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ARM Launches Cortex-A5, Cortex-A9 Chip Designs

Blacklaw Error in headline (1 comments)

Whoops - the chips are Cortex-R5 and Cortex-R7, not -A5 and -A7. My bad.

more than 3 years ago

Xbox Head Proclaims Blu-ray Dead

Blacklaw Re:Headline wrong (547 comments)

Technically, the guy says that he predicts the format is dying (i.e. bluray is currently in use but he forsees the day that his approach, downloads, will overtake physical media). He doesn't actually say that it's dead (past tense) like the headline states.

But "Xbox Head Proclaims Blu-ray Dying" doesn't rhyme...

about 4 years ago

Xbox head proclaims Blu-ray dead

Blacklaw Re:Stop it, please (3 comments)

Slashdot user Halifax Samuels proclaimed dead following unfortunate head-monitor interaction. Last words were believed to be "I ain't dead, motherf***er!"
Film at 11.

about 4 years ago

Spotify accused of indie dev heist

Blacklaw Comparative graphic (1 comments)

OP's link now has a comparative graphic - and the resemblance is more than striking...
Spotify really needs to make an announcement as to what's going on - lots of people are very disappointed and angry right now.

about 4 years ago

Bill Gates slices kids out of his will - mostly

Blacklaw What's a "meaningful percentage?" (2 comments)

I mean, 0.1% sounds like piddling, insignificant amount - and Gates may well consider it so - but that'd still be a whopping $34 million...

about 4 years ago

Global ‘internet treaty’ proposed by E

Blacklaw Duplicate (2 comments)

This story has already been submitted here:

about 4 years ago

How free e-books could challenge the Kindle Store

Blacklaw Interesting insights... (2 comments)

...but then I would think that, considering that I wrote it.

In all seriousness, though, it's amazing how many people don't realise that there is a wealth of content just as easily accessible as the Kindle Store and just as well formatted which is *free.* Creative Commons is really shaking up the traditional publishing model, and as the article proves it *is* possible for 'free' to make authors a not-inconsiderable amount of money if treated right.

Viva la CC revolucion!

about 4 years ago

eGovOS Running Again

Blacklaw Re:Open Source? (61 comments)

Offtopic now, but just Google (or Archie) for 'John Poindexter' and 'TIA' or 'Total Information Awareness'. That should tell you what you need to know.


more than 11 years ago



Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Heading to the Raspberry Pi

Blacklaw Blacklaw writes  |  about 2 years ago

Blacklaw (311963) writes "Scott Brooks, a server-side architecture developer and system administrator at Beamdog is taking the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition source code and attempting to compile a Linux version tweaked to run on the £30 Raspberry Pi — a computer which, it must be noted, costs less than did the original boxed Baldur's Gate game at launch.

Speaking to the Raspberry Pi Foundation via Twitter, Brooks confirmed his plans: 'First attempt at compiling Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition on our Raspberry Pi,' wrote Brooks. 'Step 1: sort out all the dependencies.'"

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Qualcomm Goes Open Source With AllJoyn Project

Blacklaw Blacklaw writes  |  about 3 years ago

Blacklaw (311963) writes ""It's unexpected from Qualcomm," Qualcomm Innovation Center president Rob Chandhok admits in an interview with thinq_ about the company's open source AllJoyn proximity-based networking platform project. "Like 'wait, is this a guy from Qualcomm that just said that?' In my mind there's two ways that you standardise something: one is you wind your way through a standards body, and you standardise the APIs, and you then have proprietary implementations. The other way is that you open-source it and it becomes a de facto standard, because it's useful." The full interview has plenty of detail about Qualcomm's belief in the open source methodology, plus details of the AllJoyn project itself."
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Tech educators Point Schmidt at Success in School

Blacklaw Blacklaw writes  |  about 3 years ago

Blacklaw (311963) writes "Eric Schmidt's announcement last week at the MacTaggart Lecture that Britain is "throwing away [its] great computing heritage" by ignoring computing in education was a wake-up call for the industry and the education sector alike. But the Google chairman isn't the only one thinking that way: 24 hours prior to Schmidt's speech, an industry and educational summit was taking place that aimed to address that exact issue."
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Raspberry Pi Takes Aim at the Education Market

Blacklaw Blacklaw writes  |  about 3 years ago

Blacklaw (311963) writes "Attendees of the Educating Programmers Summit found themselves treated to a demonstration of the Raspberry Pi single-board computer by co-creator Eben Upton. Based on chips from Upton's day job at Broadcom, the Raspberry Pi is an entirely functional computer which will hit a retail price of just $25 in its basic incarnation — addressing one of the issues preventing the teaching of programming in schools today."
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JEDEC Reveals DDR4 DRAM Enhancements

Blacklaw Blacklaw writes  |  about 3 years ago

Blacklaw (311963) writes "The new DDR4 standard includes an increase in maximum theoretical performance to 3.2 gigatransfers per second per pin, from the 1.6GT/s per pin of DDR3. However, the group admits that DDR3 looks like smashing the originally set 1.6GT/s maximum, meaning that DDR4 could have its upper limit raised still further before the standard becomes set in stone."
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IBM Celebrates the PC's 30th Birthday - and Demise

Blacklaw Blacklaw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Blacklaw (311963) writes "Computing giant IBM is today celebrating the 30th anniversary of its seminal PC — launched today in 1981 as the IBM PC 5150 and costing $1,565 for a 4.77MHz Intel 8088 with 16KB of RAM and a 160KB floppy drive — at a time when the company has been out of the market for nearly seven years and its leaders are increasingly looking toward the 'post-PC' era."
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Google Garden Party bags cash for Bletchley Park

Blacklaw Blacklaw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Blacklaw (311963) writes "Google's partnership with Bletchley Park, which began when it donated $100,000 towards the purchase of offprints of noted polymath and former codebreaker Alan Turing at auction for display in the museum, entered a new phase this week with the launch of the Google Garden Party in order to raise money for the restoration of Block C."
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AMD just doesn't get it

Blacklaw Blacklaw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I genuinely can't understand why AMD would post such drivel to its mail website. I mean, it's *supposed* to be funny - but it treats geeks as if they can't get a date, and women as if they're technically incompetent.
What about Admiral Hopper? Lady Ada? Sophie Wilson? All women, and all pioneers in the field of computing. Without Lady Ada's work, modern computing may never have happened. Admiral Hopper was one of the first paid programmers - and credited with the invention of the word 'bug' in the context of computer flaw. Sophie Wilson developed the ARM architecture, now by far the most popular chip on the market.
I don't know if it's made better or worse by the fact that the post was written by a woman...

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