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AMD's 12-Core Chip Cuts Software Licensing Costs

NSIM Re:SQL Server is CPU bound? (217 comments)

THe "18 DIMM" limit is true until tomorrow.

more than 4 years ago
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MS Virtual PC Flaw Defeats Windows Defenses

NSIM Re:Ugh, this isn't good. (141 comments)

And what makes you think that other desktop hypervisors don't have similar vulnerabilities?

more than 4 years ago
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Looking Back From the 1980s At Computers In Education

NSIM Re:Effectively? (269 comments)

PowerPoint isn't the problem, it's lack of understanding of how to use it well. PowerPoint is used as a crutch for poor teachers, in the hands of people who know how to use it, it's a very useful tool.

more than 4 years ago
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Where Microsoft's Profits Come From

NSIM Re:It's from SEC filings, (295 comments)

I suspect a lot of what they "loosing" in that section is huge CAPEX spending on their cloud data centers which is an investment in the future. You don't buy build somewhere like their Chicago data center for chump change. MS is one of the few companies with the money to build large scale economic cloud data centers (Google is another, Amazon less so) and I expect MS to be a major provider of cloud computing services at all levels.

more than 4 years ago
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Where Microsoft's Profits Come From

NSIM Re:XBOX 360? (295 comments)

What, unless I'm reading the chart wrong, Windows + Server & Tools generated about 7-7.5B of profit each in the last quarter. Even if I'm reading the chart wrong and it's about 7.5B between them, on what planet could the Games business be generating more?

more than 4 years ago
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US FTC Sues Intel For Anti-Competitive Practices

NSIM Re:I especially like.. (230 comments)

All I was asking for was a link, thanks for providing it.

more than 4 years ago
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US FTC Sues Intel For Anti-Competitive Practices

NSIM Re:I especially like.. (230 comments)

Care to do better, you made the claim that this was public before the FTC announcement, so show me something.

more than 4 years ago
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US FTC Sues Intel For Anti-Competitive Practices

NSIM Re:I especially like.. (230 comments)

OK, so point me to resources that discuss this issue prior to the FTC announcement

more than 4 years ago
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US FTC Sues Intel For Anti-Competitive Practices

NSIM Re:I especially like.. (230 comments)

If this is the case, then what I can't understand is why AMD hasn't made a huge public fuss about it in the past. Surely it would have been trivial for their engineers to discover this problem and make it widely known, yet it never came up before today!

more than 4 years ago
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US FTC Sues Intel For Anti-Competitive Practices

NSIM Re:I especially like.. (230 comments)

The compiler identified the CPU and changed it's behavior to be unoptimized if not the "golden" part. This falsely caused publicly used benchmarks to show competitors parts to be slower.

Why on earth would AMD use Intel's compiler for benchmarks, it just seems like common-sense that they would want to control the compiler to ensure that it's output is properly optimized for their processor.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Practices For Infrastructure Upgrade?

NSIM Re:Cloud Computing(TM) (264 comments)

Yes, but if you a requirement for 4-hour return service and they only give you an $800 budget, you should run screaming from the room ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle To Increase Investment In SPARC and Solaris

NSIM Re:Sturggling with how they'll pay for it (146 comments)

That pre-supposes that Sun/Oracle will be their only choice, and that there is a significant untapped market for Sun.

I have my doubts on both scores.

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle To Increase Investment In SPARC and Solaris

NSIM Sturggling with how they'll pay for it (146 comments)

Heavy R&D spending, plus double the number of sales and support engineers is a lot of additional spending unless they can seriously eat into IBM and/or HP's UNIX business, I'll believe it when I see it.

more than 4 years ago
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Lichtblick and Volkswagen To Build 'Swarm' Power Plants

NSIM What a brilliant plan (327 comments)

So they plan to replace to nuclear power plants that have no greenhouse emissions with thousands of car engines, what a brilliant plan.

more than 4 years ago
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XP Users Are Willing To Give Windows 7 a Chance

NSIM Re:Anyone with Windows 7 experience confirm these? (720 comments)

yes I do get that to be robust, Blu-ray DRM probably needs OS-level implementation, but why the hell should Microsoft be Sony/Blu-Ray Consortium's bitch at the cost of the usability of their OS and more importantly, the freedom of their own customers to use the product they bought with their own hard-earned money? I think its a reasonable expectation that I should be able to use a product I legally bought in any way I like. Who the hell are Microsoft to tell me how to behave? Especially when the DRM is actually stopping legal/legitimate use of my media too.

Perhaps because they had the astonishing idea that customers getting BluRay drives in systems might just want to play BluRay movies? You can make an arguement that the DRM system should have been an optional install, but I suspect the BluRay consortium doesn't allow that.

But since the DRM doesn't impact the playback of anything that doesn't have DRM I don't get the problem. If you don't like DRM content, don't buy it, don't play it.

about 5 years ago
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XP Users Are Willing To Give Windows 7 a Chance

NSIM Re:Anyone with Windows 7 experience confirm these? (720 comments)

I think the problem is that the way the BluRay DRM spec is written pretty much requires support in the operating system, otherwise it can be circumvented. The BluRay folks were paranoid about the so called "analog hole" and wanted to ensure that content stayed encrypted all the way from the disk to display device, and you can't ensure that without getting the OS involved.

You can argue the rights and wrongs of the BluRay DRM, the fact is that it exists and if you want devices to play the discs, then it's part of the price of admission so to speak. I suspect Apple will have to do the same when it supports BluRay movie playback on Macs, though they'll have an easier time of it because of the control they exercise over the hardware platform

about 5 years ago
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XP Users Are Willing To Give Windows 7 a Chance

NSIM Re:Anyone with Windows 7 experience confirm these? (720 comments)

Blame the BluRay association for the DHCP problem, having it was the only way to get BluRay support into the OS. So you're alternative was either:

1. No Bluray playback

or

2. Bluray playback only on machines with the hardware necessary to support HDCP.

As to the surround question, not sure what your problem is, my media center PC is connected via digital optical to my receiver and delivers flawless 5.1.

about 5 years ago
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XP Users Are Willing To Give Windows 7 a Chance

NSIM Re:Anyone with Windows 7 experience confirm these? (720 comments)

Vista's DRM means it can't play MY media to ME. XP can play it without problem.

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Vista's DRM means nothing of the sort, it plays back non-DRM media without any problems at all, I use a Vista machine in my home theater, and all it ever plays back is non-DRM media (mostly torrents). The only time the DRM system kicks in is when the media has DRM metadata, if you don't have DRM media you'll never know its there.

about 5 years ago
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Chrome OS Designed To Start Microsoft Death Spiral

NSIM Re:Hogwash (817 comments)

So Windows and Macs will run all the Win32 and Mac programs like Office and Photoshop and also run the same web apps that Chrome will run. That means Google Chrome won't have a Killer App, except for the UI, security and cost? So Chrome has to be THAT GOOD in order to make people switch from Windows since stuff like Gmail already runs well in browsers.

It's not just applications that will challenge Chrome OS, Joe conusmer pretty much expects that his camrea, cellphone, ipod, etc all just work (or close to it) when they plug them in, so Google has to persaude all those companies that manufacture stuff that plugs into Windows/MacOS hardware to support their new OS.

about 5 years ago
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Cisco Introduces Rackmount Servers

NSIM Re:Sorry Cisco (93 comments)

At least for some of the boards (the ones that support 384GB memory) Cisco has some of it's own IP on the board, but I very much doubt they manufacture the boards themselves, anymore than they do for other products.

more than 5 years ago

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NSIM NSIM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NSIM writes "It is the invisible material that makes up most of the cosmos. Now, scientists have created the first image of dark matter

One of the greatest mysteries of the universe is about to be unravelled with the first detailed, three-dimensional map of dark matter — the invisible material that makes up most of the cosmos.

Astronomers announced yesterday that they have achieved the apparently impossible task of creating a picture of something that has defied every attempt to detect it since its existence was first postulated in 1933...

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_techno logy/article2134891.ece"
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NSIM NSIM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NSIM writes "The article talks about a session given at Hot Chips by David Patterson and discusses work to make an affordable 1000CPU test bet for working OS and application designs that will work well on a new generation of CPUs with 100s of cores."

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