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A Brief History of Chip Hype and Flops 275

On CNet.com, Brooke Crowthers has a review of some flops in the chip-making world — from IBM, Intel, and AMD — and the hype that surrounded them, which is arguably as interesting as the chips' failures. "First, I have to revisit Intel's Itanium. Simply because it's still around and still missing production target dates. The hype: 'This design philosophy will one day replace RISC and CISC. It is a gateway into the 64-bit future.' ... The reality: Yes, Itanium is still warm, still breathing in the rarefied very-high-end server market — where it does have a limited role. But... it certainly hasn't remade the computer industry."

S3 Graphics Fails At Delivering Linux Driver 132

Ashmash writes "Phoronix is running a story about S3 Graphics failing to provide Linux support for their Chrome 500 products even though they have announced in press releases going back months that there is Linux support. S3 Graphics has gone as far as advertising OpenGL 3.0 support for Linux and one of their representatives had promised a driver by last December. This situation has been going on for months, but there is no Linux driver at all for the Chrome 500 series."

Fannie Mae Worker Indicted For Malicious Script 325

dfdashh writes "A former Fannie Mae contractor has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Baltimore, MD for computer intrusion. He attempted to propagate a malicious script throughout the company's 4,000 servers. The DC Examiner has details of the incident: 'Had this malicious script executed, [Fannie Mae] engineers expect it would have caused millions of dollars of damage and reduced if not shutdown operations at [Fannie Mae] for at least one week. ... The virus was set to execute at 9 a.m. Jan. 31, first disabling Fannie Mae's computer monitoring system and then cutting all access to the company's 4,000 servers, Nye wrote. Anyone trying to log in would receive a message saying "Server Graveyard." From there, the virus would wipe out all Fannie Mae data, replacing it with zeros, Nye wrote. Finally, the virus would shut down the servers.'"

Comment Re:Freedom of the press? (Score 1) 528

It is not that they didn't cooperate, but rather the police didn't think they where cooperating, at least not fully.
The problem the police has is that can't believe people when they say they don't have something. Imagine if someone killed somebody with a gun then gave the gun to some other-person, and when the police asked that other-person if they had the gun they said no. The police acting on a reasonable belief that they might have the gun, could get a warrant permitting a search for and the seizer of that gun, they wouldn't need to get a warrant if that other-person just gave them that gun. Of course there is still a problem that the other-person might never of had the gun but the police shouldn't just take them on their word.

Comment Re:But the "real press" does it all the time! (Score 1) 528

In the UK they don't normally publish addresses, and they tend in the cases of Judges not to publish their first names even.
If an address was published it would generally be because a crime was committed there, or the police are having problems identifying somebody and are looking someone to come forward with information.

Comment Re:Freedom of the press? (Score 4, Informative) 528

Judges aren't elected in England, they are appointed. Also activist judges don't really exist in the UK, if a judge makes a ruling that is incompatible with law, and gets overturned on appeal then the judge could find their job on the cutting board, and if they had a conflict of interest that they didn't declare they could be tried.

Comment Re:Yes. (Score 1) 347

I think we run the risk of exaggerating what the EU does, the EU does some trans-national transport funding, and more general funding of transport system extensions - particularly in the new eastern member states - but it doesn't run the railways.

The railways in Europe are generally owned by state-owned companies and tend to operate in opposite of the US model. The US has IIRC lots of privately owned companies that own and operate the tracks, stations, and freight; and with one state-owned (called am-track or something) that does passenger services. European countries tend to have one state own company that owns and operates the tracks and stations, and in cases like Germany also do passenger and limited freight services, but most rail services are provided by private companies that bid for franchise rights.

But, anyway this is going rather off-topic and dragging on quite a bit.

In short Americans tend to have a large empathise on the individual, whereas post-Enlightenment Europe tends to take the view that society is more important than the individual, and that a powerful state is necessary for a good society.

Comment Re:Yes. (Score 1) 347

Well the EU likes competition, that is the very reason that the ECC (a precursor to the EU) was created, but only the right sort of competition.

In terms of tanks and bombs, those are mostly made through the same sort of military industrial complex that the US has. I was thinking more along the lines of railways and the likes of EDF.

Over the shoulder supervision is more a need of the manager than the programming task.