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Comment Re:Performance? (Score 1) 83

Your information is highly dated and perhaps your sources are also a bit biased. At any rate, 100x performance hit is stupid wrong.

Static translation was achieving 50-70% native performance rates (measured against clock cycles) with FX!32 on Windows NT for Alpha in the mid 90's. The problem of course has been very well studied since then particularly with the advent of virtualization and the x64 instruction set and the need to enhance the performance of x86 code running on even Intel's own platforms. Furthermore for any particularly glaring issues that are the fault of the hardware -- well it is much more easily tuned today than it once was. A bespoke opcode or extra register to assist in a specific task is no longer a monumental engineering undertaking today -- it is a matter mostly of dev/test/validate.

The approach taken with x64 to support x86 native execution is quite different than attacking the problem with emulation. Is there a performance hit? Certainly, but a hit of 10-20% simply doesnt make up for the fact that you might be able to have an 8 core ARM for the same price and power budget as a 2 core x86 mobile cpu. The applications that lose in this scenario are the ones the rely on raw single thread performance. Certainly some games are in this camp, but many games which make efficient use of threads are not.

Comment Re:Climate change skeptic (Score 2) 331

"2. We have seen vastly higher CO2 levels in planetary history and right now we are seeing what is actually all time lows. We should expect CO2 increases and, in fact, hope for them as going much below 300 ppm would see the beginning of a massive plant die off - there's a reason commercial greenhouses pump CO2 into their facilities."

We have seen vastly higher?

When? Some time before 400,000 years ago?

Comment no, fake news is real, and a real problem (Score 4, Insightful) 104

Depending on where you draw the line, fake news is shit like 'Obama appoints sharia council' - online equivalents to the National Enquirer, where they literally just make things up to create juicy clickbait headlines that then spread like wildfire through all the idiots on FB. Or, it is stuff like Breitbart that may start with something kinda factual but present it in unbelievably biased or dishonest ways. There is a lot of grey area, but some sites are definitely well into the muck of what any reasonable person interested in objective reality would call 'fake news.'

Comment Confused (Score 3, Interesting) 203

It is very likely that I don't understand enough about Bitcoin!

Question 1: Why would anyone who thought that they might not be paying all their US taxes use an exchange based in the USA? Is it something to do with needing to convert the Bitcoins to Dollars so that you can actually spend them?

Question 2: Given that one of the main selling points of Bitcoin is anonymity, why would someone operating an exchange keep any but the barest records? I appreciate that they can't destroy the information now they have been asked for it, but I am trying to grasp why they would put themselves at risk of being in that position by retaining it in the first place?

Submission + - Small-time filtering company battles DMCA-wielding Hollywood studios

Mr.Intel writes: Startup movie filtering company, VidAngel recently argued in U.S. District Court in Central California that the DMCA and the Family Movies Act protect it from Hollywood studio lawsuits. The current lawsuit was filed in June by Disney, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm and claim that VidAngel "seem[s] to legitimize the decryption and copying of DVDs and Blu-ray discs." VidAngel countered that claim with their own suit alleging that the studios are in collusion to stifle filtering altogether as this hilariously produced video outlines.

Comment Correlation between Antibiotics and Obesity? (Score 3, Interesting) 256

On a hunch I decided to see if there's a correlation between obesity and antibiotics (which are known to kill both the good and bad types of gut bacteria)

Here's a map showing antibiotic prescribing rates.
http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/co...

Here's a map showing obesity rates:
https://www.maxmasnick.com/med...

Correlation is not causation, but in my unprofessional opinion, these maps look eerily similar.

Comment Re:Probably under seal (Score 1) 73

Presumably, if he was a Russian citizen then the Russians could - assuming they wanted to - issue him a Diplomatic passport and allow him to travel as an accredited diplomat. Perhaps they could do this even if he wasn't a citizen, I don't know what the rules are there. Clearly, countries could still refuse to allow him and send him back to Russia if they decided too, but I don't see how they could then extradite him somewhere else.

Of course, even if the Russians could do this, there may be no good reason for them actually wanting to.

Comment Re:Odd name for a supermarket (Score 1) 102

When Iceland (the supermarket) first started out, domestic freezers were still a bit of a novelty (at least here in the UK). Iceland was so called because they specialised in this relatively new market. I am just about old enough to remember going there with my mother about 40 years ago when we got our first freezer and Iceland were still quite a new company. I vaguely remember a modest sized (by modern standards) supermarket with rows of big chest freezers.

On the substantive point of the trademark infringement, I had the impression that if you don't defend a trademark then you lose it. Iceland have been displaying their name in huge illuminated signs all over the UK for decades so how the Country can now come along and act shocked I can't imagine.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 2) 540

Software development can be a high skilled job but entry level skills can be obtained in months, which is not coincidentally, how much training time seems to be involved with learning to be a long haul truck driver in the USA (I see quotes of about two months of full time study for the formal exam around the internet so maybe call that three months when employer training time is included). Three months of full time study isn't going to make you a well paid programmer but that's plenty of time to learn basic web development skills, and another two or three after that with a good course will get someone writing basic CRUD business web apps if they want to. Of course, it's the start of the journey, but now think how many clueless developers you've encountered who are earning good money.

Can the software development world absorb millions of new developers? Sure, it has done in the past, think dotcom boom. Trucking won't disappear over night, nor will taxi drivers, if only because of limited capacity to upgrade vehicle fleets even assuming the technology becomes perfect (which it isn't), and not all drivers will become software developers.

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