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Red Moon Rising…
There’s a red moon tonight/this morning…
If you’ve missed it, there is another one coming up in September, they happen about every 3 years during the lunar eclipse.
And here is a photo from San Diego, taken by Alexander Nguyen.
Pebble Time Unnecessary Smart Tech does it again
This time they’ve raised over $20 million dollars. The project is ending in about 2 hours on kickstarter today.
This is both a great example of the power and reach of crowd funding sites like kickstarter, but also the sad reality of the hype and unnecessary products that are developed because of the type of customer that purchases the latest hyped up tech.
I personally refuse to ever buy any product that does not solve a problem or at the very least reasonably improves a solution that my current tech provides. And I don’t mean that I never plan to upgrade any of my hardware, for example, I just recently purchased a MSI Nvidia 970 GTX Gold edition graphics card. I made this purchase because my EVGA GTX 660 was three generations old, (600, 700, 900 (800 was for mobile platforms) and the performance difference between the cards was substantial and I’ve found a huge increase in performance.
Demonoid is back again…
The green devil is back. Demonoid is back and up and running, surprisingly quickly. I’ve already seen the newest links up on there. It’ll probably take a month or so for it to really catch up and beat the old bay of pirates, but it’s already on a great start. Really it’s the best engine to show you what is the best available version of whatever you’re looking for.
China’s Milky Way-2 Is World’s Top Supercomputer
A look at the Milky Way-2 (Tianhe-2) supercomputer from China, the new champion in the Top500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.
Milkyway-2, a new supercomputer from China has blown the lid off of the semi-annual Top500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.
International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany Monday, at an astounding 33.86 petaflop/s the Chinese Milkyway-2 (also known as Tianhe-2) has almost doubled the performance of the November 2012 number one, Oak Ridge’s Titan, which falls to number two on the June 2013 list.
The new champ’s sister system, the Tianhe-1A at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin debuted at the number one spot on the Top500 list at 2.57 petaflops in November 2010, and took the tenth position with the same performance on the June 2013 list.Developed by the Chinese National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) the new Tianhe-2 will provide an open platform for research and education, and is set to be online by the end of the year. Jack Dongarra from the Oak Ridge National Laboratoryreported technical details of the TH-2 system on his visit to NUDT during an International HPC Forum (IHPCF) in Changsha China recently.
There are 32,000 Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 sockets and 48,000 Xeon Phi coprocessors for a total of 3,120,000 cores. The TH-2 system would represent the largest installation of Intel Ivy Bridge and Intel Phi processors. Phi is Intel’s Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture for highly parallel workloads. Since it was released last year, it has been seen in several HPC projects, such as the TACC Stampede supercomputer. Stampede moved up a position on the June 2013 Top500 list, from number seven to number six.Tianhe-2′s 16,000 nodes will also boast a lot of memory – with 88GB per node, for a total of 1.404 petabytes of system memory. A proprietary optoelectronics hybrid transport interconnect technology and global shared parallel storage system containing 12.4 petabytes round out the specifications.
Powering such raw compute power is no easy task. Much of the issue in the race to exascale is adequately powering and cooling such intensive loads. A greater emphasis on efficiency and total power consumption of the Top500 supercomputers has reduced loads some, but there is still work to do if exascale can be achieved. The Tianhe-1A supercomputer consumed 4 megawatts of power in 2010 and every top spot in the Top500 list since then has consumed even more power – although several in the top rankings have managed to perform with less power. The TH-2 system will have a peak power consumption under load for the system of 17.8 megawatts. If cooling is added, the total power consumption 24 megawatts. With a cooling capacity of 80 kW the cooling system used is a closed-coupled chilled watercooling with a customized liquid water-cooling unit.
The rest of the list
The Department of Energy’s Titan, a Cray XK7 system, remained at number two with 17.59 petaflop/s, and Sequoia dropped to number three. Moving up one spot on the June 2013 list the TACC Stampede supercomputer made significant improvements and clocked in at 5.168 petaflop/s. Vulcan – the fourth IBM BlueGene/Q system in the top 10, made a large jump from number 65 in November 2012, to number 8 on the June 2013 list, at 4.293 petaflop/s. Vulcan is a DOE supercomputer that debuted one year ago at number 48.
While China’s Tianhe-2 vaulted to the top, the U.S. still leads the Top500 list with 252 systems. Europe has 112, and Asia 119 systems. Eighty-eight percent of the systems use processors with six or more cores, and 67 percent with eight or more cores. Use of accelerators or co-processor technology went down slightly, with 39 using NVIDIA chips, 3 using ATI Radeon, and 11 systems using Intel Xeon Phi.
The International Supercomputing Conference will continue this week, and the conversation can be followed on Twitter hashtag #ISC13.
Demonoid is back! Kinda…
Although Demonoid remains shut down, an unofficial website based on Demonoid’s databases was launched on May 7, 2013. The site went live at http://www.d2.vu/ with hosting provided by the U.S.-based service RamNode.
d2′s administrators stated, “No former admins have been involved with this rebranding or launch. This effort is independent and undertaken entirely for the benefit of the community.”
Based on a Demonoid backup, d2 contains Demonoid’s torrent and user databases, and is initially open to former members only; no new invitations are being generated, for now. All previously registered Demonoid users can login using their already existing accounts with the same password and username that they had on Demonoid. Unlike Demonoid, d2 has no user forums, and to minimize legal risk, the site has no torrent tracker; all torrents instead use public trackers.
d2′s hosting provider, RamNode, initially suspected d2 was hosting malware and threatened suspension, but has since amended this claim, saying malware probably came from a remote banner ad.
Links to source:
Interview with admins of d2
Broner puttin in that work…
The founder of the popular BitTorrent website Pirate Bay was arrested last Thursday in Cambodia, where he faces deportation and a one-year jail sentence in Sweden. The recent enforcement of anti-piracy laws could put a halt on, or even stop the return of Demonoid.
Demonoid went dark in late July, but after a DDoS attack and shut down by the Ukrainian government some loyal users remain hopeful that their semi-private tracker will make a comeback. This is proving less and less likely following the arrest of Gottfrid Svartholm, the man behind the file-sharing website Pirate Bay.
Authorities have confirmed that Svartholm will be deported from Cambodia following his arrest on Thursday. “Wherever he goes, we don’t know,” said Cambodia’s deputy police commissioner about the deportation of the Pirate Bay founder, according to Torrent Freak.
Nine months after Svartholm failed to appear in Sweden to serve his sentence on Jan. 2, the BitTorrent supporter was arrested in his apartment in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. His initial charges in Sweden were brought for promoting copyright infringement with the Pirate Bay.
There has never been a time when authorities have taken more action to thwart BitTorrent downloads and other piracy methods, and it might not be the time for Demonoid to return. Still, the Demonoid domains are no longer for sale, which could imply that the semi-private tracker is trying to regroup.
After a series of comebacks over the years, the people who love the BitTorrent website remain hopeful for Demonoid to return to its former glory. This is even after the Ukrainian government raided the server that hosted the site.
ColoCALL is the largest server in theUkraine and the former home to Demonoid; it is also where the anti-piracy efforts of the Ukrainian government forced Demonoid from the web.
“Demonoid was a leading global player in digital music piracy which acted as unfair competition to the more than 500 licensed digital music services that offer great value music to consumers while respecting the rights of artists, songwriters and record companies,” Jeremy Banks, director of anti-piracy for the IFPI, said in a statement according to CNet. “The operation to close Demonoid was a great example of international cooperation to tackle a service that was facilitating the illegal distribution of music on a vast scale.”
Some piracy website proprietors remain confident that they can comeback after these hard times. In aTwitter tirade last week, Kim Dotcom, the founder of the former Megaupload sites explained his big plans for the platform.
“MEGA will return. Bigger. Better. Faster. Free of charge & shielded from attacks. Evolution!” tweeted the founder of Megaupload. Dotcom also posted, “We are building a massive global network. All non-U.S. hosters will be able to connect servers [and] bandwidth. Get ready.”
This optimistic outlook comes after Dotcom narrowly avoided serving time for facilitating copyright infringement online. Dotcom was accused of allowing users to illegally download copyrighted content with the Megaupload network, which cost copyright holders at least $500 million in revenue, according to anAssociated Press article from Jan. 20.
The warrants used to obtain the information incriminating Dotcom were considered illegal by the New Zealand High Court. This allowed Dotcom to be released and he has taken the opportunity to start up his online empire once again.
With Demonoid’s reputation for returning, it is possible that the admins of the semi-private BitTorrent site will take their chances. It is possible that the site will find a new server location in another country, as it has in the past.
Demonoid shut down =( Ukranians…
File Sharing Site Demonoid Shut Down by Ukrainian Officials
Demonoid, a widely popular torrent sharing site, has been shut down by local authorities in Ukraine. According to Torrent Freak, users were first unable to access the site after a massive hacker attack. Later, users were notified that authorities had raided the data center and quickly sealed off all the servers.
The crackdown on torrent sharing sites has been a global initiative, particularly headed and pushed by the United States. The BBC notes that Demonoid.com, which often hosted rarer files for sharing and downloading, was one of the top 300 sites in global web traffic and has always been included on officials’ lists as a threatening site. It made a list of demonized torrent sharing sites, such as Megaupload and the Pirate Bay, which were both shut down in recent years after United States officials pushed for a crackdown on such sites.
The raid on the data center was undertaken by Ukraine’s Division of Economic Crimes after Interpol requested that it should be further investigated for issues of international copyright infringement. Although a main administrator for Demonoid was arrested last October in light of his work with the site, it might still be possible for the site to come back into action. These sites often have a number of spare servers which make restoring the site’s operations quite quick.
One source told Torrent Freak about the progression of events in the last two weeks:
There were suspicions that the site may have been subjected to some kind of exploit or hack in addition to the DDoS. That version of events is now confirmed by the ColoCall source.
“Shortly after [the DDoS] a hacker break-in occurred, and a few days later came the investigators,” the source added.
Overall, while many of these famous and large file sharing sites have been threatened in recent years by an international crackdown on copyright infringement, it has not actually slowed down file sharing overall. PC Magazine notes that the site actually followed Ukrainian laws by blocking all local IP addresses but allowed residents from around the world to use its services.
Some commentators have noted that the complete shut down of Demonoid was concisely timed with a visit by Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky’s to the United States. The visit will entail discussing issues of copyright infringement on the international level, according to Torrent Freak. The sudden choice by Ukrainian officials to shut down a site that broke no national laws suggests that Ukraine wants to get behind the United States’ stance on file sharing.
Disruption in Demonoid.com’s server started back on July 26 but the final announcement of the total shutdown of the site did not come about until this week.
DDOS Attacks use Botnets, last time a DDOS attack was used on Demonoid it was traced to a Indian company in the Employ of RIAA, Botnets Destroy Innocent people computer infects them with a Virus that often dose permanent Damage to hardware! Of people that never did p2p or anything illegal. It steals Bandwith from every one. Demonoid was hit with a massive DDOS ATTACK thats at least half a Million PCs infected with back doors and used as Zombies! Inercent people who just think they need a New PC, who wonder why the sons new Labtops slow or crashed!
Yet no ones Arresting or looking into Riaa activitys! Yet they Damaged at least 500,000 Random PCs!
So much for every one being treated equally under the law!
“The end of democracy and defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of the lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.”
So I would say this is BAD!