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Comment Plan for the worst (Score 1) 381 381

If slashdot does fail to get bought, and disappears, as seems all too likely, everybody go on over to pipedot. Heck, even if that doesn't happen, please split your time and spend some over there too. The site engineering is superb. All it needs is 10 or 100 times the user base.

Comment Re:You just described SoylentNews. (Score 1) 381 381

It strikes me that the userbase of SN has a very strong international makeup, with a substantial portion having a pronounced anti-US viewpoint. SD seems largely US or at least pro-US, and also a fair representation of right-of-center viewpoints. On SN you're some kind of weirdo if you don't join the mob raking the US over the coals for everything. Moderation reflects this bias.

But SN has a better ratio of signal to noise, and a higher user IQ, or at least far fewer assholes with an IQ of 50 or under.

Both sites are highly useful. I'd hate for either one to be lost. I'm shaking in fear that (1) nobody will pick up slashdot and it will be abandoned and disappear, or (2) a real piece of shit will pick up slashdot and the result will be unrecognizable and unusable, an orer of magnitude worse than beta ever was.

Far and away the best-engineered site technically? Pipedot, beyond a shadow of a doubt. It is awe-inspiringly well engineered. It just doesn't have a critical mass.

Comment Re:Seems Not (Score 2) 119 119

Nanoscale slider switches? ;-)

Seriously, though, it's some sort of material change according to what little information has been released.:

These columns contain a memory cell and a selector, but the real innovation is that unlike other technologies, which store data by trapping electrons in insulators (and other electron trapping techniques), 3D XPoint stores data by using the property change of the material itself. This bulk material property change utilizes the entire portion of the memory cell, which increases scalability and performance.

-- Tom's Hardware

What's really interesting is the PDF with one diagram showing Xpoint sooner and then 3D XPoint on the 2018-2019 timeline at Semicon Taiwan that later has a diagram much similar to Intel/Micron's diagram. It appears to be showing a variable resistor (potentiometer) then a diode between the word line and bit line crossbars.

If they are building a materials-based variable resistor that gets written to be more or less resistive based on voltage what are they calling that process? It needn't be chalcogenide, but it sure sounds like some other sort of phase change to change the resistance. If it is memory that adjusts its resistance based on past voltages and uses that resistance for reading the value, that sounds like a memristor. (According to Chua all PCM, ReRAM, and MRAM are memristors.)

I think perhaps Intel and Micron are saying it's not PCM and it's not memristors just so people don't confuse it with other attempts at similar but different approaches.

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 1) 391 391

And all three of which went to prison for their technically illegal actions.

Wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony did NOT go to prison. They were arrested, booked and released. MLK spent some time in a local jail, but that's not the same as being sent to prison.

A better example for Snowden would be Daniel Ellsberg, who is now seen as a hero.

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 5, Insightful) 391 391

He should have gone on the Sunday talk shows and say, "the government is doing really sleazy, illegal and unconstitutional shit, and I am violating my oath and the law by telling you exactly what they are."

When your oath to the government requires you to keep government wrongdoing secret, the problem is not with the whistleblower, but with the government.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 391 391

The government, not wanting to validate that the information he leaked is indeed accurate, have not named the people he's gotten murdered. There's a list; it's not short.

And you've seen this list? You know about it because Raymond Reddington told you about it?

Nobody got killed because of anything Edward Snowden has done. Can you say the same about any American president in the past - I don't know - two hundred fucking years?

Comment Re:Newegg (Score 1) 119 119

Usually i'd agree... there's been countless up and coming new types of memory that never make it.

But i'm cautiously optomistic here because

a) It's Intel and not some tiny obscure VC

b) they said they already have wafers and mention 2016 O_o !

no wonder they ditched their awesome SSD controllers.

It's DRAM that's in the crosshairs.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 2) 391 391

If you fire a gun in an unsafe manner, you can be charged with attempted murder, for what you "could have" done. You can also be charged with attempted murder for stabbing someone who actually survives. You could have done many things. Things you do can have many outcomes, and some things you do are illegal. In response to your exact example, if you are driving in an unsafe manner, it is called reckless endangerment, because you "could" have injured someone with your reckless driving.

None of those charges carry the death penalty.

He also broke a contract (Non Disclosure Agreement), which has pretty strict terms in it.

That's a civil matter and certainly does not carry the death penalty.

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