04. August 2004 · Comments Off on I’m Obsolete · Categories: General Nonsense

Thanks to Ed Driscoll, I found out that the DoD is replacing me with a newer model:

Code name: “Stryker.” No, that’s not the latest Jerry Bruckheimer-produced explosion-laden action movie. It’s the file name assigned to the supercomputer IBM has been contracted to build for the U.S. Department of Defense.

I had a feeling– you know, people suddenly hushing-up when I walked by, odd glances, awkward moments with long time friends. It should come as no surprise, but I still feel a pang of sadness.

The artificial brain is comprised of a vast array of IBM computers connected via some 2,300 64-bit microprocessors made by AMD. The supercomputer is slated to run on the Linux operating system. Stryker would be the largest Linux-based supercomputer utilized by the U.S. armed forces, a spokesman for the Samuel Palmisano-helmed firm told Reuters.

Alas, I am but a Trash-80 jerry-rigged to run BASIC. Goodbye World.

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