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Comment So sick of the Fusion Scams (Score 0) 108

I'm sick of these articles that sound like they are mansplaining the basics of tomahawk fusion that we have known since the 1970s and then claims its a new thing. Moreover, they supposedly have a working commercial reactor when we know that a commercial reactor would need to be ITER sized for positive energy generation. Can we keep this crap off slashdot?

Comment Totally the right call (Score 4, Informative) 90

The USB power delivery spec standardizes how to increase Vbus voltage and max current. Power profile 5 increases the voltage to 20V with 5A current for 100W of power. It can be implemented on either type A, micro USB, or type C. It used to be that the USB spec only standardized up to 7.5W power draw, which became a limiter on charging time. Now that we have the new power delivery spec extension, there are zero good reasons to implement proprietary charging standards to move beyond 7.5W.

Despite this, Qualcomm is still heavily marketing its proprietary quickcharge 3.0 system to smartphone manufacturers, purely for the incremental profits on licensed wall chargers. I'm glad to see Google throwing their weight around a little in an effort to shut down what is purely a money grab.

Comment Still Catching Up (Score 4, Interesting) 44

It looks like Intel is still playing catch up in the modem space. Interestingly, it looks like for the 2016 iPhone, Apple is using either the Intel XMM 7360 or the Qualcomm X12. Both of these modems were released in 2015. Qualcomm hasn't shipped a new generation since then, but Intel did release the XMM 7480 in February. It would be interesting to see how much progress Intel has made in a year.

Either way, the fact that Intel's modem exists is good for everyone... except Qualcomm. Without it, Qualcomm would be the only LTE modem supplier. There is no doubt Apple is aware of the Intel modem's shortcomings. My guess is Apple is willing to turn a blind eye to that for the "1st gen" product and use the new revenue as a carrot to get Intel to direct its engineering efforts to the features that Apple wants, probably stuff like CDMA for example.

Comment Re:non-news is non-news (Score 5, Informative) 159

Unless Apple is doing some sort of quasi RAID like read/write access against all available memory chips

"Quasi RAID" is actually how all SSDs work. The controller spreads the writes across multiple flash chips. This is why NVMe is so much faster, the OS can give the SSD controller thousands of outstanding IO requests instead of the max of 32 with SATA. The iPhone uses a single eMMC flash chip which integrates the controller and the NAND on one die. The eMMC chip will do the same thing, only across flash cells instead of entire chips.

In the end, all this comes down to is the fancy 128/256GB eMMC flash comes with a nicer onboard controller than the 32GB one, hence higher bandwidth. That said, with such a huge difference there is no doubt Apple ordered the cheapest 32GB flash they could find. You probably can find the same eMMC chips in a $50 cheap Chinese Android phone. For a $500+ phone they should be paying the extra $2 for higher bandwidth 32GB eMMC chips.

Comment Re:2 years seems rather excessive (Score 1) 87

Remember this is Russia. Most of the USSR state owned industry was sold to former Communist party members and other politically well connected people for pennies on the dollar, including the Soyuz factories. It takes 2 years to build a Soyuz because they use the exact same industrial process to build them that they used 40 years ago under Communist rule. It's Govornment subsidized and NASA pays through the teeth for it anyway, so zero incentive to improve inventory management or process efficiency.

Comment Doesn't Make Sense (Score 1) 310

This Gartner report seems to tell a very different story than Intel's announcement that Q3 revenue would $700 million better than expected. To quote Intel's press release:

The increase in revenue is primarily driven by replenishment of PC supply chain inventory. The company is also seeing some signs of improving PC demand.

Intel can get in big legal trouble with the SEC for lying on these type of financial announcements, so I tend to give a little more cred to regulated stuff like this than just some random analyst.

Comment Great Option (Score 2) 135

Now before anyone freaks out, keep in mind that there is nothing in the Audio over USB-C spec that requires the device that implements it to not have a headphone jack. Its totally legit for a phone to support this spec and have a headphone jack. In fact, I suspect that most vendors will probably go this route.

Being able to plug your phone in to a single USB-C connector on your car or stereo and have it charge the battery and play music using 1 wire is a nice feature.

Comment Misleading Title (Score 4, Insightful) 154

Really should read "UK's Top Police Warn That Making Aim-Bots/Game Cheats May Turn Kids into Cyber Criminals"

I'm not an expert in sociology, but it seems plausible that unethical behavior in online video games can be a gateway to unethical online behavior in general. From a technical standpoint I know that the skills developed by hacking games are similar to the skills needed to hack financial software.

Comment Re:The iPhone 7/7+ still support CDMA (Score 1) 84

I don't think this made the Slashdot front page but Intel bought VIA's CDMA modem design and license about a year ago. Intel's modems currently only support GSM & LTE, whereas VIA never updated their CDMA modems to be LTE capable. It likely will take a couple years for Intel to integrate VIA's CDMA implementation with their LTE design, but once its done, Intel's modems will be just as capable as Qualcomm's.

CMDA isn't only important for the US Verizon/Sprint market, the much more important reason to implement CDMA is China Telecom. Either way, the iPhone 7S will likely mark the return of all iPhones being universally supported by all carriers... regardless of whether there is an Intel or Qualcomm modem inside it.

Comment Pattern Recognition (Score 4, Insightful) 58

Its a little disingenuous to say that Watson "created" the trailer. The only thing Watson did was run a pattern recognition algorithm to figure out which clips in the movie were tense, happy, scary, etc. Then a human editor sorted through all of the clips, picked the good ones and put them in sequence to create a trailer that actually had narrative instead of just being a hodge podge of disjoint clips.

Pattern recognition is getting better which is the first step to creating an AI... but Watson, and AI in general is still very far off from creating a computer program that is capable of original thought.

Comment Re:Could you gush a little more? (Score 1) 427

Java is now toxic thanks to its owner. For the sake of the entire tech industry, we all should consider it a legacy technology that should be removed from everything as quickly as possible. Unfortunately that will take years... maybe even decades, but we must start the deprecation process as quickly as possible. Besides, in the 20 years since it was created we have better cross platform languages now anyway.

Thankfully a lot of us have input in to technical decisions here. We all need to take a stand and kill Java.

Comment Re:Linux. (Score 1) 405

I keep a Windows system around for minor software that needs it

AKA "games".

Other than games, the very important thing that keeps Windows on my personal system is TurboTax. Like pretty much any other US Taxpayer that has a tax situation too complex for form 1040-EZ and doesn't want to pay ~$150 for H&R Block or ~$300 for a certified CPA. I hired a CPA once and $50 per year TurboTax did a better job!

Before anyone says Wine, its a non-starter. TurboTax uses a bunch of .Net features that don't work 100% right on Wine like WPF. Unfortunately the Mac version is absolute garbage, so that route isn't viable either. It really sucks, but the easiest way to be a lawful US citizen is to have a Windows system.

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