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Comment: Re:It's a huge risk (Score 1) 43

by cheesybagel (#47428607) Attached to: Apple Gets Its First Batch of iPhone Chips From TSMC

Yes usually Intel has the process lead followed by the group of IBM, GlobalFoundries (which owns the fabs that used to belong to AMD), Samsung. TSMC comes way after that. The main advantage of TSMC has been that it is a lot more responsive to customer requests and they have a lot of capacity. Plus they do not compete with any company in chip design since they are a pure play foundry.

An Aside: In my opinion Intel chip designs have been less than spectacular given the R&D resources they have, it has been the process engineers that have given them the dominance in performance.

This has been the case since, like, forever. At one time AMD actually had process parity with Intel. This was around the time of the 180 nm node. Anyone that remembers Intel processors back then knows they sucked. Horribly.

Comment: Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (Score 0) 401

Science is not supposed to be driven by consensus. It is supposed to be driven by the scientific method. You are supposed to design a theory that makes worthwhile predictions about some aspect of the real world and then test it in the real world to ensure it actually predicts stuff. If you are lucky the theory will make predictions of something that people did not expect to happen in the real world but that actually does happen. One example of this would be Special Relativity and the time dilation phenomenon.

AGW theory so far has done no proper predictions about the future. In that regard it is useless as a scientific theory.

Comment: Re:It's a huge risk (Score 1) 43

by cheesybagel (#47425205) Attached to: Apple Gets Its First Batch of iPhone Chips From TSMC

Yes especially in the last couple of years. This negatively impacted NVIDIA and AMD's GPU business more than once. They also had packaging issues a couple of years back. Remember the NVIDIA GPU recall?

TSMC is the world's largest foundry business. They do not design chips. They manufacture chips. Their competitors are companies like GlobalFoundries. AMD does not have factories anymore, everything is manufactured at TSMC or GlobalFoundries, and until a couple of years ago Intel did not allow 3rd parties to use their chip factories.

Comment: Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (Score 1) 352

by cheesybagel (#47420635) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

The F-35 is particularly awful because they tried to make an all services plane out of it. They probably could have made a combined USAF/USN fighter more or less easily. But adding the VTOL requirement for the Marines and the UK was the final straw.

Last time the US tried something like this was with the F-111 and that was a procurement disaster.

Comment: Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (Score 1) 401

by cheesybagel (#47417143) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

The rise in temperature been flat for the last decade. Every single prediction made by anthropogenic global warming I have heard so far has failed. It is junk science.

It is convenient to make a theory that neither explains anything nor can be proven until after you die and your grant money had been already spent.

Comment: Re:It *isn't* that well understood (Score 1) 401

by cheesybagel (#47417023) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

There is a painting in Venice of a staircase to the canals made a couple of centuries back. The staircase is totally submerged now. The sea level has been rising for a long time. It is not a new phenomenon. What a lot of people disagree on is a) how much of it is actually caused by human activities. b) is it a problem or not.

AGW theory is bullshit because it cannot make long term predictions of climate. It mispredicted the temperature for the entire last decade for example. The model is flawed at best and probably worthless.

An adequate bootstrap is a contradiction in terms.

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