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Comment: Still have to deal with rejection (Score 1) 100

by the_humeister (#48107311) Attached to: Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

If they're made from someone else, the patient has to take immunosuppresive drugs. That sets them up for weird infections. If they're made from the patient's own cells, they'd still have to deal with the autoimmune response that destroyed the original beta cells in the first place (assuming type 1 diabetes).

Comment: Re: Not really 8 cores... (Score 1) 98

by the_humeister (#47809043) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

Somewhat analogous to P4 but not quite in that Bulldozer IPC is about at Phenom II levels. See here: fully loaded, IPC is equivalent to Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge but single-threaded it's about at Phenom II IPC.

AMD's original goal was to get Bulldozer to have similar IPC as Phenom II. Basically, Piledriver is what Bulldozer should have been.

Comment: Re: not now, but it certainly did in the past. (Score 1) 161

by the_humeister (#47774623) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

Intel has had several RISC chips (eg i960), but Itanium is VLIW (ie not RISC or CISC).

Certainly it can be argued that it's AMD's fault for the current dominance of x86, but it's also true that none of the other architectures were cheap enough for the general populace to adopt, hence the abundance of ARM nowadays and POWER, SPARC, and currently on life support

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