Marking Time ~ The Afghan and Iraqi Wars as Seen by Those Who Live Them
As a female with a Ph.D. in Anthropology who’d never even seen a real gun before, I couldn’t have been more out of place in a war zone, either with Afghan, Iraqi or US military culture. But in spite of that, Soldiers and civilians alike were kind enough to answer all my off-the-wall questions and let me share their lives. These are my and, more importantly, their stories.
Initially, I was just going to focus on Afghanistan (as the book eventually will), but I realized there are many stories from Iraq that remain untold as well, so this will look at both. I have changed the names, locations, and times of these stories to protect the innocent (and not-so-innocent), though if you think you recognize yourself, that may well be the case. I am also writing this well after my deployments, to help keep all my interviewees safer with the buffer of time and distance.
My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who helped make everything I did while deployed possible: my family and friends for the
AnandTech – Inside the Titan Supercomputer: 299K AMD x86 Cores and 18.6K NVIDIA GPUs
Titan is the latest supercomputer to be deployed at Oak Ridge, although it’s technically a significant upgrade rather than a brand new installation. Jaguar, the supercomputer being upgraded, featured 18,688 compute nodes – each with a 12-core AMD Opteron CPU. Titan takes the Jaguar base, maintaining the same number of compute nodes, but moves to 16-core Opteron CPUs paired with an NVIDIA Kepler K20X GPU per node. The result is 18,688 CPUs and 18,688 GPUs, all networked together to make a supercomputer that should be capable of landing at or near the top of the TOP500 list.
Hi, my name is Matt Cutts and I joined Google as a software engineer in January 2000. I’m currently the head of Google’s Webspam team.
Before Google, I worked on my Ph.D. in computer graphics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have an M.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and B.S. degrees in both mathematics and computer science from the University of Kentucky.
I wrote the first version of SafeSearch, which is Google’s family filter, and I’ve worked on search quality and webspam at Google for the last several years.
You know how an iceberg is 90% underwater? Well, most software is like that too — there’s a pretty user interface that takes about 10% of the work, and then 90% of the programming work is under the covers. And if you take into account the fact that about half of your time is spent fixing bugs, the UI only takes 5% of the work. And if you limit yourself to the visual part of the UI, the pixels, what you would see in PowerPoint, now we’re talking less than 1%.
That’s not the secret. The secret is that People Who Aren’t Programmers Do Not Understand This.
There are some very, very important corollaries to the Iceberg Secret.
Important Corollary One. If you show a nonprogrammer a screen which has a user interface that is 90% worse, they will think that the program is 90% worse.
Important Corollary Two. If you show a nonprogrammer a screen which has a user interface which is 100% beautiful, they will think the program is almost done.
Important Corollary Three. The dotcom that has the cool, polished looking web site and about four web pages will get a higher valuation than the highly functional dotcom with 3700 years of archives and a default grey background.
Important Corollary Four. When politics demands that various nontechnical managers or customers “sign off” on a project, give them several versions of the graphic design to choose from.
Important Corollary Five. When you’re showing off, the only thing that matters is the screen shot. Make it 100% beautiful.