Colossus Pitted Against A PC In A Decryption Contest


A rebuilt World War II code-cracking computer called Colossus, developed to intercept Nazi messages, lost to a desktop computer Friday in a contest to decipher an encrypted radio message.

This is this news?

MSNBC has the rest of the story.


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TechCrunch is pushing down adverts in their feed 612 pixels in height? Good grief.


Windows Server 2008 For Parallel Computing Now In Beta


Microsoft released the first public beta of Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008, a server OS and tools designed for the fast-growing high-performance computing (HPC) market. Microsoft also established the Parallel Computing Initiative, a program creating a set of common development tools across multicore desktops and clusters.

Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor to Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, is based on the Windows Server 2008 OS. Key features are new high-speed networking, efficient and scalable cluster management tools, advanced failover capabilities, a service oriented architecture (SOA) job scheduler, and support for partners’ clustered file systems.

The beta is now available for download at; the final version will be generally available in the second half of 2008.

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China Mobile Sets Up on Mount Everest

China (PRC)

China’s largest cell phone service provider successfully tested a transmission station on Mount Everest on Tuesday, making it possible for climbers and those on next year’s Olympic torch relay to make calls, a state news agency reported.

China Mobile had to hire yaks and porters to help transport equipment up to the station site at 21,325 feet.

AP has the full story.

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EarthRise in Hi-Def


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have acquired the world’s first high-definition images of an Earthrise. Japan’s lunar explorer Kaguya (SELENE), which entered lunar orbit on October 18, 2007, captured the images.

Kaguya captured the blue marble of Earth rising over the Moon’s north pole on November 7, 2007. This is a still from a high-definition movie shot with Kaguya’s wide-angle HD camera. Credit: JAXA / NHK

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