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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

the linux geek Re:He's wrong. (649 comments)

Version diversity isn't the only kind. Implementation and hardware diversity matters too - for instance, I've run into a crash bug when attempting to start a new Activity from within a TabHost that only occurs on Galaxy S devices. That sort of thing is really incredibly frustrating, and makes QA far more of a pain in the ass than it should be.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Puts 41MPixel Camera In a (Symbian) Phone

the linux geek Re:Optics (204 comments)

The sensor is 41mp. They're subsampling, not supersampling; generating a (supposedly) superior 5/8mp image from an original, potentially fairly noisy but high-detail, 41mp image.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh

the linux geek Re:IBM POWER 6 (286 comments)

And they still sell Power7 with 8 cores and issuing 6 instructions per cycle at 4GHz+. They're obscenely fast, but they're also not cheap unless you're comparing them to Itanium, SPARC, or Intel's -EX series Xeons.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh

the linux geek Re:vaporware (286 comments)

Bulldozer - their current architecture - was really bad. Slow, mediocre price/performance ratio, and power-hungry. It remains to be seen if Piledriver can make it all better.

more than 2 years ago
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WikiLeaks Begins Releasing Stratfor Internal Emails

the linux geek Huh? (220 comments)

A company that fronts as an intelligence publisher... but is secretly an intelligence publisher? Oh, Associated Press, why you make no sense?

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor

the linux geek Re:Doesn't believe in patents (249 comments)

CTSS had email before UNIX did - 1964, if I recall.

more than 2 years ago
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Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

the linux geek Re:96 km DANGER ZONE (488 comments)

No, you. The 96km is a mistake in the summary. The number in the article is 96,000km.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

the linux geek Re:Products (497 comments)

FMA is pretty much irrelevant for any of the above workloads.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

the linux geek Re:Products (497 comments)

Real-world benchmarks that aren't linpack. Video encoding. Games. OLTP and OLAP workloads, as tested with MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Microsoft SQL. Even the TPC-C results are pretty unimpressive.

You seem way too personally involved in this.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

the linux geek Re:botched processor design? (497 comments)

For specific workloads, Itanium is great. It can sustain 2 FP loads, 2 FP stores, and 2 FMA's in a cycle, which means for certain types of DSP-ish workloads, it has more performance per-cycle than just about any other mainstream CPU. It also has a very high-performance cache hierarchy, with massive blobs of SRAM and a low-latency L1 (one cycle to access.) The problem is that it's expensive, clocked low, and not really ideal for where it's marketed (the mission-critical enterprise server business.) It still has significant advantages over Xeon for some workloads, namely things that are highly cache-sensitive or that scale high enough where directory-based coherence is good to have.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

the linux geek Re:Products (497 comments)

A 3GHz Sandy Bridge core completely annihilates a 3.6GHz K10 core, and Bulldozer's per-cycle performance is significantly worse than K10.

You should come out of 2002 sometime.

more than 2 years ago
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FCC Maps the 3G Wasteland Of the Western US

the linux geek Re:...and nothing of value was lost (173 comments)

I live in a medium-sized Kansas city, and 3G is almost unobtainable. No T-mobile presence (as far as I can tell), no AT&T 3G, poor Verizon and Sprint. The only carrier with solid infrastructure here is US Cellular. (I'm on Sprint, and it's frequently an exercise in patience.)

more than 2 years ago
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India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

the linux geek Re:Why wouldn't India develop it's own fighter? (600 comments)

They're working on it; they have an indigenous light-fighter project, and are co-developing PAK FA with the Russians.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Says It's 'Ambidextrous,' Hints It May Offer ARM Chips

the linux geek Re:let's hope that... (140 comments)

Published benchmarks disagree with your assessment of ARM.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Says It's 'Ambidextrous,' Hints It May Offer ARM Chips

the linux geek Re:Why it's called "trinity" (140 comments)

There is exactly zero chance of Trinity being anything other than what it's been announced and demo'd as from day one: L3-less Bulldozer (well, technically Piledriver) with a GPU on-chip. In other words, an incremental successor to Llano.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Says It's 'Ambidextrous,' Hints It May Offer ARM Chips

the linux geek Re:sub-45nm ARM? (140 comments)

28nm TSMC ARM is likely this year.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Says It's 'Ambidextrous,' Hints It May Offer ARM Chips

the linux geek Re:PowerPC (140 comments)

Power7 is fully compatible with the PPC 2.06 spec. How is it not a PPC ISA implementation?

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Says It's 'Ambidextrous,' Hints It May Offer ARM Chips

the linux geek Re:PowerPC (140 comments)

The most powerful general-purpose processor in the world (Power7) is a huge seller for IBM, and is a PowerPC implementation. PPC is also big in telecom applications, and Freescale does a number of fairly high-performance designs for that market.

The PPC used in the AmigaOne X1000 is a PA Semi PA6T - not very fast, designed as a low-power chip, and long-dead. Apple bought the company a few years ago, and I'm pretty sure new PA6T's are not being made. I suppose that speaks volumes about how many X1000's they reasonably expect to sell...

more than 2 years ago

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ARM shows off 2GHz dual-core Cortex A9

the linux geek the linux geek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

the linux geek (799780) writes "ARM Inc. has released information about its upcoming Cortex A9 processor core, demonstrating a dual-core 2GHz model that outperform's Intel's Atom N270 while consuming less power. ARM-powered subnotebooks, frequently referred to as "smartbooks," are expected to appear in the first half of 2010. ARM suggests that most smartboooks will be clocked in the 1GHz range, but retain the dual-core design."
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Oracle promises to boost SPARC, Solaris

the linux geek the linux geek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

the linux geek writes "In an attempt to calm nervous Sun customers, Oracle has published a full-page advertisement in the European version of the Wall Street Journal promising to spend twice as much money on both SPARC and Solaris development. Although this may reassure high-end SPARC customers, MySQL is conspicuously absent from the advertisement."
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Google in Competition Investigation

the linux geek the linux geek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

the linux geek writes "Google is undergoing an investigation by the European Union for it's $3.1 billion acquisition of internet advertiser DoubleClick. "We seek to avoid further delays that might put us at a disadvantage in competing fully against Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL and others whose acquisitions in the highly competitive online advertising market have already been approved," said Google boss Eric Schmidt. The United States' Federal Trade Commission has been reviewing the acquisition since May."
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the linux geek the linux geek writes  |  more than 7 years ago

the linux geek writes "Intel's "Metro" prototype laptop has caused quite a stir recently, being both one of the slimmest laptops ever conceived and supporting the new Microsoft standard known as SideShow. SideShow includes a second screen on the outside of the laptop, with software support for viewing pictures, checking email, and, of course, playing Solitaire. AeroXperience has the exclusive report, including HD video and several pictures."

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