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Comment: From windows 7 to xp (Score 1) 1213

by Hells Ranger (#32522032) Attached to: Time To Dump XP?

Where I work we are doing embedded system development. When we started we were given nice laptop with windows 7.

After a few month we start to see the limitation. Most software run in windows 7 or linux no problem. But most development kit only have windows XP driver.

So because of the driver issue we are forced to go back to Windows XP and be limited with the ram we can use on our computer.

After using W7 for quite some time I must say it work well enough I don't like everything but I prefer linux with kde. But at least Windows7 did support well multicore setup and more than 3G of ram.

Comment: Re:Sign me up! (Score 1) 599

by Hells Ranger (#32188772) Attached to: Ultrasound As a Male Contraceptive

Yes you are spending too much with over the top feminist. Both gender can be stupid and petty it's not the sole province of men or women.

For the women to try to trap a guy by getting pregnant, I believe it happen fairly often. Why? Because even if the guy quit she can ask and get from the justice system quite a bundle of money from him, because she's having 'his' kid.

For the opposite, the man trying to trap a woman by having his kid, it could also happen. But there's way to prevent that from happening. If she don't want it to happen, she can prevent it. If she can't stop him it's called rape. And there law for that. After the fact there also a few options : morning after pill, abortion and adoption.

Comment: Buggy CPU, clueless dude (Score 1) 236

by Hells Ranger (#31826092) Attached to: Lessons In Hardware / OS Troubleshooting

I did read the article. The buggy part he found after swapping everything is the CPU... An engineering sample. The kind of part that should be the first on the potentially defective part.

Most component called engineering sample are called that for a reason. Usually it really mean : Wow I can't believe it kinda work!

If he's supposed to be good debugger, I fear for everyone who need is PC fixed.

Comment: Re:Correction (Score 1) 135

by Hells Ranger (#31799326) Attached to: Intel To Ship 48-Core Test Systems To Researchers

Megahertz Myth. As far as I can tell, over the last 5 years individual cores have still been getting faster, just not with higher clock speeds.

They are going faster by shortening the pipeline so you get a shorter execution time if you have branch. Also there are more execution unit. At first there was only 1 alu doing everything. Now in a standard cpu you find multiple dedicated unit for integer, logical and float operation. It allow to execute many operation in parallel, as long as there's no dependency between the data.

Comment: Cool battery (Score 1) 332

by Hells Ranger (#29747073) Attached to: High-Temp Superconductors To Connect Power Grids

What's nice with a system like that is if they make truly connect each section together you get a inductance that carry 15 GW(3*5GW per section). That's useful for load balancing but you can also store that energy in the system.

Since it's a superconductor you get one freaking huge battery. It's not a lot to run en entire state but it should give a few moment in case of power failure.

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+ - Basic Linux boot on open graphics card

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David Vuorio
David Vuorio writes "The Open Graphics Project aims to develop a fully open-source graphics card; all specs, designs, and source code are released under Free licenses. Right now, FPGAs (large-scale reprogrammable chips) are used to build a development platform called OGD1. They've just completed an alpha version of legacy VGA emulation, apparently not an easy feat. This YouTube clip shows Gentoo booting up in text mode, with OGD1 acting as the primary display. The Linux Fund is receiving donations, so that ten OGD1 boards can be bought (at cost) for developers. Also, the FSF shows their interest by asking volunteers to help with the OGP wiki."

Comment: Re:Burnt out (Score 1) 357

by Hells Ranger (#27538919) Attached to: How Does Flash Media Fail?

The operation theory for flash is based on that effect. In the insulator layer there is a floating gate who will get charged to make the memory effect. This charging and discharging of the floating gate is made with a higher voltage than the reading voltage. During the write/erase operation the insulating layer get damaged. That's why you have a maximum number of write cycle.

Comment: Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 554

by Hells Ranger (#27460697) Attached to: Quebec Says 'Non' To English-Only Video Games

Sorry but you are wrong. What people from Quebec want is being able to live and experience their culture. Every culture vector is the corresponding language. Most Quebecer consider that other culture bring something new to their culture. Montreal is one of the biggest culture melting pot in North America.

It may seem that Quebec people are closed on themselves if you read only the laws, but some of those rule are there to force lazy company. Also those laws where passed in reaction to the English-Canadian action in the past to try to destroy the French-Canadian culture.

I remember.

Comment: Neutron source (Score 1) 432

by Hells Ranger (#26671515) Attached to: Fusion-Fission System Burns Hot Radioactive Waste

There is a high quality neutron source existing. The fusion reactor that was push by Dr. Bussard a few year ago. For those that don't remember it was a reactor called a polywell.

Dr.Bussard was believing that it could break even and the remaining question was one of scaling and engineering not physics.

Depending on the fuel and the scaling you could have your combined fusion-fission reactor probably under a decade if you want to burn fission material. For net power the time frame was somewhat similar for commercial power plant that wouldn't produce neutron.

There was news of a review of a new set of experiment and the result where interesting enough that the navy is still interested in funding it.

If you want more info here a few links :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polywell
http://talk-polywell.org/bb/index.php
http://iecfusiontech.blogspot.com/

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