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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

unixisc Re:Not my first choice (363 comments)

I know you didn't imply it, but Itanium was something almost from the John Young/Louis Platt era. Actually, Carly would have done well to have killed that one.

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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

unixisc Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (363 comments)

Why not Feinstein or Boxer? Have been CA Senators for goodness knows how long. Or Jerry Brown can try running again, like he did in 1992

3 hours ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

unixisc Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (363 comments)

the GOP needs to be broken because they are a sick joke right now. The democrats are only slightly worse than the GOP as a whole these days

I expect the Democrats to be Liberal, and in that sense, they haven't disappointed.

Problem w/ the Republicans is that they support everything that the Democrats support, maybe not at the same time. For instance, while they are dead against Obama's amnesty to illegals, that's just grandstanding, since they supported Bush when he did the same thing. They're against Obamacare, but Romney too did something like it while governor of MA. So why should Conservatives support Republicans again?

If Conservatives have to choose b/w Liberal-lite & Liberal, they might as well either sit it out, or vote for the authentic Liberals - the Democrats.

4 hours ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

unixisc Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (363 comments)

The republican candidate list now includes (at least) Mitt Romney Jeb Bush Scott Walker Chris Christie Sarah Palin Bobby Jindal And now Carly Fiorina wants in, too? That will be quite a crowd.

I think Romney & Palin are out of contention, since they were both on losing tickets the last 8 years, and nothing has happened since to change that. Fiorinna too is a non starter - she's a Liberal Republican who couldn't even win her own state's senate seat, so the question of her attracting 'Red State' votes is out of the question.

I think it could be Walker, Jindal and maybe Boehner. Although Jindal is quite a lackluster guy, so despite being a good governor, I don't see him getting ahead.

4 hours ago
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DragonFly BSD 4.0 Released

unixisc Re:No longer supports 32-bit architecture (45 comments)

True, and also, given that they are supporting up to 256 CPUs, it's obvious that their target is the high end of servers, as opposed to relics from the 90s.

4 hours ago
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

unixisc Re:Ross Perot is awesome! (118 comments)

Sad thing is that the 2 companies that he founded are now digested by 2 other once great American companies. EDS is today a part of HP, and Perot Systems a part of Dell. Both, as well as IBM, have been taken to the cleaners by the likes of Infosys, TCS and Wipro.

4 hours ago
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

unixisc Re:Essentially lost: only 8 out of 40 panels (118 comments)

That's what I thought - can't a bottom of the line FPGA be programmed to simulate the ENIAC, and do everything that the ENIAC did? Minus the 100V tubes and all that power guzzling equipment?

4 hours ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

unixisc Re:Intel & Micron (410 comments)

I understand all that - in the past, I worked on multi chip memory packages, where we'd stack NOR, DRAM and NAND flash: this was particularly for the handset makers. The whole thing about that business was that margins were wafer thin, in a manner of speaking. Which is why AMD spun off Spansion, and Intel spun off Numonyx.

I don't see how putting multiple NAND chips into an SSD makes it more cost competitive, unless their prices have really come down. Although I do see Micron offering up to 128Gb in TSOPs, so one would need 8 of them to make a 128GB drive. To get a 1TB drive, you'd need 16 of those chips (talking about die: looking at their product lineup, it looks like they put several of their 128Gb die to come up with 2Tb flash in a single MCP). So divide the price of an SSD by that, and that's what the price of the flash would have to be to be profitable.

Incidentally, any idea of what exactly are 3D NAND drives?

4 hours ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

unixisc Intel & Micron (410 comments)

Also, didn't Intel exit the flash market a while back, spinning off its flash division along with ST Micro to Numonyx, which later got acquired by Micron? I thought that the whole idea then was that memory was so unprofitable that it wasn't worth keeping it as an albatross on corporate margins.

Also, memory fabs are different from the ones used for making processors/controllers - it's not like fabs that don't make more Atoms or Celerons will be repurposed for SSDs. So how does it make sense for Intel to get into this? Micron I can understand, since memory is their prime business. But Intel? It makes as much sense for them to be making this as to be in the DRAM market

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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

unixisc Re:What about long-term data integrity? (410 comments)

Typically, the endurance of any non-volatile memory (read flash/hard drives) is measured per sector/block, where the latter is the smallest number of erasable bytes/words/quad-words that an erase operation can erase. Typically, for flash, that number is 1-10 thousand cycles. That number is eroded as one increases the number of bits per cell.

Like I mention below in a response to the GP, if you have it so that every byte is written only once and any overwrites happen to other bytes/sectors, you can avoid multiple erase cycles and thereby maximize the life of such an SSD.

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

unixisc Re:What about long-term data integrity? (410 comments)

I believe what they do is spread the data all over the memory, to mitigate the issue of a small part of the memory being heavily bombarded w/ writes while 90% of it never gets touched. I'd imagine that Copy-on-Write filesystems, such as ZFS, would enable one to do it more effectively, since no actual data ever gets deleted, and only the metadata info is changed, and the changed data is written to another portion of disk. If this is done effectively, then the disk utilization is increased, and endurance issues don't come into play at all.

Otherwise, you are right - cell design does seem to be hitting a wall, and I don't see silicon getting much smaller. Certainly not for price decreases. Also, multiple bits per cell don't lend themselves to too many write cycles, being as unstable as they are.

yesterday
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Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

unixisc Re:Still they are underpowered (140 comments)

Crimea was a legitimate claim of Russia - historically, it had always been a part of Russia, even after Brest-Litovsk made Ukraine independent. It was given to Ukraine on Nikita Krushchev's whim, when few in Russia or Crimea could protest about it.

It's different in the rest of the Ukraine, where people - whether Russian speaking or Ukrainian, don't wanna be Russians. Since the 1990s, there has been a lot of migration b/w the former Soviet republics - Kazakhs returning to Kazakhstan, Uzbeks to Uzbekistan, Ukrainians to Ukraine & Russians to Russia. So it's fair to say that the people of Ukraine don't want to be either a part of Russia, or a Russian client state. However, they're willing to go slow on joining NATO, given how explosive an issue that is, vis a vis Russia.

However, NATO is an outdated organization, that lost its purpose when the Soviet Union came apart. With the Warsaw Pact, NATO should also have disbanded. Since the 90s, all Western countries have been disarming & seeking the 'peace dividend', which is incompatible w/ NATO's charter of the entire organization going to war if one of them is attacked. If Russia was upset @ say, Latvia, and sent troops into Riga, would the US launch missiles across the Bering Strait? If no, why give countries like them false hopes that NATO would protect them? Given the stupid interventions that NATO has done, like Bosnia & Kosovo, it's past the point where it was a force for good.

yesterday
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Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

unixisc Re:Probably not the same thing at all... (101 comments)

However, the gaps ain't as big. Going from 32-bit to 64-bit has meant crossing the 4GB barrier in memory. However, it would only be necessary to go from 32 to 64 when - and IF - 1.844674407×10^19 is the minimum you have in memory.

The IPv6 analogy is not a good one. Since in reality, IPv6 is an overlaid 64 on 64 bit address, as opposed to a flat 128 bit address, as 32-bit IPv4 was. I know that IPv6 sounds a whole lot, but when you look at the strict assignments & rules that have been placed on various address ranges by both IETF and IANA, it turns out to be far fewer network/subnet addresses, since ISPs can't touch the lower 64-bits of the address. So IPv4 -> IPv6 is hardly an analogy that would be equivalent to 32-bit to 128-bit migration.

Even if the past is any guide, it will take 64 transitions before we are ready for 128-bit. Already, on the semiconductor side of things, people are talking about Moore's law hitting its limits, and getting to the point where a transistor is just a handful of atoms, thereby hardly leaving any room for further shrinkage. I do think that OSs will remain 64-bit, while some things, like file systems, may go 128 bit (like ZFS)

yesterday
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Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

unixisc Re:Still they are underpowered (140 comments)

Why should Putin be afraid of the West? Everybody knows that since the 90s, the West has been busy disarrming, even as they get involved in stupid wars like Bosnia, Kosovo, as well as nationbuilding projects in Afghanistan & Iraq. If he marches troops into even a NATO member, say Latvia, NATO will be exposed for being as feckless as it is.

Real reason is that Russia has been a weakening power, and incurring huge casualties in Afghanistan and Chechnya did nothing for their confidence. If they lose thousands in a war w/ Ukraine, they'd be seriously embarrassed, and any other internal secession movements there, like Tatarstan, could erupt. Which is why they are trying to subvert Donbass into becoming a part of Russia.

4 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

unixisc Re:next... (147 comments)

The 68008 was discontinued 20 years ago, so this isn't really all that useful even as an educational exercise. Why not pick a current breadboardable, cheap microprocessor and get Linux to run on that? That way, other people can benefit.

Couldn't agree more w/ this one. We all know that Linux can run everywhere, from a calculator to a supercomputer, but there's really nothing impressive about this. When the original 68k was what the first Sun workstations were made of, and therefore ran SunOS. Granted, it was not Linux, but close enough (since things like X11, GNOME, et al do not apply).

In fact, why not pick a BeagleBone, or Raspberry Pi or Arduino - depending on one's attitude about Broadcom vs Atheros vs whoever else is putting a controversial part into the box, put Tiny-Core Linux or something like it on that, and run with it?

4 days ago
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Indian Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Snub Android One Phones

unixisc Re:Understanding the Indian retailers. (53 comments)

They haven't kept Samsung, LG, Sony or others from having their own stores. Not just small shops in malls, but full blown bricks & mortars stores. In case of Samsung, LG & Sony, they sell all their products there - TVs, fridges, phones, you name it. No reason to think that Google would be stopped.

Like the GP said, Google would do well to introduce differentiated products, so that you have low ends for servants & maids, & high ends for MNC executives and tax dodgers.

4 days ago
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Indian Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Snub Android One Phones

unixisc Re:Indians screw Indians for a change (53 comments)

Rs6000-7000 may be a lot for a normal cellphone, but it's a very good price for a Smartphone. However, mom&pop stores in India probably don't expect customers who are willing to pay that sort of money for phones: they typically get the average maid or servant as customers, who use them for talking, listening to the latest Bollywood hits, taking pictures of anything and... that's it!!! One hardly needs Android or iOS or WP8 for just that!

In India, if someone is looking for a smartphone, they typically would be from the demographic that would shop at the malls. After all, if they are sinking anywhere north of Rs5000 on a phone, they're gonna be very particular about where they're getting it, the service and everything that goes supporting the phone. So usually, they go to a Samsung store and stock on the Galaxies, which are by far the leading smartphone in India. Another thing about this group - since their budget is already up there, they'd prefer a brand name like Samsung to the likes of Micromaxx or Karbonn. Oh, and did I mention - very few of the Micromaxx or Karbonn use capacitive screens: they are mainly resistive, and have very poor touch sensitivity. Which really sucks if one is receiving a call and touching the screen doesn't answer.

If Karbonn or Micromaxx wanna make inroads, that phone needs to come down to the Rs2000 or so vicinity.

4 days ago

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GNU Guix 0.4 released

unixisc unixisc writes  |  about a year ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "From: Ludovic Courtès

We are pleased to celebrate GNU’s 30th anniversary with the release of
GNU Guix version 0.4, representing 300 commits by 5 people over 2
months.

This release comes with a QEMU virtual machine image that demonstrates
preliminary work toward building a stand-alone GNU system with Guix.
The image uses the GNU Linux-Libre kernel and the GNU dmd init system.
It is console-only, and may be used primarily to try out Guix."

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NetBSD 5.1.2 announced

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 5.1.2: "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that version 5.1.2 of the NetBSD operating system is now available. NetBSD 5.1.2 is the second critical/security update of the NetBSD 5.1 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical for security or stability reasons. Please note that all fixes in critical/security updates (i.e., NetBSD 5.0.1, 5.0.2, etc.) are cumulative, so the latest update contains all such fixes since the corresponding minor release. These fixes will also appear in future minor releases (i.e., NetBSD 5.1, 5.2, etc.), together with other less-critical fixes and feature enhancements. NetBSD 5.1.2 is dedicated to the memory of Yoshihiro Masuda, who passed away in May 2011."
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IPv6-handling flaw found in Windows 7

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "I don't see how MS can claim that exploiting the vulnerability requires local network access, when the very nature of IPv6 will give everybody a globally routeable access, which would be reachable anyway. If they have the fix, it needs to be made available, since in IPv6, every node would have to be secured with an appropriate firewall and malware."
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AT&T plans for all networks to be on IPv6 by 2

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "US NETWORK OPERATOR AT&T believes that by 2020 most networks should have completely moved onto IPv6.
AT&T, like all major network providers, has been banging on about IPv6 for many years but with the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses earlier this year the looming change over was brought into sharp focus. The plan in the short term is to run 'dual stack' networks, meaning running the current IPv4 network and the next generation IPv6 network side-by-side, however according to a report by AT&T that will only continue until 2020."

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