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sexy but i wonder why the millitary needs one of these... hmm...
internet porn of coarse, what else would they use it for.
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sexy but i wonder why the millitary needs one of these... hmm...
To drop bombs on sand.
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internet porn of coarse, what else would they use it for.


Indeed!
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Yeah, the military/government is always years ahead of the consumer in technology.
always feel like they don't have new tech, but they have almost unlimited amount of $$$ and Authority to build something that we can't afford or not allowed.

they can probably say "we are here to purchase a "Intel Core 2 Athlon X10"
Intel : but they are our competitor we isn't gonna do it
Military : this is a direct government order, u do it or else.
Intel : what happened to the democracy and freedom we have in america huh
Military : Action - "slaps a 100 billion dollar check in their hands"
Intel : nevermind
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Since the U.S. signed the nuclear test ban treaty, the military is not allowed to detonate a nuclear device to test it's yield. So they simulate the detonation with a supercomputer. Not only of new designs but of the current stockpile. The U.S. military has to make sure the the aging stockpile will work if need. I don't think they've been making anymore warheads for at least a decade. And no one knows how long a nuclear warhead can last before it might become bad. So to me, I'd rather the goverment spend millions to build these monsters then have to revert to acutal testing of nuclear devices.
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Physics simulations to build better bombs?
Maybe. Here are some better ideas:
  • Medical, ie. epidemic simulations
  • Aerodynamic calculations
  • Physics simulations to study non-weapons, ie. new materials, structures, etc
  • Weather simulations

I fully believe in the military research because it puts money into contractors and development of new technologies that can be manufactured. Plus, it keeps the military on the leading edge, which in turn keeps all of us safe.
Even if they are developing bombs... if we were to be attacked I would hope that retaliation would be possible!
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internet porn of coarse, what else would they use it for.
you know ol' G.W. is sittin there going... "Mmmmmm midget porn"

Ontopic: Wow i want a computer with that much power lol
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technology released in the USA for cellphones are slower compared to cellphone technologies in asian countries, mainly korea and japan...

iphone is like ancient stuff there...

military prob uses the supercomputer to scan all our phone/internet/money transaction activities!
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technology released in the USA for cellphones are slower compared to cellphone technologies in asian countries, mainly korea and japan...

iphone is like ancient stuff there...

military prob uses the supercomputer to scan all our phone/internet/money transaction activities!

Wear your aluminum brother, it keeps the thought rays out. Here's you Thorazine now shuffle along.

Seriously, they test bombs, wepaon spray scenarios (chemical). All kinds of stuff. This much power can easily be used for testing to develop weapons systems cheaper, than building prototypes and failing.
    
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Why not just go with a lot of graphics card like that one university did in Europe?
The Cell is already incredibly powerful in floating point operations.


There's a reason why PS3's could be substituted for supercomputers, just like the graphics cards.
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