Friday, September 21, 2007

Folding@Home > 1 PetaFLOPS

Checking the Folding@Home stats you can see that this distributed computing effort now tops out at over 1 PFLOPS, currently sitting at ~1.1 PFLOPS.

Mmmm, and costing a lot less than the NCSA's new toy.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Facebooks $10m 'fund'

You may have read reports of Facebooks US$10m fund.

After much praising of the "fbfund"'s less onerous conditions (no equity required) as compared with traditional vernture capital, we find hidden away near the end of the article the following nugget:
Accel Partners and The Founders Fund will have the right of first refusal to provide future venture capital financing to companies.
So they do want equity after all (via their right to provide venture capital financing), but only on the successful companies. I wonder if the tax implications are better this way.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fool me twice...

Shame on you, SABC.

Don't we already pay for the content you produce? [hint: tvlice...]

But now we'll have to pay to watch it again on a Pay TV channel, where we're already paying a premium. And are we expected to believe SABC won't use the extra viewership figures to punt their timeslots to the advertisers? Or will the Pay TV outfits be free to replace the adverts?

This is an established player using market dominance and manipulating slight legal obligations into a stick with which to beat new entrants.