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Comment Re:China (Score 4, Insightful) 282

I just love how quickly and how extensively Bitcoin is growing outside the United States, especially because the trolls who insist that the US will just shut it down someday are going to keep saying that well beyond the point at which it would matter to the Bitcoin economy if the US completely stopped existing.

Comment Re:14 nanometers should be enough for anyone. (Score 4, Informative) 96

Actually if the rumors some of the other sites are saying is true the 14nm delay isn't because of low yield...its because nobody is buying. Oh sure the yields aren't great but like AMD it looks like Intel has realized there really ain't a point in constantly putting out faster and better chips when they can't move the ones they got.

What both need to realize, and what will be biting ARM right in the ass in less than 18 months by my calculations is thus....The software just hasn't kept up with the hardware and X86 by switching from MHz wars to core wars went from "good enough" to "insanely overpowered" and when you can't even stress the one you have, what is the point of buying a new one? Intel and AMD are finding this carries over to other areas as well, take laptops for example. Used to you could set your watch by my customers replacing their laptops, every 2 years for the business guys and every 3 max for the home users, because the combo of heat cycling and software requirements would make them break or painfully slow, now? Well most of the time the laptop is twiddling its thumbs so its not getting hot enough to kill it and even a 5+ year laptop these days is a C2D or Turion X2 with 3+ GB of RAM and 300GB+ HDDs, more than Joe and Sally Average need frankly.

Oh and for the guys praising ARM and thinking that train is gonna keep on rolling? You got 18-24 months by my calculations and then? Hope you enjoy the same boat Intel and AMD are in now. The reason why is simple...ARM doesn't scale well and there is only so many cores and so much MHz you can push in a thin and light before you end up with battery life measured in minutes so just like how Intel and AMD hit the heat wall? So too will ARM hit the battery wall. When you combine this with the incredible race to the bottom going on right now, we are talking about dual core tablets in the $70 range at Chinamart and quads starting at $100? it won't be long before everybody and their dog has a phone and tablet that is faster than they know what to do with and then like X86 they won't replace until the unit dies.

so I wouldn't be surprised if intel just sits on 14nm until they get it down so well they can sell it as cheap or cheaper than current chips, after all AMD has already said it'll be a year before they release a new chip and why should they? Thanks to having a mature process they can sell hexacores for $100 and octocores for $130 and their yields on the APUs is so good the OEMs are selling quad laptops for $399, why spend all that money for a new chip when sales are already depressed? The same goes for Intel, they have chips at just about every price point, mature process means high yields and more profits per wafer, and with the global economy a crawl and PCs becoming like appliances why come out with a new chip? Stick with what you've got, they are several orders of magnitude faster than Joe and Sally know what to do with anyway.

Comment Re:Distributed architecture, anyone? (Score 3, Interesting) 245

As opposed to the general BitTorrent world?

Yes. Did you ever stop to wonder why people left KaZaA, eDonkey, Gnutella and so on for Suprnova and The Pirate Bay? We tried it 10-15 years ago and it was vastly inferior to torrent sites, what's new? Except that torrent sites have now gone torrentless and trackerless to mostly carry magnet links.

How exactly would a decentralized searched engine have to cope with worse problems than the traditional ones struggle with?

Statistics. Google has tons and tons of statistics on what links are actually relevant to the search terms, your decentralized crawler will find some random shit and return it as a hit. Search any of the networks above and you get tons of crap. Perhaps you get better results with a decentralized search engine on the web, but only because you rely on sites like TPB and other popular torrent sites to weed out most of the crap. Searching a fairly centralized resource in a decentralized way isn't exactly being decentralized.

Comment Wouldn't put too much in this (Score 1) 96

They released Haswell in June, they've barely had time to sell that so Q4 2013 to Q1 2014 is still ahead of their yearly tick-tock. They're not announcing any delay to Airmont which is their mobile 14nm chip and we all know one quarter to or from won't change much in the desktop/server market. In related news AMD posted their Q3 earnings today and their CPU sales are still down, their gross margin is down but on the bright side the console sales are finally coming in so overall they're making a profit this quarter. Inventory is way up but I hope that is due to build up before the PS4/XBone launch, what disturbs me is that their R&D is still going down. That's a death spiral in the CPU/GPU/APU business.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 767

I think you need to double check your numbers. I know you get modded to 5 as insightful, but really...you should check your numbers.

According to this paper, from Harvard University, the Iran/Afghanistan wars will eventually cost between $4-6 trillion... now please demonstrate how ObamaCare will cost more than that. I'm not saying you are wrong, ObamaCare may cost more that $4-6 trillion but at the very least I'd like to see you back that up.

Comment Re:Distributed architecture, anyone? (Score 2) 245

Fully decentralized services are full of spam, viruses, trolls, hired goons, crap versions, corrupted versions and garbage. You don't need the bulk data from a centralized source - a magnet link is plenty - but if you don't want to waste a lot of time and bandwidth you want some form of crowd-sourced service to help you find good files. That means moderation, comments, ratings, votes, indexes and so on that don't decentralize well. You could of course try with some PGP "web of trust" system, but you see how well that's worked out for key signing so I really doubt it'll do better at finding good content. As long as places like TPB are up, they'll be used. If they go down, I guess hidden services over TOR are next. If they go down as well, then maybe but not before...

Comment Also, it is fast (Score 2) 465

In part, this is because Intel has a compiler for it. On commodity hardware (as in desktop, laptop), you will generally get the best performance running an Intel CPU and using an Intel compiler. That means C/C++ or FORTRAN, as they are the only languages for which Intel makes compilers. C++ is easy to see, since so much is written in it but why would they make a FORTRAN compiler? Because as you say, serious science research uses it.

When you want fast numerical computation on a desktop, FORTRAN is a good choice. We have a few researchers here who use it, and they all use the Intel Fortran Compiler because they want fast computation, but they don't have the money to buy bigass systems for every grad student. What they get out of the IFC and a regular Intel desktop chip is pretty impressive.

Compilers matter, and Intel makes some damn good ones. So if your research calls for lots of performance on little budget, that can influence language choices. Heck same thing on supercomputers. That is not my area of expertise, but it isn't as though all compilers for a given supercomptuer will be equally good. If I were to bet, I'd say the FORTRAN compilers are some of the better ones.

Comment Re:Ubuntu good for linux? (Score 2) 143

Well, Red Hat found a profitable market. Apple found a profitable market. Google found a profitable market. Has Canonical? They're a private company so we don't really know but as late as a call this year announcing Ubuntu for Tablets they said they were not. Nor can I spot any big and obvious cash flows to indicate they would be, they're a contender in various areas but no big cash cows. It's the same as when Red Hat shut down Red Hat Linux (not Red Hat *Enterprise* Linux) in favor of the Fedora project, sure RHL was great for the community but Red Hat didn't see how they'd make any money on it. About ten years down the road and Ubuntu is exactly in the same spot, they have the same market and it's still not making any money. I think Canonical is suffering the investor's itch, they don't want to wait another decade to see returns.

Comment Re:Ends? (Score 1) 999

Attempting to tie Obamacare to raising the debt ceiling... Yes, I'm afraid that is the Tea Party's fault, and in their religious zeal to destroy government, all they're doing is fucking up the GOP.

Comment Re:You'll pry Windows 95 from my cold dead hands! (Score 2, Insightful) 398

Well lets see...both are single task designed OSes, both have a look like something from the early 90s and oh yeah...both suck.

So I'd say its a pretty apt mistake to make. BTW I have a question to all those Win 8 apologists...why do you not praise the "innovation" of sticking teeny tiny desktops on cellphones? Because all MSFT did was flip the same tired old shit they did for a decade, instead of stuffing a desktop GUI on a cellphone they jammed a cellphone GUI, complete with appstore crapstore and swipe gestures, onto a desktop where it makes NO fucking sense. Hell for that matter why aren't you replacing the steering wheel in your car with bike handlebars? After all by MSFT logic since bikes are growing and are the most popular UI worldwide for transportation that MUST make them superior and therefor perfect to use anywhere for anything.

I think I'll just leave this here and note how many times he says things like "stop" and "I don't want that" as the OS actively fights against the user who isn't doing the "tweeting twits and social shit" MSFT clearly designed the OS for. A GOOD UI should HELP the user and get out of the way, a BAD UI is a hindrance...which would you say Win 8.x is?

Comment Re:Ends? (Score 1, Insightful) 999

I can't imagine the House Republicans wanting to go through this again. Everyone has taken a beating, but while the Democrats might be battered and bruised, the Republicans have hemorrhaged support. For some time, moderate Republican incumbents have lived in fear of the Tea Party smashing them in the primaries, but now the choice between accommodating wingnuts and winning in 2014 has become very very clear.

I'm sure Cruz and his ilk will want to pick another fight in January, but even he seems to realize the Tea Party has been damaged by this, and his actions and the actions of his compatriots in the House are threatening to bring down a civil war on the GOP.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 5, Insightful) 999

Why did you think that? They knew the moderate Republicans in the House would eventually force Boehner's hand. Even Boehner knew it, but this little dance had to go all the way because the moderate Republicans are as terrified of the Tea Party as they are of voters.

Obama and Congressional Democrats have seen this growing weakness in the GOP since 2008, and have been waiting for a chance to humiliate Boehner. Now they'll sit back and watch the civil war in the Republican ranks make the Republicans' dominance of the house become an empty accomplishment.

Comment Re:Thank goodness (Score 3, Insightful) 999

That would be my assumption. So it isn't a done deal in the long term, but in the short and medium term, the Republicans won't get many, if any more chances to kill it. I'd say Obamacare, and whatever it ultimately morphs into, is now pretty much cemented into the landscape. Within a few election cycles, no one will be talking about repealing it.

Comment Re:NSA launches project FUD against Trucrypt (Score 4, Insightful) 233

The problem is that the HDD is designed, given the head, recording signal, and surface material, to only support the original capacity under the signal theory that covers the current method of recording. It does NOT matter that in theory, the disk material MAY be able to save far more data with a different head, and signal method. Only the current method matters. But the owners of Slashdot will allow periodic FUD articles to appear that DISCOURAGE people from using proper file erase tools, on the basis that its actually a waste of time, because the NSA can still get your data no matter how you erase it.

You sure YOU don't work for the NSA? The recording capability is what it is, but the reading capability is whatever you can put in a $100 consumer drive operating at 100MB/s with 1 error in 10^14 bits accuracy. What you can do with a >$1 million electron microscope at 1/1000th the speed at 1/1000th the accuracy is another matter. You might not want a 0.1 MB/s drive that corrupts a bit every megabyte but for forensics that's plenty. Never mind that all modern drives just pretend to offer you a linear disc, in reality it remaps a whole sector if a single bit fails. How much compromising info can you write in 4023 out of 4024 bits of a 4K sector? It's not useless but everything you hope to achieve with erasing is better achieved with encryption. Nor are they mutually exclusive, if you want to wipe your encrypted drive for that extra unrecoverable feeling go ahead.

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