Ray Kurzweil's Vision of the Singularity, In Movie Form
Even AMD realizes the jig is up; they dumped their fabs because they realized they didn't need them anymore. It's not about having the best damned process available anymore. It's about having the lowest power design, the smallest design, the widest/most-parallel design.
That'd be likelier to be because AMD's past history fabbing things is so miserable they couldn't get their hands on the $10s of Bs needed. Intel'd disagree with you - they keep their mastery and the process tech lead they've commanded through most of the microchip's existence. They've done so well because that's always been their first priority, and they put a ton of leading engineers into it, unlike other chip companies.
Fab investment and construction stay strong, just concentrated into fewer and changing actors, like every other industry. Chip density, which's what Moore's law predicts, rather than clock speed, still continues strong. Intel's new chip efforts are about using that density to put more and more stuff into the same chip, and about putting more cores per chip. And, it's about a bigger share of PC costs going to Intel instead of overall PCs getting more expensive.
Now, these multicore chips are a pain for getting gains from our traditional programming models, but neural simulations are the most trivially parallelizable thing out there.
A Real Bill Gates Rant
I don't think Bill Gates is really responsible for the problems with Windows. In fact, I think it's probably one reason why he left when he did. The company just got too big for him to manage day-to-day - he wasn't the one making relatively minor decisions like where Windows Movie Maker sits on the Microsoft web site or how to install it, somebody else was making those decisions. And little decisions like that, all added up together, are 95% of what makes Windows as maddening to use as it is. And he was as annoyed by that stuff as everybody else.
Don't we wish. The fact about Windows is that MS OS' have always been bad. And it's not because knows no better - he's used Unix and other 'real' OS' plenty in his life. No, I'll leave you with a choice between "doesn't care because he's puts lots of successful effort into not having to" and "likes it that way." Clearly Ballmer DOOES like it that, because his watch shows aBD-style security system.
Life even as an Evil Imperial CEO does get old. You have all the power, which is great stuff, especially if you're like Gates, but it's also tons of work and especially stress. The stress gets too much for everybody, in fact, especially if you're in the same CEO slot long.
You Are Not a Lawyer
So, if you want to effectively vandalize somebody, file a lawsuit. It'll likely cost them more than just bashing up their car or shorting out their wiring, and it's legal. Sure, it's an abuse of the legal system, but that doesn't seem to matter all that much. As a wise person once said on Slashdot (ignoring the oxymoron potential in the first phrase), I can't just require you to write or commission a device driver for me, and take your house if I find a significant bug.
All so true - the court REGULARLY requires you to spend money on your lawyer doing device-driver-like long, technical labor, and for you or companies to be enslaved answering questions and helping that lawyer, whether you like it or can afford it or not.
And, as I explain at length in the article, with examples including the SCO case and Berkeley's Professor Ousterhout, IMHO that that's come to be as corrupt as the original slavery.
If discovery or deposition is required for a case you're in, be sure to ask for the cost recovery request that somehow few lawyers remember to tell you
OLPC 2.0 — One Laptop Foundation Reboots
OLPC was the product of the western media lab and the geek mind-set.
OLPC's market was the third world education minister - who was expected to sign the purchase order for 100,000 units --- but otherwise keep his big mouth shut.
HEY!! Negropontes' hardly a typical geek mindset. Not so many of us geeks think the right way to run a big research lab is to keep your goals largely to demos rather than that annoying and hard research stuff. Not so many media labs were run that way, either. His Wired column was just plain weird by geek standards. Most of are also less colonialistic, I think.
Plenty of geek startups have been better-run than OLPC, too.
No, this is just about Negroponte; please don't generalize beyond that.
Texas Board of Education Supports Evolution
...actually, it's not quite that simple. Although the change they
were trying for was disallowed, they did get one victory in by
confusion - they are allowed to
call into question common descent, Although, there'll be another
vote in another few months, at which point the board will have grown
much more skeptical of evolutionists' moves, and I expect even that's
likely to go away.
You know, even in Texas, to get a near-majority on a school board,
anti-evolutionists have to basically lie by omission when running for
office and not say anything about it. Very Christian, eh?
Even many Texans who don't believe in evolution themselves understand
that there are going to be bad consequences for their kids' educations
and the ability to attract biotech.
Obama Edicts Boost FOIA and .gov Websites
If the orders are technically legal but immoral, then it's up to the soldier's conscience as to whether to follow them or to respectfully refuse to. . . .
If it's any consolation, the officer or NCO will probably face court martial.)
...except, that didn't happen here, did it? NONE of the chain of command was held responsible except one scapegoat who tried to resist the torturing at least a little bit.
Trials were strictly for the little man under Bush. To give the military credit, we know from the many leaks that plenty didn't like it, but that was the way it was.
It's scary how effective a President can be when he aims for unaccountability, isn't it? Except, there's no unaccountability to history, Bushie boy.
Can the Auto Industry Retool Itself To Build Rails?
There's an often-missed angle on public transit:
total transit time. has to go up with public transit,
including trains, That means you're asking everybody taking them to
spend possibly alot more time to go anywhere. My wife doesn't mind,
but I do.
Money quote: "In NYC, it seems to take roughly 50 minutes to get
anywhere by public transit, more like an hour by car, and the car
costs more. Thus, in NYC, it makes sense to take transit. In the
medium-size city where I live, it takes 20-30 minutes to drive
places. Even if we had NYC-level transit, it'd take a lot longer to go
I'm all in favor of public transit - I figured this stuff out by,
well, taking alot of every kind of public transit, and it served me
well within its limits. I just want to get one of those limits out in
public a bit.
Like Paladin, that's made me also feel like transit rail has some
realistic low-end density requirements to be of much help.
While I'm at it, notice that having 15-minute busses is alot
cheaper than rail, because you already have lanes in place. And it'd
prolly be easier to adapt Detroit to changing to. But you
reasonable density or you just get lots of empty busses.
The Gamer's Bill of Rights
...you have failed to notice that no-one would be producing top
class games in that environment. The GPL and commercial reality are
fundamentally incompatible without some sort of mitigating factor, and
high qua6lity games are probably the single best example of this.
Yep, there's no money in Open Source. Red Hat and Canonical are
figments of the imagination, as are the over $100 I've sent each way
to support my Linux usage. So maybe it's a question of bizplan rather
The reason you should pay attention is because it'll let your industry
have fun again.
We operating system geeks used to live in the shadow of operating
system vendor concentration as well, especially with respect to
Microsoft. and had to sign away our souls and belong to a big
institution to play with operating systems. It was getting harder and
harder to innovate or have fun. Then one day a man named Linux
Torvalds came along with a release of some interest. And FreeBSD was
released. And we were all free to have fun and innovate. Yeah, Open
Source work's less profitable because it's more efficient and more
competitive, but much more fun because billg can't call the tune on it
and we can start any new startup any time we choose.
You're where we were. Spore, a great innovation, will be terrible
when released because it's under the EA cloud. All the surviving
companies are getting bigger and more bureaucratic.
And it's not just OSs with serious free alternatives, but also
databases, web caches, languages, office software, and other serious
work apps. You have nothing to lose but your chains! ;-)
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