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Comment Re:Compiler support good for general PPC? (Score 1) 131 131

The standard compiler for the PowerPC Architecture is xLC which is made by IBM.

xLC is supported on AIX and Linux and it has all the optimization features needed for BlueGene/Q and other big iron (inter-procedural analysis, auto-vector optimizations etc...)

Comment Looking forward to downloading the WebKit version (Score 1) 191 191

I use Opera everyday at work.

I've become quite used to its UI, I hope they don't change that.

From the old Presto based Opera, one of the most frustruating aspects was searching for text, especially in very large auto-generated webpages (ie webpages which contain output of test runs, etc...) Opera's search there was painfully slow compared to Chrome/Firefox/etc...

There were also compatibility issues with a couple of sites, but this was just minor stuff I'd ignore. The UI with Bookmarks sidepanel/RSS/Integrated Downloads manager (with torrents)/SpeedDial/ was what sold Opera over the rest. Another feature was the password manager, I have to sign on to dozens of internal sites, reauthenticating at every access, so if you open up a dozen links to the same portal, in Firefox each prompted for a password, but in Opera, enter a password for one of them and they all just unlocked, it was lovely. This isn't the kind of stuff to put on banners, but man it made me happy and productive. The little things.

I hope they haven't removed any of what I like, it'll be quite sad.


Comment I put my tin-foil hat on... (Score 1) 595 595

Maybe this whole Bit-Mining thing is an elaborate and effort by environmentalists to get us techies to ramp down on our big irons and blinken-lights.
Everyone's in on it.
- GreenPeace.
- Al Gore.
- That hipster evironmentalist chick at the corner of the road trying to elist me into her crusades...

Comment Insightful article linked via HackerNews (Score 2) 307 307

I found this article on HackerNews a few days ago to be quite insightful in this respect:

The main claim of the articles author is that in the past, there hasn't been any collective agency that pools information anything like Google. CCTV's, and whatnot have always been isolated from each other. The scary case (perhaps this is strawman) is that each Google Glass viewer may record and the collective samples with facial recognition can be used to track you around. Your voice can be recorded or transformed into text and stored forever to be harvested later.
This becomes a goldmine for advertisers and what not. This might include where you go, who you're with, what you look at etc... all without your approval and violates the fundamental issue of informational control in privacy.

Perhaps the technology today won't be capable of doing this but what about 3-4 years down the line? Google already works on image recognition (Google Glasses), Voice Recognition, and it knows your searches. What if the argument is that today the technology isn't capable of doing this but if these devices are allowed to saturate the market, what happens 5 years down the road?

It is true that today even cellphone carriers can totally track your location etc... but they seem to be somewhat regulated by governments. But what about Google? Which government or agency controls it? Information wants to be free.

These are purely my concerns about this sort of technology.

Thank you for your time.

Comment Use a song instead... (Score 1) 379 379

This is anecdotal, but I usually associate memories with songs... So every year, I try to find a good song I like, and just attach memories with it, and put that song away in an album and not listen to it for a couple of years. Just play that album again later and the memories come flooding back. I find it to be quite nice.

Comment Re:And yet... (Score 1) 108 108

I see your point of view and your statements are valid. I didnt go to a Ivy League school (I went to UW in Canada), but I've found the quality of the professors teaching there to be unparalled. I've had professors who graduated from Ivy league schools and the quality of their lectures, course work, and overall *quality* of education was unparalled. In Ivy League schools, every course would be at a high quality which I feel is worth the cost. Most of the professors teaching at MIT, Harvard, Stanford etc... probably do cutting edge research and if you watch their lectures they mention a lot of it, along with common methods used in practice by them which you cant find in a textbook, this insider techiniqes, intuition and insights are worth all the money. I may sound a bit romantic or naive but no online/internet learning will give this deep learning. Thanks for your time.

Comment IonMonkey, JagerMonkey, TraceMonkey, SpiderMonkey (Score 5, Interesting) 182 182

I haven't kept track with the JIT's that have been in Firefox. I recall the days when TraceMonkey and JagerMonkey were added to boost performance. Could somebody recap or tell why Firefox is abandoning the older versions or redoing them? I'm truly curious as to what they learned, what worked and what didn't work. Are they finding new usage patterns that warrant a new JIT design? Thanks.

Comment Read the article, not much CS inside... (Score 2) 113 113

I'm kinda disappointed... I am truly interested in how Facebook scales and was hoping there would be actual Computer Science related material in the article... Any Facebook employees care to comment? What do you guys do to scale stuff? How about ./'ers from other companies that have to deal with scaling? Hell, how do porn sites scale? I've done the traditional Distributed Systems courses in University but I really wanted to know how it's done in the real world by AWS, Facebook etc...

Comment Van Jacobson's 2006 Google Tech Talk (Score 5, Informative) 57 57

Here's Van Jacobson's Tech Talk at Google in 2006: I didn't know much about Van Jacobson's work on networking before that, I found it quite informative, thought I'd post it here.

Submission + - RIM Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis to st->

thetechblock writes: "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that RIM’s Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis will step down from their leadership positions at RIM. They will be replaced by one of RIM’s two COOs, Thorsten Heins. Additionally, another board member, Barbara Stymiest, will replace them as chairwoman of RIM’s board."
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Submission + - CEOs of RIM Step Down->

An anonymous reader writes: After two decades of leading the BlackBerry maker, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balisillie are stepping down from their roles as Co-CEOs at Canada's Research In Motion Limited. Thorsten Heins, will now lead the BlackBerry maker as it attempts to beat the likes of Apple and Google.
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