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Comment: I wish them the best... but (Score 2) 191

by wjcofkc (#47515193) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC
I accept that China is now a leader in science and technology. I wish them the best on this project and I am sure it will yield fantastic science. I just hope by "international collaborators" they mean more than the Russian Federation. As an American, I hope we get in on the action.

Just one thing though: if you are going to go to the trouble to build such a big and expensive machine, why not build a linear collider? I realize it would take more land, but I'm sure they have it and the science would be even better. Correct me if I am wrong, but after the second refit of the LHC, isn't the next big international European science project going to be a big honking linear collider? At that point, it won't matter that China's collider is bigger, you can get more interesting results from a gigantic linear collider. Although the idea of a super-proton collider does tickle me a bit.

Comment: I wish them well (Score 1) 146

by wjcofkc (#47387897) Attached to: NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever
I don't understand the criticism regarding the use of modified space shuttle engines and a coolant system from the Air Force. As far as I am aware, we never lost a shuttle due to main engine failure, and the Air Force is pretty good at not blowing things up. I have been following the SLS for awhile, and if they can manage to pull off the overall designs they have in mind without budget cuts or severe cost overruns ruining things, I believe it will be a fine rocket. Otherwise SpaceX is well on their way toward manned flight and their heavy lifter among other things, so I think were pretty well covered.

Comment: could have been should have been. (Score 1) 42

If this series had been presented in the traditional ask slashdot format, it would have garnered at least a couple hundred comments and an interesting discussion. You know, the one where the most highly rated questions are presented, coupled with the user name of the person that asked it, and followed by the response - all in text format. I don't see where anyone's questions are actually being presented here. How could this have gone so wayward? We deserve an explanation as to the thought process that ruined something that could have been great. You had the attention of Lawrence Lessig and you fucked it up. I don't get it.

Comment: Re:The problem is not switch speed (Score 1) 183

by wjcofkc (#47304709) Attached to: How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

It'd mean starting over from scratch with a whole new architecture, redoing decades of work in hardware and software.

So? I would say that is bound to happen eventually anyhow. Traditional integrated circuits are quickly on their way to becoming a stick in the mud. Something fundamentally different will have to replace them eventually.

Comment: Architecture (Score 1) 143

by wjcofkc (#47297313) Attached to: Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip
I would be curious to know more about the architecture and all around chip specs they are using in their prototype: clock speed, memory interface, etc. The article states they are developing a version of Linux to test it on, so it's safe to say it's an established architecture. Anyway, I am excited to see the results once they have tested it on Linux. While this does not help with the density per core problem, perhaps it will help extend Moore's Law from the perspective of speed increase in respect to micro circuitry.

Comment: A more contemporary example (Score 3, Interesting) 105

by wjcofkc (#47276681) Attached to: After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication
I remember watching cnet on television back in the mid 1990's. When it went off the air in in favor of an all web media outlet, I thought it was the end and was actually kind of depressed. It turned out television was limiting and now cnet probably makes more money from me browsing their site then they ever did with television advertising. Likewise, I used to spend a lot of time browsing computer related magazines. I haven't so much as visited a dedicated magazine isle in maybe 15 years. Print is dying with a whimper and no one cares. Nothing to see here, not really.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981