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IBM's Plans For the Cell Processor

MediaStreams Cell Is Being Used Exactly How It Was Designed For (124 comments)

Back in the early PS2 we would talk about what a next generation PS2 would look like. Those whiteboard diagrams looked almost identical to what Sony and IBM came up with.

The parallels between the PS2/EE/GS and PS3/Cell/RSX are almost identical:

Execution starts on the EE/PPU
Heavy/parallel computation task is spawned off to the VUs/SPUs
Light control code runs in parallel on the EE/PPU
As graphical elements become read to be rasterized they are spawned off to the GS/RSX

In a well running PS2/PS3 engine all three major areas are running full speed in parallel. Split memory architecture lets each area of the machine run at full speed without interfering with the rest of the system.

Kutagari and IBM did a masterful job. It was an obvious choice to build off the model of the most sucessful console architecture in history and the one all console developers had intimate knowledge of, the 145 million selling PS2.

about 4 years ago
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Apple Blocks Cartoonist From App Store

MediaStreams 22 Million Android Phones A Year & Fastest Gro (664 comments)

Months ago it was announced by Google that Android phones were selling at a rate of about 22 million a year already. And Android's marketshare has been doubling every quarter for the past year.

At the incredible rate Android is growing I have to imagine it is currently selling at a much higher rate than 22 million a year now.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Microsoft Can't Afford To Let Novell Die

MediaStreams Amazing How Easy It Has Been For Microsoft (215 comments)

When Novell sold out to Microsoft you had open source kooks falling all over each other to proclaim that they would go right on using Novell products and projects so they could brag about how 'open minded' they were to the rest of the world(who didn't give a shit one way or another).

You have to imagine the execs up in Redmond were just shaking their heads in disgust that they had disrupted the open source/Linux world with so little effort.

I don't think Microsoft is really actively wasting time with Ubuntu. They don't have to. Linux marketshare is going nowhere outside of statistical blips. They have Miguel de Icaza doing so much damage to desktop Linux adoption and application development with the Gnome/KDE split and the Mono fiasco that they surely must be entirely focused on Google and Apple(commercial companies run by grownups and staffed by competent people who put in 40+ hour a week work on the unglamorous work that goes into creating polished consumer ready software).

more than 4 years ago
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Spam Hits Google Buzz Already

MediaStreams Google Buzz's Skyrocketing Usage (135 comments)

"If my buzz box is any indicator, the spammers are pretty much the only people actually using Buzz, and until Facebook can integrate, i wonder if that will change. "

Wow, way to make to make yourself look silly submitter:

http://mashable.com/2010/02/14/google-buzz-column/

"Google Buzz's Skyrocketing Usage
While it's still very early into Buzz's life cycle, initial indications show that Google has a hit on its hands. Linking Buzz to Gmail's millions of users has clearly brought people into the company's new social domain.

Google has only released two numbers so far: there have been over 9 million posts and comments in about 56 hours, amounting to around 160,000 posts and comments per hour. That's even more impressive if you consider the fact that most users didn't get Buzz until Wednesday the 10th.

The other number: over 200 mobile check-ins per minute, nearly 300,000 mobile check-ins per day.

Those numbers are simply stellar."

Every major blogger is using Buzz now and some of them are saying they already have a larger Buzz following in just a few days than they had with other social media sites that they spent years building up.

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox 360 Version of Champions Online Being Held Back By MS

MediaStreams Sony - Exert Online Control? Are You Joking? (154 comments)

What delusional fantasy world are you living in?

Sony has an online service that is more like the open PC gaming online model than any other console manufacturer:

* Free online play for all non-MMORPG titles

* Dedicated servers

* Open to mods and other free content from developers

It's Microsoft with the absurd grip on their online service that is continually causing developers nightmares in dealing with. It took Epic a half a year to rewrite/work around Microsoft's online service's restrictions to get the latest Unreal Tournament out the door after it had no problems whatsoever with PCs and Sony's PS3.

And these problems Microsoft is causing for Cryptic Studios is just the latest in other MMORPG developers before them.

more than 5 years ago
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FTC Rules Outlawing Robocalls Go Into Effect Next Week

MediaStreams Do Not Call Has Worked Perfectely For Me (277 comments)

"There's already a "Do not call" mechanism that's ignored"

I haven't gotten a single call on my mail line since the day I put it on the Do Not Call List.

Recently I got another number and couldn't figure out why I was suddenly getting unsolicited calls. Then I remembered the DNC List and once again haven't gotten a single unwanted call.

more than 5 years ago
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Why AT&T Killed iPhone Google Voice

MediaStreams Google Voice Is Incredible (304 comments)

Apple blocking Google Voice makes buying an iPhone not even a possiblity now that I have had Google Voice for a month or so.

I know many of these features have existed in other products, but that doesn't change the fact that Google Voice has been as big a lifestyle change as getting TiVo for the first time 7 or 8 years ago.

* The voice mail transcripts are my favorite thing. Perfectly accurate so far. Love being able to read voice mails right from my computer

* Free SMS in a GMail like interface

* Everyone now has my Google Number and all my phones are unified behind that single number and I am now completely free to pick up and switch to a new cellphone as the flood of Android phones come out over the next year

more than 5 years ago
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Swiss Open Source Decision Going Microsoft's Way

MediaStreams They Did Not 'Look At The Options' (105 comments)

Did you bother to read the actual articles? The issue is the fact that a single vendor was handed a contract without competing bids.

So, no, they didn't 'look at the options'.

more than 5 years ago
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Hands-on With the PSP Go

MediaStreams Re:LOL! Idiot... (73 comments)

Let me guess...

You got that fake worldwide sales number from vgchartz.com?

more than 5 years ago
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Hands-on With the PSP Go

MediaStreams 50+ Million PSPs vs Some Guy On Slashdot (73 comments)

Over 50 million PSPs have been sold worldwide by Sony. But some guy on Slashdot says they don't know what they are doing...

Which one to believe?

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Debuts Full-Body Controller-less Gaming At E3

MediaStreams Re:I think the bigger announcement... (242 comments)

"who cares"

The gaming media and forums have been filled with desperate Xbox fans begging for a Metal Gear Solid game for two years now. Creating fake rumors, endless and inane speculation claiming proof.

Yeah, 'who cares'.

This was devastating news to Xbox fans who thought they would be getting a real Metal Gear game. Instead it's just a Devil May Cry action game with Raiden.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Debuts Full-Body Controller-less Gaming At E3

MediaStreams Not A Real Metal Gear Game (242 comments)

1. Kojima isn't directing the game

2. It's not a real Metal Gear game, just an action game with Raiden

3. It's multiplatform - PS3,PC, and Xbox 360

Even worse, just an hour after the Microsoft press conference an interview with Kojima quoted him essentially disowning the game.

 

more than 5 years ago

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Google Scores Against Microsoft in New Zealand

MediaStreams MediaStreams writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MediaStreams (1461187) writes "Google has won another victory over Microsoft with New Zealand's Postal Services Group dumping Microsoft and migrating to Google for an estimated cost saving of $1.3 million over three years.

"New Zealand's Postal Services Group (PSG), a business inside New Zealand Post Group that connects businesses and the community through mail and online services, is moving from Microsoft to Google Apps, security, compliance and web filtering."

And it looks like this is just the start of the bad news for Microsoft:

"According to the National Business Review, New Zealand's State Service Commission recently recommended that government agencies dump Microsoft. It's assumed others will follow the post's lead.""

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