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Comment An example sketchy article from Wikipedia (Score 2) 146

I am looking right now at an article in Wikipedia that has very sketchy claims, and it's about something of no importance that would merit any astroturfing, the World Chess Championship 2016 . The following has no reference and makes claims I can find substantiated nowhere else using the common search engines.

The Los Angeles 2016 Organizing Committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FIDE VP Israel Gelfer on July 11, 2015 in Los Angeles. The prize fund is 2.5M Euros. The Match is proposed for October 2016. FIDE President did not sign and approve the MOU in mid-July when presented by Mr. Gelfer. The LA2016OC also proposed a Candidates Tournament in San Francisco.

The current bid - now on the table until September 1, 2015 - by LA2016OC to FIDE includes a prize fund of 5M USD, upwards of 21 games and an arts festival. The bid also proposed a Candidates Tournament in San Francisco Bay Area with a 1M USD prize fund.

Comment But few would quit using cell phones anyways ... (Score 1) 184

Suppose some way beyond the worst case scenarios were proven, and doctors could assert, "Give up using cell phones cold turkey or you'll suffer the same health risks as smoking cigarettes." How many people heavily dependent on using cell phones would give them up? How many would be able to pry them from the fingers of their teenagers? I am guessing not many. Going out on the street whether driving, walking, or biking is also incredibly dangerous, well except maybe for Sweden eventually. But we do it anyways.

Comment Is it all about the Chinese box office these days? (Score 2) 205

Here's another movie that was said to be a disappointment in its first weekend US domestic box office and that never reached number one in that market. But it did fine overall, helped considerably I suspect because it managed $121+ million USD in China. What is also interesting is this movie actually removed all references to China's space program between the rewrites of its script, and at least in the version shown in the US, had multiple displays of the US flag on the astronauts' space suits, and even showed in the final scene a US flag flying over the new settlement's base camp.

Comment Professional chess: hard to make a living (Score 2) 237

There are at least 6 players by my calculations who wound up tied for the top score at this event and therefore split the top prize fund money, approximately $5,000 USD apiece. That is not an easy living if one is trying to survive on chess alone. This probably explains why some cheating at chess is so blatant, because one has to finish at the very top to get any money at all let alone turn a profit. Otherwise a rational cheater would do it sparingly and possibly versus lower level opponents.

Comment What would Beats have done for design? (Score 1) 141

Perhaps the initial design problem of Google Glass is that they did not pay attention to what someone like Beats would do. Beats design cheerfully uses color and is not necessarily minimalistic. It says the user of proud of who he or she is, deal with it. The minimalistic mostly-colorless initial design actually invited attacks because it was sending a message of doubt and fear, trying to hide what could not be hidden.

Perhaps this is a lesson in the importance of diversity for the bottom-line.

Comment Re:Google glass choices (Score 1) 112

This is what stalled Google Glass, the same thing that killed Nokia as a phone company. Google chose the wrong ARM SoC

Support from the SoC vendor is the first step in getting an update out the door, and you'll see many phones' support lifecycles cut short thanks to the likes of Texas Instruments and Nvidia. The Galaxy Nexus used a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 SoC. TI quit the smartphone business in 2012, leaving Google's flagship without support for KitKat. The only device we've seen update to KitKat without support from the silicon vendor is Google Glass, which uses the same chip as the Galaxy Nexus. If the incredibly buggy performance of Google Glass post-KitKat update is any indication, though, that was an experiment that went very poorly.

The speculation is Google Glass will be switching to Intel for the next iteration. There's a reason why many of the mass market mobile device players such as Apple and Samsung have invested in their own ARM SoCs. There is in fact an uncanny correlation between mobile device companies selling hardware having catastrophic collapse of market share such as Nokia and Blackberry with failure to develop an ARM SoC for the 2010s and beyond.

Comment Nokia the ultimate outsourcing warning (Score 5, Interesting) 230

The ultimate story about the dangers of outsourcing is how Nokia destroyed its mobile phone business. Once upon a time Nokia and Texas Instruments had a very close working arrangement with TI being Nokia's fab partner. The two together had a complete phone solution. So how does Nokia treat TI in the mid 2000s: They decided to diversify their wireless chipset providers away from working with TI. Only Nokia forgot one thing: TI don't play in markets where it cannot be overall #1. TI will as fast as possible get out of business segments where it cannot lead. And so TI said to Nokia, bye by 2012. In 2009. By then Nokia had decided it wanted to get its ARM SoCs and wireless modems from the same supplier, and there was one natural candidate, especially since they were, and still are, the leaders in LTE: Qualcomm. Only there was one big problem: Nokia had been caught in a patent war with Qualcomm for years trying to put Qualcomm out of business. It was Nokia that wound up having to settle for billions of US dollars, and suddenly it was at the mercy of the company to whom it had been an existential threat. Oops.

Comment It's about Intel not Nokia (Score 3, Interesting) 60

What has flown over everyone's head, and it's really disheartening to see this, is this tablet product is likely much more about Intel than Nokia. Intel wants to keep some presence in tablets while it transitions from 22nm to 14nm at which point its products would be much more competitive. Furthermore Intel does not currently even fab its own wireless modems. Fortunately a tablet does not even need an LTE modem, has larger room for batteries, and fortunately Google has recently released Android 5.0 Lollipop with 64-bit support, great for the Atom Intel is using as a transitional product.

Comment Dark matter or supersymmetry verification (Score 1) 55

Which would be the biggest news for physics: A discovered candidate for dark mattery or discovery of a particle predicted by supersymmetry? I thought evidence from the LHC was casting doubt on many supersymmetry theories? Also Samuel Ting is fairly old which is a shame because it might be unlikely he could live long enough to be one of those rare scientists who are awarded multiple Nobel Prizes.

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