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Comment: Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651

by mla_anderson (#41551957) Attached to: To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

Weather is not an impediment to cycling.

Weather is not an impediment to cycling where you live. However that doesn't mean it applies to everyone. For instance I would really like to have warm weather like you do during the winter. We see -30C regularly, -25C is warm enough that we don't have to fasten our coats to cross the parking lot. Windchill temperatures regularly hit -40C/F and -45C is not unheard of. In those temperatures riding a bike isn't uncomfortable it's deadly.

I applaud you for riding year round, and from experience I know that the human body can handle greater extremes in temperature that we typically believe (I've played soccer in 50C). But no mode of transportation is the end-all/be-all solution.

Comment: Re:Why sell one, when you can sell two? (Score 3, Interesting) 140

by mla_anderson (#41476601) Attached to: Terabit Ethernet Is Dead, For Now

Yep it's definitely not a technical problem, after all getting serial data to run at 312.5 Gbps over long distances of un-shielded twisted pair copper is simple. The edges of the data are only in the 1.2 THz range after all.

Even on a PCB, 312.5 Gbps gets tricky and expensive, over long distances of fiber or copper it will be very difficult. Dropping to 400 Gbps brings it into the realm of slightly possible but still ridiculously expensive, plus at 400 Gbps you can bond just three links and get 1.2Tbps through, well probably less after overhead.

Damn CS/CE's think they know RF!

Comment: Re:Yep (Score 1) 342

by mla_anderson (#41377975) Attached to: Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

50 feet of just about any wire isn't going to affect your audio signal unless you wrap it around the AC mains. It won't be an antenna in those frequencies (well it is a 1/1000 wave antenna I guess). If it's as small as 22 gauge wire you'll still only lose about 10% power, if it's 18 - 14 gauge closer to 1% loss at most. It's pretty hard to screw up the transmission of analog audio over wire inside a house.

Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 557

by mla_anderson (#40613527) Attached to: Is It Time To End Our Love Affair With the QWERTY Keyboard?

The keyboard will change when we no longer need them, after A.I. provides us a better means of communicating with computers.

AI is going to have to do a good job of reading minds then. I can type faster than I can talk, and much faster than I can talk intelligently to a computer.

Comment: Re:Really one a sample size of 1 website? (Score 1) 423

by mla_anderson (#40595939) Attached to: Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

The data from StatCounter via Wikipedia seems to show that IE was losing to Firefox which was on course to eventually take the majority somewhere around Spring 2011. But in October 2009 Chrome pretty much stopped Firefox in it's tracks without changing the rate of IE abandonment. IE should drop below 10% roughly summer 2014 if the current trends stay in place. I suspect though that the "Mobile" category may actually accelerate that decline.

Predictions:

  • By early 2015 IE will pretty much be gone.
  • By summer 2015 Chrome will have about 50%.
  • Also by summer 2015 mobile browsers will be roughly 25% of web traffic
  • By summer 2014 Safari and Firefox will both be between 10-15% usage.
  • Opera will maintain about 2-3% and IE will eventually join it.
  • By early 2015 office furniture in Seattle will be extremely expensive.
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+ - Intel Announces Xeon Phi For "Exascale" Computing->

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MojoKid writes "At the International Supercomputing Conference today, Intel announced that Knights corner, the company's first commercial Many Integrated Core (MIC) product will ship commercially in 2012. The descendent of the processor formerly known as Larrabee also gets a new brand name--Xeon Phi. The idea behind Intel's new push is that the highly efficient Xeon E5 architecture (eight-core, 32nm Sandy Bridge) fuels the basic x86 cluster, while the Many Integrated Core CPUs that grew out of the failed Larrabee GPU offer unparalleled performance scaling and break new ground. The challenges Intel is trying to surmount are considerable. We've successfully pushed from teraflops to petaflops, but exaflops (or exascale computing) currently demands more processors and power than it's feasible to provide in the next 5-7 years. Intel's MIC is targeted at hammering away at that barrier and create new opportunities for supercomputing deployments."
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+ - Questions about counting the votes in the Wisconsin Recall ->

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Presto Vivace writes "Bob Fitrakis has serious doubts about the recent recall election in Wisconsin.

The recall vote in Wisconsin produced another significant 7% discrepancy between the unadjusted exit poll and the so-called "recorded vote." In actual social science, this level of discrepancy, with the results being so far outside the expected margin of error would not be accepted.

Fitrakis applies statistical analysis to a series of controversial electoral outcomes, making the case that votes are not counted honestly and that DRE voting machines are involved in a disproportionate number of these elections. I encourage any Slashdot reader who shares my concern about these machines to visit Verified Voting."
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