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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

RamiKro Re:AT&T (321 comments)

Now it's far worse. As a single large entity AT&T was vulnerable to rouge researchers conducting their studies in dusty labs corporate management had little understanding of.
Nowadays, each separate entity is either incapable or unwilling to support meaningful research. Worse, like Al-Qaeda, the the beast can't be slain by having it's head severed.

about 4 months ago

Kiwi Genetically Closer to Extinct Elephant Birds Than to the Emu

RamiKro Re:News for birds... (46 comments)

The pursuit of tastier and bigger chickens always matters.

about 4 months ago

Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

RamiKro 355/113 is more than enough significant figures... (311 comments)

355/113 is more than enough significant figures for me.

Hell, without a calculator I'll probably be better off using 22/7...

about 5 months ago

Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

RamiKro I came back home once to find my roommate eating a (225 comments)

4 years old frozen burrito he found buried in the back of the fridge.

When I told him what he was doing, he just shrugged and carried on munching.

Nothing happened. And that had meat and vegetables in it.

So yeah, 3 years old Pizza is nothing special.

about 7 months ago

IBM Looking To Sell Its Semiconductor Business

RamiKro Re:That's a surprise move (195 comments)

Why is everyone so reluctant to consider that IBM's engineers have come across the same issues in the 14 nm and below scale as Intel. But, IBM being a more diverse business, have decided if it can't compete in 3-5 years time, they might as well sell off now while there are still interested buyers?
Simply put, maybe the linear progression in the development of the silicon chip fabrication processes has reached it's end or is about to?

On the other hand, we could be more optimistic and say IBM has reached a huge breakthrough with such a different process that all their current facilities are obsolete. But I prefer my science fiction of grim dark variety ;)

about 7 months ago

China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

RamiKro Any technical details? (223 comments)

Is it an Android fork or Gnu/Linux?

about 8 months ago

The Role of Freeloaders In Open Source Communities

RamiKro beta testers (120 comments)

"Freeloaders"? "Users"? Try unpaid beta testers.
Provided your business model is support and\or infrastructure of course...

about 8 months ago

Regex Golf, xkcd, and Peter Norvig

RamiKro Re:Regex this (172 comments)

It's a special case of automatic code optimisation: Since regular expressions should be reduce-able to logical gates, it stands to reason a minimized equivalent boolean function could be decompiled into a regex.
On it's own, having compilers\interpreters that optimize regexes is beneficial. But how about you turn the table over and ask yourself this, "Can I design a high, expressive, programming language that could be fully optimised without sacrificing human readability and productivity?" As far as I can tell, this is the holy grail of system research, or what's left of it nowadays...

about 8 months ago

Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

RamiKro Re:Offensive (1251 comments)

You're an idiot.

Luckily, you don't believe me so you won't find me offensive.

about 9 months ago

Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

RamiKro Re:congrats guys and gals (293 comments)

More importantly, this same corporations are the contractors that facilitated these acts. Now, that they're outed, they suddenly feel compelled to act...

What really worries me is that the only means the surveillance had a chance at being stopped, was through corporate influence. This combined with the bought and paid for electoral process in The States is the classic symptoms of corporatism (classic fascism).

about 9 months ago

Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

RamiKro Re:What will researchers do next (453 comments)

The entire ordeal just screams poetic justice. Activists been screaming for decades that livestock growing condition are inhumane. That the animals lack living space, kept in unsanitary conditions, over-fed unhealthy foods and are generally mistreated.
Now, all those cost saving measures turn around to bite us in the ass. The conditions bred treatment-resistant pathogens that can only be addressed through old fashion quarantines, frequent inspections and blood screenings while keeping smaller herds and at clean living environment... That is, exactly what we should have done in the first place regardless.
It's not just animals too. There are multiple reports of antibiotic resistant bacteria originating from prisons for the exact same reasons. And the living conditions associated with poverty have bred a few out breaks already...

about 10 months ago

3D-Printed Dinosaur Bones "Like Gutenberg's Printing Press" For Paleontologists

RamiKro It's all about access and money... (39 comments)

I think the utility this guys have in mind is to duplicate the bone after excavation and lease the original off to some bored rich guy. This way, you can keep the research going while he gets "exclusive guardianship". Then, if you ever need the original back - which is very rare considering just how many bones are just laying around in basements - you just need to call on some contract clause and possibly give the money back or just borrow it or whatever you agreed upon.

If I recall correctly Google and other parties were doing something similar with ancient manuscripts. Then I suppose the next logical step is archaeology...

about 10 months ago

Imagination Tech Announces MIPS-based 'Warrior P-Class' CPU Core

RamiKro Re:floating point performance? (122 comments)

Going down that road, you can discredit all RISC instructions sets on account of their lower code density.

As for the "only true for applications doing "bookkeeping"", since MIPS is already used in embedded so it's not an issue there, what exactly are you doing aside from bookeeping on a mobile SoC that won't be moved into the GPU core?

about a year ago

Imagination Tech Announces MIPS-based 'Warrior P-Class' CPU Core

RamiKro Re:floating point performance? (122 comments)

When ARM released the Cortex A15, there was no mention of a GPU. It's up to the SoC designer to integrate one.
Imagination Technologies already have their own GPU that is up there with the rest of them, the PowerVR series.

The only thing that matters is that there's going to be a GPU core to take care of those operations so you won't be missing them.

And, in ARM's case, there was the reference Mali GPU core...

about a year ago

Imagination Tech Announces MIPS-based 'Warrior P-Class' CPU Core

RamiKro Re:floating point performance? (122 comments)

There's a GPU core you know... Besides, it's not the CPU core but the memory bandwidth that matters.

about a year ago

Activists Angry After Apple Axes Anti-Firewall App

RamiKro It's Apple's (App) store. They get to decide what (196 comments)

to sell in it. They're not a monopoly so they don't need to excuse their decisions to not offer a product.

If you disagree with their policies, don't buy Apple.

about a year ago


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