed free on the net?

It's an interesting concept, but could it really work?
Imagine what this would do the the RIAA and the film industry.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Spam Domains on Blogger

We have been working on some new scheme's to trace spam by it's payload
My project names are ( ( and (
There have been many very interesting things uncovered and I think we have a way to product better blacklists.

Currently my server is getting about 15 Gb of SPAM per day, and almost out ways all of my web traffic combined. Thank goodness Q-mail is solid.

Every since we started to post a list, there has been a sharp increase in DOS attacks, random password guessing and the like. As well as several letters including threating legal action!!!

Interesting thing is almost no one have even viewed the page with that list! So it seems it only the spammers them selves paying attention.

How are we sure these are spams? Simple. These were sent to Domains that don't get E-mail.
or nonexistent user accounts. These are domain that were never previously owned, so it's not some legacy thing either. For example they will send to , and and
Well there has never been any of these accounts, they just guessed them or someone just made up some and sold it to some poor sap that now is trying to spam to these worthless not legitimate Email accounts.
Others are honey pots, where the addresses are hidden on pages in white text on a white background, so only bot's could find them, or also hidden in comment fields.
There are other tricks too.

In the mean time we found many of these spam payloads send users to this very Google blog site! Yes blogspot, aka !!!Below is the list we have so far.

686 subdomains!