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Comment: Re:The UK Government Are Massively Out Of Touch (Score 3, Insightful) 169

by TheRaven64 (#49509991) Attached to: Assange Talk Spurs UK Judges To Boycott Legal Conference
He is wanted in the UK for violating bail. Judges should only interact with criminals in the court where everything said is a matter of public record (and subject to strict accounting). Allowing judges to talk to criminals in other settings sounds like a good recipe for legalised bribery.

Comment: Re:Really (Score 1) 169

by TheRaven64 (#49509451) Attached to: Assange Talk Spurs UK Judges To Boycott Legal Conference

the US is a different matter entirely that would need a court's approval, and that court would be the one in Sweden, not the UK

Are you sure about that? Doesn't the extradition treaty between Sweden and the UK explicitly prevent extraditing people who have already been extradited? Sweden would have to deport him before he could be subject to further extradition requests.

Comment: Re:What about "I'm happy to pay income tax?" (Score 1) 107

by TheRaven64 (#49508987) Attached to: For the most recent tax year ...
Happy seems a bit of an overstatement. I'd love to pay less tax. I'd also love to have free beer from my local, but in both cases I think I'm getting pretty good value for money and I'd rather taxes went up a little than have a reduction in public services. We've got an election coming up in the next few weeks, so we'll see what happens...

Comment: Re:Precalculated (Score 1) 107

by TheRaven64 (#49508857) Attached to: For the most recent tax year ...
Seems a bit stupid. If I were running Intuit, I'd lobby in favour of such systems... and point out that my company could provide them for a very good price to any jurisdiction whose representatives want to be taken out for a nice game of golf / dinner / whatever. It's much easier to sell a very expensive system to few governments than to sell a cheap system to a few million individuals.

Comment: Re:Without cheque deposit, you can bank in a brows (Score 1) 240

by TheRaven64 (#49504087) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post
Hmm, this sounds like a US bank thing (cheques are pretty much gone this side of the pond). The main feature of the app is that it can be the second factor in two-factor authentication for the web-based banking, so you don't have to carry around the chip reader device. It's also a bit more convenient for quickly paying someone that you've paid before or checking your balance on the go.

Comment: Re:Late to the market....need to be special (Score 3, Interesting) 129

by TheRaven64 (#49491963) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business
Xeons aren't really the competitors for those, they're replacements for Cavium's existing MIPS64 offerings that end up in filer and network appliances. Apparently (according to a somewhat biased source at Cavium) they're competitive with current Xeons in aggregate performance per Watt, doing better on parallel workloads but less well on single-threaded ones. They really shine on anything I/O-intensive though, due to the integration of the ethernet and SATA controllers on the die (and the design of the DMA engines). They're not likely to be in general-purpose servers, but companies in the same markets as NetApp and Juniper are very interested in them (hence Cavium's investment in getting FreeBSD supported on them).

Comment: Re:Late to the market....need to be special (Score 2) 129

by TheRaven64 (#49491931) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

8 core 64 bit ARM chips with GPU built in are fairly common and 10 core chips already announced (Mediatek), with 16-48 core vaguely hinted at for servers by other vendors

A bit more than hinting: Cavium is selling 24-48 core ThunderX (ARMv8) chips. I think the first one shipped a month or two ago.

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 1) 192

by TheRaven64 (#49491783) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google
I switched to DuckDuckGo a while ago. I periodically check Bing and Google (adding !bing or !google to the DDG search line will send you to either) if I don't find results that I want. On one occasion in the last year, I've found a useful result on Bing that I didn't get with DDG or Google. The last time I had anything useful from Google was about 18 months ago. Note that Google and Bing may be fine for most searches - I only try either if I don't quickly find what I'm looking for on DDG. I had one fairly obscure search a couple of days ago (FPGA synthesis problem) where DDG only returned six results (one of which was helpful), so I tried the others to see if there was something more useful. Google gave 10 completely irrelevant results (pages that didn't even include my search term), Bing returned no results at all.

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 2) 192

by TheRaven64 (#49491767) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google
The EU also fines more EU companies than US ones, but those tend not to make the news in the US either. Actually, most of them don't make the news anywhere, it's only when it's a household name that it is considered newsworthy at all, and when it's a household name that's considered American then it becomes more newsworthy in the US press because they can run with the tired old 'EU picking on US companies and jealous of their success' narrative rather than bothering with any real journalism.

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