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Comment: Re:cool. (Score 1) 176

by Ieshan (#43039569) Attached to: Intercontinental Mind-Meld Unites Two Rats

The Brazil rat didn't "know" to communicate signals. The US rat didn't "read" the mind of the Brazil rat.

Here's how it works.

There is a recording electrode in Brazil Rat's head. It passively records the activity from a region of the brain involved in the task. There is a stimulating electrode in US Rat's head. It passively replays the activity that was recorded from Brazil Rat's head.

The control condition in this case is what happens to the US Rat's choice behavior when they shut off the stimulating electrode.

Make more sense now?

Comment: Re:Case dismissed? (Score 2) 369

by Ieshan (#42141321) Attached to: Bradley Manning (WikiLeaks Source) Given Hearing After 2 Years In Jail

Why does this insanity continued to be repeated on Slashdot?

Resolutions were passed authorizing the use of force. Congress has authorized vast sums of money to wage war. Politicians in both parties have acknowledged that we are at war. Personally, I'm not particularly happy that we went to war, but it's pretty clear that we did so.

Comment: Re:He's wrong. (Score 4, Insightful) 649

by the linux geek (#39314697) Attached to: <em>Battleheart</em> Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'
Version diversity isn't the only kind. Implementation and hardware diversity matters too - for instance, I've run into a crash bug when attempting to start a new Activity from within a TabHost that only occurs on Galaxy S devices. That sort of thing is really incredibly frustrating, and makes QA far more of a pain in the ass than it should be.

Comment: Re:botched processor design? (Score 1) 497

by the linux geek (#39088363) Attached to: AMD: What Went Wrong?
For specific workloads, Itanium is great. It can sustain 2 FP loads, 2 FP stores, and 2 FMA's in a cycle, which means for certain types of DSP-ish workloads, it has more performance per-cycle than just about any other mainstream CPU. It also has a very high-performance cache hierarchy, with massive blobs of SRAM and a low-latency L1 (one cycle to access.) The problem is that it's expensive, clocked low, and not really ideal for where it's marketed (the mission-critical enterprise server business.) It still has significant advantages over Xeon for some workloads, namely things that are highly cache-sensitive or that scale high enough where directory-based coherence is good to have.

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.

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