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Comment Re:Cores is the new MHz (Score 1) 361

The only one way I can argue for the need of more than quad cores is to allow for a future unknown resource-intensive application. But for most present day applications, even for Graphics rendering (which by the way - has its own dedicated processor!), spending money on more cores is purely money down the drain. Parallelization of algorithms is actually not a trivial task at all.

Let's take Visual Studio as an example. It can compile each project in a separate thread. In a large solution, each additional core will cut the total compiling time in half. If it takes an hour to compile on a single core, a dual 8-core xeon will take about 4 minutes (or 2 if hyper threading is really that good). I'd call that money well spent.

And the parallelization here is actually quite simple as it is done on the project level. No complicated algorithms are needed.

Comment Re:The pragmatist (Score 1) 372

There are some things a commercially viable OEM Linux PC must deliver at retail. H.264 support is one of them. It needs to be in hardware. it needs to competitive - and it needs to be there today.

Holy shit -- I actually agree with westlake. This Sam Imperial White must be some good beer...

Seriously, I don't have a problem with how Canonical is approaching this. They are making this license easily available to OEM hardware vendors, if the vendors wish to purchase it. That's important for vendors who want to sell consumer-ready devices with Ubuntu pre-installed, in countries like the US that lumber beneath the yoke of intellectual monopoly laws.

Intellectual monopoly laws are unjust, and we should all work to have them repealed or struck down. One could plausibly argue that, until they are overturned, conscientious citizens have a moral obligation to violate them. It is however much tougher to argue that a company such as a hardware vendor has a right, much less a duty, to civil disobedience.

Comment Re:SELL! (Score 1) 643

Acceptance is a b&^%*& sometimes...

Sorry, but we can’t take someone serious, who censors himself .
I mean: What the hell? Seriously? Not only do you approve of censorship... you also apply it to yourself. As if it were a totally normal thing to do.
Next you tell me you rape and torture yourself, and also think that that is completely normal...

If you would at least back up any of your statements with actual arguments that connect it to any common paradigms, I may have thought about it. But this is just silly.

Comment Hospital Procedure, Property Rights (Score 1) 11

The story itself might not seem particularly geek/news/thought-worthy until you start thinking about it.

Hospital Procedure:
What procedures are there to protect property in hospitals? Having worked in an ER, it was often "get a hospital volunteer to put clothes in a brown paper bag and write illegibly what is in there". Surely we could find better and more secure ways of doing this. We're talking about property, wallets, rings etc of a person who may be unconscious and is definitely vulnerable. Can't we do better than a brown bag?

Property Rights:
This goes to questions over tissue rights over removed organs (always a confusing area of law), who is responsible for the property of an unconscious person, and who is responsible for property attached to removed tissue (or a removed arm for that matter).

I'd say it's sufficiently geeky, if you think about it.

Comment Re:You could stick post-it notes over my screen .. (Score 1) 660

I also find that the bar-stewards collaborate on their commercial breaks, meaning that switching to a different channel often gets you the same inane ads about fuel efficiency, automobile collision legal advice and the anti depression pill whose side effects are more depressing than anything you could possibly be feeling before taking it.

Comment Re:Not so HD ? (Score 2, Interesting) 327

Internally, 420p is completely plausible. however, that's not the idea... With NFC, and an appropriate receiver (or a simple dock and cable) 1080p connection to a TV is completely within reason. Further, a tiny adjustment to the mini displayport on upcoming mac notebooks (and PCs as well, since it's part of the standard), and video in to a notebook through playback on an iPod/iPhone is completely plausible.

Comment Re:Shame it has a knife on it (Score 1) 223

In 2006 after the VA hard drive got lost we were looking into an encryption solution for our backups, the thing we finally decided on was a 2U box with a tamper resistant case that would zero out the encryption keys if the chassis was opened, and the encryption chip was sealed in a resin that would destroy the chip if tampered with.

We ended up with the CryptoStor instead of the DataFort, right before CryptoStor fired all their hardware engineers and decided to focus on the software side of their encryption solution.

I would presume the encryption chip and memory of the Swiss Army Stick are embedded in a similar kind of resin.

Comment Re:Dumb terminals and smart people don't mix (Score 1) 74

Dumb terminals have the capability to eliminate nearly all hardware requirements for the client except for ability to process the connection. On the other hand they require extreme levels of backup on the server side that has the potential to be cost prohibitive.

We may be at the point where things are stable enough (How often do you loose your gmail? Yes it went down for me the other day but its the first time in at least a couple years). The risks are much higher than the gains but they can be overcome if enough care is spent (not saying it will be but...).

Comment Re:FCC is faulty? (Score 1) 89

>>>And the only reason those monopolies stay in place is because those same companies you list collude together to lobby that they stay around. If you think any of those companies actually want to compete against each other you're living in a fantasy world.

And if you had bothered to read my WHOLE message, you would not have repeated what I already said:
"Of course they won't because Comcast bribes the politicians to keep the monopoly."

Comment Re:More than the usual debate... (Score 3, Insightful) 325

I think the dawn of the UAV era may well herald the end of the independent Air Force, and I think the current crop of pilots know it too. And it begs the question, did a seperate Air Force ever really make that much sense? It was a branch based on a particular technology.... akin to the Army splitting Tanks off into their own separate service, or the Navy doing the same with submarines. Airpower really isn't a doctrine so much as it's just one more weapon in your arsenal.

One word "Jamming".

Remote controlled drones work against low-technology enemies that cannot blanket the radio spectrum with high-power white noise or shoot down your high-altitude relays (if you use line-of-sight comms technologies such as lasers). The drones can only go autonomous for simple tasks and are (not yet) capable of wining a dogfight with a human-controlled fighter.

Going fully dependent on remote controlled drones is a form of "Preparing for the last war".

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