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Comment Re:Barrier? (Score 2) 76

A practical limit for silicon-based CPUs. I've been told that military uses a different semiconductor material to run CPUs at 100GHz at a much higher temperatures.

I'm not sure they are CPUs in the same sense. You can easily find simpler circuits that operate at such frequencies, e.g. microwave amplifiers, but a modern CPU involves much more than the raw switching speed of transistors. Keeping the core in sync with itself will be harder with a wavelength of 3 mm (This would be for 100 GHz in vacuum, in a solid it would be even less).

Comment Re:Cores Schmores (Score 3, Interesting) 135

AMD best hope this CPU has some actual guts to it for performance / power efficiency.

Perhaps cores-schmores is one way to approach this? Lots of small cores with relatively slow clocks, as higher clocks tend to worsen power efficiency. I'm not discounting Intel's success with single-core performance per se, but I sometimes feel it's aimed at speeding up legacy applications, while those with modern OSes and code are happy with the cheaper multicore offerings from AMD.

Comment Re:Bitcoin, Ethereum or Monero (Score 1) 267

You're talking about two very different things. The old Monero (pre-0.9) kept the entire blockchain in RAM and so required huge amounts of RAM to be installed in the machine. The current version uses LMDB which is a memory-mapped database. The mmap may use a huge chunk of *virtual address space* but it never uses more than the currently available amount of RAM.

Ah, I didn't realize that. I recently reinstalled Monero when I got a big-ass machine with tons of RAM, and I wasn't sure if its performance was due to the hardware or other improvements. (Previously, it was a pain to use on machines with a measly 8 GB memory.)

Comment Re:Maybe it's not profitable? (Score 1) 244

Try Comodo Dragon, which is Chromium without the Google crap baked in, they also have a version of FF called IceDragon if you want the Gecko engine.

I use Dragon on my netbook I use for service calls, we're talking AMD E350 which is a 5 year old lightweight APU, and once it loads its quite snappy and a pleasure to use. Firefox IMHO has just gotten too bloated as of late and really slows down older systems.

Comment Re:Good idea, but not ready for primetime (Score 1) 267

Many of these features already exist in bitcoin. Bitcoin transactions also are based on a scripting language, so it is relatively easy to create new transaction types and features.

True. However, the distributed programming aspect is much more prominent in Ethereum, while the Bitcoin community is still largely focused on simple payments.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 566

Nooo the surprising thing is even corporate users cannot disable the spying as this was Windows 10 ENTERPISE, the version that they sell to huge megacorps, and even turning everything to OFF it still called thousands of times!

So this should be more than enough to convince any corp that has to abide by S/OX or HIPPA that Windows 10 has to be verbotten, its as big a risk for data breaches as allowing USB sticks...who would have thought that Windows would go from being a spyware risk to being actual spyware?

Comment Re:Bitcoin, Ethereum or Monero (Score 2) 267

On the fringe you can add Monero

Fringe? IMHO, Monero is the Microsoft of second generation cryptocurrencies -- it's the big, slow, conservative choice of Cryptonote coins. For a leaner and generally more interesting alternative, have a look at Boolberry, but keep Monero in mind for long-term investment. (At the moment, a Monero node is taking over 14 GB of virtual memory on my machine, Boolberry "only" 4.)

It looks like the OP is a newbie to cryptocoins, so let me elaborate a bit. Traditional 'altcoins' are based on the Bitcoin codebase, so for things like proper anonymity, look for independently developed codebases such as Cryptonote (whose implementations include Monero and Boolberry) and Ethereum.

For mining profitability, Boolberry and Ethereum on GPUs are doing nicely at the moment, Bitcoin and Monero not so much. Of course, this may change rapidly and you need to do your homework. Good old bitcointalk.org is still a useful hangaround for learning about coins, though many notable coins have their own forums for more detail.

Bitcoin is still the gold standard in value of cryptocoins, technically viable and well accepted by merchants. Forget about mining it, but don't dismiss it otherwise. For example, the programming aspects of Ethereum were largely present in Bitcoin already, it's just that Ethereum takes these to the front stage and makes them easier to use.


Comment Re:Maybe it's not profitable? (Score 1) 244

As was thinking the same thing. Intel is a hardware company who makes hardware that is frankly overpowered compared to what most users have for them to do, so what to do? Well make sure they have enough work to bog the hell out of 'em, thus making new chips seem more attractive. Selling software that helps older machines stay out in the field by cutting down on the work they have to do? Not good for business, not good at all.

That does make me wonder though if Intel is royally pissed at MSFT, after all Intel was able to sell chips for years on "What Intel giveth MSFT taketh away" but the last 3 releases have been actually getting better as far as resource usage, not worse. I bet Intel is probably steamed that such an easy way to sell chips has been taken away which would give them one more reason not to want to sell software that lowers system usage.

Comment Re:Conflicting goals (Score 1) 172

And YOU sir are assuming cops will go to the extra trouble of finding out if it was on the public or private line instead of kicking down the door because that is where they think somebody surfing CP is. As we have seen in the past cops, hell even feds, really throw due diligence out the window when it comes to anything to do with CP, see the fed CP server that didn't capture referrers (making it perfect for scumbags to use as a nastier version of a rickroll) or the guy in FLA that the state went after for 2 years when anybody who spent a whole 2 minutes looking at the logs would have clearly seen the laptop his company handed him had been pre-pwned by a C&C that was making thousands of connections a minute and using him as a relay.

As we have seen in America from the red scare to terrorism, from the satanic cult panic of the 80s to charging kids with selfies for producing CP, once we have one of our panics going on logic and the rule of law are pretty much the first things to go. So if YOU want to trust your local, state, and federal police forces to be wise, logical, completely reasonable, and trustworthy? That is YOUR choice. I personally don't have any intentions of betting my life on whether or not they will show common sense, much less understand the difference between public and private networks, so there won't be any public hotspots in my home, thanks anyway.

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