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Comment: Pricing and conflicts of interest (Score 1) 229

by blackC0pter (#44179077) Attached to: Opinion: Apple Should Have Gone With Intel Instead of TSMC
Going with Intel would have been too expensive and would have been a terrible conflict of interest. Intel would gain early access to all their designs and could use it against them with their atom designs. They were avoiding the same situation they were previously in with Samsung. At first Samsung didn't really compete with Apple but things radically changed and using them as a foundry gave Samsung early access to Apple designs. Intel might not really compete with Apple now in mobile but that is surely going to change as Intel improves their low power chips. This also gives Apple the flexibility to consider migrating more platforms to ARM. So sticking with a company that doesn't venture outside of the foundry business is a safe business decision and Apple can use their leverage to speed up the R&D to make them more competitive with Intel (TSMC recently decided to accelerate migrations to 20nm and 16nm, I wonder who pushed that...).

Comment: Re:Still? (Score 2) 160

by blackC0pter (#43803201) Attached to: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Offers 2,304 Cores For $650
While this does happen it is also a way for them to increase the yield of the chips. These are huge chips they are building and the chances of bad cores on the die is rather high. So instead of junking the chips with bad cores since they cannot be sold as the ultimate high end, they create a cheaper product with cores disabled. Not all disabled cores will be bad but this does help them improve manufacturing efficiency. Also, they might have serious manufacturing issues producing these huge chips so it might cost them an arm and a leg to build them right now. So they set the price abnormally high to control the demand until they can iron out the manufacturing issues and improve the yield.

Comment: Re:And people wonder why the US is going broke... (Score 1) 728

by blackC0pter (#42986261) Attached to: For Businesses, the College Degree Is the New High School Diploma
If the company is big enough there should be plenty of information here: You can also look at for more generic information. If your school works with certain companies (like, then you can get statistics and information based on responses from other students at your university through the school provided portal/site.

Comment: Re:Heater (Score 2) 700

by blackC0pter (#42877071) Attached to: Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times
This is similar to the issue with ICE (internal combustion engine) where if it is really hot outside and you run the AC really high, you will drain the battery more. I think people need some more education as to the limitations of battery powered cars. It is probably not common knowledge that the heater in an all electric car uses the battery extensively vs. just blowing heat off of the radiator. Also, people need to shift their expectations based on the architecture of their vehicle. Some ICE engines need to be kept warm during extreme colds at night otherwise it can be very difficult to start them in the morning. Li-ion batteries do not like conditions outside of normal operating temperatures and charge rates; operating outside of those ranges will affect capacity and performance. In the end, the easy answer is probably for Tesla to set more conservative numbers for range when it is really cold or really hot outside.

Comment: Re:North Korea just set off a nuke (Score 1) 281

by blackC0pter (#42868169) Attached to: Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server
Wow. Thank you for reporting that so quickly. Suddenly, the wasted heat from an old V1280 seems like nothing in comparison the global warming from a nuclear bomb test... That being said, (going back to the topic) you might want to compare your energy costs for this server vs. just buying a new server or even using EC2 time. It might not be as cool but it is slightly more practical :)

Comment: mobile site on desktop (Score 1) 384

by blackC0pter (#42810263) Attached to: Experience the New Slashdot Mobile Site
I find it interesting that the mobile site completely fails to load when I want to view it on chrome with a desktop user agent. I love visiting mobile sites from my desktop/laptop when I have a slow connection or don't want to be bombarded with lots of content on a page (perfect for the lovely internet connections in airports/airplanes). Why deny desktop browsers from accessing the mobile site? Yes, I know I can use a user agent switcher to see the site but I shouldn't need to make that change. Just put a link at the bottom or top of the page to request the full site. This will also save you lots of headaches when you have weird mobile user agents that you don't fully recognize that then load a blank page because you don't recognize them as mobile.

Comment: Re:Easy (Score 1) 352

by blackC0pter (#42412681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Motherboard Manufacturers?
This is spot on with my experience building servers running linux. I haven't found a manufacturer that doesn't support linux straight out of the box without loading any special drivers (unlike windows server installations that usually cannot find my raid drivers) assuming I use a newer version of ubuntu server. But in the end, I tend to lean more towards IAAS and PAAS since it just makes things easier to get up and running and less maintenance.

Comment: Re:Also rather hard to hate on Intel for it (Score 1) 163

by blackC0pter (#42388613) Attached to: Intel Challenges ARM On Power Consumption... And Ties
I'd love to see reviews start taking into account cost and also DMIPS/watt. Cost is a major driving factor for OEMs to consider ARM but I imagine NDAs are going to keep a lid on this advantage. But if intel starts matching arm pricing, will they make enough profit to keep investing so much money to stay 1-2 years ahead with their foundries? On a side note, I meant to cite the tomshardware review and not the anandtech review in my original post.

The second battle to watch is the upcoming server CPU/SOC arm / intel battle. Google stated they didn't like wimpy cores in the DC so can ARM get strong enough cores clustered together in the DC to compete against intel (while keeping power down)? This market won't be worth as much as the mobile space but it would seriously cut into intel's profit and affect their ability to stay ahead with their foundries.

Comment: technology node (Score 5, Insightful) 163

by blackC0pter (#42385441) Attached to: Intel Challenges ARM On Power Consumption... And Ties
The only issue here is that this is not an apples for apples comparison. 40nm vs. 32nm should give a huge benefit to the 32nm Atom. We need to compare the same technology node for this to make any sense. Also, looking at the idle cpu power consumption from the anandtech article, the Atom SOC used 10x more power.
So the real question is what do most tablets spend the majority of their time doing? Running a benchmark at full /half speed or with the SOC sitting idle?

Comment: excited day! (Score 1) 353

by blackC0pter (#42344631) Attached to: Steam For Linux Is Now an Open Beta
Nice! I'll gladly be a testing ground for their soon to be released linux console. if that means more games eventually come to linux it is a win / win. However, i really hope when the console is released that they still support both platforms and don't make titles linux console only. If you use the community to build a product, at least let us buy guys for that platform outside of your walled garden. Thanks!

People will buy anything that's one to a customer.