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Comment Re:they should stop calling them smartphones (Score 1) 198

For what is worth, movies are not shot in one go (except Russian Ark), but are composed out of several "takes". This is an axample where a technical limitation will actually teach you better cinematography skills. But then again you wouldn't be using your phone for shooting a movie. Unless you are recording your kid's shool play, in which case you should go out and buy a camcorder already.

Comment Re:Both devices value form over function (Score 1) 77

Meh. I haven't seen someone carry around an extra battery in a LONG time. Also, the internal SSD is large enough for most people. Although I like to have them as options in my Note 3, they are unimportant for 99% of the buyers out there. Nobody will notice they're missing.

Comment Re:International anti-bribery laws are dysfunction (Score 0) 72

Who said they want to get rid of corruption, in general? SAP is a German company and in Germany it's perfectly legal to bribe a foreign official. It makes the exports more "competitive" and it's good for the German economy. Anti-bribery laws is Germany are only concerned about bribing German officials, thus putting the country at an advantage, not a disadvantage. See what state Greece is in? Maybe you want to read on the bribing of Greek officials by Siemens. (Disclaimer: I'm Greek living in Germany)

Comment You need to gather more info (Score 1) 150

You need to look into the problem at hand more closely! The software plays a very important role. Perhaps it can benefit more from a GPU cluster rather than a CPU cluster? Can it benefit from the instruction set of the latest Xeons or will the older (and now cheaper) generation suffice? CFD simulations are quite memory-hungry, so 3 GB per core is pretty standard. Also, you need to make sure that the cores can talk to the RAM efficiently, so definitely pick a CPU with 4 memory channels. After 6 cores per cpu or so the communication between the cores and the RAM becomes the bottleneck, so don't stack too many cores on the chip. Dual socket motherboards and CPU combos are also pretty cost effective. Also, users tend to suck the performance advantage of such a machine quite rapidly, so you shouls also plan for the future.

Comment Re:Bypassing consumer resistance to poor design (Score 2) 199

People will actually gain the right to vote with their wallets in this model. Until now, everyone would get their Windows with every new PC. Hey, it was already there and the cost was in the price of the machine. So, why should Joe Average look for something else? If MS switches to a subscription model, I would love to see you explain to your grandmother that she will now have to cough up a montly allowance for MS so that she can Skype with her family or do whatever it is that grandmothers do with their PCs these days.

I'm very interested in seeing how this is going to turn up. Maybe they will sell PCs using a subscription model like they do with cellphones? So, you don't like it? Switch to Ubuntu, Chrome OS, Apple etc.


Firefox 37 Released 156

Today Mozilla began rolling out Firefox version 37.0 to release channel users. This update mostly focuses on behind-the-scenes changes. Security improvements include opportunistic encryption where servers support it and improved protection against site impersonation. They also disabled insecure TLS version fallback and added a security panel within the developer tools. One of the things end users will see is the Heartbeat feedback collection system. It will pop up a small rating widget to a random selection of users every day. After a user rates Firefox, an "engagement" page may open in the background, with links to social media pages and a donation page. Here are the release notes and full changelist.

Comment A good thing? (Score 2) 112

Although this could be due to the "publish or perish" mentality, that often forces researchers to break down their work in several publications of lesser impact than make a single publication of larger impact, the fact that the "lifetime" of publications is getting shorter may also mean that the research is speeding up. Knowledge moves faster from papers, then to books, and then to being "common", and before you know it you don't really have to cite someone every freaking time anymore because everyone knows what you're talking about (I'm talking about things that are considered "common knowledge" here; you surely don't cite Newton every time you mention that white light can be broken up using a prism). More commonly, somebody will sum the "state of the art" into a book or in a good introductory chapter of a doctoral dissertation and people will cite that, instead of all the papers. Also, books keep getting cited for decades after their publication, so maybe a follow-up study could check whether there is a similar trend in the citation of books?

While the plurality of journals has made publishing quite easy nowadays, I don't think this is the reason for the observation that papers get forgotten faster. A bad paper will not even get noticed and will probably get cited only by its own authors in subsequent publications. Since we are talking about papers that do get cited here, this means that they have managed to attract some attention, and can therefore not be too crappy.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau