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Comment: To help prevent people from buying AMD and nVidia (Score 3, Insightful) 80

Intel Xeon customers can reap higher performance for critical functions without translating the majority of their code to OpenCL or bothering to update it for GPGPU

In other words, to help prevent people from buying AMD and nVidia products.

Comment: Re:Ghost in the machine (Score 3, Interesting) 128

by ottawanker (#47130997) Attached to: Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

Electric power steering works with sensors on the steering wheel that detect when you turn it, and how much. The car then does some calculations taking into account the force and speed with which you turn the wheel, and the speed at which the vehicle is traveling. It then activates a motor, which actually turns the wheels.

I believe there is an electromagnetic clutch that disconnects the steering wheel from the actual rack and pinion, unless a fault is detected.

Comment: Re:CD's ARE digital (Score 1) 393

by ottawanker (#43028417) Attached to: Music Industry Sees First Revenue Increase Since 1999

Compact Discs are digital. LaserDiscs can be analog.

Audiophiles complain about music stored on digital media, its too bad Laserdiscs didn't catch on and too bad albums weren't released on Laserdisc, we'd have a much better analog source for music. Way less popping and hissing than vinyl.

Comment: Re:Actual Operating System (Score 2) 90

by ottawanker (#42842395) Attached to: Russian Univ. Launches Course Based On ReactOS Led By Alex Bragin

I had no idea this existed, it is very cool and would make for a good learning experience. If I hadn't already posted I'd mod your post up..

But how about the feeling you'd get if you were a student and the code you wrote or modified actually made it into an OS that you could install and run on your own computer, and that thousands of others would also install and run.. and your teacher is the guy who maintains the project, so you should have a good chance of your code actually making it in.

Neutrinos are into physicists.