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Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

Guy Harris Re:Bookstores - are you trying to change hard enou (83 comments)

Um, you pretty much described EXACTLY what Barnes and Noble tried to do, and it didn't really work out all that well for them(the execution may have left something to be desired but).

Other big-box book retailers haven't succeeded at that, either.

But TFA seems to be talking more about independent bookstores than the "brick-and-mortar" chain bookstores that gave the independent bookstores trouble a while ago.

2 days ago

Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs

Guy Harris Re:Needs x86 emulation. (47 comments)

they need to build in an x86 emulation layer to make these more attractive to gp programmers ... if they had that I may be able to make them work with the drone I'm designing for i/o and avionics control but I do not feel like rewriting the whole damn code base to run on these frankenchips.

You're programming your drone in assembler language?

about a week ago

Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

Guy Harris Re:Uphill both ways! (169 comments)

My second computer was a 360. I began life coding Fortran IV on one of the 360's immediate predecessors, the IBM 1410. At the time, mainframes occupied two distinct categories: "business" machines like the 1410, which organized data as individual 6-bit bytes, and "scientific" mainframes like the 7090 series, which saw data as 32-bit integers and floats.

36-bit. There was also the 1620, which organized data as 4-bit decimal digits (with an extra flag bit and a parity bit); a character took two digits.

about a week ago

NASA To Catalog and Release Source Code For Over 1,000 Projects

Guy Harris Re:Wait... What? (46 comments)

Over twenty years ago there were computers that hardware and software that were designed to work together. At least two of these systems had extra tag bits in memory that defined the memory contents. Specifically I am talking about Symbolics Lisp Machines and Burroughs Large Systems that natively ran Algol.

Or, rather, ran an instruction set with some features oriented towards ALGOL. Other languages could also be, and were, translated to that instruction set.

about two weeks ago

UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

Guy Harris Re:Grrr... (92 comments)

But what about those of us who want to rip Betamax, Casettes, Grammerphone Records and VHS?

Hell, what about Edison Cylinders?

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

Guy Harris Re:Why are they posting old source code? (224 comments)

Srsly, the late '90's called, they want their "Windows is still a hack on top of DOS" meme back.

You're right. Windows X is a hack on top of Windows 1 ... X - 1.

OK, if "Windows NT 3.1" is Windows X, what's Windows X - 1?

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

Guy Harris Re:Why are they posting old source code? (224 comments)

Do you have a piece of source code to support your claims?

No. Do you have a piece of source code to prove that NT-family versions of Windows are DOS-based? The "Inside Windows NT" books say that the NT kernel-mode code has a very much non-DOS structure.

Because unless proven otherwise, Windows is still a crap patchwork.

An OS can be a "crap patchwork" without being based on DOS.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

Guy Harris Re:Why are they posting old source code? (224 comments)

Great minds think alike. Came here to post this.

Yes, great minds think alike.

Other minds think there's still DOS in the core of Windows, rather than a bag on the side to run old DOS programs, sort of like the VDM in Wine. Srsly, the late '90's called, they want their "Windows is still a hack on top of DOS" meme back.

about three weeks ago

Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

Guy Harris Re:They Both Fudge (173 comments)

Well, that link looks like a forum of fanboys rather than a forum of experts (for one thing, they appear to be confusing EM64T, the Intel 64-bit x86 instruction set, with the initial implementations; the ISA is true 64-bit, even if the initial implementations don't have 64-bit data paths, just as an IBM System 360/30 was a 32-bit computer even though it had 8-bit data paths internally and did 32-bit arithmetic a byte at a time).

The first posting linked to an article at chip-architect.com about the 64-bit Pentium 4, and that's the posting that contains the actual analysis of the 64-bit Pentium 4 (as opposed to the shouting on the forum).

About all the forum posters say about Conroe is "seems to apply since conroe as intel fans will tell you KILLS/rapes/pilleges amd in 32bit, but in 64bit they just shrug and ignore the fact that it dosnt perform as well as conroe 32bit perf would emply."; nobody on the forum appears to have actually looked at the die layout as the guy on chip-architect.com did.

about three weeks ago

Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

Guy Harris Re:First hand knowledge (173 comments)

It was approximately 2010. I asked about EM64T while participating in a build event at an Intel convention in Chicago. They called corporate and confirmed.

So, in 2010, they'd either be Core 2 (not inconceivable, as per my other reply, if the Core 2 design started out as 32-bit and changed to 64-bit late in the game) or Nehalem (less likely, as by that time I'd expect them to have a design that started out as 64-bit, unless their design pipeline was as deep as Pentium 4's pipeline :-)).

The machine that I walked away with used a Mini-ITX board, had an I5 and HD4000 graphics. Perhaps things have changed since then.

I rather suspect they have.

about a month ago

Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

Guy Harris Re:They Both Fudge (173 comments)

It was true for the first generation or two of Intel chips that supported AMD's 64-bit extensions. It hasn't been true for quite a while though.

So that'd be the 64-bit Pentium 4s (perhaps not surprising, as it was initially a 32-bit microarchitecture, and fully widening it to do 64 bits of arithmetic at the time might've been more work than they wanted to do) and the Core 2 (more surprising, as that microarchitecture was released in 64-bit chips from Day One, but maybe the design work started with a 32-bit chip and the 64-bitness was added at the last minute).

So I can believe it for the 64-bit Pentium 4s; is there any solid information indicating that it was true of the Core 2 processors?

about a month ago

Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

Guy Harris Re:They Both Fudge (173 comments)

Intel calls EMT64 64 bits

Intel hasn't called it EM64T in years. It's now "Intel 64".

when it is just 32 bits on each 1/2 of the clock cycle.

Please provide a reliable source for your assertion that all Intel 64 processors have 32-bit data paths internally.

about a month ago

OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards For an Open, Programmable Web

Guy Harris Re:I'm not clear.... (68 comments)

TCP is for reliable in order transmission/reception of octects.

...and standardizes nothing about the content of those octets, so, as you suggest, TCP, by itself, is insufficient to "[simplify] data sharing across disparate applications in enterprise, cloud, and mobile devices".

about a month ago

Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders

Guy Harris Re:Antiseptic Mouthwash Raises Heart Attack Risk (63 comments)

You have to appreciate the irony that they find a new symbiotic fungus with clear health benefits and immediately try and use it to develop a novel way to kill fungus.

And the health benefit is that it puts out a substance that, err, umm, kills other fungus species, so "[killing] fungus" - or, to state it in a more accurate fashion, "killing other fungus species - is the clear health benefit.

So this is not any more ironic than, say, introducing a predatory mammal species to an ecosystem to cut down on the population of another mammal species.

about a month ago

Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Guy Harris Re:Act of God? (431 comments)

They are against evolution, and in general science, because science is all at odds with one of the most important fundamental "virtue" of Christian: faith.

This post isn't about Christianity, as can be inferred from the title.

about a month ago

The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

Guy Harris Re:It's Business Insider. (111 comments)

Actually, no, it's Businessweek, but

You're reading a publication intended for wannabe CEOs and pointy-haired managers. It's not Engineering Weekly, so give it a rest.

might still be the case.

about 2 months ago

Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

Guy Harris Re:Some facts on US Broadband/Cable buildouts (513 comments)

US Broadband is slow because that's the state of the infrastructure -- the infrastructure is very expensive to build out, and most of the country can't support a broadband build out.

It may surprise some, but the majority of the United States is not serviced by a cable television or internet system: http://www.fcc.gov/maps/connec...

What happens if you scale that map so that regions are sized according to the population within the region rather than the geographical area of the region?

Or, to put it another way, is the majority of the US population serviced by a broadband Internet service provider? the FCC's "Eighth Broadband Progress Report", from August 2012, says that the percentage of the US population "without access to fixed broadband meeting the speed benchmark", said benchmark being 4Mb/s down and 1Mb/s up, is 6% (5.9% of households), with the figure for rural areas being 23.7% and for non-rural areas being 1.8%. So the majority of the US population is serviced by a broadband ISP (by the FCC's 4Mb/s down/1Mb/s up definition of "broadband") - and even the majority of the rural US population is.

Why is an area not serviced?

By "serviced" you presumably mean "serviced by broadband Internet access above some speed threshold"; what is your threshold? Presumably it's better than 4Mb/s down/1Mb/s up, as most area that actually has people in it is serviced by services that's at least 4Mb/s down and 1Mb/s up.

So how about municipal broadband? Take the private company out of the picture and make internet a government service and it must get really cheap, right? Well, Bristol, Virginia is considered the most successful implementation of Municipal Broadband right now. This village of 17,000 people offers fiber optic connections to its residents for....roughly the same price as TWC or Comcast (for comparable speeds) and far far more expensive for 1GBps service ($320/mo) than Google offers.

And Google's service is a little under twice as expensive as the 1 GB/s service Bredbands Bolaget offers - 899 SEK/mo (the rate after the first year) is USD 137.73/mo at the current exchange rate. That, in turn, appears to suck relative to, say, HelloVision's $31.47 (at the exchange rate at the time for the South Korean Won) for 1Gb/s up and down, according to table 2 in the New America Foundation's "The Cost Of Connectivity 2013", but I don't know whether that's a first-year teaser rate or not (Bredbands Bolaget's first-year rate is, at the current exchange rate, $73.31).

The facts are this:

1. Huge portions of the country cannot be cost effectively serviced by high speed internet access.

How high is "high speed"?

3. Most large population centers do not have enough potential 1Gbps residential customers to make it cost effective to upgrade the equipment in those locations to support 1Gbps connection speeds -- businesses can already get those speeds and more but it is not inexpensive.

[Citation needed] What statistics do you have for the number of potential 1Gb/s residential customers in those large population centers?

4. New entrants with deep pockets don't have to deal with replacing equipment that is still being used to pay for the debt taken out to install it in the first place, but they will.

They do, however, have to deal with installing equipment in the first place.

5. More options for internet service in a community mean lower market shares for the participants, which means lower revenue from the market, which means lower return on the installed assets required to offer service, which means either raising rates or exiting the market.

...or living with lower profit margins.

about 2 months ago

Star Trek Economics

Guy Harris Re:Basic Economics (888 comments)

"wants" are infinite.

Yup. If I could, I'd have an infinite number of cars, and an infinite number of computers, in a house with an infinite amount of space.

Or not.

about 2 months ago


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