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Comment: Hooray, nit-picking! (Score 1) 322 322

...difference between GB and Gb.

Let's pretend for a moment that the suffix was correctly capitalised. Was that so hard? But you feel it necessary to write personal insults because of a misused "shift"? Wow. Definitely appropriate reaction.

[RE: 5 wires]... Mini-USB

Yes, that would be a plug, note I said "wires". That 5th pin (if it's present at all) is always connected to ground in reality and never appears as a wire. It's the one whose role is being replaced by a protocol change in USB 3.0 because nobody ever implemented it. The cable itself always has 4 wires.

[RE: disingenuous]... perhaps you don't understand the word?

The author knows a reasonable amount about Intel involvement, including their presence in the USB working group. Despite knowing this, you are of the opinion that the author genuinely avoided learning that Intel were the originators?
Disingenuous: Adjective: Not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.
Still seems applicable.

I am quite confident you'll reply again and am looking forward to reading it. I promise I'll make an effort to check back too, though I have a tendency to lose interest with those who can't tell the difference between wit and Tourette's Syndrome.

Comment: Lots of problems with that article (Score 1) 322 322

Claims of 5GB/s aren't even backed by the USB working group which says 3.2GB/s will realistically be the upper limit.

All existing cable and plug combinations remain backwards compatible, but the article claims otherwise, there are only some introduced permutations that won't work.

And when did USB 2.0 become 5 wires?

The author attacks Intel about foot-dragging on the USB 3.0 spec rather disingenously since it was Intel that lead the charge on USB 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0. It was their technology originally.

But what can one expect from a technology website that censors the word 'assuming' (comes out as ***uming, I shit you not!).

Comment: Escalation of certainty (Score 1) 336 336

"The team of researchers think "vintage fraud" is widespread..."

Eh, "think"?
But the headline sounds so certain.

"According to the study, wine experts have estimated that up to 5% of fine wines sold today are not all they are cracked up to be..."

Ah. "estimated". Nowhere do they even mention running the tests in anger. Only proving the tests work when calibrated to known values.

The reporter left it till the end to admit, and /. reports it as an absolute truth. Disingenuous at best.

Security

+ - Recognizing Your Own Handwriting As A Password

Gary writes: "A new online authentication system called Dynahand could make logging in to websites a little easier. With Dynahand, users simply identify their own handwriting, instead of entering a cryptic password or buying a biometric device to scan their fingerprints. The user's handwriting samples contain only digits, since numerals are harder for an outside party to recognize than letters are. The digits displayed are random, so the handwriting is the only clue to the correct answer."
AMD

+ - AMD on x86

Balaji Ramasubramanian writes: "Unlike Intel's Core, Barcelona gives each core dedicated L2 cache, and Barcelona incorporates a redesign that reduces cache latency (access delays). Barcelona adds Level 3 cache, a newcomer to the x86 and a page out of IBM's POWER playbook. All four CPU cores in a Barcelona socket will share a single master catalog of recently-retrieved data. A three-level cache is a must-have for a multicore CPU, and that becomes obvious when you get a demo that switches L3 on and off.

Barcelona is a new CPU, not a doubling of cores and not extensions strapped on here and there. Get ready to be blown away long before its release, which is scheduled for midyear."

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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