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Comment Re:Legacy Code is not the issue here (Score 1) 360

Hit the nail.
If you have at least a little experience, you've already at least once gone through the codebase and asked who's the idiot that wrote that, checked the answer on the version control system to find that the idiot is yourself.
On the other hand, sometimes the legacy code is so much patched that it's easier and faster to rewrite it. If this code is that much patched that you can't even follow the code flow anymore, bugs left are only the scary ones anyway. Rewriting that code is a high risk task, since many errors already solved will be done again, but may still be worth it.

Comment Re:Willingness to pay (Score 1) 224

No, redundancy means excess capacity.
Diversity means spreading the capacity through various locations/processes/etc. In this case we're talking about geographical diversity and the difference is simply distribution of the fabs around the world. If TSMC had its 15 factories spread over various locations, a single event couldn't shut down 100% of it's capacity.
The last year's earthquake in Japan shot down 1/3 of the Renesas fabs. It was enough to make a huge problem, stop some auto manufacturers, but it kept running. Had Renesas all it's fabs on North Japan, it would be 100% down. The fabs were not redundant, as one could not cover for the lack of other.

Comment Re:Willingness to pay (Score 1) 224

It's about diversity, no redundancy.
For semiconductor manufacturing, for example. There's quite a few plants around the world, not that much of small process nodes. If a major earthquake hits Taiwan, shutting down TSMC and UMC factories, you'll notice the effect all around the world pretty fast.
This should give an idea.

Comment Re:Power? (Score 1) 202

Having compiled the same code for ARM, x86 and x86-64, with the same compiler, I dare saying that the ARM code is much smaller.
Compiles using -Os and GCC for all cores.
Embedded has code size as a limiting factor for quite some time now...

P.S. before saying that a sample size of one isn't evidence, I develop firmware for ARM and some other arch e frequently compile it on the PC for testing purposes.

Submission + - The end of shutdown. (

rwiggers writes: Samsung got some new tech on resistive memory that is quite impressive. This article points to very fast non-volatile memory with incredible endurance. Will we succeed in exchanging our volatile memories for persistent ones?

Comment Re:Mozillacide (Score 1) 599

Indeed. Since FF4 I can't use online banking with FF. Now with FF5 Acrobat Reader locks and fails every now and then. Befor you put the fault at adobe, it doesn't on FF3 or IE. Basically FF is becoming useless for me very, very fast. And I'm the ordinary user. On the enterprise level here it's already forbidden.

Comment Re:The fall of the free empire (Score 1) 458

You're always limiting the rights of other people, including their right to live, by asserting your rights. The problem is where to draw the line.

I disagree with that thesis entirely.

Their right to live does not mean in any way that I'm required to surrender mine. Just because you might need an organ donation, doesn't confer an obligation upon me to give it to you. The same as the "right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" doesn't actually guarantee you a job or to be happy ... merely the right to look for it.

I'd say you just confirmed my point. You don't have to surrender your right simply because the papers would be reversed then. Someone shouting that this or that genre of art is disgusting and should be forbidden is attacking a basic right (free speech) of someone else is just like someone shouting that organ donation should be compulsory is attacking a basic right (physical integrity or even your right to live).
Also, you can give someone the right to look for a job or happiness with no feasible way to achieve the goal.

Because, as soon as you start doing the calculus of whose life is more valuable ... you start using the poor as spare parts for the rich.

Sure. Don't we kinda do that already, in economic terms? (poor people's work pays rich people's health care while having (almost) none themselves)

In my opinion, both of your examples are nonsensical and contrived. That isn't about 'offending someone else's sensibilities' .... it's about making your own rights inferior to that of someone else. I don't see any ambiguity in where to draw the line you seem to think is a broad and fuzzy expanse ... your rights can't extend past the security of my own person.

You may redefine the security of your own person to include quite a lot.

Comment Re:The fall of the free empire (Score 1) 458

It's amazing how vocal people can be about making sure that the rights of other people are limited so as not to offend their own sensibilities.

Very true... Suppose there's a hungry vampire just in front of you, about to die if not by your blood. Which right to live is bigger? (from a book I read a long time ago). Let's get a not so hypothetical and fantastic case, let's say you're in front of a severe renal patient and known to be a compatible donor. You don't want to live with a single kidney, which right is more important, his right to live or your right not to have your organs harvested?
You're always limiting the rights of other people, including their right to live, by asserting your rights. The problem is where to draw the line.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 538

No, the problem is not money. The problem is bureaucracy, unwillingness to help and the arrogance, usually all present on TI departments.
Or simply things like:
ME: I need dotProject installed for use within my department. Could you deploy that? How should we proceed?
IT: dotProject isn't in the list of allowed softwares, MS Project is on the list, you should use it.
ME: 100 licenses of MS Project is too expensive, I need a simple service added to the linux box you already manage and have integrated with our domain.
IT: Sorry, you must use MS project.


Submission + - Mars rover Spirit is no more (

dotancohen writes: "fter nearly a year of trying to reestablish communications with the Spirit Mars rover, NASA has decided to suspend efforts. Communications channels used to contact the vehicle (redesignated from "rover" to "spot" when it got stuck in a sand trap) will be used to develop a communications base wit hthe next Mars rover: the ambitious Mars Science Laboratory."

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