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Comment: Re:A cost equation (Score 1) 203

by instinct71 (#48387407) Attached to: Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach
What the article says is that it is beyond a present day robot's reach to guarantee the same level of cleanliness as a human worker across different conditions. It is not just cost, we don't have the technical ability to make good enough robots that clean as well as humans. No amount of money helps.

Comment: tried several of them (Score 1) 867

by instinct71 (#41467623) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?
I started with Red Hat because I was forced to use that at a start up. Then I tried Mandrake and SUSE for a while before being stuck with the Gentoo bug. The excitement soon vanished and I switched to Ubuntu. Have been there since. There was a tiny blip with that, when I switched to Mint for a while.

Comment: Re:At the risk of modding... (Score 1) 116

by instinct71 (#28028279) Attached to: G1 Google Phone Could End Up the Most Popular Console Ever

I kind of agree to this reasoning. Nintendo wii even now doesn't support a decent cricket game. If you want to sell your console in India, you should necessarily have cricket. That is the game 2 year olds start playing. People are crazy about that in this land.

So a reasonably strong hardware, priced at lets say ~100$, aimed at such a crowd will fetch big money.


Inside Intel's Core i7 Processor, Nehalem 146

Posted by Soulskill
from the upgrades dept.
MojoKid writes "Intel's next-generation CPU microarchitecture, which was recently given the official processor family name of 'Core i7,' was one of the big topics of discussion at IDF. Intel claims that Nehalem represents its biggest platform architecture change to date. This might be true, but it is not a from-the-ground-up, completely new architecture either. Intel representatives disclosed that Nehalem 'shares a significant portion of the P6 gene pool,' does not include many new instructions, and has approximately the same length pipeline as Penryn. Nehalem is built upon Penryn, but with significant architectural changes (full webcast) to improve performance and power efficiency. Nehalem also brings Hyper-Threading back to Intel processors, and while Hyper-Threading has been criticized in the past as being energy inefficient, Intel claims their current iteration of Hyper-Threading on Nehalem is much better in that regard." Update: 8/23 00:35 by SS: Reader Spatial points out Anandtech's analysis of Nehalem.

fortune: cpu time/usefulness ratio too high -- core dumped.