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Comment Intel denies chip line being killed (Score 3, Informative) 99

Intel responded to Anandtech's inquiry into the killing of the chip line and denies that it is dead and in fact is wondering where the bad information has come from:

Intel Kills a Top-of-the-Line Processor 99

itwbennett writes: In June of this year, Intel announced a processor branded as Broadwell-C. Now, the company has confirmed that the part was cancelled but would not give an official reason. Why did Intel kill the Broadwell-C? ITworld's Andy Patrizio speculates that it's a 'combination of increased cost, lower yield and potential product cannibalization' — cannibalization of the company's newly-launched Skylake processor, which the Broadwell-C outperformed.

Comment Not truly the fastest desktop processors released (Score 1) 29

The Skylake processors might be the fastest "stock" processors released, but the "k" series processors are made for overclocking. It still turns out that the 2xxxK and the 3xxxK chips still overclock as fast or faster than the broadwell and skylake counterparts/replacements to the point that even though the skylake processors are more efficient clock for clock, the older ones overclocked to such a higher clock speed to more than makeup for those efficiency improvements.

Comment Re:50% is lost in AC to DC conversion? (Score 1) 466

I as well as others thought the same thing. Maybe 60 years ago we lost 50% (as well as on things that still used techniques and technology created from that time which in some instances were still being used 30-40 years later). But modern AC->DC converters can and are in the 90+% efficient.

Comment Performance only par at 4K (Score 5, Interesting) 77

The Fury is really only competitive at 4K resolution. At lower resolutions 1440p, 1080p, etc., it gets beat pretty bad in pretty much every game out there (save for a very small handful) by the 980 and 980 TI. Given that the majority of monitors out there are still 1080p or 1440p it is hard to recommend this card.

Comment Re:Drone It (Score 2) 843

I am also curious (haven't looked) as to what the flight/fight profile of the F-35 is in the first place. if it's Air Superiority, then that usually means higher altitudes where there may be a better advantage. Anything else appears to be a whole lot of incompetence in design.

It is everything... It was designed to need to be air superiority, air-to-ground assault platform, close combat support air-to-ground, stealth, and VTOL....

In other words they government wants it to do everything, and as such it can't do any of them as well as something designed to do a specific mission type would be able to do.

Comment Re:SLAPP? (Score 2) 401

Maybe, but there's a lot less gunning down of civilians by the police in Europe compared to the U.S. (I don't know whether that's down to less racism or less guns or some other socio-political difference).

It isn't due to less racism for certain. It is due to less racial diversity at the local level. Someone forgets about a multi-million person racial/ethnic purge that occurred in Europe 70-80 years ago. Between the people killed and the ones who fled, the racial diversity in all of continental Europe was swept away. Researchers in Havard released a map a few years ago showing the racial diversity of different nations. It can be found on the following link:

Comment We had to go homegrown... (Score 1) 137

None of the things we looked at provided what we wanted either (grant it this was back in 2001). So 3-4 of us made our own. We didn't do anything with server racks (as at the time we were still mostly a Sun Micro house with the hardware actually being an entire rack or half rack). So we went the Apache+MySQL+PHP route, and made a HTML based system. We put in floor scans of the buildings/office/cubical layouts and made the cubicle/office regions as click maps so you could navigate visually to get lists of equipment in a location (as well as move equipment to and from locations). We also wrote a program that worked with a barcode scanner that allowed you to scan the barcode on the cubicle/office itself and then scan the barcodes in the office and it updated the records to that location. We had the basic info on the hardware itself (system type, mac address, serial number, barcode, cpu type and speed, hostname(s), system status (online, offline, maintenance, etc.), hard drive(s) (make, model, serial numbers, sizes), and of course location. We also had comment sections so that we could write up any issues we had, as well as a history of edits (previous locations, changes in hostname, or network information, etc). Hardest part to maintain the system is making sure everyone uses it if they move something. It worked very well for a number of years, but has been put asside lately due to politics (it wasn't the "official" corporate inventory system). We had it because the "official" one sucked with no interface other than search, no history of changes, and no graphical interface for being able to easily set/change locations (since many people didn't remember to look at the cubicle number, but remembered it was on the second floor, third isle, first one on the left... assuming they didn't bring the barcode scanner with them).

Comment Re:Learn about something before changing it (Score 1) 583

Before you start suggesting changes on a system, first learn why something is done the way it currently is. it's usually for a pretty good reason.

Unfortunately the people who need to read this are not the programmers/developers/engineers, and instead are the managers and project managers.

"Don't tell me I'm burning the candle at both ends -- tell me where to get more wax!!"