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Comment Re:No Sympathy (Score 1) 413

Upgrading software to a new OS can cost $30k/seat and up as any changes require re certifying the software. Even AMD vs Intel cpu requires certification.

Getting some software re certified to run in a new environment can cost $10m +.
I know at least one company that is running 60's era emulators just due to the expense of getting their software re certified. All test cases MUST match previous results. rewriting the software might cost $10m, getting the certification might cost over $100m. The software is used to certify aircraft components design and testing.

Comment E10 increases petroleum consuption (Score 1) 330

If E10 is so good, why does my fuel consumption go up more then 10% when I use E10 vs pure gasoline? With E10 I actually use more petroleum gas per mile then with 100% gasoline. I track my mileage. A friend of mine reports the same problem and he also tracks his mileage.

I can see E85 saving petroleum fuel, but as best I can tell and anyone I know who tracks mileage, E10 INCREASES petroleum consumption.

Comment Gaming extensions (Score 1) 260

I started using Chrome for a couple online games as the extensions were easier to deal with in chrome. If those extensions get blocked I have no use for chrome and it will go poof. I use FF as my main browser, but it seems the newer versions have become pretty unstable. Under my normal use I can usually crash FF hard enough it can't restore my sessions as when it tries it again crashes. The EA online game is very hard to play without the extensions and these are the extensions approved by EA.

Comment Re:Why can't they start over ? (Score 1) 404

The big problem is the contractor didn't even get the blueprint right so the entire project from start to finish needs to be tossed and redesigned go back to specs and then get the specs cleaned up as from reading between the lines, part of the problem is the spec is also screwed up. This is a case of GIGO, Garbage in, Garbage out.

Comment Re:GET A JOB YA BUMS (Score 1) 305

Just because there are jobs, does not mean that the person(s) on welfare are qualified for any of those jobs and/or have the ability to even get to the job if they are qualified.

Some of those jobs pay so little that people on welfare can't afford to get the job. With the job they could not afford housing, food, transport to/from work, child care, medical expense, etc.

I am not saying that there is no fraud in the system, but the job situation is not that simple.

One way to improve the situation is to maybe do something like instead of benefits being a binary situation, ie you either qualify or don't to make it a graduated situation. You loose maybe $1 in benefits for every $2 you earn.

I'm also not sure how many of those jobs are not real, i.e., the advertized job may kinda exist, but the employer has no plans to actual hire anyone.

Comment Some companies don't get international trade (Score 1) 1

Some companies don't seem to understand international trade. Other countries have different rules/laws/ways of doing business. If you don't deal properly with those differences you make it very hard to do business with the people in those countries.

Aliendeath and I are playing in the same Lord of Ultima game. I've been playing for several years. Aliendeath is not the first player I've met that had problems with EA and trying to make payments.

These days if you want to really play the game and have a chance of doing well you need the minister pack. Ministers do things for you so you don't have to micromanage many things. A brand new player can get by without ministers for a couple weeks, but once you've grown enough, you really need ministers.

I'm on full disability so I'm home pretty much all the time and I use ministers. It is just too hard to keep up otherwise.

Comment Re:A hard time keeping on the forefront? (Score 1) 605

X86 is just one of the followers. The privilege rings started with Multics design back in the mid 60's/late 60's. Up to then most systems that had any protection used at most a 'kernel' mode and a user mode. Some used a start address and length/end registers loaded by the OS before transferring control to the user program. OS-360 used a 4 bit lock/key system. A key of 0 was only used by the OS and could access all memory. Each running program (up to 15) was assigned a key between 1 and 15 and could only access memory with the same key. IIRC keys worked on 4K boundaries so each 4K of memory could have a different key.

Comment I like my suggestion (Score 1) 297

I'm sure there will be an internet sales tax. There is too much money
involved for politicians to not tax it. Since this is inevitable, I
think the best thing to do is design a tax system that causes the least
complication for retailers. I propose the following:

1) An internet sales tax based solely on the shipping address.

2) The tax rate be set at 5% (no more then 7%).

3) The money is collected by the IRS or a separate federal sales tax

4) The collected money is divided as follows:

    4a) 1% goes to the federal government general fund.

    4b) 3% goes to the state according to item 1 above.

    4c) .9% (or less then 1% depending on the amounts involved with the
rest going to the federal government) goes to R&D for the internet,
support of public exchange points, support of public high speed links,
and the rest goes to college/university scholarships, general research,
the current general research emphases should be development of new new
sources of energy such as fusion, wind, water, etc.

    4d) .1% should go into an emergency relief fund to help deal with
emergencies so relief organizations do not have to wait for congress to
authorize funds. This money would also go to the military to cover
costs of military assistance when military resources are used to
transport relief supplies any where in the world.

5) All merchants have to report is $$$'s collected by city, state,
zip/postal code, and country.

6) Other countries can sign on to the tax agreement by meeting the same

requirements for simplicity, ie reporting is done like item 5 above and
each country can decide how to apply the 5% between federal and local

7) Tax should be collected on all sales, no exceptions even if the sale

is to a government, church, state, college, university, etc.

This is my basic opinion and plan. KEEP IT SIMPLE!!!!

Comment Older systems that already solved some problems. (Score 1) 258

I recommend looking at some of the Multics features, particularly the use of segmentation and paging instead of a more normal file system.
see http://www.multicians.org/features.html for an introduction to Multics features and the references for how they really work. Multics was written to run on an SMP system so a system with 1 processor was the special case.

I would also suggest looking into security, again both the permissions an perhaps the ring based permission levels. The more the cpu can help with building in security from the start the easier it will be in the long run.

You might also want to look into the NS32xxx series from National Semiconductor in the late 80's/90's( not sure exactly when). The NS3200 all had the same instruction set, however you could get the chip with 8bit, 16bit, and 32bit memory/data access. At this stage of CPU's I'd suggest looking into detaching the instruction set from the 'bit' size so the external access to memory/data was independent of the bit size. With a 32 bit data/address bus it may take 2 transfers to handle a 64 bit data item, but that can be done by the hardware without the software having to know about it. All the software sees is a 64 bit (or maybe later on with added instructions a 128bit) address/data path with the actual path width hidden by the hardware. A 64 bit program might run a little slower on a 32 bit bus, but it will run.

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