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Comment: Re:160MFLOPS in a phone? (Score 1) 238

by FormerComposer (#29235803) Attached to: Big, Beautiful Boxes From Computer History

As I said, I've been out of the loop awhile so thanks for the update. I still think, however, that general number-crunching is probably a better description of what was being done back then rather the very specialized parallel processing that GPUs are used for nowadays. But think of the GUI they could have had with 2 machines -- one for the content and one for the presentation.

Comment: 160MFLOPS in a phone? (Score 2) 238

by FormerComposer (#29229795) Attached to: Big, Beautiful Boxes From Computer History

I've been away from the scene from awhile but can someone tell me which phone is capable of performing 160 million Floating Point Operations per second? At 6 clock cycles per Floating Point Instruction (which I really doubt), that would be running at a clock rate of 1GHz. I recall that even NOP (No Operation) instructions take a clock or two to execute which is why they used to be (still are?) used in some timing loops. Even with pipelining that advances every clock cycle, I find it hard to believe that 355.0/113.0 done out to 6 or 10 digits of (equivalent) precision can be done 160 Million times per second. I can see a phone micro maybe handling 160MIPS (Instructions Per Second), but not floating point.

Comment: Re:The traditional music industry is a buggy whip (Score 5, Interesting) 554

by FormerComposer (#28921703) Attached to: The Music Industry's Crisis Writ Large

It also promotes better music because when the consumer has better choice, they will choose better music.

I got out of the retail record business over 25 years ago because the industry was rapidly losing its customers to consumers. They weren't choosing better music; they were choosing cheaper music. Saving 50 cents on Saturday Night Fever was more important than their store actually having a wide selection of interesting sounds. Eventually, it wasn't worth it to stock the better; only the popular.

I blame the Decline of Western Civilization on the Rise of the Consumer. YMMV.

Internet Explorer

+ - Yet another IE6/7 bug leads to browser crash

Submitted by
reytagger
reytagger writes "A new bug has been found that affects Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7 that makes pretty harmful code to crash the browser. The crash happens inside MSHTML.DLL during attempt to evaluate javascript dynamically placed in the same HTML node as the content that this script is generating. If you always wanted to say "NOT Designed for Internet Explorer" on your page, this is yet another way to do that: Killing IE6/7 via javascript"
Microsoft

Microsoft Donates Code To Apache's "Stonehenge" Project 184

Posted by timothy
from the but-one-dimensional-villains-are-easier-to-comprehend dept.
dp619 writes "Several months after joining the Apache Foundation, Microsoft has made its first code contribution to an Apache project. The project, known as Stonehenge, is made up of companies and developers seeking to test the interoperability of Web standards implementations."Reader Da Massive adds a link to coverage at Computer World.
Perl

Why Corporates Hate Perl 963

Posted by kdawson
from the not-such-a-shiny-new-thing dept.
Anti-Globalism recommends a posting up at O'Reilly's ONLamp on reasons that some companies are turning away from Perl. "[In one company] [m]anagement have started to refer to Perl-based systems as 'legacy' and to generally disparage it. This attitude has seeped through to non-technical business users who have started to worry if developers mention a system that is written in Perl. Business users, of course, don't want nasty old, broken Perl code. They want the shiny new technologies. I don't deny at all that this company (like many others) has a large amount of badly written and hard-to-maintain Perl code. But I maintain that this isn't directly due to the code being written in Perl. Its because the Perl code has developed piecemeal over the last ten or so years in an environment where there was no design authority.. Many of these systems date back to this company's first steps onto the Internet and were made by separate departments who had no interaction with each other. Its not really a surprise that the systems don't interact well and a lot of the code is hard to maintain."
Java

Departure Of The Java Hyper-Enthusiasts? 678

Posted by Zonk
from the just-calm-enthusiasts-left dept.
TomH writes "Bruce Eckel has an article at Aritma, where he posits that 'The Java hyper-enthusiasts have left the building, leaving a significant contingent of Java programmers behind, blinking in the bright lights without the constant drumbeat of boosterism.' Has the previous hype of Java and J2EE moved on to Ruby (on Rails) and Python?"
Databases

Streaming a Database in Real Time 194

Posted by michael
from the never-query-in-the-same-river-twice dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "Michael Stonebraker is well-known in the database business, and for good reasons. He was the computer science professor behind Ingres and Postgres. Eighteen months ago, he started a new company, StreamBase, with another computer science professor, Stan Zdonik, with the goal of speeding access to relational databases. In 'Data On The Fly,' Forbes.com reports that the company software, also named StreamBase, is reading TCP/IP streams and using asynchronous messaging. Streaming data without storing it on disk gives them a tremendous speed advantage. The company claims it can process 140,000 messages per second on a $1,500 PC, when its competitors can only deal with 900 messages per second. Too good to be true? This overview contains more details and references."
Programming

Extreme Programming Refactored, Take 2 277

Posted by timothy
from the don't-keep-that-all-bottled-up dept.
Sarusa writes "eXtreme Programming has been quite the lucrative phenomenon, with a slew of articles and a bookshelf full of 20+ books on the subject, rivaling even UML for fecundity. With all the hype, where's the opposing viewpoint? Well, it's not often as profitable to write a book on the downside of a hot trend, but Matt Stephens and Doug Rosenberg managed to find a publisher for Extreme Programming Refactored: The Case Against XP by Matt Stephens and Doug Rosenberg, henceforth referred to as XP Refactored because I'm eXtremely Lazy. This book is not intended entirely as a hit piece - as the title indicates, they do spend some time examining what works in XP and how it can be used sanely. (Please note that this book has been reviewed on Slashdot once before, but from a slightly different perspective.)" Read on for the rest of Sarusa's review.
The Internet

W3C Web Accessibility Standards 2.0 200

Posted by michael
from the bifocals dept.
WildFire42 writes "The W3C has released their W3C WCAG 2.0 Standards (that's World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) for a request for comments before it becomes a standard. I've discovered quite a variety of geeks here that may access web content in a variety of methods, from screen readers, to Braille displays, to open captioning on streamed videos, etc. Web accessibility is still in its infancy (relatively), but is becoming a concern for more people every day. Once the WCAG 2.0 becomes a recognized standard (probably sometime in 2004), it will most likely be a concern for web developers, but the W3C still wants input from the public, to get a feel of the kinds of disabilities that have not received enough focus in the 1.0 standards. More information on the Interest Group is at the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative page. Your input and insight is needed!"
Programming

Implementing VisiCalc 305

Posted by timothy
from the gnumeric's-great-grand-daddy dept.
David Leppik writes "The author of VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program, has an article about how it was designed. VisiCalc is why businesses started to take the Apple ][ (and personal computers in general) seriously. It also changed accounting forecasts forever, which triggered the investment boom that brought us the "greed is good" era. Oh, and you can still download VisiCalc in case you run DOS or Windows and have 27,520 bytes to spare."
Programming

MySQL And PostgreSQL Compared 147

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the allright-let's-take-this-one-on dept.
unicron writes: "PHPBuilder has got an article MySQL and PostgreSQL Compared. " Everyone who has used these DBs knows the differences between them, and now that licensing isn't one of them, let's try to talk about where each excels and the other fails. I know people get almost as religious about their DBs as they do about OSs and programming languages, but let's try to get somewhere here and not just needlessly flame and rant, mmkay?

"Your stupidity, Allen, is simply not up to par." -- Dave Mack (mack@inco.UUCP) "Yours is." -- Allen Gwinn (allen@sulaco.sigma.com), in alt.flame

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