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Life, Research, Fast Interconnects, Kepler, JPM, and an epic Straight White Male troll.


Tom Scott, Welcome to Life, here. Best video seen in a week via Dvorak Uncensored. Scott refers to Rudy Rucker’s post cyberpunk novel Postsingular, here.

Salmon, Sell-side research isn’t inside information, here.

So let’s let brokerages’ clients trade what they like, so long as they’re not trading on genuinely inside information from the company in question. If we’re going to be serious about the Volcker Rule, and prevent the brokerages from trading for their own account, the least we can do is let them monetize their analysts’ research as best they can.

HPC Wire, NVIDIA’s Bill Dally Talks 3D Chips and More at GTC, here. Keep  an eye out for Dally interviews and talks.

The conversation turned to Stanford and what Dally views as the University’s most promising research. He mentioned a program where researchers are looking to take supercomputing interconnect technology and deliver it to commercial datacenters. Stanford University has worked with Cray on the Dragonfly interconnect for the Cascade system and began pitching the technology to Google and Facebook. According to him, they loved the technology because of its low latency. The Stanford team plans to test the design on a small FPGA cluster and if everything goes as planned, they’ll start looking for a commercial adopter.

The Register, Inside Nvidia’s GK110 monster GPU, here.

At the tail end of the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose this week, graphics chip juggernaut and compute wannabe Nvidia divulged the salient characteristics of the high-end “Kepler2” GK110 GPU chips that are going to be the foundation of the two largest supercomputers in the world and that are no doubt going to make their way into plenty of workstations and clusters in the next several years.

If you just want awesome graphics, then the dual-chip GTX 690 graphics card, which is based on the smaller “Kepler1” GK104 GPU chip, which Nvidia previewed back in March, is what you want. And if you want to do single-precision floating point math like mad, then theTesla K10 coprocessor, also sporting two GK104 chips, is what you need to do your image processing, signal processing, seismic processing, or chemical modeling inside of server clusters.

NYT,  Discord at Key JPMorgan Unit Is Faulted in Loss, here. Juicy but ultimately not moving the discovery forward.

John Scalzi, Epic troll,  Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is, here. Found it via Brad DeLong, here. I cannot determine if DeLong knows about internet trolls in the same way he knows about Oh, say Eurozone austerity. But he is DeLong and we’re not, so it all sort of evens out in the limit.

Dudes. Imagine life here in the US — or indeed, pretty much anywhere in the Western world — is a massive role playing game, like World of Warcraft except appallingly mundane, where most quests involve the acquisition of money, cell phones and donuts, although not always at the same time. Let’s call it The Real World. You have installed The Real World on your computer and are about to start playing, but first you go to the settings tab to bind your keys, fiddle with your defaults, and choose the difficulty setting for the game. Got it?

Okay: In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is.

This means that the default behaviors for almost all the non-player characters in the game are easier on you than they would be otherwise. The default barriers for completions of quests are lower. Your leveling-up thresholds come more quickly. You automatically gain entry to some parts of the map that others have to work for. The game is easier to play, automatically, and when you need help, by default it’s easier to get.


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