They aren't necessarily purposefully crippling, though that sometimes happens. This allows them to sell chips that have some manufacturing defects; they turn off the bad shaders. The more chips from each wafer they can sell, the lower the price of each chip.
I do find music - especially music I like - to be distracting. Which is why I often listen to white (or brown) noise on my headphones in the office. Blocks out office noise without being distracting.
The standards bodies' names should answer your question. ANSI: A = American. ISO: I =International. An American standard isn't good enough for many people, no matter how open; they want an "International" standard with the associated level of bureaucracy.
Because, when using a color filter array, you throw away 2/3 of your light. Plus it's inflexible.
False. The four pairs of New Balance shoes currently in my house were all made in China.
I don't have any toys. But my kids do: video games, Legos, etc. Of course, I have to spend a lot of time with the toys and games so I can teach my kids...
techwrench was one of several readers to send word that Microsoft has officially announced Windows 7 will be generally available on October 22nd. They also mentioned the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program: "This program enables participating retailers and OEMs to offer a special deal to upgrade to Windows 7 for customers purchasing a qualifying PC. I'll be doing another blog post about this program with a date and more details when we get closer to availability. Obviously, Release To Manufacturing (RTM) is an important milestone on the path to GA. We anticipate that we'll be able to make the RTM code for Windows 7 available to our partners sometime in the 2nd half of July. We also expect to be able to make RTM code for Windows Server 2008 R2 available to our partners in this time frame as well."
I've worked at several top chip companies in Silicon Valley, in graphics and telecom industries, and they're 100% Verilog. I also suggest learning System Verilog as well, especially for testbench development.
I recommend the SF novel "Blood Music" by Greg Bear which considers the idea that humans and other animals exist to host bacteria and viruses, which are the true masters.
Since it supports C-style expressions and hex values.
No, they cannot simulate the hardware designs anywhere near real-time. Using hardware emulation, they can run real software on real PCs, but still not near full speed.