Cylons using Sun Ray technology?

Craig asked a bunch of questions yesterday as he was trying to catch up on the new Battlestar Galactica. I posted a comment with some answers, but I realized this evening while making dinner that I missed a point that would really appeal to Craig - the Cylons are, like Sun Rays, ultra-thin clients. If the hardware is damaged beyond repair, the memories and consciousness (as much as a cybernetic being can be said to have one) is instantly transferred to a replacement hardware client. You don't even need to plug in a smartcard to the new Cylon body - it's automatic session migration.

Of course the problem with this is, it puts Sun on the wrong side of this galactic battle - for in the universe of the modern BSG, the network isn't just the computer, it's the very fabric of the Cylon civilization. Our ragtag team of survivors trying to escape genocide at the hands of the Cylons, however, is led by a ship designed to be completely non-networked, with all systems as isolated as possible to reduce the damage that can be done by a network attack. Oh well, you can't win them all (though the highly networked Cylons seem to be winning a lot of them so far).

(So who is going to make a back-and-forth red LED display add-on for the Sun Ray 170 so we can all have our own personal Cylons? It could even be functional - make the speed vary with the amount of bandwidth being used by the Sun Ray or the packet loss rate for remote deployments.)

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Back many years ago, I worked for Okidata Microsystems, a subsidiary of Okidata that was responsible for the OkiStation, a i860 based workstation. This workstation had 4 LED's in a row on the front, and the OS idle lit each on in turn, so that the more work the CPU was doing, the slower the LED's swept back and forth. We called them the Cylon lights.

Posted by Brian Utterback on July 11, 2005 at 10:45 PM PDT #

bah, that's not session migration. this is session migration http://www.ncl.cs.columbia.edu/publications/mobicom2004_fordist.pdf :)

Posted by Shaya on July 11, 2005 at 10:46 PM PDT #

Well, almost all of the Sun 2, 3 and some Sun 4 workstations ALREADY HAVE a cylon LED in the back. It moved due to the load on the system. If you booted NetBSD/sun3, it didn't do cylon, but just continuous to one side. Back in 1992, after some beer and stuff in a hot August day, ROO and I soldered up some LEDs to a DB-25 and hooked it to the back of our 386 NetBSD boxes, and then taught the idle loop to to the cylon thing. http://www.sandelman.ca/SSW/cylon/ Now, the real question is --- if Sun is the cylons, and the humans got taken by some unscrupulous software designer who sold the humans systems with backdoors in them, do you think the cylons are running that OS? Back in the early 1990s, Sun Marketing screwed up so many times with the client stuff, and the price, that the humans on EARTH were driven to buy their software from unscrupulous company that put backdoors in the mail reader, and called it a feature. Now we know that it wasn't incompetence --- it was the the Sun marketing execs of the time had been replaced with cylons.

Posted by Michael Richardson on July 12, 2005 at 01:27 PM PDT #

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