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Microsoft Kills Expression Suite — And Makes It Free, For Now

msgmonkey Re:Yes it does mean failure. (89 comments)

I think that is unfair because Visual Studio can be used for a lot of different things. Why would anyone using VS to develop Windows Apps for example need to have knowledge of Expression Studio?

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Kills Expression Suite — And Makes It Free, For Now

msgmonkey Yes it does mean failure. (89 comments)

If a potential customer does n't even know that the product exists, especially one who uses their other development tools thats a big massive fail in my book.

about 2 years ago
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Algorithmic Pricing On Amazon 'Could Spark Flash Crash'

msgmonkey Bring it on I say (274 comments)

I'd like to see what happens when the sellers stop fulfilling orders. Plus how long before someone brings out a sniping tool for customers to purchase items when at the bottom of the curve?

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM

msgmonkey Re:Speed versus complexity (406 comments)

Those hardly used instructions probably use less than 0.1% of the CPU die, that is because they are microcoded instructions and run hideously slow.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM

msgmonkey Re:Speed versus complexity (406 comments)

Someone mentioned CISC, as if that beat out RISC? It didn't. Under the hood, modern x86 CPUs actually translate each x86 instruction to several RISC instructions. So why not just use the actual RISC instruction set directly? One argument in favor of the x86 instruction set is that it is denser. Takes fewer bytes than the equivalent action in RISC instructions. Perhaps, but that's accidental. If that is such a valuable property, ought to create a new instruction set that is optimized for code density. Then, as if x86 wasn't CISC enough, they rolled out the MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4 additions.

This is n't the case, the only x86 processor that converted x86 instructions to RISC instructions was the AMD K5. Infact even in a RISC architecures the instruction decode stage expands out the instruction and this is what happens on a modern x86 processor.

The complexity in a modern processor is not in the instruction decode, but the multiple execution units.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM

msgmonkey Re:Speed versus complexity (406 comments)

I doubt it would add that much considering you already have to implement Tomasulo to go superscaler, it could be added onto that relatively easily. Of course it will add more circuitry and I agree Intel will have problems making something as low power as the current crop of ARM chips however when we get to something that is say the midpoint between an A9 and i3, Intel will be able to compete easily and also have its process advantage. It could easily be a case of ARM winning the battle and losing the war.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM

msgmonkey Re:Speed versus complexity (406 comments)

And how much money do you think ARM makes on that $10 part?

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM

msgmonkey Re:Speed versus complexity (406 comments)

And there are far more 8-bit and 16-bit CPUs that use CISC instruction sets than ARM chips. The quantities mean nothing, it is who is making the most money and Intel certainly won that one.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM

msgmonkey Re:Speed versus complexity (406 comments)

Any superscaler processor is going to be doing instruction conversion, this includes RISC instruction set processors. The micro-ops in Intel processors convert to are less than RISC instructions. Once you start implementing things like Tomasulo the traditional advantages of RISC are eroded. If this was n't the case Intel would have never been able to leverage their process advantage to get better performance whilst retaining the x86 instruction set.

In a high performance processor instruction set is irrelavant since 80%+ of the die area is cache any way.

more than 2 years ago
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How Romanian Fortune Tellers Used Google To Fleece Victims

msgmonkey Anyone really surprised by this? (140 comments)

After finding out there are people buying spell casting services overy ebay in their thousands this is not surprising at all. A fool and his/her money is quickly seperated.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Intel Leads the World In Semiconductor Manufacturing

msgmonkey Re:Competing with ARM... (226 comments)

This is called business, using whatever advantage you have to compete against a competitor. Last time I checked Intel was a business.

more than 2 years ago
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NSA Publishes Blueprint For Top Secret Android Phone

msgmonkey Double Encryption??? (172 comments)

Wow sounds very secure, hopefully they did n't decide to go with ROT-13 twice.

more than 2 years ago
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Thin Film Transforms Any Surface Into Touchscreen

msgmonkey Re:Millimeters thick? (81 comments)

Um, last I checked a millimeter is pretty small. I can roll up all sorts of things to a reasonably thin degree which are much thicker than that(including one of those schnazzy silicone gel keyboard things).

It's a transparent flexible touch surface...and you're complaining because it's as thick as card stock?

Even 0.5mm overhead projector film is pretty hard stuff, silicon gel is very low density compared to plastic films as is card. I would expect a rolled diameter to be around 25-30cm which is fine for the 167", but a bit much for the small 30" versions.

more than 3 years ago
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Thin Film Transforms Any Surface Into Touchscreen

msgmonkey Millimeters thick? (81 comments)

I would imagine any film above 1mm in thickness would be pretty hard to roll up into anything resembling a reasonable diameter.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Files Suit Against Motorola Xoom In EU

msgmonkey Why just 10" Tablets? (181 comments)

It's interesting that they seem to just be going after the 10" tablets. Samsung make 7" tablets too, why did Apple not get an injunction on those too? Or is that basically they do not want anything that could compete with an Ipad be sold?

more than 3 years ago
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A Million Node Supercomputer

msgmonkey The number of nodes is meaningless (116 comments)

The number of nodes and processing power per node is meaningless unless they can connect them together in a similar fashion to the brain, sure they mention a "brain like" arrangement but the reason our brains are so sophisticated is not due to processing power but due to organisation. Brains are slow, really really slow but the parallelism and connectivity is beyond anything we can build at the moment and that is why we keep on failing on AI. An example is adding two numbers together, easy to do for a processor yet difficult to do using neural nets.

more than 3 years ago
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New Hardware Needed For Future Computational Brain

msgmonkey Re:Interpreted AI (143 comments)

Would be better but would not even come close to the human brain, which in the cerebral cortex has roughly a billion synapses per cubic millimeter.

more than 3 years ago
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New Hardware Needed For Future Computational Brain

msgmonkey Interpreted AI (143 comments)

The reason this is the case is because current AI simulates a neural network as a program, you would have to produce chips which where actual neural networks the problem however is the interconnects which is in an order of magnitude more complicated compared to anything we can currently create. In fact the brain is quite slow, but its organization is what makes it powerful.

more than 3 years ago
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Sensor Measures In Fingertips If Driver Is Drunk

msgmonkey Invasion of privacy?? (549 comments)

Call me stupid but how is this an invasion of privacy, it's not like information regarding your drunkenness is being passed over to the authorities.

Mark Hinkle, chairman of the Libertarian National Committee, fears the devices could evolve like seat belts — introduced as voluntary safety features that become lawfully enforced.

Oh yes those evil seat belts made mandatory because they save peoples lives, damn evil big government regulating car safety . Has it come to the point where there has to be a knee-jerk reaction to everything just for the sake of it?

more than 3 years ago
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Negroponte Offers OLPC Technology For India's $35 Tablet

msgmonkey Well components maybe (104 comments)

The components may well cost 35$, but I'm sure they excluded the price of the PCB and the machine time for mounting the components onto the PCB, thats a big chunk of money right there. Then you've got the assembly, logistics and distribution costs so that even with cheap indian labour I'm sure you'ill be much closer to 70$ than 35$.

In sort its easy for the guys in the lab to look at the BOM and say 35$, but the reality is somewhat different.

more than 4 years ago

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