Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
Compare cell phone plans using Wirefly's innovative plan comparison tool ×

Comment Re:Yeah, I interpreted it wrong (Score 1) 93

You're right. I interpreted that "20 seconds" as meaning 20 seconds delay. That would indicate a distance about 12-13 times as far as the moon. As you mentioned, the craft is actually roughly on the opposite side of earth's orbit, near where the earth will be in 5-6 months. That's a much further distance, about 16 minutes at the speed of light.

So let's just wait 5-6 months, when we'll be right up next to the satellite.

Comment Re:So much for Apple's "better design" (Score 1) 199

I didn't say whether JTAG BS was good or bad. I said that's what it's for. It can perform continuity checks on otherwise inaccessible pins. Done right boundary scan can and is used for periodic self test, but no so much in consumer gear. It's widely supported in silicon.

BGAs can be fine if done properly, but 'done properly' can be hard to achieve when they keep shrinking the grid and ball sizes so no one knows what 'done properly' entails.

I agree, the flex cause seems unfounded. Poor solder joint integrity can happen various ways. It would manifest the same symptoms and the same fix would work.

Comment Re:The cost of fiber optics is growing? (Score 1) 31

The problem with the vision is that there are really good reasons to use separate transceivers. Is that a SX, LX or EX transceiver you have there? Or perhaps it is a BX one because you are sort of fibres and this allows you to effectively double the number without laying extra fibre. Perhaps I am really short of fibre and decide to replace all my SFP's with CWDM matched pairs and employ a passive multiplexer.

So unless silicon photonics is going to offer at least LX transceivers for SX prices it is not going to have the impact that Intel are hoping for.

What makes you think it's all about data centers?

Comment Re:Shows you can underdeliver and people still buy (Score 0) 72

FEZ just (couple days ago) released v1.12, which re-wrote a large part of the code. Lets not forget this is a 4 year old game

I got it off Steam a couple of years ago. It felt like the author ported it to a PC with some automatic tool, but didn't bother to test it. I haven't gone back.

Comment Re:Shows you can underdeliver and people still buy (Score 0) 72

> The industry is nothing but hype.

Bullshit. Not every developer is interested in form over function. While there certainly is drama such as This is Phil Fish, there are enough counter-examples:

* Braid
* Limbo
* Minecraft
* Path of Exile
* Terraria
* Trine

I don't remember seeing marketing for these games and yet they are some of the best around.

Great games focus on great gameplay. Shitty games focus more on marketing then development, which is ~95% of games and the games industry.

However Phil Fish's game FEZ sucked big donkey balls because it didn't work. 'Hit A to do X' meant hit the A button on a controller you don't have because your are on a PC. Shockingly bad.

Comment Re:The cost of fiber optics is growing? (Score 1) 31

So it's essentially a replacement for the HBA, the SFP, or both?

I don't know what the specific products are. I haven't looked. But the technology certainly could replace just the SFP or both, depending on how you partitioned the hardware network stack. FWIW, the picture on the low-information web page linked in TFS looks like an SFP to me.

Comment Re:The cost of fiber optics is growing? (Score 3, Informative) 31

And? Won't this still require fiber optic connections between equipment?
This looks to be a new type of transponder not a new type of cable.

Fibre optic cables usually hook up to a fibre optic transceiver that has fancy lasers on it made on a different process to digital silicon chips, that then has to hook up to a comms chip, thus adding cost.

The silicon photonics just announced involves building a fibre optic transceiver on a silicon chip process so it can be integrated with the associated digital logic, eliminating unnecessary hardware and more closely coupling the data handling hardware with the fibre link.

Comment Re:Incomplete title... (Score 1) 399

>No one wants Trump or Hilary,

This is demonstrably wrong.

... plus even if it was true, most people would still vote for one of those two candidates, because the anti-Trump people really don't want to see Trump in office, and the anti-Hillary people really don't want to see Hillary in office. In those circumstances, very few of them will be willing to effectively annul their influence on the election by throwing their vote away on a third-party candidate who isn't going to win anyway.

Now if we had a third-party candidate who was polling competitively with the two first-party candidates, or if we had a voting system that didn't suffer significantly from the spoiler effect, things might be different. But we don't, so they aren't.

That's why proportional representation is a thing. It comes with its own problems, but you can point to countries that have done poorly and countries that have done well with proportional representation. I think the underlying causes of success or failure are more to do with the willingness of the population to vote for asshats.

Comment Re:Looks like the first two posters... (Score 3, Interesting) 55

Reading these comments make me question how much experience some people actually have with corporate development tools.

The compilers for our development tools cost more than this thing.

Compared to the costs of sourcing parts and developing and manufacturing a custom board, $369 is free.

If you're learning to wiggle gpio pins, a Pi might do you, but if you're doing something that requires a scalable platform that's going into real products, you will want these things available to you to oil the wheels of development.

Slashdot Top Deals

This login session: $13.76, but for you $11.88.