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Comment Re:Insightful fact... (Score 4, Interesting) 289

The tools are fairly good, but, in my experience, they'll always report 3-7% or so of your paper as plagiarized, just because it's pretty difficult to write about _anything_ without unknowingly using previously written words. I would _hope_ that anyone who would pursue disciplinary action from such a tool's results would at least take a look to see if the sections being flagged are consequential.

I have no idea how good they are with catching paraphrasing, though... it strikes me that the semi-intelligent plagiarizers would be doing that more than a straight copy and paste. There's also the "acceptable vs unacceptable" distinction to be made.

Comment Re:The reason is the same as it has always been (Score 1) 425

Forget "handles multiple cores". Just multi-threading the emulator is not nearly as difficult as you propose. The problem is that you've got to discretely manage those threads _plus_ those SPEs. Sorry, but it's a ton of work for a feature that's not really going to add a lot or help very many people.

FYI, most of those "custom emulators" are just ports of existing ones, like SNES9X. And most of them don't work as well as their PC brethren anyways.

Comment Re:The reason is the same as it has always been (Score 2, Informative) 425

The parent here makes it sound like you should be able to just write a few lines of code and set a compile flag to have your program start using the SPEs on the Cell. That's completely untrue - you'd need to write some very specific, very custom code to use them, as they're basically just very fancy DSPs with regards to C coding.

As a point of reference, no one's ported x264 to use the Cell for encoding, and that's the sort of application that the Cell is supposed to be very good with. IIRC, part of the issue was that each SPE only has 256kb of cache on it, which is rather marginal for high resolution rendering (you can't fit a whole 1080p frame into the SPE).

Comment Re:Go look for another job. (Score 1) 681

I can see why you'd post that anonymously - it's illegal as hell to do what you're doing. Not to mention _stupid_, given that there's no scientific evidence that having religion makes you worse at doing your job.

I am reasonably sure I was discriminated against on religious grounds against by an interviewer at one state college I applied to work at. To this day, I'm still not sure I made the right decision to let it go, but it's jerks like you who make this world a worse place (and hurt your own employer doing it).

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Submission + - iPhone and Apple TV annoucement

twofish writes: "The Times on-line has details of the long expected announcement of the iPhone accounted by Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday. The new mobile phone downloads and plays music. Jobs said Apples iPhone would reinvent the telecommunications sector and leapfrog past the current generation of hard-to-use smart phones.

"Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything, he said during his keynote address at the annual Macworld Conference and Expo. Its very fortunate if you can work on just one of these in your career. ... Apples been very fortunate in that its introduced a few of these."

Job's also announced the Apple TV. More details at ars technica."

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