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[BBC] Intel plans to combat cosmic ray threat

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Not really as exciting as it sounds, just some on-chip defence to cosmic rays.

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The cosmic ray detector is therefore designed to spot when rays have caused interference and then tell the chip to repeat the command
The example of driving at 200mph on the autobahn and your brakes failing is a bit steep to be honest but the theory is right.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7335322.stm
    
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what about slowly applying the handbrake? or stepping down gears?
just chuck the computer underground and ur dandy, plus that will stop robbers as they already have bad backs from stealing lead of the roofs of churches
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what about slowly applying the handbrake? or stepping down gears?
just chuck the computer underground and ur dandy, plus that will stop robbers as they already have bad backs from stealing lead of the roofs of churches
I agree with your points on the driving front.

BUT........cosmic rays go through everything, underground or not. But it would stop the robbers half inching your rig
    
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how about just turn of the engine?
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how about just turn of the engine?
That is a REALLY bad idea. You would lose power steering.
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Too funny on the timing. One of our customers, has been having this issue with a couple of SGI supercomputers and they though we were trying to BS them with this story. We had to get several government agencies involved to prove to them we were not trying to BS them. Even SGI got involved to analyze the systems to verify no parts were bad. They told them these sorts of errors are common depending on the location and use of the system.

BTW: they were told to move the systems further underground and the errors would be _reduced_ but not eliminated.

I think the car correlation was funny and will use that one...!
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