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After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out

stevesliva Re:DRTFA (166 comments)

I was mostly trying to point out the compounded error on the angry dude's part. All too common for people to think 30% stacking with 20% is 50% off when it's actually 44% off. Not a big deal at those values, but you would start to get very diminishing returns.

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

stevesliva Re:DRTFA (166 comments)

Reminds me of something that happened while I was waiting in line at a DIY store. Some guy had two coupons for 20%-off, two for 15%-off and he was demanding 70% off in total. Why didn't he just wait until he had two more 15%-off coupons? I swear to this actually happened; I didn't even spice it up.

1*.8*.8*.85*.85 = .4624, so even if they could stack, he'd be entitled to 53.76% off

.4624*.85*.85 = .334, so stacking two more 15% coupons would still not quite get him to 70% off.

So yeah, even if they stacked, do the math. Common error with combined discounts.

about 5 months ago
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IBM's x86 Server Business Back On the Market

stevesliva Re:IBM strategy (71 comments)

And herein lies a big chunk of the problem for IBM's hardware group and the rest of IBM after that group goes away. When there is a bid involving software and/or services together with servers, the servers get cut to the bone or sold at a loss to advance the welfare of software and services. This is due to a partially self-fulfilling prophecy that being in the hardware business is low margin and therefore should be screwed over to make room for the more successful parts of IBM. Part of IBM's hardware failings is because they make it fail because they think it is failing. Keeping in mind IBM continually wants to do this and executives force STG to take the hit for the sake of SWG and GTS, what happens when STG products are no longer under the same executive umbrella? Those suicidal discounts won't happen anymore because the external vendor doesn't answer to some executives that want to see IBM succeed at all costs.

YES.

I would guess their logic is that customers in the segments they divest don't actually care about the hardware, and if they do really want Thinkpads or IBM x86 hardware, they can pay a little more to get it from Lenovo. Hard to believe with Thinkpads being gone, but the strategy seems to be to keep the hardware that customers demand to the extent they're willing to pay.

Deal to lenovo is done:

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and Armonk, New York - 23 Jan 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have entered into a definitive agreement in which Lenovo plans to acquire IBM’s x86 server business. This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. The purchase price is approximately US$2.3 billion, approximately two billion of which will be paid in cash and the balance in Lenovo stock. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances.

$2.3billion isn't much. Sheesh.

about 9 months ago
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IBM's x86 Server Business Back On the Market

stevesliva Re:IBM strategy (71 comments)

I'm kind of curious what the PowerPoint jockeys think about this sale including *all* x86 servers. Blades?? "Enterprise" servers? They will draw a line somewhere that keeps some x86 server architectures in the IBM stable, I'd guess. Just like you can buy a glorified desktop from IBM as a "tower server" rather than having to go to Lenovo, a line will be drawn somewhere, and the "enterprise" servers will likely stick around IBM. At least until the margins suck on those, too.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

stevesliva Re:Holy crap (365 comments)

K-maps can't develop stateful logic?!? Inconceivable.

about 9 months ago
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The Mile Markers of Moore's Law Are Meaningless

stevesliva Re:bad example (156 comments)

If TSMC isn't keeping up with Moore's Law, that's not a problem with Moore's Law. It's a problem with TSMC.

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Waaaay towards the end of TFA, it mentions that it's GlobalFoundries who inserted finFETs into the same BEOL (wiring) as their 22nm node and called 22nm+finFET "14nm." It's buried at the end, but it's what supports the whole argument that nodes are "just marketing."

To my knowledge, the node's name was based on the DRAM half pitch. But yeah, it's not that any longer. And in defense of GlobalFoundries, finFET does literally add an extra dimension to the calculation of FET geometries.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Planning Firefox Metro For Windows 8 On December 10

stevesliva Re:FF Rant 4726 (179 comments)

Perfect for Windows 8 then?

I have a convertible Windows 8 laptop, and Firefox needs some work, like the rest of the OS. See, for instance, this bug.

Also, the frigging laptop keeps locking the screen upside down and I have to keep unconverting it and reconverting carefully. Totally awesome.

about a year ago
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Mystery Meteorite May Not Be From Mercury After All

stevesliva Re:How did they come to that anyhow? (31 comments)

Maybe go read about it

Your post reads like "How do they know some stars are planets anyways? What makes one sparkly thing in the sky different from all the rest? Unpossible to differentiate."

about a year and a half ago
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IBM Dipping Chips In 'Ionic Liquid' To Save Power

stevesliva Re:Garbled to hell (68 comments)

Yeah, it's basically another nonvolatile memory press release. Sounds close to phase-change memory.

The background would be that flash might not be scaling well, or might eventually stop scaling, so there are a lot of other types of nifty nonvolatile memory types that would aim to replace it. Magnetoresistive, ferroelectric, phase change, memristors, nanotubes, whatever. That's not to say that those sorts of things can't perhaps escape their niche and make create a whole new class of computing machines based on non-transistor switches, but yeah. First things first.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Lenovo's ThinkPads Getting Worse?

stevesliva Re:Build quality (271 comments)

The screen on my W500 sucks.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Lenovo's ThinkPads Getting Worse?

stevesliva Re:There is no decent non-Apple laptop (271 comments)

However, the MacBook Pro's screen was brighter, clearer,

The screen on my Thinkpad W500, after a few years, is TERRIBLE.

about a year and a half ago
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What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

stevesliva Re:Firefox (287 comments)

So where's the iOS version of firefox? Or firefox for the Kindle?

about a year and a half ago
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Google Patents Staple of '70s Mainframe Computing

stevesliva Re:Public Patent Challenge (333 comments)

I think it's time for a crowdsourced patent challenge web site run by the USPTO where there would be a period of public comment for each patent about to be awarded in order to help underpaid (and I imagine under-resourced) examiners find Prior Art.

A lot fewer patents might be awarded, but ones that are would be genuinely new -- this might also save the world billions of dollars.

http://peertopatent.org/

about a year and a half ago
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Google Patents Staple of '70s Mainframe Computing

stevesliva Re:US Patent and Trademark Office Dumb Asses (333 comments)

and several million dollars later it gets sorted out by the courts

No, not really. Several million dollars later, someone capriciously wins, and then there are equally capricious rounds of appeals.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Patents Staple of '70s Mainframe Computing

stevesliva Re:No issue here, Read the Patent! (333 comments)

Can we please have an end to the stupid articles where someone intentionally mis-interprets the abstract or even just the title of a patent and pretends it's some simple thing that's been done for decades to try to drum up anti-patent sentiment? There seems to be one a week or so.

Unlikely. Nonetheless, anti-patent sentiment is a good thing. Far too many people assume there's some sort of fairness or justice to the whole mess, and there isn't.

about a year and a half ago
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iPhone 5 A6 SoC Teardown: ARM Cores Appear To Be Laid Out By Hand

stevesliva Re:Hand-drawn chips really better? (178 comments)

it's 2012, haven't intel or amd engineers developed algorithms to do the chip design for them?

The thing that I take to heart is that even the most simple digital design task-- factoring a sum-of-products boolean equation, the thing you get from your karnaugh map, into the most optimal logic implementation-- algorithms still can't guarantee that. And that task is just one bit of non-sequential static logic. If computers can't guarantee they're better at that, why assume they're better at synthesizing a pipelined, lookahead, out-of-order watchamacallit?

about 2 years ago
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iPhone 5 A6 SoC Teardown: ARM Cores Appear To Be Laid Out By Hand

stevesliva Re:News For This Nerd (178 comments)

What I'm talking about here is literally placing down a hundred thousand rectangles in a CAD tool

Well, when you have repetitive structures, 100,000 rectangles isn't really all that difficult.

about 2 years ago

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Think the Market's Efficient? Then P=NP.

stevesliva stevesliva writes  |  more than 3 years ago

stevesliva (648202) writes "Barry Ritholtz noted a new academic paper at his investing blog The Big Picture, which claims that if the majority of financial academics are to be believed, then P=NP. This disagrees with the conventional wisdom in computer science. As author Philip Maymin writes in the paper from Algorithmic Finance, "they cannot both be right: either P=NP and the markets are efficient, or P!=NP and the markets are not efficient.""
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This is a Privacy policy?!

stevesliva stevesliva writes  |  about 10 years ago The personal information that you submit to ItsYourOpinion.com remains your property, but by submitting that personal information to us, you grant to us the right to use that information for marketing purposes, including sharing such information with third parties. For example, when you select to receive information about offerings from a third party company during the registration process, we will share your personal information with that third party company to carry out your information request. We will use your personal information to fulfill orders for ItsYourOpinion.com products and services. ItsYourOpinion.com may also use such information to directly market certain offers to you (via e-mail, direct mail and/or telemarketing), to monitor compliance with our Terms and Conditions and for content improvement and feedback purposes. We may sell the personal information that you supply to us and we may join together with other businesses to bring selected retail opportunities to our members. These businesses may include, but are not limited to: (a) providers of direct marketing services and applications, including lookup and reference, data enhancement, suppression and validation; (b) e-mail marketers; and (c) telemarketers.

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Oh to be an OSDN Karma Destroyer...

stevesliva stevesliva writes  |  more than 10 years ago All posts that do not conform with the Slashdot policy of walking on tenterhooks around criticizing Europe while bashing America at every opportunity will be Karma bombed:

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My sig is a disclaimer, damnit.

stevesliva stevesliva writes  |  more than 10 years ago The only time I ever find my self posting several times in succesion on Slashdot is when someone tells me I'm wrong. (Of course.)

But the annoying thing is that it usually boils down to semantics or a missing qualifying statement. I need to learn to leave it be with the sig.

Amen.

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