As of last week, the world's fastest computer resides in a Japanese laboratory. While normal people are wondering when exactly this Japanese supercomputer will be sprouting slimy tentacles and eating Tokyo, others are suggesting that we are witnessing the next "Sputnik." "In some sense we have a Computenik on our hands," said Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist, in The New York Times. The intrepid Times interviewer undoubtedly responded, "Excuse me?" Blank stares ensued.