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Comment Re:It's also instability (Score 1) 127

That is a different matter, there. Those have been offenses that one could be fired on-the-spot for even back when workers did have rights, and they deserve that status. The problem is that now the employer has so much power over the worker that they can can them at a moment's (or less) notice for no real offense at all. Not long ago the idea of a career was almost guaranteed to any hard-working skilled employee. Now it is devolving into the realm of pure mythology.

Comment It's also instability (Score 4, Insightful) 127

Few people - including those of us too old to be millenials - have truly stable employment any more. Long ago we signed away our rights to contest being fired or laid off. If one job pulls in enough money to keep you afloat, you need the second in order to put money away for when the first one is no longer there.

Comment Re:How to stop Trump (Score 1) 152

Simple. E-mail server and other links led up to the debacle in Libya.

Well, that is a fun conspiracy right there. Does that come from the same school of "thought" that tells us that Saint Ronnie telling Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall directly and solely caused it to actually come down? Does it also excuse all the blunders that happened under Saint Ronnie that were more preventable and resulted in the death of larger numbers of Americans?

Only difference is that the Rosenbergs were not rich enough to be Above The Law. Hillary is.

Actually, the list of similarities between the two is far, far, shorter than the list of differences. The only similarity I have found so far is that both involved human beings. You haven't provided one beyond that yet.

Comment Re:What took them so long? (Score 1) 121

Sure, but unless you've developed a superconducting substrate, or come up with a reliable, efficient 3D cooling system, or are willing to run the 3D transistors only at very low speed/power, you're going to run into serious heat dissipation problems.

Back then I was proposing a diamond semiconductor - supported and powered by water-cooled silver busbars. Diamond is extremely conductive thermally. The bandgap is 5.5V, corresponding to the deep ultraviolet, so you can run it very hot without fouling the electrical properties (though you have to keep; it below 752 F or it will gradually degrade.) I'd want to put it in a bottle with an inert atmosphere so it wouldn't oxidize at high temperature, either.

The flip side of the big bandgap is that it consumes more energy - and generates more heat - when switching than current silicon designs which run at about a third that voltage.

These days I'd probably go for layers of graphine, which conducts heat even better than diamond.

With a rectangular solid you can get a LOT of transistors (and their interconnects) into a few cubic feet. The original proposal was for a six-foot cube - 216 cubic feet. Powering and cooling on two faces gives you 72 square feet of heat and power transfer serice, with 432 square feet on the other two faces for optical I/O fibers. Nowadays I'd take a page from Gene Amdahl and go a tad smaller: so, like the 1960s-era cabinets for IBM compter components, the block of logic and its supporting structures would fit into a standard elevator.

Comment What took them so long? (Score 1) 121

The report adds that processors could still continue to fulfill Moore's Law with increased vertical density.

What took them so long?

I've been pointing out that a three-dimensional arrangement off components could continue FAR longer than an essentially single-layer arrangements since at least the 1970s.

Comment Re:Moore's Law ended years ago, for many (Score 1) 121

Depending on the specific problem, with number-crunching big databases you may be running into the limits of Amdahl's Law, not Moore's.

If part of the algorithm is inherently serial (ie, can't be parallelized), then that's going to be the bottleneck no matter how many cores you throw at it (although faster memory and I/O may help). CPU clock speed has been stuck around 2-4 GHz for many years now, throwing more transistors at the problem isn't going to help much. What we need there is not more transistors but faster ones, which means moving away from silcon to e.g. GaAs or micro vacuum tubes or whatever. One 1-THz CPU will blow away 250 4-GHz CPUs (memory bandwidth permitting) because it gets around Amdahl's Law.

Comment Re:Also (Score 1) 123

My phone is encrypted and protected with a fairly strong password (12-digit PIN in my case). In addition, the mobile banking app is also protected with a different, fairly strong password. It has multi-factor authentication, but since that is a text to my phone that doesn't count here.

Since my life is on the phone and I use it to constantly stay in touch with family and friends, plus things like navigation, and quick look-ups of information, it is always on me. So much so that I'd sooner forget my wallet or car keys than my phone.

Finally, my phone is not only constantly backed up, it has, essentially, a GPS locator that I can use from my PC to to find it. Just enter "where's my android phone" into Google, assuming you're logged in to your Google account.

Comment Re:Apple Tried This Before... (Score 1) 504

I guess that depends on how you define that arena. I credit Apple with killing the floppy drive (arguably not just the 3.5 with the Imac but also the 5.25 with the original Mac) and leading the way towards killing the optical drive as well. They were also a big developer for CUPS.

Yeah, their market share is slim, but their followers are astonishingly devout. Even though the hardware is no longer unique you still have a better chance of converting a windows person to mac than the other way around.

Comment Re:because it's universal (Score 2) 504

FWIW, IBM actually PUBLISHED the SOURCE CODE for their IBM PC BIOS in an actual book!

Among the service documentation you could buy for the model 5150 was an IBM blue binder manual that had actual scans of MX-80 printouts of the BIOS in 7-dot matrix
print as well as the actual schematics of everything in the 5150 except the Power Supply, which they bought OEM from Astec at the time.

You had to buy the SAMS 3rd-party manual for the PC if you wanted power supply schematics.

Comment Apple Tried This Before... (Score 1) 504

Doesn't anyone remember the G4 cube? I do. Maybe the current crop of Apple execs and designers don't - or they just really don't want to - but it also was released with no headphone/speaker jack. While that was not the sole reason for its failure, it was a contributing part.

The G4 cube was cute - similar to how the SGI O2 (the "toaster") was cute, but cute did not equate to functionality.

Comment Re:Yeah, he can win (Score 1) 29

Speak for yourself.

I went to caucus and voted for Bernie. My precinct ultimately broke exactly 50:50 between Bernie and Hillary with no votes for O'Malley or anyone else. I went to the next level as a delegate where we apportioned delegates for state according to how our state split (which went to Bernie as well). There was nothing else I could do for my local or state voting.

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