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+ - Research Shows RISC vs CISC Doesn't Matter 1

Submitted by fsterman
fsterman (519061) writes "The power advantages brought by the RISC instruction sets used in Power and ARM chips is often pitted against the X86's efficiencies of scale. It's difficult to asses how much the difference between instruction sets matter because teasing out the theoretical efficiency of an ISA from the proficiency of a chip's design team, technical expertise of its manufacturer, and support for architecture-specific optimizations in compilers is nearly impossible . However, new research examining the performance of a variety of ARM, MIPS, and X86 processors gives weight to Intel's conclusion: the benefits of a given ISA to the power envelope of a chip are minute."

Comment: Re:Hillerious (Score 1) 196

by Tyler Durden (#47768987) Attached to: How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

They built a pyramid, we havn't.

How can we tell them how to build it better, when we cant even achieve what they did 4000+ years ago? lol

But my point is it may be the only thing preventing us from achieving the same is an unwillingness to be blatantly immoral (not to mention finding a compelling reason to build one in the first place). If that's the case then, yeah, we might very well have grounds for telling the a better way to do the same thing. You never know. *shrug*

Comment: Re:Moons? (Score 3, Informative) 82

Indeed it does. I haven't published yet, but I detected one a few days ago (I work out of a valley in Iceland). I observed the brown dwarf in question (right ascension 08h 55m 10.83s, declination -07 14 42.5") and detected a large, earth-sized body occluding the star during my brief observations.

+ - Comcast tells government that its data caps aren't actually "data caps"-> 1

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Customers must pay more if they exceed limits—but it’s not a cap, Comcast says.

For the past couple of years, Comcast has been trying to convince journalists and the general public that it doesn’t impose any “data caps” on its Internet service.

That’s despite the fact that Comcast in some cities enforces limits on the amount of data customers can use and issues financial penalties for using more than the allotment. Comcast has said this type of billing will probably roll out to its entire national footprint within five years, perhaps alongside a pricier option to buy unlimited data.

“There isn't a cap anymore. We're out of the cap business,” Executive Vice President David Cohen said in May 2012 after dropping a policy that could cut off people's service after they use 250GB in a month. Comcast's then-new approach was touted to "effectively offer unlimited usage of our services because customers will have the ability to buy as much data as they want.""

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+ - Australian Bureau of Meteorology accused of Criminally Adjusted Global Warming->

Submitted by marcgvky
marcgvky (949079) writes "The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show "global warming" where none actually exists.

At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was "homogenized" (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century."

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Comment: Re:Because of _censorship_ (Score 1) 299

by UnknownSoldier (#47758145) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Making excuses for X never works.

Either we are consistent, or we quickly slide down that slippery slope of banning X, Y, Z.

At what points does it stop?

Do we ban hentai, futanari, computer-generated / Computer-Graphics child porn, etc., etc.?? Who decides?? Why should we pretend that person _A_ morals are the ones everyone has to follow??

America was founded upon the principle of open toleration. "I may not agree with what you say but I will defend the right for you to say it."

If you don't want to watch images or videos that you find offensive, here is a novel idea, don't watch them.

The correct solution is tag videos, much like movies already do, so people have an IDEA of what to expect. I already skip NSFW emails, pictures, videos. I don't have the right to stop others from watching that and don't pretend to. I may not like what they see but guess what -- I don't have to. I only need to tolerate their choices as long as it effecting others negatively.

Censorship isn't the solution. In /. we allow people to post -- groupthink just moderates them down so they are less visible. Why? Because of one little fact:

ALL man-made laws are RELATIVE.

"Only cowards censor."

Comment: Re:Doesn't need much to make it right (Score 1) 248

by UnknownSoldier (#47758005) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Excellent analysis. Spot on.

That's because Microsoft doesn't have a fucking clue about UI -- how to design a good consistent UI. They half-ass everything.

Not that Apple is (much) better, but at least the Apple System Preferences has been consistent from OXS 10.1 .. 10.9.

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