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Comment Re:21st Century Apple is sooo arrogant! (Score 1) 243

Apple might be doing the same thing with your information. And since Apple spans from music to apps to books now, it's really dangerous. Always without your consent, to promote their own products.

I don't know with which publishers you had to do in the past, but the serious publishing houses I'm subscribed to don't sell my information without my consent. You know, the little box that says "consent giving this info to 3rd-party advertisements". If I press no, my info remains to me.

Comment Re:21st Century Apple is sooo arrogant! (Score 1) 243

Wait a minute! You have the same alternatives as well.

You can just not use the publisher who betrays your confidence. Or is it somehow some right or necessity to own and use a certain subscription?

I'm telling you, I prefer not to put all my eggs under a basket. We all see what happens when Apple flexes it muscles to move the industry where IT wants (see Flash issue, 3rd-party runtimes, etc), not where everybody would be free to go.

Comment Re:21st Century Apple is sooo arrogant! (Score 1) 243

You don't seem to get it: If I pay Apple for a service or a product, I understand that I need to give them my credit card and other personal information. This is a transaction for which I have full control. If I don't want to purchase from Apple, I do not give them my credit card nor any other information.

Well, you don't seem to get it either: I can say the exact same about the publishing industry. If you don't trust a publisher you simply refrain from subscribing to his products and services. Buy your copies from the newsstand.

The thing about Apple is that they now want to have everything. As if they have developed some Microsoft-complex from the near-death experience they had in the 90s by their archenemy. And day by day, the acquire everything: the customers' data (for Apple's interests of course), the 30% cut of the profits, the final say about what goes in the stores and what the customer can legally buy (music, apps, now books), everything.

It's the new big brother they so loathed in 1984. As much as I like the ubiquity of the AppleID entry system to a world of digital content, I hate that I don't have serious alternatives because nobody will take onto Apple.

I hope the publishers make a good stand. After all, alternative ereaders exist and they're actually pretty good for the job.

Comment Re:21st Century Apple is sooo arrogant! (Score 1) 243

Line-by-line quoting is childish and annoying so here's my concentrated answer.

You implied that they don't need that information, but it seems that it is ok for you that Apple already has it. Otherwise you should have said something about it as well. And in Apple's case, it's becoming pretty serious since today and in the near future you will do almost everything with an AppleID.

Apple perhaps doesn't need to sell to third parties (like Facebook) because it uses the information itself for its own marketing and advertising. It's a vertical company.

Competition is good. When one party has already won spectacularly you don't have any more serious competition. When I say the music industry bowed I mean that we won't be seeing an alternative (and perhaps better) model of buying songs anytime soon.

As for the publishing industry, expect an iTunes-track system for paying books with all major publishers pretty soon. Especially if the iPad becomes the prime ereader and Amazon fails miserably. I hope they don't.

I backed up almost everything, my assertions had known facts from past history inside. You should have filled the blanks yourself.

Comment Re:Neuromorphic CPUs (Score 1) 320

I think Moore's law is becoming increasingly pointless...It talks about speed...

Actually I think it talks about transistor density, not CPU frequency (speed). And transistor density keeps going up, year after year. In 2007 we had the CPU that beat Kasparov in 1997 and weighted 1.5 tons. This info is in the article, btw.

Comment Neuromorphic CPUs (Score 4, Informative) 320

Even if the rest of the things explained in the article happen many years away, the last couple of paragraphs explain the trend:

Neuromorphic chips won't just power niche AI applications. The architectural lessons we learn here will revolutionize all future CPUs. The fact is, conventional computers will just not get significantly more powerful unless they move to a more parallel and locality-driven architecture. While neuromorphic chips will first supplement today's CPUs, soon their sheer power will overwhelm that of today's computer architectures.

The semiconductor industry's relentless push to focus on smaller and smaller transistors will soon mean transistors have higher failure rates. This year, the state of the art is 22-nanometer feature sizes. By 2018, that number will have shrunk to 12 nm, at which point atomic processes will interfere with transistor function; in other words, they will become increasingly unreliable. Companies like Intel, Hynix, and of course HP are putting a lot of resources into finding ways to rely on these unreliable future devices. Neuromorphic computation will allow that to happen on both memristors and transistors.

It won't be long until all multicore chips integrate a dense, low-power memory with their CMOS cores. It's just common sense.

Our prediction? Neuromorphic chips will eventually come in as many flavors as there are brain designs in nature: fruit fly, earthworm, rat, and human. All our chips will have brains.

Hopefully, this is the solution to 2018's problem of reaching atomic levels of miniaturization. We have a breaktrought to continue with Moore's law beyond current technology.

Submission + - Korean Crisis 23 November 2010 (bbc.co.uk)

Kensai7 writes: North and South Korea exchange dozens of artillery shells across their tense western sea border, in one of the most serious incidents since the Korean War ended without a ceasefire in 1953. My God, let's hope this is not as serious as it looks...
Google

Google Engineer Sponsors New Kinect Bounties 96

ashidosan writes "Hot on the heels of the Adafruit competition, Matt Cutts (a search spam engineer at Google) is sponsoring two more $1,000 bounties for projects using Kinect. 'The first $1,000 prize goes to the person or team that writes the coolest open-source app, demo, or program using the Kinect. The second prize goes to the person or team that does the most to make it easy to write programs that use the Kinect on Linux.'" Relatedly, reader imamac points out a video showing Kinect operating on OS X.
Displays

E Ink Unveils Color E-Reader Display 164

Kensai7 writes with news that E Ink, the company who builds the displays used in Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook, and Sony's Reader, has launched a color version of their e-reader screens. It will first be used by a Chinese company called Hanvon Technology. Other companies will be watching and evaluating how well it works before integrating it into their own designs. Quoting: "Unlike an LCD screen, the colors are muted, as if one were looking at a faded color photograph. In addition, E Ink cannot handle full-motion video. At best, it can show simple animations. These are reasons Amazon, Sony and the other major e-reader makers are not yet embracing it. Amazon says it will offer color E Ink when it is ready; the company sees color as useful in cookbooks and children’s books, and it offers these books in color through its Kindle application for LCD devices. Sony is also taking a wait-and-see approach."

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