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IBM Opens Up POWER Architecture For Licensing

file_reaper Re:Compiler support good for general PPC? (131 comments)

The standard compiler for the PowerPC Architecture is xLC which is made by IBM.

xLC is supported on AIX and Linux and it has all the optimization features needed for BlueGene/Q and other big iron (inter-procedural analysis, auto-vector optimizations etc...)

about a year ago
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IBM Opens Up POWER Architecture For Licensing

file_reaper Re:POWER, Power, and PowerPC (131 comments)

Power.org is responsible for the Power Architecture ISA. (ie architecture)
OpenPOWER will be the consortium which will license out the actual POWER Cores and associated peripherals.(ie microarchitecture and implementation)

about a year ago
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AMD Making a 5 GHz 8-Core Processor At 220 Watts

file_reaper Re:Lets overclock a Core i7-4770K to 5GHz (271 comments)

Yes indeed. Let's take 22nm Haswell's, and put it up against 32nm POWER 7+ and claim the 22nm chip does better. Yes, I do indeed see your point there.

about a year ago
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Opera Releases Its First Chromium-Based Browser

file_reaper Looking forward to downloading the WebKit version (191 comments)

I use Opera everyday at work.

I've become quite used to its UI, I hope they don't change that.

From the old Presto based Opera, one of the most frustruating aspects was searching for text, especially in very large auto-generated webpages (ie webpages which contain output of test runs, etc...) Opera's search there was painfully slow compared to Chrome/Firefox/etc...

There were also compatibility issues with a couple of sites, but this was just minor stuff I'd ignore. The UI with Bookmarks sidepanel/RSS/Integrated Downloads manager (with torrents)/SpeedDial/ was what sold Opera over the rest. Another feature was the password manager, I have to sign on to dozens of internal sites, reauthenticating at every access, so if you open up a dozen links to the same portal, in Firefox each prompted for a password, but in Opera, enter a password for one of them and they all just unlocked, it was lovely. This isn't the kind of stuff to put on banners, but man it made me happy and productive. The little things.

I hope they haven't removed any of what I like, it'll be quite sad.

Cheers.

about a year ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

file_reaper I put my tin-foil hat on... (595 comments)

Maybe this whole Bit-Mining thing is an elaborate and effort by environmentalists to get us techies to ramp down on our big irons and blinken-lights.
Everyone's in on it.
- GreenPeace.
- Al Gore.
- That hipster evironmentalist chick at the corner of the road trying to elist me into her crusades...

about a year and a half ago
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Should We Be Afraid of Google Glass?

file_reaper Insightful article linked via HackerNews (307 comments)

I found this article on HackerNews a few days ago to be quite insightful in this respect: http://creativegood.com/blog/the-google-glass-feature-no-one-is-talking-about/

The main claim of the articles author is that in the past, there hasn't been any collective agency that pools information anything like Google. CCTV's, and whatnot have always been isolated from each other. The scary case (perhaps this is strawman) is that each Google Glass viewer may record and the collective samples with facial recognition can be used to track you around. Your voice can be recorded or transformed into text and stored forever to be harvested later.
This becomes a goldmine for advertisers and what not. This might include where you go, who you're with, what you look at etc... all without your approval and violates the fundamental issue of informational control in privacy.

Perhaps the technology today won't be capable of doing this but what about 3-4 years down the line? Google already works on image recognition (Google Glasses), Voice Recognition, and it knows your searches. What if the argument is that today the technology isn't capable of doing this but if these devices are allowed to saturate the market, what happens 5 years down the road?

It is true that today even cellphone carriers can totally track your location etc... but they seem to be somewhat regulated by governments. But what about Google? Which government or agency controls it? Information wants to be free.

These are purely my concerns about this sort of technology.

Thank you for your time.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

file_reaper Use a song instead... (379 comments)

This is anecdotal, but I usually associate memories with songs... So every year, I try to find a good song I like, and just attach memories with it, and put that song away in an album and not listen to it for a couple of years. Just play that album again later and the memories come flooding back. I find it to be quite nice.

about a year and a half ago
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SCO Wants To Destroy Business Records

file_reaper SCO still lives? (113 comments)

Unlatch the Black Gate of Armonk. Release the Nazgul. The skies will be blackened again.

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Responds To Java Security Critics With Massive 50 Flaw Patch Update

file_reaper Re:Java sucks. (270 comments)

I would like to add, Watson ran on POWER during Jeopardy and hence runs on IBM's J9 JVM. I don't have any proof that it runs on other architectures, but I'm guessing it can.

about a year and a half ago
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Best Tech Colleges Are Harder Than Ever To Get In

file_reaper Re:And yet... (108 comments)

I see your point of view and your statements are valid. I didnt go to a Ivy League school (I went to UW in Canada), but I've found the quality of the professors teaching there to be unparalled. I've had professors who graduated from Ivy league schools and the quality of their lectures, course work, and overall *quality* of education was unparalled. In Ivy League schools, every course would be at a high quality which I feel is worth the cost. Most of the professors teaching at MIT, Harvard, Stanford etc... probably do cutting edge research and if you watch their lectures they mention a lot of it, along with common methods used in practice by them which you cant find in a textbook, this insider techiniqes, intuition and insights are worth all the money. I may sound a bit romantic or naive but no online/internet learning will give this deep learning. Thanks for your time.

about a year and a half ago
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Firefox 18 Beta Out With IonMonkey JavaScript Engine

file_reaper IonMonkey, JagerMonkey, TraceMonkey, SpiderMonkey (182 comments)

I haven't kept track with the JIT's that have been in Firefox. I recall the days when TraceMonkey and JagerMonkey were added to boost performance. Could somebody recap or tell why Firefox is abandoning the older versions or redoing them? I'm truly curious as to what they learned, what worked and what didn't work. Are they finding new usage patterns that warrant a new JIT design? Thanks.

about 2 years ago
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The Computer Science Behind Facebook's 1 Billion Users

file_reaper Read the article, not much CS inside... (113 comments)

I'm kinda disappointed... I am truly interested in how Facebook scales and was hoping there would be actual Computer Science related material in the article... Any Facebook employees care to comment? What do you guys do to scale stuff? How about ./'ers from other companies that have to deal with scaling? Hell, how do porn sites scale? I've done the traditional Distributed Systems courses in University but I really wanted to know how it's done in the real world by AWS, Facebook etc...

about 2 years ago
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Android ICS Will Require 16GB RAM To Compile

file_reaper Windows (357 comments)

I wonder how long a full compile of that takes...

more than 2 years ago
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India Wants To Monitor Twitter, Facebook

file_reaper Laugh at India all you want but... (113 comments)

Doesn't the NSA or whatever intelligence agency in the Western world monitor all of you traffic? USA's the most paranoid about terrorism.

How much of your social activity is monitored by intelligence agencies? Does your democratic process expose any of it?

I know /. likes to mock and laugh at India, this happened before with the Blackberry encryption case.

As an Indian citizen living abroad I know about this now, what's your congress doing behind closed doors?

more than 3 years ago
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The Fight Against Dark Silicon

file_reaper Link to attached Paper about specialized cores... (137 comments)

http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/users/swanson/papers/Asplos2010CCores.pdf

They call the specialized cores "c-cores" in the paper. I took a quick skim through it. C-cores seem like a bunch of FPGA's and they take stable apps and synthesize it down to FPGA cells with the use of the OS on the fly. The C-core to hardware chain has Verilog and Synopsis in it.

Cool tech, guess they could add gated clocking and all the other things taught in classroom to further turnoff these c-cores when needed.

cheers.

more than 3 years ago
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USAF Gets F-35 Flight Simulator

file_reaper Oh yea? Well... (252 comments)

I've had Eidos' Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Flight Sim on my Win 98 box since 1997. It has both the Boeing X-32 AND the Lockeed Martin X-35.

Take that USAF!

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Kills Mark Zuckerberg Action Figure

file_reaper No Robot Chicken parody of the Social Network... (123 comments)

Guess Robot Chicken won't be able to make a parody of The Social Network now that Mark Zuckerberg's action figure isn't available...

more than 3 years ago

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