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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

edxwelch Re:Sustainability (262 comments)

I don't think there are any rare earth materials used in polysilicon cells. In fact, the solar city cells are cheaper to manufacture because they are using copper instead of (standard) silver electrodes

about a month and a half ago
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$3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2

edxwelch Re:cherry-picked benchmarks (151 comments)

So, only the benchmarks that you say are important count. That's pretty much the dictionary definition of cherry picking

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

edxwelch Re:Bigger problem than Intel admits (230 comments)

Yes, unfortunately there is no independant analysis, it's just Intel's word against ARM's.
But in the case of binary translation, nearly everyone (except Intel) agrees that it has a performance impact:
http://blog.apedroid.com/2013/...

about 2 months ago
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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

edxwelch Bigger problem than Intel admits (230 comments)

ARM ran a survey of the top 500 Android apps in the market and found that only 20% are pure Java, 30% are native x86, 42% require binary translation and 6% do not work at all on Intel's platform. To make matters worse the level of compatibility is falling. They also found that running an app in binary translation mode takes a huge performance hit."
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...

about 2 months ago
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Apple's 2014 WWDC Keynote Will Be Streamed Live; Hopes For a Microconsole?

edxwelch Rumour confirmed!! (147 comments)

The rumour is confirmed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...
Looks awsome! The new Apple Bandai Pippin console features a 66 MHz processor and a 14.4 kb/s modem...

about 2 months ago
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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

edxwelch Re:Tech bubble? (154 comments)

the explaination is quite easy: this poll was from 2001, but was caught in a time wormhole and catapulted 13 years into the future

about 2 months ago
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Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches

edxwelch Last Windows OpenGL game? (167 comments)

So, this could be the last AAA OpenGL game for Windows, given that id Software is in it's death spiral (http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Employee-Review-id-Software-RVW4012058.htm)

about 2 months ago
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Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

edxwelch Re:Drat! Still only 8GB RAM max. (316 comments)

Actually, you are right. Having more than 8GB in fact makes your dick bigger

about 2 months ago
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AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

edxwelch 2 years is a long time to wait (345 comments)

I think profits will be from consoles, GPUs and low end APUs for the time being

about 2 months ago
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Valve Sponsors Work To Greatly Speed-Up Linux OpenGL Game Load Times

edxwelch Re:Valve competing with Microsoft (202 comments)

So, you mean it's easier for a newbie to make a demo. But when doing anything serious, like writing a game engine, that wrapper stuff only accounts for about 0.000000001% of the development effort.

about 3 months ago
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Valve Sponsors Work To Greatly Speed-Up Linux OpenGL Game Load Times

edxwelch Re:Valve competing with Microsoft (202 comments)

I call bullshit. DirectX is only marginally easier at best. If you're implementing a game engine your going to need people at top of field, regardless whether it's OpenGL or DirectX

about 3 months ago
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Volvo Testing Autonomous Cars On Public Roads

edxwelch This is a bad idea (98 comments)

Aren't they worried that they might become sentient and turn on their masters?
Kill all humans!

about 3 months ago
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Mini Gaming PCs — Promising, But Not Ready

edxwelch Re:Those tiny, whiny fans... (83 comments)

In fairness, they did not spend much effort on the cooling solution. The iMac is a PC crammed into a tiny box and it's virtually silent. The difference is that Apple invested a huge amount of development into the heatsink design.

about 3 months ago
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SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

edxwelch Re:Skimming is a better word than rigged (303 comments)

it is skimming, but if you are paying a penny for every share you buy or sell, you are effectively paying the HFT guys the same amount that you pay your broker

about 3 months ago

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Intel flops on Android compatibility

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about 3 months ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "Intel claim that 75% of all Android apps in the market are pure Java and don't feature any native ARM code. Using their binary translator they hope to bring compatibilty up to 90%.
However, a new report conducted by ARM disputes this. They ran a survey of the Android app market and found that only 20% of the top apps are pure Java, 30% are native x86, 42% require binary translation and 6% do not work at all on Intel's platform. To make matters worse the level of compatibility is falling. They also found that running an app in binary translation mode takes a huge performance hit."
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OpenGL 4.4 already has DirectX 12 and Mantle-like features

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about 4 months ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "The announcement of DirectX 12 was a big focus of attention at GDC yesterday. The new API will bring Mantle-like low level access to the hardware, reducing the CPU overhead.
The OpenGL talk "Approaching Zero Driver Overhead in OpenGL", on the other hand, received considerably less media attention. The OpenGL camp maintains that the features to reduce CPU overhead are already present in the current version. They suggest using the extensions such as, multidraw indirect combined with bindless graphics and sparse textures, OpenGL can get the similiar "close to the metal" performance as Mantle and DirectX 12."
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Intel engaged in below cost selling

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about 6 months ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "An analyst at Bernstein Research has found that Intel is selling their tablet Bay Trail chips to OEMs below cost, concluding that after end rebates, Intel’s tablet revenues are likely to be “close to zero,” while profits will be negative.
Intel has responded that the “special costs” Intel is incurring are not pushing down gross margin.
Intel needs to offer the subsidies to OEMs building $199-$299 devices to bring the bill of materials down and make them competive with cheaper chips from the likes of MediaTek and Rockchip."

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Kavari details emerge

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about 9 months ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "Details of Kavari, AMD's new APU were revealed at APU13 today. The desktop version will go on sale on 14th January 2014. It will have two Steamroller CPU cores and a GPU with 512 SPs (equivalent to Radeon HD 7750). A demo was showing Kavari running Battlefield 4 at twice speed of a Core i7 4770K with GT630."
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AnTuTu benchmarks optimized to favour Intel

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  1 year,17 days

edxwelch (600979) writes "A recent report by ABI research showed Intel's Clover Trail+ outperforming SoCs from Samsung, Qualcomm and Nvidia.
However, a EETimes article casts serious doubt about the validity of the report, in particular the AnTuTu benchmark used to test the chips.
"Going from the 2.9.3 version of the AnTuTu benchmark to the 3.3 version, the overall AnTuTu scores increased 122 percent, and the RAM score increased 292 percent for the Intel processor, while the scores for the Samsung processor increased only 59 percent and 53 "
To top things off, somebody analyzed the assembler code in the AnTuTu benchmark and found clear evidence that the benchmark had been tweaked to favour x86 processors."
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The real reason Firefox lost to Chrome: Firefox 4

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "In November last year Chrome overtook Firefox in market share for the first time. What people don’t realise is that the release of Firefox 4 caused a large part of the decline.
Firefox 4 was a major new release and came with a brand new Javascript engine and HTML5 parser. Unfortunately, these new features came with major memory leaks and performance bugs. The result was that if you used Firefox 4 for an extended period of time the browser would eventually become unresponsive, making it virtually unusable."

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Making iPhone games "battery friendly"

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about 4 years ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "An article I wrote for GameDev (http://www.gamedev.net/reference/programming/features/iPhoneBatSave) shows how we made our iPhone game "Armageddon Wars" battery friendly by dynamically throttling the frame rate during game play"
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