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Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

4wdloop makani (41 comments)

And I thought they wanted makani kiteplains for green energy....they probably want them for the same as the other drones?

4 days ago

Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

4wdloop A further android fragmentation attempt? (105 comments)

It can have strategic goal to advance Android fragmentation? Granted, rather expensive one at it...

about 2 months ago

AMD Announces First ARM Processor

4wdloop Intel's to follow? NO? (168 comments)

Why would not Intel, with its fabs and process nodes, produce best ARM around?

Well it does already as Altera's Stratix 10 would use Intel's 14nm fabs.

But why not Intel itself?

about 3 months ago

Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

4wdloop how on earth conduct such study? (783 comments)

It would be nice to know this statistics but how to gather the data?
If this is involuntary, only sober people would consent. Why take a risk?
Some sober people would refuse also, perhaps a small group.
So do they imply refuse" as "drunken" then?

about 4 months ago

The Linux Foundation Releases Annual Linux Development Report

4wdloop Re: Vision Engraving and Wolfson ? (101 comments)

Well, I have looked at Wolfson - they specialize in audio (yes including silicon). Still find it interesting that they contribute to linux kernel along IBM's and Googles of the world. And Vision Engraving? Is this the same company: http://www.visionengravers.com/?

about 7 months ago

The Linux Foundation Releases Annual Linux Development Report

4wdloop Vision Engraving and Wolfson ? (101 comments)

Wow - this seem such a niche market companies (with all due respect) for making top 10 contribution to linux kernel - interesting...

about 7 months ago

Same Programs + Different Computers = Different Weather Forecasts

4wdloop Re:It is the butterfly effect. (240 comments)

So hence CFD N-S equations are not (presently?) solvable, hence simulation is used to approximate the answer, would it mean, all imperfections of computations asides, that exact weather forecasting is not possible?

I suppose hence N-S equations do not have (yet?) mathematical proofs of solutions and smoothness, we cannot yet predict if precise weather forecasting is even theoretically possible?

about 9 months ago

Google Chrome 27 Is Out: 5% Faster Page Loads

4wdloop Re:is gmail faster in it? (195 comments)

But wait...it's a client speed up optimization. All in all it would cause the same amount of traffic just reordered to start pages render sooner.

As for Joe Human, his reaction time is at about 20ms. Hence @5% improvement would be theoretically "noticeable" in a 2 seconds page load. But unnoticeable if Joe Human would have to observe it relative to 2 seconds total. Likely even with a stop watch Joe H. would be in "error area". And 100ms would be an improvement on a 20s load which would challenge patience of any Joe H.

From improvement description:
"The primary drivers are: preloading images sooner, more aggressive use of idle network time, dynamically changing resource priorities, deprioritization of preloaded resources, and reduced bandwidth contention among images."

From TFA:
"when you add up those saved seconds across all Chrome users, it totals to more than 510 years of people’s time saved every week."

Now that's convincing argument.

I admit that squeezing that 5% of already well optimized code is a great achievement (technically) that may be head-deep in the law of diminishing returns (practically). But G$$gle can afford it.

about a year ago

Google Chrome 27 Is Out: 5% Faster Page Loads

4wdloop is gmail faster in it? (195 comments)

Yea google, you're getting bigger and slower...gmail got so dog slow I am considering switching to hotmail, 5% is gonna go unnoticed by an average Joe.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

4wdloop put them on side-track assigments (509 comments)

If you have influence on the type of assignments they get, push them into more boring, less desired assignments (also less critical). They usually are aware of their situation and will be happy to grind through the bore and even more happy to be left alone. Also the rest of the team will be grateful for this effort.

about a year ago

Realtime GPU Audio

4wdloop Since it is on a GPU... (157 comments)

...perhaps it would be easier to visualize it? The frame buffer is just one bit-throw away...

about a year ago

New Bird Shaped Drone Shown at Security and Defense Trade Show

4wdloop Re:Firefighting? (124 comments)

Ditto..."border surveillance". I'd think we'd want border surveillance to be visible as deterrent, no?

1 year,5 days

DARPA Develops Non-GPS Navigation Chip

4wdloop Re:Similar to some existing systems (84 comments)

And why one would need to navigate in a tunnel? (Other then how deep one's in...).

Certainly more applications are possible as I'd expect it will have much higher sampling rates and precision than GPS and hence can be use in control applications more than in navigation.

1 year,7 days

Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

4wdloop Re:Easy... (1121 comments)

Even so, was Adam "modified" after God found "no suitable helper" for him before Eve? I mean all the reproductive machinery in Adam, you know...? Or did God predicted his own failure in solving Adam's loneliness initially so he made Adam with all "stuff" before hand?

And if God created Adam after his own image then ... ?

1 year,22 days



Would Intel build best-in-the-world ARM SoC?

4wdloop 4wdloop writes  |  about 3 months ago

4wdloop (1031398) writes "With x86 architecture becoming quickly irrelevant for market dominance, Intel's fab technology being step or two ahead of competition could make them the King of ARM. Why would or would not Intel do it?"


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