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+ - Financial analyst: Intel is already the last man standing

Submitted by decaffeinated
decaffeinated (70626) writes "A SeekingAlpha analyst opines that Intel, by way of its 14 and 22nm finfet processes, is rapidly pulling away from its competitors. His predictions/observations:
  • When the first 14nm based PC is in a consumer's hands, Intel will be three generations ahead of the nearest competition, two shrink nodes and the finfet process itself.
  • He predicts that TSMC will give up on a 14nm process (can't afford the expense).
  • He notes that Samsung is publicly skipping 20nm in favor of 14nm finfet. Node hopping (28nm to 14nm) and bringing on finfet in one move is an extremely difficult thing to pull off.
  • IBM is attempting to sell its wafer fab business.
  • He suggests that Intel can snuff all competitors in the smartphone AP business by putting DRAM on the processor chip via its upcoming 14nm process.

What do you think? Is Intel crushing its competitors?"

+ - A week before MS layoffs announcement, Bill Gates calls for more imported labor->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "We believe it borders on insanity to train intelligent and motivated people in our universities — often subsidizing their education — and then to deport them when they graduate. Many of these people, of course, want to return to their home country — and that’s fine. But for those who wish to stay and work in computer science or technology, fields badly in need of their services, let’s roll out the welcome mat."
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Comment: Lotus Notes...oh boy...stand by for heavy rolls (Score 1) 300

by decaffeinated (#47462533) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Wow. Prepare for some serious employee dissatisfaction once everyone is migrated to Bloated Goats.

Daimler switched from Exchange to Notes in 2008, just before the economy crashed. The ensuing deep hatred of Notes (at the frontline employee level) never, ever subsided. Some suit with a clue finally realized that Notes was a mistake and 6 years later (Q1 2014), the company switched back to Exchange and Outlook.

+ - Student-Designed Device Reduces Gas Lawnmower Air Pollution By Over 90%->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Gas-powered lawnmowers are notorious polluters. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, running a new gas mower for one hour produces as much air pollution as would be generated by 11 typical automobiles being driven for the same amount of time. Switching to an electric or reel mower is certainly one option, but for those applications where it's gotta be gasoline, a team of engineering students from the University of California, Riverside are developing another: an attachment that they claim reduces noxious emissions by over 90 percent."
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+ - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "On July 3 the the entire F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet was being grounded after a June 23 runway fire.

The grounding could not have come at a worse time as costs have soared to an estimated $112 million per aircraft.

One thing the grounding won't do, however, is derail the F-35, a juggernaut of a program that apparently has enough political top cover to withstand any storm.

Part of that protection comes from the jaw-dropping amounts of money at stake. The Pentagon intends to spend roughly $399 billion to develop and buy 2,443 of the planes. However, over the course of the aircrafts' lifetimes, operating costs are expected to exceed $1 trillion. Lockheed has carefully hired suppliers and subcontractors in almost every state to ensure that virtually all senators and members of Congress have a stake in keeping the program — and the jobs it has created — in place.

"An upfront question with any program now is: How many congressional districts is it in?" said Thomas Christie, a former senior Pentagon acquisitions official.

Counting all of its suppliers and subcontractors, parts of the program are spread out across at least 45 states. That's why there's no doubt lawmakers will continue to fund the program even though this is the third time in 17 months that the entire fleet has been grounded due to engine problems."

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+ - Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages to UVA, Michael Mann->

Submitted by ideonexus
ideonexus (1257332) writes "In January of 2014, the American Traditions Institute (ATI) sought Climate Scientist Micheal Mann's emails from his time at the University of Virginia (UVA), a request that was denied in the courts. Now the Virginia Supreme court has upheld a lower court ruling that ATI must pay damages for filing a frivolous lawsuit."
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+ - Plug-In Car Sales Cross Global Half-Million Mark

Submitted by decaffeinated
decaffeinated (70626) writes "Cumulative world-wide total sales of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) recently crossed the half-million unit mark. Two interesting stats from the referenced article:
  • Of all countries, the U.S. has accounted for around 45 percent of sales since numbers started to tally in earnest in 2010. Among the top half-dozen PEV consuming countries, Japan ranks second, China third, and the Netherlands is fourth.
  • The world sales leader is the Nissan Leaf, which Nissan today said has sold “over 120,000” units, sold in 35 markets across the globe.

Comment: Re:Once you go electric, you never go back :-) (Score 2) 377

by decaffeinated (#47250031) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Umm, the Volt has a gas tank so that you can drive from one end of the country to the other. When the Volt is driven gas only, it's EPA MPG rating is about 35 MPG. Not bad...not great, either.

We paid a lot more than 40K for the car (before trade-in), but both my wife and I are environmentalists. We are committed to using less carbon in our lives and willing to pay for the privilege. Every time our Volt uses gas to charge the battery (when we drive outside it's electric range), we say that the "Volt had a sad."

Comment: Once you go electric, you never go back :-) (Score 3, Interesting) 377

by decaffeinated (#47249917) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

My wife and I purchased a 2005 Prius (back when they were quite uncommon). Wife's car. She loved it. Very reliable. Great mileage in warm weather, decent mileage in winter (37 mpg).

I liked her Prius so much I bought a 2010 Prius. Better gas mileage than the 2005, plus the option to boost power on demand, made this car a dream to drive. The interior fit, though, is sad (annoying rattle under the glove box).

We recently upgraded my wife's 2005 Prius to a 2012 Chevy Volt. OMG. So quiet! And the initial torque when you step on the accelerator...wow, just wow. The 2012 Volt makes my 2010 Prius seem like a go cart. My wife's current game with the car is to see how little gas she can use. So far, 2 tanks consumed and both of those were mandatory burnoffs required by the Volt after the gas sat in the car (unused) for 12 months. Her current lifetime gas mileage (as recorded by Chevy) is 597 MPG.

My next car will not be a Prius...it will be an electric of some type.

Comment: Ship Cisco gear from trustworthy overseas locns (Score 2) 207

by decaffeinated (#47128721) Attached to: UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

Cisco could make life miserable for the NSA by warehousing its gear in countries that won't cooperate with the US. Non-US orders could be filled from the closest such warehouse.

Non-cooperating countries that spring to mind include Russia (for European orders), China (for Asia), Venezuela (for S. America) and maybe Palestine (for the Middle East and Africa). I don't believe there are any N. American countries that the US can't coerce, so maybe the affected countries should use other network vendors.

The downside is that delivery times for overseas orders might become quite long :-) and/or spendy.

Comment: Think about this bug vis a vis SourceForge... (Score 1) 239

by decaffeinated (#46711459) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Suppose SourceForge is/was vulnerable (I don't know that that's the case...I opened a ticket to find out).

Suppose a developer's login credentials were grabbed before SourceForge reacted and closed the hole.

Great. Now a bad character can upload malware as the latest release for any of the compromised developer's SourceForge projects.

Yeah...chew on that.

Comment: Re:Mountain out of a molehill (Score 1) 239

by decaffeinated (#46711399) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Me too. I also want to know what company Dreamchaser works for. Dreamchaser's infuriating condescension is why so many people despise picking up the phone and calling the IT dept. for help ("Yeah, sure, I'll call the helpless desk and they'll fix my problem. Ya, you betcha."

Or maybe Dreamchaser does all his banking with paper checks.

Thrashing is just virtual crashing.