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Comment: Nearing complete integration (Score 1) 176

by bstrobl (#43207501) Attached to: Next-Gen Intel Chip Brings Big Gains For Floating-Point Apps
The thing that interests me most about this generation is the progress towards a single chip solution. Ultrabooks and tablets can get a multi chip package with the PCH (last remnant of the old chipset) soldered along the CPU/GPU die. Shouldn't take long till everything is fabbed onto one piece of silicon, reducing power requirements and gadget size.

Comment: Mp3 (Score 5, Interesting) 182

by bstrobl (#42700423) Attached to: ITU Approves H.264 Video Standard Successor H.265
Once a standard becomes good enough, people will hang on to it for a long long time. Why bother re-encoding a complete music library from mp3 even if vorbis/aac is clearly the superior codec? Apple has enough difficulties pushing aac through, and not many hardware producers are including vorbis support. I guess the same could be said for windows xp and desktop hardware.

Comment: Had one die twice (Score 2) 510

by bstrobl (#41670437) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?
Had an aftermarket SSD for a macbook air fail twice in 2 years (threw it out and placed an original hdd after that). Both times the system decided not to boot and could not find the SSD.

In both cases I have suspected that the Indilinx controller gave way. This seems mirrored in quite a few cases with the experience of others who had drives with these chips in them.

In an ideal scenario the controller should be able to handle the eventual wearout of the disk by finding other memory cells to write to. Any cells that have been used up should still be readable as well since the floating gates basically have been filled up with electrons and will not allow further erasing.

I guess the main issue right now is the fact that SSDs cant notify the user once things get a bit too worn out. Eventually the controller wont be able to keep up with the useless cells and then might simply no longer respond. Things will only get worse when the cycles go down due to smaller manufacturing processes so that useless controllers in cheap SSDs are more likely to fail

Comment: Re:AMD needs some high profile support (Score 0) 252

by bstrobl (#41540401) Attached to: Intel CPU Prices Stagnate As AMD Sales Decline
I think a major issue is that as machines become smaller AMD is unable to keep up with lower power chips, mainly due to their fabs being one or two production steps behind Intel.

Take the macbook air for example. The core i5 used in it runs at a 17 Watt TDP and includes both CPU and GPU. The only comparison from AMD would be (correct me if I am wrong) an AMD Fusion e450 with an 18 Watt TDP. This chip may be cheap but the CPU performance is also significantly lower (Graphics barely keep up). In fact I think its slower than the old Core 2 Duos used in the 2010 macbook air, hence Apple having quite possibly a problem with selling something that is slower and more power hungry in their next product.

Comment: Paper (Score 1) 434

by bstrobl (#40724261) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Storing Items In a Sealed Chest For 25 Years?
Forget Flash memory, the data retention of 10 years won't be enough even if usb ports remain viable in 25 years.

My tip: print your digital data out in hex along with documentation on how to read it out. Be sure to include redundancy among multiple stacks of paper. Oh and make sure the shipping container you use keeps out moisture...

Comment: Re:Sennheiser PX100 (Score 1) 448

by bstrobl (#40306395) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
I recommend the Sennheiser PX 200-II with iphone controls. Closed compact headphones that are still comfortable and have very clear sound. Only thing missing is strong bass but its great for a large variety of music. The reason for choosing the iphone controls is the shoddy quality of the volume control on the normal version (some kind of cheap variable resistor which produces unequal sounds in the headset).

Comment: Re:I miss GOTO...there I said it (Score 1) 353

by bstrobl (#38748146) Attached to: Visual Studio Gets Achievements, Badges, Leaderboards
I consider any language which does not have gotos simply crippled.
Gotos are bad if you have retarded labeling systems (coding on a graphing calculator in BASIC *shudder*) or if you jump all over the code like a kid with ADD.
But they are great for things such as nested loops.

Simple example:
I have an array with ten values which I scan through. If a value in the array matches an expression/whatever, the whole loop can be skipped and a small amount of code following the loop (which would be executed by default if the loop fails to find something) can be skipped as well.
With Java you can break out of the loop but you would still need to set some stupid variable etc. in order to ignore the code right after the loop.

Feel free to correct me on this situation. I have been using exactly this for a game I am creating so I think gotos have been very valuable. Then again, I am coding everything in C so there might be OOP equivalents.

Comment: Many Reasons (Score 1) 1880

by bstrobl (#38022358) Attached to: What's Keeping You On Windows?
-Consistent Interface (Windows 8 will probably change that)
-No massive Dock to take up valuable space
-Good backwards compatibility (Pretty fed up with OS X Lion breaking things here and there)
-Well supported
-No fumbling around with package managers and incompatible installers
-Driver support
-Relatively bug free
-Applications which run on it

There may be a couple more, Mac OS comes in second place while Linux Distros change too frequently for me to bother choosing one (I used to like Ubuntu until Unity). For Servers on the other hand, Linux is awesome.

You can bring any calculator you like to the midterm, as long as it doesn't dim the lights when you turn it on. -- Hepler, Systems Design 182

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