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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

jkflying Re: Clickbait Caption, but Valid Arguments (181 comments)

"Jack of all trades, master of none" is the correct saying, it is just missing the ending: "still better than a master of one."

about a month ago
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Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

jkflying Re:That's easy! (146 comments)

And pray tell, what would you do with the custom language that the BIOS/GPU microcode is written in? There is no compiler for it or published hardware targets to even write a compiler for. For it to have any value at all they would also have to release an in-house compiler and publish API specs for internal components of hardware designs which they probably don't even own publishing rights to.

about 2 months ago
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eBay To Spin Off PayPal

jkflying Re:lol capitalism. (76 comments)

Most of what PayPal is used for doesn't have any physical customer interaction. For example, it's one of the few payment services I trust enough to make payments to small manufacturers in China. For that kind of transaction, One Touch is useless unless 1) I'm willing to pay several hundred dollars in down-payment on an Apple device, 2) fly out to China each time I need to pay for something. While One Touch might work for your local shopping mall, IMO Apple is getting into that market just as the market is trending towards the way Paypal operates, with purchases made online.

about 3 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

jkflying Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Assuming Google is a halfway competent tech company and is using at least a SHA1 hash, if you manage to create any file with an accidental hash collision you'll be the first person in history to do so, never mind a valid image file. And if they use a longer hash, well, the chances just become more astronomical.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

jkflying Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (183 comments)

An MSP430 has idle currents measured in uA, and a chip costs in the region of $1.50, with no external components required. BBB isn't useful in applications that require running off of a watch battery for a year, and isn't cheap enough to consider adding as an additional component in consumer electronics.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

jkflying Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (183 comments)

Try developing for an MSP430 on the MSP430... hence the distinction between 'target' and 'host'. When you can develop on the target, great. But a lot of these MCUs don't have the IOPS/RAM to run a generic scripting language, never mind a compiler.

about 5 months ago
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After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out

jkflying Re:DRTFA (166 comments)

Because "Segfault: 0xFCDA83B40" is *soooo* much better.

about 7 months ago
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Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice

jkflying Re:area is one thing, volume is another (298 comments)

Volume loss of sea ice doesn't affect sea levels, since it was displacing sea water to begin with. Volume of land ice on the other hand, even if it migrates to an equal volume of sea ice, will cause rising sea levels.

about 7 months ago
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Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice

jkflying Re:Negative feedback (298 comments)

Negative feedback cycles can still end up stabilizing at a different set-point, if the negative feedback is in the rate of change rather than the absolute value.

about 7 months ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

jkflying Re:Many members of Congress own car dealerships (342 comments)

They're just larger and more expensive to process with a pick-and-place machine, so all the manufacturers go with SMD.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

jkflying Re:What the hell is a "punter "? (374 comments)

As somebody from South Africa (and who even takes the train through Salt River), I have to say I was also a bit confused. I'm assuming they meant a fence, although a fence isn't really "oblivious" as OP said. Perhaps they mean a customer who just happens to find a 'great deal' on a refurbished phone at their local pawn shop...

about 9 months ago
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Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

jkflying Re:Boolean logic lessons (285 comments)

If you're male and reading /. you won't be seeking an abortion for a significant other because you're single.

Thus, since you are addressing a /. audience, your logic can be simplified to :

Texas legislature is no problem as long as you are male or not seeking an abortion.

But 2/5 for effort.

about 9 months ago
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Damming News From Washington State

jkflying Re:Moisture inside the dam wall (168 comments)

The problem is that the rust is larger than the steel that produced it. This expansion can cause cracks in the concrete similar to how ice can cause cracks.

about 10 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

jkflying Re:Why use their app? (293 comments)

So that Google can provide geolocation for devices without GPS by fingerprinting the signal strength patterns and access point names you see. They also use it for road traffic reports - where do you think Google Maps gets its traffic data from?

about a year ago
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Microsoft Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power a Boost?

jkflying Re:Apples vs Apples (220 comments)

Also, a single Jaguar core only uses something like 3mm^2 of die space. That leaves lots of space for GPU.

about a year ago
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Open Source AMD Driver Now Supports OpenGL 3.3 — and It's Getting Faster

jkflying Re:The firmware remains proprietary (100 comments)

It exponentially increases the amount of code that would have to be reviewed for proprietary secrets and patent infringement. On the other hand, just releasing the drivers wouldn't be as much of an issue, since they just target an interface that doesn't reveal what happens on the other side.

about a year ago
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Open Source AMD Driver Now Supports OpenGL 3.3 — and It's Getting Faster

jkflying Re:The firmware remains proprietary (100 comments)

Releasing the firmware source would be pointless, since there is no available compiler which could target the hardware. They'd have to release the compiler and hardware specs as well.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

jkflying Re:30 years? (629 comments)

So hang on, you called his figures crap, then cite some other figures which you show are crap as a reason why his figures are crap? Damn, I've seen some bad arguments, but this...

1 year,21 days
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Make Way For "Mutant" Crops As GM Foods Face Opposition

jkflying Re:Further proof that anti-GMO is all about the mo (194 comments)

No, from the very papers you referenced, it has been found that *a single* GMO crop didn't have higher yields than classical crops. You can't extrapolate that to others.

Your generalization is like saying the inline assembler optimizations one programmer performed didn't speed up a program, so inline assembler optimizations can't speed up programs. Which is clearly BS.

1 year,24 days

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