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Comment This Discussion Proves It (Score 2) 311

The fact that, years later, _WE_ are still arguing about this proves that the case has merit.

If WE can't come to a consensus about this... then how is Joe Scmoe supposed to figure it out?

The fact is: this was _misleading_ advertising. They could have easily come up with another name for it (like Intel did with Hyperthreads)... instead they consciously chose to call the extra ALUs _cores_... which does have a meaning to the typical consumer. They did this, on purpose, to muddy the waters... and they REALLY did.

Does that mean that people shouldn't be more careful about what they buy? Sure. But that doesn't absolve AMD from putting out misleading advertising.

Comment Re:I give her 5 stars (Score 4, Interesting) 92

That's because it's really not necessarily the quality but the NUMBER of reviews that are important at Amazon. The more reviews something gets, positive OR negative, the more it tends to get featured near the top of its category. So by giving something a one-star review, you do it nearly as much good as by giving it five.

So says Chuck Wendig, noting that all the one-star protest reviews of his new Star Wars book helped it become a bestseller.

Comment Re:Does anyone care? (Score 4, Interesting) 92

Back in the day, she was a hugely controversial figure among book nerds. As the Slashdot poster added to my submission, Not very many people can inspire snarky sites tracking their contributions, analyzing their statistics, and outright accusing them of fraud simply from the act of posting consumer reviews to an e-commerce site.

The fact that such a thing is even possible could be taken as a metric of just how broadly the Internet has affected our lives.

Submission + - RIP: Prolific Amazon customer reviewer Harriet Klausner (1952-2015) (

Robotech_Master writes: Prolific Amazon customer reviewer Harriet Klausner passed away last week at the age of 67. Klausner was a controversial figure: She never gave anything a negative review, her review blurbs cast doubt on how closely she actually read what she reviewed, and received dozens of free books per week (which ended up resold on via her son's account). Nonetheless, for a time she was one of the most recognizable names to any frequent customer; it was rare to come across any popular title that didn't have a Klausner review.

Comment Re:Massive Scientific Visualization (Score 1) 111

Like I mentioned... the actual drawing is NOT the bottleneck (but every little bit helps).

Those images you see on the screens are backed by TB of data that has to be read in and distilled down before being renderable. That's what the thousands of cores are doing.

Also: those rotateable ones you see in the beginning are small. If you skip forward to the 2:30 mark you can see some of the larger stuff (note that we're not interactively rotating it). That movie at 2:30 took 24 hours to render on about 1,000 cores.

Again: The bottleneck was NOT rendering time. It was the time to read TB from disk and crunch the data down to the point where you had a renderable image.

Comment Re:Massive Scientific Visualization (Score 1) 111

Like I said: raw rasterizing isn't the main bottleneck... reading the data and transforming the data is.... both things better done on the CPU. Drawing frames takes up a very small amount of the overall runtime... but it's always nice to speed it up!

GPUs wouldn't help much in this scenario... and our CPU clusters are used for many things other than visualization.

Yes, we do have some dedicated "viz" clusters as well... but we typically don't use them because they are too small for loading many TB of data.

Comment Massive Scientific Visualization (Score 3, Informative) 111

This is seriously useful for massive scientific visualization... where raw rendering speed isn't always the bottleneck (but of course, faster is better).

We do simulations on supercomputers that generate terabytes of output. You then have to use a smaller cluster (typically 1000-2000 processors) to read that data and generate visualizations of it (using software like Paraview ( ) ). Those smaller clusters often don't have any graphics cards on the compute nodes at all... and we currently fall back to Mesa for rendering frames.

If you're interested in what some of these visualizations look like... here's a video of some of our stuff:

Comment Re:It's a niche product. (Score 1) 200

I think Paul's idea is that this tablet also lets you read books, and it lets you read them even cheaper than an e-ink reader. So if you're on a tight budget, what are you going to do: pay more for something that can only read books, or pay less for something that can read books and do other tablet things, too?

Interestingly enough. Amazon doesn't really have the tablet locked down. It's actually fairly simple to add Google's app store to it, too, which gives you a $50 nearly-vanilla Android tablet.

Comment Re:Cut to the chase. (Score 1) 145

So far, the previous Fires haven't been too easily rootable, or so I understand.

Note that if you want a $50 plain-vanilla Android tablet, there are plenty of choices in that price range on Amazon.The Fire's going to have better specs, but it's going to be locked to Amazon's ecosystem. You have to be aware of that going in.

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