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US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

eabrek Re:Oh my ... (253 comments)

I understand. An open and free society is pretty easy to destroy (imagine if 1% of the people all decided to kill the other 99 one day).

That said, I think we agree that we are willing to take that risk - that the risks from being free are better than the certainty that comes from a police state.

I guess I'm most saddened that there is no debate.

about 6 months ago
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US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

eabrek Re:Oh my ... (253 comments)

I assume you mean that as an amusing quip, rather than an actual argument

Keep in mind, this is a justification for stripping us of our rights and keeping us in the dark.

about 6 months ago
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US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

eabrek Re:Oh my ... (253 comments)

I don't believe there is any external threat worthy of violating the Constitution (violating the Constitution is the greatest threat to our nation). If it's really that scary, they can tell us (we're grown ups).

It's far easier to believe that he saw the power and liked it. That he was lying in order to get elected. If he's not a liar, it's easy for him to show us.

about 6 months ago
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Moore's Law Fails At NAND Flash Node

eabrek Re:Nearing theoretical limit? (147 comments)

19 nm is 190 angstroms. Transistors have been demonstrated operating at ~20 angstroms feature size.

However, current trends show the market will not generate sufficient revenue to keep pushing on Moore's Law.

Economics will break before physics does.

about a year and a half ago
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One Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Dead, Other At Large After Shootout With Police

eabrek Re:Terrorist or freedom fighter? (1109 comments)

Except the Civil War was fought against the people who wanted to control their own lives (the South) - without the interference of the overarching government (which had fallen into control of the North).

about a year and a half ago
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Next-Gen Intel Chip Brings Big Gains For Floating-Point Apps

eabrek Re:Poor AMD (176 comments)

The "n" in FMAn refers to the number of register arguments:
r1 = fma3(r1 + r2 * r3) vs. r1 = fma4(r2 + r3 * r4)

FMA4 can save you a move or two, depending on where you've got the accumulator now, and where you want it to be.

about 2 years ago
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What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

eabrek Old fashioned? (287 comments)

Maybe I'm old fashioned. I use the NewsFox add-in to Firefox at work, and Thunderbird at home. They are not cloud based. I keep my own data, so I don't need to worry about people shutting off service...

about 2 years ago
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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

eabrek Re:exactly (605 comments)

Individually they aren't too bad. Taken all together they create real problems.

64 predicate registers (which is way too many) yields 6 bits per syllable (the Itanium term for instruction). Combine that with 128 int regs (7 bits per) and 3 register operands - you've got 27 bits before specifying any instruction bits.

The impact of the middle one (instruction steering) was also not seen until late in the design cycle. Instruction decode information got mixed in there, so that not every instruction could go to every position. This led to a large number of NOPs inserted into the instruction stream. The final code density for Itanium was significantly lower than RISC (and way under x86).

These factors also work against out-of-order implementations - but there were organizational impediments to that happening anyway...

about 2 years ago
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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

eabrek Re:exactly (605 comments)

The result wasn't discarded, but it caused everything to stall behind it.

about 2 years ago
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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

eabrek Re:exactly (605 comments)

Predication is a big one. The other was attempting to steer instruction dispatch through the template bits. Another was exposing too many integer registers.

about 2 years ago
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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

eabrek Re:It will (605 comments)

What time frame do you have in mind? When Itanium was first developed, you could barely fit one of that in the reticle (max die size). It wasn't until later that we started having multiple core on a die.

about 2 years ago
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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

eabrek Re:Article is 20 years too late (605 comments)

Correct. Server products don't need high floating point bandwidth (which Itanium had)

about 2 years ago
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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

eabrek Re:exactly (605 comments)

Actually Intel has come with at least two replacements (i432 and Itanium). Both suffered from bad design choices and (more importantly) poor implementations.

about 2 years ago
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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

eabrek ISA doesn't matter (605 comments)

As much as people like to dig on x86, ISA simply doesn't matter. The benefits of programmer familiarity and tools infrastructure (not to mention installed base and compatibility) dwarf any possible technical advantage (of which there are few)

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Old Commercial Software To Be Open-Sourced?

eabrek Re:Just dreaming (234 comments)

What do you think of Manic Digger?

more than 2 years ago

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