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Comment: Funny TFA (Score 1) 1 1

Love the irony of the first sentence of TFA:

In the wake of the revelations about Facebook's tracking of users who do not own a Facebook account...

The whole point is that nobody owns a FB account, or has any control of the visibility of the data therein, except FB.

Comment: Re:stop and frisk (Score 1) 219 219

No it can't, because the reporting is 'Shooting victims" and "Shooting incidents" which has no correlation to stop and frisk, no matter what the friskee was found with.

Look at it another way. There were roughly 1000 shooting incidents and 1,000,000 stop and frisks. If EVERY shooting incident could have been prevented by a stop and frisk, that's still 99.9% a waste of everybody's time.

Also, I have no idea of the demographic for shooting incidents, but I suspect it doesn't match the demographic for stop and frisk which is largely male black/latino young adults. So if the reason for the stop and frisk is the cut down on shooting incidents, that's losy tactics.

Comment: stop and frisk (Score 1) 219 219

stop and frisk was highly successful

Nope. See 2013, Bloomberg and Kelly ... would oversee a massive decrease in the tacticâ(TM)s implementation, with under 200,000 stops recorded â" less than a third the number from just two years before. The result: crime continued to fall.

Comment: Re:Intel semiconductor (Score 1) 332 332

The problem with that is that tablet/smartphones are 75% of all silicon and Intel isn't in that space.

Do you mean that 75% of all semiconductor units sold go into tablet/smartphones? Or that 75% of the total semiconductor revenue is in this market? Intel's business is small volumes of high value silicon, so it's a big difference.

Comment: Re:Small-medium semiconductor companies... (Score 1) 332 332

Maxim and Analog both HAD very decent little niches, mainly industrial, instrumentation/measurement and consumer, plus dabbles in hi-rel, aerospace, automotive. The problem is that volume consumer products comprise ASICs/ASSPs (which Maxim and Analog largely don't supply) plus commodity analog/digital. 15 years ago, quality dual op amps from Maxim and Analog were $2 or more. Now the precision circuitry is inside a big chip, and a 3c LM358 is architected in to do ordinary functions. There are still markets for $2 dual op amps, but they are small, and the base of board level engineers than can use them is declining. It's not that the precision analog markets won't exist, is that there is no growth left.

Linear Technology, on the other hand, has a business model which does not target growth but margin, and fairly reliably has the absolute best performance part at any time for a lot of its catalog. This allows them to keep the margins. If you have to use the LTC part, then you have to pay the price.

Comment: Small-medium semiconductor companies... (Score 1) 332 332

Intersil, Micrel, Fairchild, IDT, Microsemi, Power Integrations will die to lack of enough integration to compete with TI, costs too high to compete with Asian suppliers.

Maxim and Analog Devices will merge or die, or merge and fail to integrate the cultures. On the other hand, the TI/Nat Semi merger was very well executed, so hopefully MaxADI will be a good competitor to TI "The Borg".

Atmel and Microchip will decline unless they completely scrap their 8-/16-bit stuff (which can't compete with the likes of Holtek, let alone no-name Chinese copies, on price for the volume markets) and accept that the future is ARM for emerging (14 to 24 year old) developers/hobbyists, and invest in same. That means a one-time major restructuring with massive layoffs, timed so the same financial year covers the kill stage and some good story at the end. Also, design last time buys carefully spread over years so as not to piss off the faithful engineers that design 'em in. Oh, and stop spending money on the discrete analog lines (MCHP particularly), but use the cores as value add to the ARM systems-on-a-chip. And no, the days of value-pricing those features are gone - the features win you the socket now, they don't get you the high margin.

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