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Comment: Re:That's Great But... (Score 1) 688

by skeptictank (#32573610) Attached to: $1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan
Don't forget:

building infrastructure to extract the minerals from the ground.

Any serious mining operations will require real roads that can carry heavy trucks, rail lines and locomotives than can carry millions of tons of ore from mines to foundries and electricity to power all the equipment associated with such industries.

That kind of infrastructure is real wealth, the kind of wealth that generates new wealth. At least there is a reason now that the rest of world my care about the god-forsaken hell hole that is Afghanistan.

Comment: Re:When will they get it??? (Score 1) 140

by skeptictank (#29456067) Attached to: Sony To Encase Half the <em>Star Wars: Galaxies</em> Servers In Carbonite
At the time, the speculation was that the contract with LucasArts required the game to hit some minimum number of subscribers or LucasArts was free to license the Star Wars IP to another MMO developer. When it became apparent that the game wasn't going to get anywhere near the required number, SOE dumbed down the game and launched a media blitz in a bid to pick-up a lot new subscribers. The rest is history.

Comment: Target Western Countries First (Score 1) 274

by skeptictank (#27176141) Attached to: OLPC Set To Dump x86 For Arm Chips In XO 2
Enough with the change the world by giving third world children netbooks that cost more than their family will make in 5 years. If you want to improve the lives of kids in places like Africa, build infrastructure. Yes its expensive, but it actually makes things better, not just provide a feel-good photo-op. If you really want to make a difference in education start in the western economies. Make the "edubooks" sell for close to $100 a pop (a blip in the cost to educate a child in a modern economy) and eventually the economies of scale will push the price low enough that even Niger will be able to afford them.

Arm is an excellent choice for such an implementation. The power profile is good and the number of units that can be crammed onto a wafer mean that costs of fab can eventually go below $1 per processor, with high volume. The future of computing is a place where general purpose CPUs primarily function as controllers and routers for special purpose signal processors and stream processor anyway and x86 processors are overkill for that.

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