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Comment: REAL RISC? (Score 1) 155

by gelfling (#47774297) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

Because years and years ago it was obvious that what manufacturers were calling RISC wasn't really that. It was typically some middle ground between REAL RISC and something else. Back in the day x86 had about 374 instructions and a SUN or analogous IBM chip had about 150-175 instructions. But according to the actual science, a RISC chip should only have 30-45 instructions. So for the sake of flexibility manufacturers split the difference and built chips that were neither fish nor fowl. If someone to actually have a real high power chip that ran only 40 instructions I wonder if the benchmarks would come out differently. Or maybe they wouldn't because the benchmarks themselves make some attempt to model the complexity of real world scenarios. And if that's the case then the REAL RISC chips would be stumbling trying to execute most things in software not the instruction set.

Comment: Or as we call it, Wednesday (Score 0) 133

by gelfling (#47764963) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

This year I've experienced 31 TW outages of 2 hrs or more. Including one period of 6 straight days where TW sent 5 different bucket trucks out to 'fix' something, couldn't and left. The next to last guy was the best. He had the curbside box apart in his hands and when I went outside he said, and I quote "I didn't do anything" unquote. I live IN Raleigh, the capital city of the 9th largest state in the US. Service is a crapshoot most of the time. Maybe it works maybe it doesn't. Rajiv Ahmed Gonzales or whoever you reach on the phone will never tell you there's a problem. NEVER.

The only TW 'office' here is a building where the line is out the door EVERY DAY ALL DAY where the wait could be 2-3 hours. Even if all you're doing is returning a DVR or modem to them. When I went there to swap out my BROKEN modem, Kwanisha or whatever shrugged to told me "We ain't got any, NEXT!"

I've escalated calls to them so many times I have personal cell phone #s of TW managers. I call them at home. It's the only way to get anything done at all.

Here's what you do. Every day, every single day, you snatch up one TW exec and you cruify them on fire, on YouTube.

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