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Comment: Confused (Score 1) 22

by msobkow (#49564571) Attached to: Imagination To Release Open MIPS Design To Academia

...cannot build it into silicon.

Isn't the whole point of an FPGA being able to "burn" a design into a chip rather than "building" it? Are they saying you can only run your modifications through a simulator instead of burning an FPGA to test it?

If so, what's the point of the exercise? Wouldn't it make more sense to have students play with an open sourced or freeware design that they can actually implement and test?

Comment: I can't believe how many sports channels I blocked (Score 1) 263

by msobkow (#49564531) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

I'm stunned at how many sports channels I had to block even with basic IPTV from SaskTel here in Saskatchewan, Canada. I have ZERO interest in sports, and I'm kind of pissed off that some of the money I pay is going to support that crap, which I do not and will never watch.

I'd much rather have something like BBC News or BBC1 than a bazillion sports channels.

Comment: More is better (Score 1) 50

Given a choice, more is always better.

Even though my Lenovo Z580 has four USB ports, I often find myself wishing I had a couple more so I wouldn't have to swap devices. In particular, I'd appreciate another USB 3.0 port for an SSD (seeing as the "second" hard drive tray slot is occupied by the DVD drive, which I *do* use.) Sure USB 3.0 isn't as fast as I'd get with SATA, but it'd be a darned sight faster than the 5400RPM drive that's built in to the unit.

Normally I have the printer, mouse, and external HDD plugged in. That leaves one slot for a keyboard (I have no room for another one on my desk, though, so I rely on the built-in keyboard), camera, MP3 player, and charging the ole' eCig.

Comment: Re:Let's Have This Argument Again (Score 2, Insightful) 117

by msobkow (#49557961) Attached to: When Exxon Wanted To Be a Personal Computing Revolutionary

You are incorrect. At the time of the Amiga, the Apple II, the Commodore 64, and other such machines, only the IBM PC was a "Personal Computer." It was a brand, not a generic term. The "generic" term was "micro computer".

PC only became a generic term when there was a flood of PC-compatible machines from other vendors on the market. And in response to the genericization of that brand, IBM tried to rebrand their next iteration of machines "Personal System/2", or PS/2, and this time lock things down to prevent competition.

You kids really need to read some old Byte magazines from the period before you go opening your bullshit-spewing mouths.

Comment: Re:That's too bad (Score 1) 163

Some people see everything in life as being politics, and Slashdot has enough of a population that there will always be a few such people showing up to post on every article/topic, so, yes, every story has to be a political trollfest.

Myself, I find it sad that this one person is being singled out for discussion while 1799 equally worthy human beings are being ignored and forgotten because they weren't "in tech."

Comment: Re:CloudFlare *threatened* to disconnect the proxy (Score 1) 151

by msobkow (#49553399) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

The EU is holding Google to task on competition issues. They've done the same to Microsoft in the past.

Every company doing business with Canadians is required to follow Canada's CANSPAM permission-collection process for sending business emails.

Google had to bend over on European privacy laws.

Companies are required to obey the law where their customers are. No amount of whining and bleating by "cloud providers" from the US or elsewhere is going to change that.

Hell, even the USG is demanding that Microsoft services hosted in Ireland be subject to US law for US customers.

And so it should be. It is the responsibility of a corporation to obey the law in the consumer market and in it's home/server nation.

I mean, seriously, are you trying to tell me that CloudFlare should be exempt from following UK law when servicing UK customers?

Give your head a serious fucking shake, man. The only companies even trying to fight that regimen any more are piracy sites and smaller American companies that claim they have a "moral obligation" to "fight for freedom" or that it's "too expensive" to meet the needs of their customer's legal systems. If it's too damned "expensive" to service a market legally, then you have NO business expecting to serve those customers at all.

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. -- Lily Tomlin