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Opinion: Apple Should Have Gone With Intel Instead of TSMC

blackC0pter Pricing and conflicts of interest (229 comments)

Going with Intel would have been too expensive and would have been a terrible conflict of interest. Intel would gain early access to all their designs and could use it against them with their atom designs. They were avoiding the same situation they were previously in with Samsung. At first Samsung didn't really compete with Apple but things radically changed and using them as a foundry gave Samsung early access to Apple designs. Intel might not really compete with Apple now in mobile but that is surely going to change as Intel improves their low power chips. This also gives Apple the flexibility to consider migrating more platforms to ARM. So sticking with a company that doesn't venture outside of the foundry business is a safe business decision and Apple can use their leverage to speed up the R&D to make them more competitive with Intel (TSMC recently decided to accelerate migrations to 20nm and 16nm, I wonder who pushed that...).

about a year ago
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Russian Rocket Proton-M Crashes At Launch

blackC0pter GNSS (145 comments)

That's really too bad. I was looking forward to GLONASS reliably augmenting GPS and improving global GNSS coverage and accuracy. This will set back GLONASS for years. Looks like Galileo and BDS are the next best hopes.

about a year ago
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Offers 2,304 Cores For $650

blackC0pter Re:Still? (160 comments)

While this does happen it is also a way for them to increase the yield of the chips. These are huge chips they are building and the chances of bad cores on the die is rather high. So instead of junking the chips with bad cores since they cannot be sold as the ultimate high end, they create a cheaper product with cores disabled. Not all disabled cores will be bad but this does help them improve manufacturing efficiency. Also, they might have serious manufacturing issues producing these huge chips so it might cost them an arm and a leg to build them right now. So they set the price abnormally high to control the demand until they can iron out the manufacturing issues and improve the yield.

about a year ago
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For Businesses, the College Degree Is the New High School Diploma

blackC0pter Re:And people wonder why the US is going broke... (728 comments)

If the company is big enough there should be plenty of information here: glassdoor.com. You can also look at salary.com for more generic information. If your school works with certain companies (like 12twenty.com), then you can get statistics and information based on responses from other students at your university through the school provided portal/site.

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times

blackC0pter Re:Heater (700 comments)

Damn, wrong twice in a row. Although, I can say your are not wasting your days as I appreciate the corrections!

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times

blackC0pter Re:Heater (700 comments)

Oops. I meant to say draw more electricity from the alternator which would in turn use more fuel. Thanks Hitler! :)

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times

blackC0pter Re:Heater (700 comments)

This is similar to the issue with ICE (internal combustion engine) where if it is really hot outside and you run the AC really high, you will drain the battery more. I think people need some more education as to the limitations of battery powered cars. It is probably not common knowledge that the heater in an all electric car uses the battery extensively vs. just blowing heat off of the radiator. Also, people need to shift their expectations based on the architecture of their vehicle. Some ICE engines need to be kept warm during extreme colds at night otherwise it can be very difficult to start them in the morning. Li-ion batteries do not like conditions outside of normal operating temperatures and charge rates; operating outside of those ranges will affect capacity and performance. In the end, the easy answer is probably for Tesla to set more conservative numbers for range when it is really cold or really hot outside.

about a year and a half ago
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Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

blackC0pter Re:North Korea just set off a nuke (281 comments)

Wow. Thank you for reporting that so quickly. Suddenly, the wasted heat from an old V1280 seems like nothing in comparison the global warming from a nuclear bomb test... That being said, (going back to the topic) you might want to compare your energy costs for this server vs. just buying a new server or even using EC2 time. It might not be as cool but it is slightly more practical :)

about a year and a half ago
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Experience the New Slashdot Mobile Site

blackC0pter mobile site on desktop (384 comments)

I find it interesting that the mobile site completely fails to load when I want to view it on chrome with a desktop user agent. I love visiting mobile sites from my desktop/laptop when I have a slow connection or don't want to be bombarded with lots of content on a page (perfect for the lovely internet connections in airports/airplanes). Why deny desktop browsers from accessing the mobile site? Yes, I know I can use a user agent switcher to see the site but I shouldn't need to make that change. Just put a link at the bottom or top of the page to request the full site. This will also save you lots of headaches when you have weird mobile user agents that you don't fully recognize that then load a blank page because you don't recognize them as mobile.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Motherboard Manufacturers?

blackC0pter Re:Easy (352 comments)

This is spot on with my experience building servers running linux. I haven't found a manufacturer that doesn't support linux straight out of the box without loading any special drivers (unlike windows server installations that usually cannot find my raid drivers) assuming I use a newer version of ubuntu server. But in the end, I tend to lean more towards IAAS and PAAS since it just makes things easier to get up and running and less maintenance.

about a year and a half ago
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How Do YOU Establish a Secure Computing Environment?

blackC0pter linux (314 comments)

i actually run linux on the desktop to help stay secure and don't pirate software. Add some ufw firewall rules and a router based firewall and you can survive most non-local (in the room) attacks.

about a year and a half ago
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Intel Challenges ARM On Power Consumption... And Ties

blackC0pter Re:Also rather hard to hate on Intel for it (163 comments)

I'd love to see reviews start taking into account cost and also DMIPS/watt. Cost is a major driving factor for OEMs to consider ARM but I imagine NDAs are going to keep a lid on this advantage. But if intel starts matching arm pricing, will they make enough profit to keep investing so much money to stay 1-2 years ahead with their foundries? On a side note, I meant to cite the tomshardware review and not the anandtech review in my original post.

The second battle to watch is the upcoming server CPU/SOC arm / intel battle. Google stated they didn't like wimpy cores in the DC so can ARM get strong enough cores clustered together in the DC to compete against intel (while keeping power down)? This market won't be worth as much as the mobile space but it would seriously cut into intel's profit and affect their ability to stay ahead with their foundries.

about a year and a half ago
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Intel Challenges ARM On Power Consumption... And Ties

blackC0pter technology node (163 comments)

The only issue here is that this is not an apples for apples comparison. 40nm vs. 32nm should give a huge benefit to the 32nm Atom. We need to compare the same technology node for this to make any sense. Also, looking at the idle cpu power consumption from the anandtech article, the Atom SOC used 10x more power.
So the real question is what do most tablets spend the majority of their time doing? Running a benchmark at full /half speed or with the SOC sitting idle?

about a year and a half ago
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Steam For Linux Is Now an Open Beta

blackC0pter excited day! (353 comments)

Nice! I'll gladly be a testing ground for their soon to be released linux console. if that means more games eventually come to linux it is a win / win. However, i really hope when the console is released that they still support both platforms and don't make titles linux console only. If you use the community to build a product, at least let us buy guys for that platform outside of your walled garden. Thanks!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Run a Small Business With Open Source Software?

blackC0pter Software for a small business (195 comments)

Productivity:
--Ubuntu (base OS)
--Openoffice (office tasks)
--Gimp (photo editing, photoshop alternative, lacks CMYK though)
--Inkscape (vector editing, illustrator alternative)
--Scribus (book/graphic design, vector+photos on multi pages, indesign alternative)
--Gmail (email)
--Google apps (professional gmail, sending from yourdomain.com vs. gmail)
--Simple webpage for reservation system (if you take reservations)


The biggest issue on top of this is the POS and accounting functions. I haven't researched open source tools for this and you don't want to mess these up. I'd pay for something decent in this area.

about 2 years ago
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Fair price for an unlimited wireless data plan?

blackC0pter Re:I get that for 20 Euro right now. Soon 10. (314 comments)

The subway expansion in LA was halted due to large methane deposits and not earthquakes. However, that is no longer the case and they are just finalizing the surveying before breaking ground with the TBMs (tunnel boring machines). To bring this back on topic, it might take another 2-3 years to get the subway in LA and then maybe another 10-20 years to get cell service in the subways. I'm surprised cellular carriers don't sell and price service based on your home location. Some areas are much more expensive to service.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westside_Subway_Extension

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Provisioning Internet For Condo Association?

blackC0pter Re:Don't be stupid. Hire someone. (257 comments)

On top of this, you will also need to manage turning access on and off to each unit, collecting monthly/annual revenue from each user, changing rate limiting settings for each user based on the amount they have purchased, dealing with DMCA complaints and any other law enforcement requests since you would be an ISP, blocking spam from being pumped from your network, servicing customer service requests when the service is not working or users don't know how to configure equipment, handling equipment or wiring failures, etc. You would be basically starting your own ISP and your own company without really knowing how to run an ISP (based on the fact you are asking these questions).

Actually installing the wiring and the equipment to run this operation really isn't that bad (as long as you get some professional advice). The trouble is managing the service and maintaining it. Have you tried reaching out to established ISPs to see if they will manage this for you and draw a fat pipe to your building in exchange for something (minimum user guarantee or the primary ISP for the tenants or a required connection as part of condo fees)? I have seen local ISPs draw a line to condo and office buildings and then sell portions of that line and manage the system. I have also seen condo buildings have a dedicated satellite connection (cable tv) and only offer that single satellite provider service to tenants.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Verizon Doesn't Want You To Buy an iPhone

blackC0pter Re:Easy solution (207 comments)

Very good points and I agree. People starve in other countries and we demand fast and nearly free internet access all the time. Since our economy and society are built on capitalism there is the constant desire to consume more. So naturally the more you consume and the more things improve, the more you increase your expectations of your base needs. However, if everyone came to this realization that they didn't need everything, then the economy would fall apart since people would stop consuming and wanting the newest items.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Verizon Doesn't Want You To Buy an iPhone

blackC0pter Re:Easy solution (207 comments)

You do realize that the price of oil is not set by the oil companies? It's set by the global commodities trading market and largely OPEC, which is a monopoly / oligarchy. It is naive to think that just because the oil companies sell oil that they can control the price of it. You should be complaining about trading markets and financial firms that seek to gain on artificially raising the price of a commodity.

Back on topic, I don't like the high price of Verizon's services either but then I don't like the high price of a Ferrari or any other luxury car. At the end of the day, a cell phone can be considered a luxury. Do you really need to make a phone call anywhere at any time? Do you really need to check that email immediately? Maybe you do need those services but do you need the super fast speed of LTE? There are plenty of alternative cell phone networks and there are plenty of alternative data connections. But Verizon is offering the fastest and newest technology (LTE) and selling it at a premium. Yet you complain that this luxury service is not offered at bargain prices. If you want unlimited cell service or cheaper service, go with the carriers that are offering it. But if you want premium features that Verizon is offering, then you better be prepared to pay for it.

This attitude that you deserve the newest and fastest service at a super low price is the same greed that drives Verizon to raise their prices and put limits on the data usage.

more than 2 years ago

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