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Submission + - AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 And A6-7400K (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: AMD updated its family of Kaveri-based A-Series APUs for desktop systems recently, namely the A10-7800 and the A6-7400K. The A10-7800 has 12 total compute cores, 4 CPU and 8 GPU cores, with average and maximum turbo clock speeds of 3.5GHz and 3.9GHz, respectively. The A6-7400K arrives with 6 total cores (2CPU, 4 GPU) and with the same clock frequencies. All of the new Kaveri-based APUs launched have configurable TDPs, and support for AMD proprietary technologies like TrueAudio and Mantle, and they have HSA (Heterogenous System Architecture) features as well. The AMD A10-7800 APU's performance is somewhat mixed, though it is a decent performer overall. Its Steamroller-based CPU cores do not do much to make up ground versus Intel's processors, so in the more CPU-bound workloads, Intel's dual-core Core i3-4330 competes favorably to AMD's quad-cores. And in terms of IPC and single-thread performance Intel maintains a big lead. Factor graphics into the equation, however, and the tides turn completely. The GCN-based graphics engine in Kaveri is a major step-up over the previous-gen, and much more powerful than Intel's mainstream offerings. The A10-7800's power consumption characteristics are also more desirable versus the Richland-based A10-6800K.

Comment Java (Score 3, Insightful) 536

Be careful with frameworks, because as soon as you find yourself having to do things outside of its protective little garden, you might as well give up on the framework. But in terms of long lived, go with Java. It has no buzz or the glory the pretty new things have and thats why its still in wide use in the enterprise.

Submission + - India May Be Seeking Thermonuclear Bombs

An anonymous reader writes: Commercial satellite images of a new uranium enrichment plant are fueling concerns that India intends to build thermonuclear (hydrogen) weapons. The new enrichment facility would allow India to produce about 80 kilos of excess weapons grade uranium each year. This is enough for five nuclear bombs.

India could blend this with its existing stockpiles of plutonium to build thermonuclear weapons, which use a fusion reaction to generate many times the destructive power of simple fusion atomic weapons. America’s first thermonuclear bomb had a yield of 10 megatons or 10,000 kilotons. By contrast, the highest yield of the five nuclear bombs India tested in 1998 was 0.045 megatons (45 kt).

Submission + - Federal judge rules U.S. no-fly list violates Constitution (reuters.com)

dmitrygr writes: The U.S. government's no-fly list banning people accused of links to terrorism from commercial flights violates their constitutional rights because it gives them no meaningful way to contest that decision, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

"The court concludes international travel is not a mere convenience or luxury in this modern world. Indeed, for many international travel is a necessary aspect of liberties sacred to members of a free society," Brown wrote in her 65-page ruling.

"Accordingly, on this record the court concludes plaintiffs inclusion on the no-fly list constitutes a significant deprivation of their liberty interests in international travel," Brown said.

Submission + - The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: This may seem a little far fetched, but if our understanding of the physics behind the recently-discovered Higgs boson (or, more specifically, the Higgs field — the ubiquitous field that endows all stuff with mass) is correct, our Universe shouldn’t exist. That is, however, if another cosmological hypothesis is real, a hypothesis that is currently undergoing intense scrutiny in light of the BICEP2 results.

Comment BASIC is where I began (Score 0) 224

I remember my first computer, an Intel 486 Packard Bell way back in the early 90s. Windows 3.11 and DOS. I learned by pushing every button, even sometimes breaking the computer, but making sure I fixed it. Then I found BASIC buried in there and started playing with programming. I had no books to learn from, didn't even know where to begin on something like that but I learned through trial and error. It really came in handy as a calculator to check my homework against. I have fond memories with gorillas throwing nuclear bananas. I'm now a Linux sysadmin specializing in HPC clusters.

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