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Lawyer Demands Pacemaker Vendor Supply Source Code

TheThiefMaster Re:It's not forced on her (334 comments)

Even if the ingredients are listed, the preparation process and relative amounts aren't. There's more to a "recipe" than the list of ingredients!

more than 2 years ago
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GM, NHTSA Delayed Volt Warnings To Prop Up Sales

TheThiefMaster Re:sales dampened themselves: the car sucks (344 comments)

It's not the computer, either. My old Mini (the Austin kind, not the BMW kind) could be made to move without using the accelerator too. It didn't have a computer. It barely knew what electricity was.

more than 2 years ago
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Download.com Bundling Adware With Free Software

TheThiefMaster Re:Bundling / wrapping is old news (228 comments)

Correction: The cpu cache line size of modern cpus is 64 bytes. This means that any random RAM access will load 64-bytes (as a single read). The CPU is then capable of extracting 1, 2, 4, 8 or even 16 byte (SSE2 vector load/stores) sections of that into registers, as a single operation if the data is aligned to its size, or as a few micro-instructions if not. This is no different between 32-bit and 64-bit CPUs.

more than 2 years ago
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Download.com Bundling Adware With Free Software

TheThiefMaster Re:Bundling / wrapping is old news (228 comments)

For #1, RAM is always read / written in a multiple of a cache line, which I believe is 128 bits in most modern CPUs, and is independent of the native data size of the cpu (32 or 64 bits).

more than 2 years ago
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Download.com Bundling Adware With Free Software

TheThiefMaster Re:Bundling / wrapping is old news (228 comments)

I know some about .net, but not enough to explain that. I would question how accurate your measurements are though, because that's quite quick either way.

more than 2 years ago
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Download.com Bundling Adware With Free Software

TheThiefMaster Re:Bundling / wrapping is old news (228 comments)

It's full of errors. Especially the spiel about alignment. In 64-bit mode you don't have to align everything to 64-bits for best performance, only 64-bit-sized values (including memory pointers). The example 16-bit value actually only needs 16-bit alignment for best performance, which is no different to the 32-bit version of the program.

2: The increase in the memory use of pointers doesn't explain Windows x64's extra 300MB of memory use. My bet is on it loading both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of a bunch of libraries in order to support various components of Windows that are still 32-bit (as well as any 32-bit software you run).

3: Saying that a 64-bit version of a program won't be faster... Two things are actually in favour of it being faster: 64-bit mode exposes more and larger registers to use, and also guarantees certain instruction set enhancements exist (SSE2). The latter especially is a huge speedup if you take advantage of it.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Time Finally Right For Hybrid Hard Drives?

TheThiefMaster Re:It'd better happen quick then (311 comments)

What you really want is failure rate within first N years of operation, which you can't calculate from the MTBF figures.

Actually MTBF is defined as failure rate in the "constant failure rate" stage of a components lifetime, which is between the initial failure rate (aka infant mortality) and wear-out failure stage. So it's actually the failure rate over the regular lifetime of the component (typically 1-5 years).

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Time Finally Right For Hybrid Hard Drives?

TheThiefMaster Re:It'd better happen quick then (311 comments)

MTBF is not the failure rate of a single disk, it's the average failure rate of disks used in an array. If you have a type of disk with a 100,000 hour MTBF, and use 100 of them (whether in a raid array, a cluster, or 100 individual desktops in a company). Then you will (roughly) replace one disk due to failure for every 1000 hours (100,000 MTBF / 100 disks), or 40 days.

It doesn't try to pretend that a single disk lasts 100,000 hours. That's stupid.

more than 2 years ago
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On the topic of computer power consumption ...

TheThiefMaster Re:odd power savings (219 comments)

Dropping the +-5V DC and running with only the +12V DC would greatly simplify power supplies.

But would actually increase power use, because most circuits run on 5V or 3.3V, and the 12V would have to be dividered down (much less efficient for small power users than getting the PSU to do it. For a big power draw like a GPU I think it's better to drop the voltage actually at the GPU). Most laptops drop the 12V line, the batteries tend to be wired to provide 6V or so at max charge (dropping down to 5V at minimum charge).
I suspect the rise of 3.3V chips is why SATA power cables have an additional 3.3V line compared to the old molex power cables.

more than 3 years ago
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British Schoolkids To Be Taught Computer Coding

TheThiefMaster Re:I failed my IT GCSE. (247 comments)

Correction: It was primarily about writing reports (in Word) about what they'd taught you about MS Access. I was specifically told not to hand in an Access DB file, and instead to screenshot everything.

more than 3 years ago
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British Schoolkids To Be Taught Computer Coding

TheThiefMaster Re:I failed my IT GCSE. (247 comments)

I did an A-Level in ICT. It was primarily about MS Access.
I got an E.
I went on to do a computer programming course at university.
I'm now a computer games programmer (xbox 360, pc and ps3 games specifically).
The ICT course was completely useless.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

TheThiefMaster Re:Building 486s (422 comments)

You should see my 8086 with 640kB of ram (that I haven't been able to convince to run Windows 3.0 in colour yet) then.

Especially as it's compatible with my optical mouse and TFT monitor, which I find pretty impressive.

more than 3 years ago
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Illegal Film Downloading Up 33% In the UK

TheThiefMaster Re:My Impatience (259 comments)

Thankyou :)

more than 3 years ago
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Illegal Film Downloading Up 33% In the UK

TheThiefMaster Re:My Impatience (259 comments)

And your download rate gets almost completely destroyed as a result. Other peers/leachers try to find the peers/seeds they can get the highest download rate from, so will disconnect from you if you don't send them anything. Leaving you with any seeds there might be, which are usually overloaded.

Still, I said almost always.

more than 3 years ago
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Illegal Film Downloading Up 33% In the UK

TheThiefMaster Re:My Impatience (259 comments)

Personal property right to share your bought copy with a few thousand torrenters? I didn't know there was such a right.

more than 3 years ago
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Illegal Film Downloading Up 33% In the UK

TheThiefMaster Re:My Impatience (259 comments)

Torrenting almost always involves distributing pieces to a lot of other bit-torrent users. Each constitutes a copyright infringement, because you don't have distribution rights (aka copyright).

Even if you buy or own the thing you are bit-torrenting, it's still very much illegal if you don't own the copyright to that thing.

more than 3 years ago
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If I must read a bit of spam, I'd rather it be ...

TheThiefMaster Re:At least in a Roman character set (186 comments)

No. First line from the wikipedia article (emphasis mine): "UTF-8 (UCS Transformation Format — 8-bit) is a multibyte character encoding for Unicode. Like UTF-16 and UTF-32, UTF-8 can represent every character in the Unicode character set."

more than 3 years ago
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40GB of Data That Costs the Same As a House

TheThiefMaster Re:Proposed caps (188 comments)

Indeed. My mistake.

more than 3 years ago

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The Battle of Midway

TheThiefMaster TheThiefMaster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MwyN Employee (992038) writes "At Midway Newcastle: The staff have two weeks to save the studio...

Last year, analysts and industry news sites were toying with the question of whether the industry was recession proof. Now we know the answer — it isn't. On February 12, prompted by the departure of a major investor, [Midway] filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is a hammer blow to the very soul of the industry; Midway has been a part of videogame heritage from the very beginning. In May, a $33m takeover bid came in from Warner Bros, but that didn't include the San Diego or Newcastle studios. Under the provisions of the Chapter 11 code, these teams now have until the end of June to secure buyers or at least new investors. Otherwise it is, quite literally, game over.

Despite this pressing deadline, and with the threat of closure looming, the team at Midway Newcastle is hard at work on an as-yet unannounced project. Everyone knows the score, everyone knows they're facing unemployment. But out of 77 staff, only three have left since the situation with Midway went public. Studio Head Craig Duncan must keep his team motivated, while understanding that many will be surreptitiously registering with employment agencies or eyeing up the recruitment ads: "The heartbreaking thing for me is having people come to me and tell me they are talking to another company about a job because of the situation, but they don't want to leave the studio, and if the studio goes forward they will stay..."

Read more in the original Guardian article."

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Warner Bros. bids on Midway, Mortal Kombat

TheThiefMaster TheThiefMaster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Midway Newcastle Employee (992038) writes "Midway has issued a press release revealing Warner Bros. Entertainment as its "stalking horse" bidder (the first announced bidder that all others are against) for $33 million. This bid covers the Mortal Kombat franchise and the Seattle and Chicago development studios, but leaves the TNA franchise, and the San Diego and Newcastle studios open to purchase. Here's hoping that the Midway Newcastle studio does get sold, because I'm out of a job otherwise..."
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