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Comment: Re:Great news (Score 1) 324

by Traa (#33416344) Attached to: It's Official — AMD Will Retire the ATI Brand

Data latencies, like your "arrive in the same clock", can be hidden by pipe-lining.

Next paradigm which will hide latencies is to move threading into HW, which has already happened for GPU's in the form of shader threading. The move towards HW and SW support for parallel compute languages like OpenCL will realize the continued growth in computing capabilities for the foreseeable future (don't get me wrong, I'm talking just a decade or so).

Yes, I am an optimist :-)

Comment: Re:False assumption (Score 4, Insightful) 814

by Traa (#33143026) Attached to: Sentence Spacing — 1 Space or 2?

People who indent with spaces should be shot. Indent with tabs all you want and I can view it the way I want (2 space, 4 space, etc.). If you use spaces instead of tabs, I'm going to have to take two seconds to run some elisp to fix it ;-)

People who indent with tabs should be shot. Indent with spaces all you want and I can view it the way IT WAS WRITTEN.

There, fixed that for you.

Really, using tabs only works in theory. You need to be pretty anal to never ever layout anything using spaces or the tabs argument breaks down. God forbid I line up some stuff to make it more readable.

Yeah, yeah...this is religion to some. My argument is as moot as yours. Kinda what I'm pointing out.

Comment: Re:I don't think so... (Score 1) 530

by Traa (#31915360) Attached to: Fate of Terry Childs Now In Jury's Hands

With respect to the "alternatives are far worse", you might want to read up a bit on how the legal system is implemented in The Netherlands and the rest of Europe or any other western civilizations around the globe for that matter.

The best case against your "juries" or dolts as you call them is to ask yourself how any higher courts work in the US. Do they have juries? I didn't think so.

Comment: Re:When? (Score 4, Insightful) 979

by Traa (#31094164) Attached to: When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?

Looking at predictions that did not come true is interesting, but not half as interesting at looking at things that came true without being predicted. Even fairly recently:
- the internet
- social networking
- smart phones
- open source projects

Though some of those might have been predicted in some form this was typically without the prediction of the impact those things had on society.

Comment: Re:No, it's $9 - Actual Reply to US Craigslist Pos (Score 1) 844

by Traa (#30907452) Attached to: Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

I totally agree, but would like to add the following:

John can be reached on the phone during my business hours.

Not the case with Rajesh. The turn around time of 24 hours for even the simplest thing that could be cleared up with a quick phone call has killed many a project for us.

Comment: Re:I'll believe it when I see it (Score 1) 175

by Traa (#30591418) Attached to: OnLive One Step Closer

They have been pretty open about latency issues. The server needs to be reasonably close (max 1000 miles) to keep round trip time below 80ms.

I am currently still a believer in this service. OnLive is not for the tiny hardcore gamers market who already have the best (expensive) equipment. I believe that OnLive might be able to get the casual gaming crowd introduced to high end gaming. Think Nintendo Wii target market, with PS3/XBOX360/High-end-PC gaming graphics. This market, not sensitive to the differences between OnLive and running the games native on your $5K gaming rig, could change the adoption rate of next gen games.

I sure hope it all works out.

Comment: Story is also pro-science (Score 1) 870

by Traa (#30571302) Attached to: Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's <em>Avatar</em>

In the story the (good) scientists lose against the (bad) profit-over-anything-corporate backed "private" military. The indigenous where caught in the middle without a say. That message was so obvious it wasn't much of a political statement as it was an easy good guys vs bad guys setup.

But that is not why I enjoyed this must see movie.

Comment: Re:Modern-Day Galileo (Score 5, Insightful) 1747

by Traa (#30392906) Attached to: The Science Credibility Bubble

There is actually a parallel between why the media jumped on Tiger and the science flub so badly. In both cases the media attention is strengthened by the idea of breaking an otherwise stable 'uninteresting' topic.

Tiger is important in the world (of entertainment). He is an awesome sportsman, successful, rich, married nice girl, blah, blah, whatever. Problem for the media has been that we already know all of this by now. There is rarely ever anything new, or better (media point of view) bad to report. Well...the car crash ignited this massive media blitz against him for the sake of _trying_ to bring the guy down to 'the rest of us'.

Science is also seen as uninteresting. It's all logical stuff done by smart folks that know what they are doing. Nothing to report on. Problem is that those boring and smug scientists are behind all this science that is telling us to change our lives, and we can't come up with any reasons to tell them to buzz off, because well...those reasons typically have to be scientific, and we can't beat them at their own game.
And up comes a reason we can slap them over the head with...they cheated, and we know all about that. You know what says the media to fuel a story they have been itching to get away with, they probably all cheat!

Comment: kids are smart (Score 1) 122

by Traa (#30376996) Attached to: Interactive Computer Exhibits For Ages 3-8?

Do not underestimate the interest in computer stuff of young kids. They recognize modern electronic toys (computers, phones, handheld gaming devices) from the other toys. My 4 year old is very good at playing his Nintendo DS (Kirby or anything Mario) and our Nintendo Wii (Zelda, Mario). He correctly uses a computer. Turns it ON, logs in to his account, launches Firefox (knows not to launch Explorer ;-) and watches Thomas the Train movies on Youtube.

My 1 year old knows how to operate a computer mouse. Moving it, clicking the buttons while looking at the screen for results (mixed ;-)

Both have little kids computers that teach them letters, numbers and soon easy words and arithmetic.

The biggest thing for them different from my generation is that computers aren't special.

Comment: Native development on Android (Score 3, Informative) 322

by Traa (#30332996) Attached to: Why Open Source Phones Still Fail

"locks third-party developers into a crippled Java sandbox"

Hmm, no it doesn't. Android offers an NDK for native application development. Yes your application entry point is still Java, but using Java's Native Interface (JNI) the main part of the app can be native (C/C++) just fine. It already supports native OpenGL ES 1.1 which is great for 3D games development on G1 or Droid phones which have great 3D graphics hardware.

note: I develop native apps for Android for a living.

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