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Comment: Re:It also helped MS (Score 2, Informative) 155 155

by hptux06 (#26290081) Attached to: How Sony's Development of the Cell Processor Benefited Microsoft

The SPEs that make up the bulk of the Cell's muscle are hard to use in games given the PS3's setup, and often you are waiting on the core to get data to and from them.

While I agree the SPEs are a pain in the neck to program for, one of their redeeming features is that they use asynchronous IO when writing/reading to/from main memory. One of the key design points with Cell was that modern processors spend an enormous amount of time waiting on memory operations to complete, something that gets worse when you introduce extra processors competing for memory cycles. An individual SPE can be reading in one set of data, writing back another, and processing a third all at the same time, there's no need to wait on data transfers.

Granted though, this is only actually useful in limited situations, they're rubbish for general logic operations.

Comment: Re:As someone who lives in the UK.. (Score 4, Insightful) 230 230

by hptux06 (#22128754) Attached to: Collapsed UK Bank Attempts to Censor Wikileaks
The home office's website does actually say you have the right to remain silent.

I find the arguments surrounding freedom of speech interesting. While it'd be brilliant to be able to say what you like, there are still some cases where it isn't ideal: for example, there are laws against slander and libel. Then there's soliciting crime, encouraging racial hatred and similar. The government try to cut a fine line between what *needs* to be restricted, and what doesn't, and they do get it wrong - I agree censoring Gerry Adams was idiotic.

But if you RTFA, you'll find that the judge hearing the case ordered the leaked document to be removed from publication, but not to gag the press from talking about the fact that it had happened, nor to stop people reporting what was in it. This is not censorship, this is protecting confidentiality.

As for the UK not having free speach, name a particular UK law regulating it that you believe shouldn't be a crime.
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+ - E-Voting could be a "Threat to democracy"->

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hptux06 writes: According to the UK Open Rights group, the use of electronic election systems could "threaten democracy". ORG observed the recent British elections, voicing concerns over the use of e-voting. Their main objection is that it's impossible to supervise the counting of e-votes, leaving counting open to "error and fraud". The Electoral Commission will publish a report on the testing of e-voting in August.
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