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Comment Re:Thanks for the ad, I guess, but you missed some (Score 1) 74

I think we're *eventually* going to wind up with a unified memory technology that flattens the memory space, but I don't think Optane is it.

When this was first a thing, the Optane access times were a couple of orders of magnitude off RAM. It really read like a newer/better/faster version of existing flash storage media. Of course the critical thing is "Can you make it price competitive with existing NAND?"

If they can't, it's going to be a tough sell. Existing NAND storage has gotten to be fast, durable, cheap and is growing in capacity. While you *can* use faster storage in front of slower capacity storage as a cache, existing NAND is so cheap now that everything is migrating to flash.

Caching works, but it's complex and has overhead penalties, which is one reason why all flash storage has grown in popularity. The consumer wants one drive, not two, and even the enterprise wants speed and simplicity.

I'm curious what Intel's problem is. Is it just an early production capacity problem or are their yield problems? Or did they drink their own kool-aide and think that people wanted to step back to multi-tier storage for their new cache chips?

Comment Re:You don't want this to succed (Score 1) 320

That's a bad analogy. Brakes are a safety-critical item, so the standards are higher. Microsoft software clearly states in the EULA that it is not suitable for safety-critical systems, and also that they're not liable for any problems that may occur from use of the software, including data loss. You use their software at your own risk.

Comment In other words, regression to the mean (Score 2) 128

In aggregate, Indian engineers begin to mirror the differences between the India and the US/Europe generally.

India isn't just US or Europe with a sanitation problem, it's a civilization with its own inherent problems that have kept it that way. You can give people degrees, but that doesn't immediately resolve the other externalities that prevent them from being parts-interchangeable with their Western counterparts.

Maybe at some very elite level (very wealthy, educated abroad, etc) some small subset of Indians are interchangeable, but at the bulk level they tend to be on par with the rest of India at the same level.

If they were the same as Westerners, then India would be much more like the West and they would be employed at home in their own globally competitive industries and not clamoring for visas to work in the US.

Comment Re:Sounds nice! (Score 1) 127

Historically, cut-down populations lead to growth. Nobody in history established a policy to reduce the population "to conserve resources", and then held it down that way. The GP is suggesting that population is too big; there is a popular argument that we need to cut the world population back a few billion to conserve our resources, and he's made the first part without stating the conclusion. My response was in that context: the economic boom you describe wouldn't happen because we would prevent growth.

Comment Re:OK, cool... (Score 1) 133

That wasn't the point. The cost differences in shipping and installation are because the panels are of various sizes and weights; if I could get an impossible device that's a cubic centimeter, 3 grams, and generates 500GW of power, I could ship it via 32 cents of postage and install it in a few minutes of labor. Do you know how much it costs just to ship the concrete to build the nuclear containment building for a reactor?

Moving material around requires time. Mining large amounts of material requires time. You're going to expend more to install and maintain a big, 1%-efficient array than a small, 24%-efficient array.

Comment Re:German approach (Score 1) 149

germans ARE allowed to monitor.

csb time: I used to work at cisco in the US and a friend who worked at cisco in .de told me that they disclose to their german employees the kinds of wiretapping they do (mgmt) to their employees. mgmt can turn on the webcam and mic at any time, do screen captures, enable keylogging, lots of things. all cisco laptops from corp IT come baked-in with corp spyware. not to worry, ALL big corps do this, now, and they bake-in fake certs so that you authenticate with the corp firewall even when you get a 'lock icon' on your ssl browser.

the only diff is: the US managers are not allowed to say all this and the german mgrs have to disclose it. the only way I, a US employee, knew about this is that I was friends with someone who did get told this, who lives in .de.

they most certainly log and do bad things; just like the US does. but their people, at least, are TOLD about this.

Comment Re:Uh, why? (Score 1) 199

Yeah, I don't know anything about your particular situation, but it was the kind of thing I was thinking of when I wrote my post. People have a tendency to think, "Why would you bother to support old [DOS | Windows 3.1 | Windows 95 | whatever] apps? Nobody uses that anymore." And it's true that it's very rare to see a normal person still using Windows 3.1 as their desktop OS. However, there are still various systems that businesses have in place, that may have been build decades ago with an old OS, still in operation. I don't know that OS/2 is the right choice for those systems, but it's one reason why legacy OS support might not be completely worthless.

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