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Comment Re:For the Nth time now! (Score 1) 532

While I don't doubt your facts, they never get mentioned as a reason and they don't get acted upon either:
- People reading heavy books aren't told to stow them
- People sleeping aren't awoken so they pay attention
- People with glasses aren't told to hang on to them

Furthermore, I would think that people will notice when they're about to crash and assume suitable positions, including quickly hanging on to loose items.

The electronic interference story is no good and everybody knows it. Heck, I don't turn off my laptop/phone - I switch it to sleep mode. It's still active...

The deadly projectile story is a lot better but presumably a lightweight phone or ebook reader won't be all that deadly, and whether it's on or off won't make a difference.

Comment Re:Why Can't It Just Act As Write-Back Cache? (Score 1) 67

Wait, what? Oh I see - are you proposing to add a fully associative cache in front of the 4GB Flash memory to speed up cache lookups and thus lazily storing writes as well?

I thought you were caching the stored data in a cache. I must admit I kinda glossed over the "fully associative with write-back" bit :-)

I suppose that can work - SLC is great for caching writes on. However, it's a lot more work than simply copying hot reads onto the Flash and caching them there. What you're proposing means a lot of new work on the disk controller, whereas now they simply slapped a caching thing on top of what they had.

However, at they explain fully associative caches nicely and add that "The hardware for finding the right slot, then picking the slot if more than one choice is available is rather large, so fully associative caches are not used in practice".

I don't think it really matters how Seagate exactly decides to cache stuff - right now they do read-cache only and it would be nice if they did a write-cache as well. You can do that just fine without using fully associative caches for the addressing.

Doing caching right is just not a trivial thing, especially if you have to do it on a tiny embedded platform.


UK Students Build Electric Car With 248-Mile Range 192

da_how writes "A group of students and graduates at Imperial College London have built an electric car with a massive range — 248+ miles on a charge at 'reasonable' highway speeds (60 mph). They did this by filling the car to the absolute max with as many lithium iron phosphate batteries as possible — 56 kWh — and designing a very efficient direct drive powertrain, about 90% batteries-to-wheels at highway speeds. The choice of vehicle is an interesting one: it's a converted Radical SR8 — a track racing car with a speed record on the Nurburgring. Not an obvious contender for an endurance vehicle (no windscreen either!) — but then they claim it's lightweight to start with, being constructed of steel space frame and glass fiber. Also, Radical is based in the UK and provided some help and sponsorship. The students plan to drive their 'SRZero' 15,000 miles down the Pan American Highway, beginning July 8 in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and ending up in Tierra Del Fuego three month later. That's about 60 charges."

Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy 659

MotorMachineMercenar writes "Several news sources report that today's college students show a precipitous drop in empathy (here's MSNBC's take). The study of 14,000 students shows that students since the year 2000 had 40% less empathy than those 20 and 30 years before them. The article lays out a laundry list of culprits, from child-rearing practices and the self-help movement, to video games and social media, to a free-market economy and income inequality. There's also a link so you can test your very own level of narcissism. Let's hope the Slashdot crowd doesn't break the empathy counter on the downside."

Comment Re:FTL information (Score 2, Informative) 236

Read this:

and then come back to educate other /.-ers. I'm a civil engineer and even I didn't know some of the stuff in there. Did you know that electrons flow through metal at a few cm/minute? I sure didn't, but after reading this text a lot of other stuff made a lot more sense to me.


Submission + - Intel's future processors

madison writes: Researchers at Intel are working on ways to mask the intricate functionality of massive multicore chips to make it easier for computer makers and software developers to adapt to them, said Jerry Bautista, co-director of Intel's Tera-scale Computing Research Program. These multicore chips, he added, will also likely contain both x86 processing cores, as well as other types of cores. A 64-core chip, for instance, might contain 42 x86 cores, 18 accelerators and four embedded graphics cores.

In another development Intel has updated its Itanium roadmap to include a new chip dubbed "Kittson" which will follow the release of Poulson- which will be based on a new microarchitecture that provides higher levels of parallelism. "There will be four or more cores, multithreading enhancements, and we'll also introduce more instructions to take advantage of parallelism, especially in virtualization." said William Wu, regional marketing manager for server platforms at Intel Asia-Pacific.

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