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Comment: Re:Bookstores - are you trying to change hard enou (Score 1) 83

by Guy Harris (#46744609) Attached to: Seattle Bookstores Embrace

Um, you pretty much described EXACTLY what Barnes and Noble tried to do, and it didn't really work out all that well for them(the execution may have left something to be desired but).

Other big-box book retailers haven't succeeded at that, either.

But TFA seems to be talking more about independent bookstores than the "brick-and-mortar" chain bookstores that gave the independent bookstores trouble a while ago.

Comment: Re:Needs x86 emulation. (Score 2) 47

by Guy Harris (#46691821) Attached to: Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs

they need to build in an x86 emulation layer to make these more attractive to gp programmers ... if they had that I may be able to make them work with the drone I'm designing for i/o and avionics control but I do not feel like rewriting the whole damn code base to run on these frankenchips.

You're programming your drone in assembler language?

Comment: Re:Uphill both ways! (Score 1) 169

by Guy Harris (#46684749) Attached to: Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

My second computer was a 360. I began life coding Fortran IV on one of the 360's immediate predecessors, the IBM 1410. At the time, mainframes occupied two distinct categories: "business" machines like the 1410, which organized data as individual 6-bit bytes, and "scientific" mainframes like the 7090 series, which saw data as 32-bit integers and floats.

36-bit. There was also the 1620, which organized data as 4-bit decimal digits (with an extra flag bit and a parity bit); a character took two digits.

Comment: Re:Wait... What? (Score 1) 46

by Guy Harris (#46670649) Attached to: NASA To Catalog and Release Source Code For Over 1,000 Projects

Over twenty years ago there were computers that hardware and software that were designed to work together. At least two of these systems had extra tag bits in memory that defined the memory contents. Specifically I am talking about Symbolics Lisp Machines and Burroughs Large Systems that natively ran Algol.

Or, rather, ran an instruction set with some features oriented towards ALGOL. Other languages could also be, and were, translated to that instruction set.

Comment: Re:Why are they posting old source code? (Score 3, Informative) 224

by Guy Harris (#46586505) Attached to: Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

Do you have a piece of source code to support your claims?

No. Do you have a piece of source code to prove that NT-family versions of Windows are DOS-based? The "Inside Windows NT" books say that the NT kernel-mode code has a very much non-DOS structure.

Because unless proven otherwise, Windows is still a crap patchwork.

An OS can be a "crap patchwork" without being based on DOS.

Comment: Re:Why are they posting old source code? (Score 0) 224

by Guy Harris (#46577029) Attached to: Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

Great minds think alike. Came here to post this.

Yes, great minds think alike.

Other minds think there's still DOS in the core of Windows, rather than a bag on the side to run old DOS programs, sort of like the VDM in Wine. Srsly, the late '90's called, they want their "Windows is still a hack on top of DOS" meme back.

Comment: Re:They Both Fudge (Score 1) 173

by Guy Harris (#46552591) Attached to: Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

Well, that link looks like a forum of fanboys rather than a forum of experts (for one thing, they appear to be confusing EM64T, the Intel 64-bit x86 instruction set, with the initial implementations; the ISA is true 64-bit, even if the initial implementations don't have 64-bit data paths, just as an IBM System 360/30 was a 32-bit computer even though it had 8-bit data paths internally and did 32-bit arithmetic a byte at a time).

The first posting linked to an article at about the 64-bit Pentium 4, and that's the posting that contains the actual analysis of the 64-bit Pentium 4 (as opposed to the shouting on the forum).

About all the forum posters say about Conroe is "seems to apply since conroe as intel fans will tell you KILLS/rapes/pilleges amd in 32bit, but in 64bit they just shrug and ignore the fact that it dosnt perform as well as conroe 32bit perf would emply."; nobody on the forum appears to have actually looked at the die layout as the guy on did.

Comment: Re:First hand knowledge (Score 1) 173

by Guy Harris (#46540523) Attached to: Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

It was approximately 2010. I asked about EM64T while participating in a build event at an Intel convention in Chicago. They called corporate and confirmed.

So, in 2010, they'd either be Core 2 (not inconceivable, as per my other reply, if the Core 2 design started out as 32-bit and changed to 64-bit late in the game) or Nehalem (less likely, as by that time I'd expect them to have a design that started out as 64-bit, unless their design pipeline was as deep as Pentium 4's pipeline :-)).

The machine that I walked away with used a Mini-ITX board, had an I5 and HD4000 graphics. Perhaps things have changed since then.

I rather suspect they have.

Comment: Re:They Both Fudge (Score 1) 173

by Guy Harris (#46540031) Attached to: Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

It was true for the first generation or two of Intel chips that supported AMD's 64-bit extensions. It hasn't been true for quite a while though.

So that'd be the 64-bit Pentium 4s (perhaps not surprising, as it was initially a 32-bit microarchitecture, and fully widening it to do 64 bits of arithmetic at the time might've been more work than they wanted to do) and the Core 2 (more surprising, as that microarchitecture was released in 64-bit chips from Day One, but maybe the design work started with a 32-bit chip and the 64-bitness was added at the last minute).

So I can believe it for the 64-bit Pentium 4s; is there any solid information indicating that it was true of the Core 2 processors?

Comment: Re:Antiseptic Mouthwash Raises Heart Attack Risk (Score 5, Insightful) 63

by Guy Harris (#46500493) Attached to: Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders

You have to appreciate the irony that they find a new symbiotic fungus with clear health benefits and immediately try and use it to develop a novel way to kill fungus.

And the health benefit is that it puts out a substance that, err, umm, kills other fungus species, so "[killing] fungus" - or, to state it in a more accurate fashion, "killing other fungus species - is the clear health benefit.

So this is not any more ironic than, say, introducing a predatory mammal species to an ecosystem to cut down on the population of another mammal species.

1 Billion dollars of budget deficit = 1 Gramm-Rudman