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Comment The last election (Score 1) 347

Just think of the data mining that was done in the swing states last election. Is sending a taylored message to a specific subset of people which has a high probability of changing their voting position truly the democratic way of electing our officials? We're just sheep in swayed by parties to vote Democrat or Republican.

Comment opencl performance and the future of AMD (Score 2) 189

The opencl performance really speaks for the direction AMD is going with their APU's in the future. The design of this chip will be directly imbedded into AMD's next generation Kaveri APU where the GPU and CPU share the same cache, which should allow all sorts of crazy performance optimizations in everything from Programming languages http://news.softpedia.com/news/AMD-and-Oracle-Team-Up-for-Heterogeneous-Computing-on-Java-295882.shtml and databases: http://pbbakkum.com/db/ I know the database link deals with sqlite and CUDA, but that should be SLOW compared to what an AMD Kaveri APU will be able to perform as the latency from a CPU operation to a GPU operation should next to nothing.

Comment Battery life (Score 1) 257

I think Heterogenous computing will play a key roll in increasing battery life in the next few years. AMD, ARM and Samsung among others have been working to get an API together that will allow regular code to work on a CPU or a GPU depending on which will perform the best as long as the processor and GPU are on the same piece of silicon and share the same memory cache. Studies (http://pbbakkum.com/db/) have shown that sqlite gets a 15% performance increase (or less power usage per query) by running the database off a GPU, and Oracle (http://news.softpedia.com/news/AMD-and-Oracle-Team-Up-for-Heterogeneous-Computing-on-Java-295882.shtml) is working on project "Sumatra" which will allow Java applications to get better performance with less power. Tie this in with Samsung creating a new HSA enabled device, and we could see some interesting changes in the phone market!
Security

Submission + - Programming security resources?

chevelleSS writes: "I was recently tasked with enhancing our IT programming security processes, and was asked by my manager what resources I would be useful in this endeavour. Does anyone have any suggestions on books/websites/classes that would be helpful with programming security?"
The Internet

Submission + - Google shutting out rivals, claims Russian search engine Yandex->

suraj.sun writes: Ilya Segalovich, co-founder of Russia's leading search engine, Yandex, has accused Google of abusing its dominance to shut out competitors in cyberspace. Responding to comments made to the Guardian by Sergey Brin, the Google co-founder, about threats to the open internet, Ilya Segalovich described the US search giant's popular smartphone platform, Android, as a "strange combination of openness and not openness" and its Chrome web browser as anti-competitive. Segalovich said that Brin should explain Google's "semi-open" approach to search competitors before accusing others of endangering the unfettered internet, and suggested Google was guilty of foul play with its Chrome browser, which picks the company's own search engine as default for users, rather than offering a choice between rivals including Yahoo, Bing and Yandex. He added: "One of the things about Android which is especially bad for us is if you have the Market [app store] it's the only way to get advanced apps to work But the new remit on Android 4 is if you have this smart kit you have to have search of Google on top of the screen, it's a part of the contract. I don't think it's good. I think it's bad."
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Verizon

Submission + - Verizon kills LTE interoperability->

An anonymous reader writes: The technology wars were supposed to be over. The global adoption of LTE as a common 4G technology was going to heal the rift between the CDMA and GSM camps and give U.S. consumers more freedom to switch between carriers, as well as the ability to choose from a set of common devices that could work on any network. Well, forget it. Verizon Wireless’s planned sale of its extra LTE spectrum pretty much quashes that dream.
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Businesses

Submission + - Microsoft Posts Record Profit, But Entertainment In the Red->

Fluffeh writes: "Microsoft has published its numbers for the third quarter of its 2012 financial year and the company reports record revenue for the period with double digit operating income growth. Revenue for the quarter was $17.41 billion, up 6 percent year over year. The Entertainment and Devices Division was the only loser: revenue is down 16 percent year on year, at $1.62 billion. The group has gone from a $0.21 billion operating profit in third quarter 2011 to a $0.23 billion loss this quarter. Xbox 360 sales have declined sharply, down 48 percent year on year, though it retains its top spot in the US market, with a 42 percent share, and market-leading sales for the last 15 months. The company neglected to offer any Windows Phone sales figures. The Numbers for the second quarter are also available."
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Debian

Submission + - Debian 6.0 Released In Linux, FreeBSD Flavors-> 1

itwbennett writes: After two years of work, the Debian Project has announced the release of Debian 6.0. 'There are many goodies in Debian 6.0 GNU/Linux, not the least of which is the new completely free-as-in-freedom Linux kernel, which no longer contains firmware modules that Debian developers found troublesome,' says blogger Brian Proffitt. And in addition to Debian GNU/Linux, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is introduced as a technology preview. 'Debian GNU/kFreeBSD will port both a 32- and 64-bit PC version of the FreeBSD kernel into the Debian userspace, making them the first Debian release without a Linux kernel,' says Proffitt. 'The Debian Project is serious about the technology preview label, though: these FreeBSD-based versions will have limited advanced desktop features.' Installation images may be downloaded right now via bittorrent, jigdo, or HTTP.
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