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Comment Re:Aren't they too power-hungry? (Score 1) 67

From TFA:

"the launch of the Atom E3900 series brings with it Intel’s first custom silicon targeting the roughly 6W to 12W market of more powerful IoT devices... ...As relatively high power processors these aren’t meant for wearables and such, but rather primarily devices on mains power where additional intelligence is needed. In Intel terminology, the E3900 is focused on “edge” devices as opposed to “core” devices. The idea being that Intel wants to move out data processing to the edge of an IoT network – into sensors and such devices – as opposed to having to use a dumb sensor that sends data back for processing...."

For the ultra-low power, they offer this:

Different applications, different requirements, different configurations and hence power needed...

Comment Re:Space Tourism (Score 1) 64

Well, a few have paid in the past...

Of course, at $20 Mi a pop, it's not for everyone. But plenty can "afford" that amount now:

"According to the Forbes report released in March 2015, there are currently 1,826 U.S. dollar billionaires worldwide, from 66 countries, with a combined net worth of $7.05 trillion..."

But yeah, even assuming an optimistic 10% take-up, that's still less than 200 potential clients...still, even a 100 would net a handy $2 Bn for the program

Comment The "telescreen" is finally here (Score 2) 91

A bit later than 1984, but we finally got there.

Who'd have thought it? Not content with letting pretty much anyone (including criminals) read their mail, track their movements with CCTV, spoofed phones and car license plate readers etc, the citizenry are actually buying them and installing this crap themselves!
That's right, apparently it's just too hard to stream music or adjust a thermostat by hand; you now have to install a device that is always on, always listening in order to whistle up a recipe or get the sports. They must be mad.

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