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Comment: Re:Too CPU hungry (Score 1) 188

by afidel (#49131281) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

Most rendering engines aren't single threaded, and most browsers use GPU acceleration. However, on mobile adding a bunch of animations will surely lower battery life, so I just switched from Chrome to Firefox on my Android device as animated and sound filled ads are evil and Chrome mobile lacks extension support.

Comment: Re:So Cal Edison Reduces Local Headcount w/ Tata, (Score 1) 176

by afidel (#49127469) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

Reimage monkeys were never valuable, they were a necessary evil that companies tolerated while they had to. If you didn't drive your skills up the value chain then you either lack the ability to or you lack ambition, neither of which generally leads to a lucrative career path. Heck, when VMWare and other vendors try to sell me expensive management tools to save me time I laugh because my team spends probably only 15-20% of our time doing management of the infrastructure, the rest is spent working on projects that bring value to the business.

Comment: Re:Turns out agencies don't really work like that (Score 1) 145

by afidel (#49119425) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

The talent agencies are desperate for growth, they've already massively consolidated and recently started buying the sports management companies, so I'm sure if they think they can make money off the arrangement they'll try. The problem for programmers is that even really, really good ones only make 2-3x the league minimum for the major sports leagues so agents might not want to deal with the work for their 10% cut.

Comment: Re:Well maybe future improvements (Score 1) 279

by afidel (#49117613) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

GaAs chips have a very high thermal tolerance, temperatures of 250C have been shown to have no impact on MTTF, this is ~250% better than Si. The bigger issue is what do you attach them to, most commonly available PCBs can't handle that, though solutions do exist since I've read about very high temperature GaAs chips used in jet engine monitoring and control.

Comment: Re:Resource wars (Score 1) 279

by afidel (#49117571) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

Doubtful, Ga isn't that rare, we mine ~254t per year mostly as a byproduct of Al smelting, this is fairly small compared to ~54,000t for Si use in semiconductors, but is quite high given the fairly small market for it today. To give you an idea Lithium is slightly less common in the crust but annual production is ~30,000t.

Comment: Re:This is the End, Beautiful Friend, the End. (Score 1) 279

by afidel (#49117515) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

It's definitely slowing down, Westmere EX was 2.6B in early 2011, Haswell EP 5.69B in late 2014 so roughly 42 months to double (Haswell die is ~20% bigger accounting for the 220% count instead of 200%) . A large part of that slowdown though might be economics, Westmere was surely started before the financial crisis and Haswell likely during or after so Intel might have slowed development (especially since on these large parts they don't have any meaningful competition except at the very high end from IBM and Oracle)

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 4, Informative) 27

by afidel (#49097113) Attached to: Rapid Test For Ebola Now Available

Yeah, or maybe it's because this outbreak killed more people than all previous outbreaks combined. For example this report from 2003 lists 128 total deaths in a remote area of the Congo, at the peak of this outbreak there were more people than that dying per day in Sierra Leone. It's pretty understandable that you don't spend billions on research and development for a drug that might be used on 40 people per year on average but would on a drug that can stop a global pandemic.

Comment: Re:Why would any novice (Score 2) 57

by afidel (#49074279) Attached to: Flaw In Netgear Wi-Fi Routers Exposes Admin Password, WLAN Details

The fact is since this is a web vulnerability it will be exploited by XSS attacks from compromised ad networks and also will be included in many exploit kits, you won't have to have remote management enabled for this to be exploited, it will just make it slightly more difficult if you don't.

As to DD-WRT, if they supported the OpenDNS family settings with bypass accounts like the stock firmware I'd consider it, but for me it's a killer feature, and MAC based exceptions aren't an answer because we have shared PC's that may be used by both the kids and adults.

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