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Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

Shinobi Re:Not all that surprising... (131 comments)

Based on my experience, due to having learned from the FDIV bug experience, Intel much more readily acknowledge errors than AMD does. There are still some issues where AMD engineers are stonewalling us in regards to cache coherency in NUMA mode, causing major stalls forcing us to have to reset state. (And these are issues that Cray/Silicon Graphics solved in the 90's already...)

about a week ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

Shinobi Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

"Or from each other. Get an AWACS bird in the air with a data connection to nearby fighters (the Eurofighters, recent MIGs, F-22s and modern F/A18 variants IIRC), fighters chattering amongst themselves (can cover a target from multiple angles, harder to jam, think the Eurofighters already do this, no idea about others), and basically radar stealth becomes a pipe dream against any hi-tech opponent."

AJ 37 Viggen had datalink capability in the 70's already, which is just one example of how old that capability is. As for your other example, fighters linked between each other, I think JAS 39 Gripen was the first plane in service to have that capability, 8 planes being able to link together IIRC, though seriously downgraded when in NATO compatible configuration, due to how utterly shitty Link 16 is in comparison.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

Shinobi Re:harddrive speed (110 comments)

That depends ENTIRELY on what game. SWTOR is highly dependant on the HD. Loading into fleet on a normal HD can take a few minutes. Use a SSD, and it takes 30s. And CPU barely registers a blip until you actually fully get into the game.

about two weeks ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Shinobi Re:Heh, slave to the rythm.... (135 comments)

Yeah, I have clients worldwide too, comes with being a specialist. And yes, I do prefer email. However, sometimes calls are preferable, such as conference calls. But I make a point of having everyone be on time, if someone is late, I start the meeting without them. I also keep a detailed plan for the meeting, and strict minutes of it.

The worst thing is when you work with other software developers who don't keep track of such things, or even deliberately try to sabotage such things. There's an idiotic macho culture among many software developers in regards to Agile, working hours that makes them look retarded and gullible, and if you propose that they form a guild or union to avoid being taken advantage of, they prefer being taken advantage of. And that's far more prevalent in north american culture: "Hey, big employer, feel free to take advantage of me, all I will do is whine anonymously, and even then I'll just help maintain a situation where you can keep taking advantage of me"

about three weeks ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Shinobi Re:partly as a result, work culture is also haphaz (135 comments)

Working like that only leads to health problems(both bodily and mentally), and only helps to foster a retarded culture.

It also leads to more errors and lower quality. And the quality of your work matters more.

about three weeks ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Shinobi Re:partly as a result, work culture is also haphaz (135 comments)

That's because here in Sweden at least, we learned from childhood to work in groups, including presentations etc, though that has changed a lot now that we've adopted more international methods. Aka, downgraded our education...

For example, when I was a kid, we had student councils in school, from age 10, where each class has 1 or 2 representatives, who then report to the rest of the class at the weekly class meetings etc. It was also a good way to teach students about democracy.

As for the difference between US and nordic culture in regards to meetings, time keeping etc, I do notice that a lot in my freelancing. US clients are more likely to call at completely idiotic times(like calling at 19:00 their local time, meaning it's middle of the night/really early morning for me), and as you say, less coordinated with materials at meetings etc.

about three weeks ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

Shinobi Re:Ikea evil? (207 comments)

You forget the entitlement issues some geeks have: They are allowed to do what they want, and others should just have to conform to them, all while they demand that others should obey their pet licenses/trademarks/copyright.

The whole thing smacks of a bit of organisational ID theft: they use the IKEA logo, the IKEA graphical design etc as closely as possible, to draw in people, in an attempt to profit from it with the advertising.

about 2 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

Shinobi Re:Confusion? Really? (207 comments)

Adds traffic to the store? Riiiiiiight... Your geek-ego is overinflated... If it even does increase the traffic to IKEA, it's probably measured in something like 0.0001%

about 2 months ago
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How To Make Espresso In Space

Shinobi Re:yuck epresso (192 comments)

Heh, that sounds like the coffee made in Sweden or Finland.

It's always funny to see people from around europe and north america try to drink coffee as made in Sweden or Finland, while Swedes and Finns generally regard coffee made by anyone else as too watery.

When I was in Kosovo, with the Swedish KFOR unit, we had some people from the US 502nd PIR come over to to our PX/café to try our coffee, and most of them had to thin it out to drink it, they weren't used to having it that strong. And they didn't believe us when we told them that it was not a special military brewing, but instead just ordinary brewing as most swedes who drink coffee would appreciate it.

Common complaints from tourists is that even McDonalds and Starbucks coffee in Sweden is way too strong.

about 2 months ago
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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Shinobi Re:yes, I've used a Professional Engineer. also a (183 comments)

Why look there only?

Look at all the software hiding behind various licenses that include clauses to try and escape responsibility?

Many EULA's from corps such as Microsoft and Adobe for example. Then there's Open Source licenses such as GPL and BSD.

That's actually an interesting engineering ethics issue: Can you, as a licensed software engineer, in good conscience release software under any license with such clauses, without totally violating your responsibilities and duties as an engineer?

My personal take on it is that no, you can't. Hence, I work as a freelancer, which means I can refuse contracts that would cause such a violation, or leave a project which institutes changes that would cause such a violation. All my contracts have clauses which clearly outline what my responsibilities are as a software engineer, including whistleblowing on unsafe practices.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Shinobi Re:Atari 800 (702 comments)

"I'm surprised a Logitech mouse was listed, as any I've had, the buttons died within months."

Wtf do you do with yours? Use a pneumatic hammer when you need to click?

about 4 months ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Shinobi Re:I'm not going to stand for this (312 comments)

Which means you are an exception.

In fact, alternating between sitting and standing is generally a good way to keep healthy, unless you're one of the exceptions due to actual injuries/diseases.

For normal healthy individuals, it's good for prevention, and for fatty Blob McSlob's(who are fat of their own making, not actual valid diseases etc), it's a good way to mitigate health problems.

about 4 months ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

Shinobi Re:Problem with releasing an underpowered console (117 comments)

"The PS4 is better, being 50% faster (thanks to 50% more GPU resources),"

Actually, what makes the PS4 better is not the extra GPU resources, it's that they use GDDR5, so the system won't be starved for memory bandwidth. If the PS4 had used the same type of RAM as the XB1, it would have been as starved, with the same drop in performance. It's one of the well-known drawbacks of Unified Memory designs.

about 4 months ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

Shinobi Re:Stupid (179 comments)

Oops, that was supposed to be "NOT uncommon"

about 4 months ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

Shinobi Re:Stupid (179 comments)

Actually, using blueberries for marinades/sauces to go with beef, deer or elk/moose is uncommon.

about 4 months ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

Shinobi Re:Stupid (179 comments)

However, recent discoveries point out that it's not as clearcut as that. In fact, antioxidants can also increase the chance of cancer developing or even increasing cancer growth, by preventing formation of ROS, which disrupts signalling.

Antioxidants have already been linked to cancelling out the effects of excercise for the same reason, the antioxidants suppressing the ROS, which screws up the signalling.

about 4 months ago
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Scientist Quits Effort To Live-Blog Stem Cell Generation

Shinobi Claims? Try Busted for... (17 comments)

Several images have been shown to be edited/duplicated, one of the main authors has recommended that the papers should be pulled etc...

"Wakayama told NHK he is no longer sure the STAP cells were actually created. He was in charge of important experiments to check the pluripotency of the cells.

He said a change in a specific gene is key proof that the cells are created. He said team members were told before they released the papers that the gene had changed.

Last week, RIKEN disclosed detailed procedures for making STAP cells after outside experts failed to replicate the results outlined in the Nature article.
  Wakayama pointed out that in the newly released procedures, RIKEN says this change didn't take place.

He said he reviewed test data submitted to the team's internal meetings and found multiple serious problems, such as questionable images."

about 5 months ago
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Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

Shinobi Re:What does he have to hide? (289 comments)

Could be homosexual or asexual too

about 5 months ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Shinobi Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

And the autonomous systems, while good enough for a high-altitude recon/ground attack vehicle such as the x47, are not good enough for a complex environment like air-to-air combat. One of the problems is computational abilities, another is even greater susceptibility to EW than human-piloted aircrafts.

Also, the programmed parameters can't hope to match everything that can happen during a mission.

about 5 months ago

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