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Comment: Re:LLVM byte code (Score 1) 230

That may just be Google's goal with ART (a new Android runtime). Details are scarce but it seems that ART compiles to machine code at install time for better power/performance and especially better start times than Dalvik. It's still experimental but if Android starts to support two flavors of ARM, x86, and MIPS, this type of runtime could be the future.

Comment: Re:Toyota's fine was not just about pedals (Score 1) 394

by WilliamBaughman (#46568473) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?
Correction: the fine mentioned by the summary is actually because of two different pedal related defects. Toyota and suing parties are still in court-ordered negotiations over the software-related problem. I thought this was a case of the article not recognizing the software defects (and it doesn't) but there was another, separate, also pedal-related problem which was new to me. I still think it's important to bring up the software-related problems as they are underrepresented but the article isn't actually wrong.

Comment: Toyota's fine was not just about pedals (Score 4, Informative) 394

by WilliamBaughman (#46567997) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Toyota's fine was not just about sticking pedals (and initially making deceptive statements about the safety of those pedals). Toyota's fine was in part for claiming that sticking pedals were the sole cause of unintended acceleration when in fact multiple defects in Toyota’s engine software directly caused at least one (decided by a jury) other crash.

An Update on Toyota and Unintended Acceleration Barr Code

U.S. Fines Toyota $1.2 Billion but Defers Criminal Prosecution Over Vehicle Safety Deceit - IEEE Spectrum

This is an important safety (and technology) issue that has flown mostly under the radar. I believe that is in part because journalists and the public believe they got their answer years ago, when in fact new evidence, expert testimony, and court verdicts have come to light. I think the issue is important enough that this misconception should be corrected whenever it's reported.

My opinion, not my employer's.

Comment: Re:Perhaps (Score 3, Insightful) 177

by WilliamBaughman (#45909797) Attached to: EU Committee Issues Report On NSA Surveillance; Snowden To Testify
Have you visited the Stasi museum in Leipzig? I've been and I recommend it. I think those people you know have good reason to be outraged at the spying revelations and cancel their trips beyond the fear that the TSA will confiscate their property, intrude on their documents, or abuse them.

Comment: Tibetan blue bears have been called "Yeti", too (Score 2) 104

by WilliamBaughman (#45154773) Attached to: Yeti Bears Up Under Scrutiny

I guess this isn't entirely surprising considering that "Yeti" fur has been identified as coming from the Tibertan blue bear as well. It is very interesting how closely and recently related the brown bear is to the polar bear, though, and to these mountain dwelling species as well. I did not know that. The Tibetan Blue Bear has only been rarely sighted since it was documented in the 1850s. It's not out of the question that there are other, non-classified bear relatives in the high mountains.

The Tibetan sand fox and other fox species contribute to the Yeti legend as well. They occasionally make human-like cries. Snow leopards do to. I've heard a snow leopard cry at a the Central Park Zoo; it sounded like a child shrieking only much louder and more piercing. If you heard one of these animal species during a blizzard, especially combined with certain related optical phenomena (or actually seeing a sub-species/relative of brown bear), you could get the strong impression that there was another person out there. Or something like a person but definitely not. You certainly wouldn't find a person after it had been snowing, the animal having moved on, burrowed, or appearing only as an animal.

My view's - not my employer's. I wonder when Microsoft will take a stance on the Yeti question...

Comment: Much is being made of Sarah's gender (Score 1) 1501

Sarah Sharp is not asking the LKML to change its behavior for her own benefit but rather for the benefit of the developers that use it. It seems like a totally reasonable request from a long-time kernel maintainer (and Linus treats it as such) unless you make the assumption that's she's only asking because she's a woman. I think too much of the commentary here is based on that assumption and the "corollary" that her comment means she can't "take the heat".

Disclaimer: I know Sarah Sharp professionally. These are my views, not my employer's (I just started as MS a few months ago).

Comment: It's about iBooks and YouTube replacement (Score 2) 209

by WilliamBaughman (#43227183) Attached to: Apple Hires Former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, Destroyer of iPhones
Everyone is fixated on Adobe's obvious failings and not their past strengths. The only thing Adobe has done competently is make tools and content distribution tools (video hosting servers with DRM) that come with vendor lock-in. Apple want to make it's iBook SDK really good so developers use it, and difficult to port away from so consumers continue to buy iPads. Apple may also want to start pushing QuickTime again as a YouTube competitor now that YouTube is entering the paid content market. On my iDevice, I get most of my video content through YouTube and HTML5 tags, both of which are probably too available to Android devices for Apple's taste.

Comment: Re:intel-lectual propaganda (Score 1) 285

by WilliamBaughman (#41821511) Attached to: 48-Core Chips Could Redefine Mobile Devices
Intel spends a lot of money and manpower on good will, advertising, and mind share, but sometimes their strange and ridiculous announcements (Intel Pledges 80 Core Processor in 5 Years - six years ago) turn into products (Intel To Ship Xeon Phi For "Exascale" Computing This Year) that actually get used (TACC "Stampede" Supercomputer To Go Live In January). It may just be because I was so skeptical when I first heard of the processor that eventually became "Knights", but I'm hesitant to shout "that's impossible" when they come out with these announcements now.

Comment: I still think of it as iPad 2 + iWork (Score 1) 417

by WilliamBaughman (#41686991) Attached to: Is Microsoft's Price Model For the Surface Justifiable?
When I look at the surface, I see a tablet with the screen and SoC of a $400 tablet (iPad 2 or Asus Transformer Prime), bundled with software (Office instead of iWork) that costs $30 in Apple's app store. So in my mind, it should cost $430. That said, people must be ordering it, because the basic version is sold out and new orders are shipping later. Of course, Microsoft could just have thrown up that statement to attract attention. Even if they have sold many, we don't know how many. We're just going to have to wait 90 days and look at MS's financials.

Comment: Re:Self-stabilizing system (Score 1) 480

AC is not quite correct. Banks are required to have currency reserves, though they can borrow overnight from the Fed in certain circumstances. It's been a long time since AP econ, I can't remember exactly how the required currency reserve and the overnight lending are related, but if I recall correctly, there's a connection.

Comment: Re:FAIL ! (Score 1) 521

by WilliamBaughman (#41683315) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe With Apple iPad
Looks like I was wrong on one count, the basic model of the Surface has sold out and new orders are shipping later. But Microsoft doesn't think HDMI is needed on an entry level tablet, either: their HDMI adapter costs $39.99! That's actually 99 cents more than Apple's adapter, for what it's worth :-D

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo. - Andy Finkel, computer guy

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