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Comment Meanwhile at Intel... (Score 1) 69

The dusty file-cabinet creaks open revealing the secret plan.

Shadowy figure one: "It's taken a few more years than we originally expected, but the day is drawing near. All this virtualization, exo-kernel, uni-kernel crap is just garbage compared to this baby!"
Shadowy figure two: "But we will need to make it 64 bits..."

Shadowy figure one: "No problem, that'll take a few weeks, plus we can fit ALL of it on one die with plenty of cache. GDP, IP, plus we always planned the IO Processor to be x86 compatible, so we have x86 - no problem! It'll be fault-tolerant and run circles around the competition plus we can bolt on that fast vector unit"

Shadowy figure two: "But what about marketing?"
Shadowy figure one: "Are you kidding me,they'll love it, they can re-use some of the the original stuff too."


In a stunning development Intel has released a new 64 bit microprocessor architecture designed to radically address the serious issues with virtualization, containers and other security mechanisms.

Comment I feel lucky to live in this age. (Score 1) 52

I know to many it's probably boring, but having grown up as a kid seeing the amazing images from Voyager, seeing these is a real treat, I feel lucky to live in an age where such things are possible.

It's cool on so many nerd levels too. It's cool to be able to see these images, but it's also awesomely cool to be able to dig into the details of how it all works, from communication link budgets to the software to the RTG's etc.

Comment Re:Misplaced judgements about Science (Score 1) 157

Dyson has said lots of interesting things and it's worth listening to him IMHO. I'm in the camp that believes the more strongly you believe something in science, the closer it is to dogma, the more you should be willing to throw a little money to the heretics who say you are all completely wrong. Assuming they have a testable theory.

It's a small investment for a possibly huge pay-off. For example - if someone said - "I've found a fairly cheap test based on some of stuff like what Petr Beckmann said that would diverge from Einstein's predictions" -- well why not give it a try?

Comment Re:Misplaced judgements about Science (Score 1) 157

Actually physics now seems more like current banking schemes where we have a depression but nobody wants to call it that. So they call it the "Great Recession", fiddle the statistics, don't count all the people under-employed and just kind of say 'Things are great!'.

We prop up the physics community with stuff like CERN and ITER - mega projects too big to fail. Sort of like the big banks and GM and other stuff.

Early 20th century physics was way more like the old economy with boom and bust cycles.

Comment Re:Empirical Adequacy vs. "Absence of Evidence" (Score 2) 157

Right. Aether theory was falsifiable. Big difference. These physicists are at least trying to do a test while some of the String theorists even bitch about it. The String theorists have had decades to come up with a decent test and failed. String theory is indistinguishable from 'turtles all the way down' at this point. Oh, except it's not. Turtles all the way down is at least falsifiable.

Comment Astrology is better science than String theory (Score 2) 157

String theory is no different from Astrology at this point, except Astrology is falsifiable because I can go and ask a bunch of Astrologers for a horoscope and actually compare them and say "Hey they all predict different things, this theory sucks!", or "WOW they all predicted the same thing and it happened!"

The excuse that "It's complicated and weird" is ok for a few minutes, but not a good excuse and an utter failure when decades have passed. Relativity had plenty of weird predictions, but we could (and did) test them. Quantum mechanics has piles of very weird predictions which we not only tested, we actually use them daily in all kinds of devices all around us.

So MASSIVE KUDO's to these physicists for having the temerity to try and test the damn thing. Even if their experiment produced a null result, it may well lead them to an experiment that wont.

Science is falsifiable. Anyone who sells you a theory, no matter how beautiful, that is un-falsifiable (by design), and can't produce any way to prove or disprove their theory is at best the equivalent of a well meaning Astrologist.

Comment Re:Giant science lever set to "Republican" no doub (Score 5, Funny) 88

The "Giant science lever" settings guide.

Republican - Cite crappy statistics.

Democrat - Cite the fact the launch vehicle was Government funded.

Socialist - Cite the fact that the mission is peaceful and Government funded.

Libertarian - Cite the fact that you can choose if you want to read the article or not.

Capitalist - Cite the fact that the planets are new markets just waiting for buy refrigerators and huge untapped market.

Old Slashdot - Cite the fact that the featured article is kinda crappy, has crappy thinking, and that in your day you could have figured this out on an HP-35 quicker and more accurately, but you have used your HP-35 as a controller for a Beowulf cluster of MIPS processors you desoldered from old crappy routers.

New Slashdot - Cite the fact that citing facts is a micro-aggression against everyone else who might disagree with any of the facts, and complain that MIPS is unfairly represented and RPN is an elitist system hardly better than the slide-rules which killed trees that it replaced. Start the reply with "TLDR - Micro-aggressions from old calculator RPN using nerds harmful to community cohesiveness."

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