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Comment Re:qualcomm is right (Score 1) 526

Virtual instruments and effects run at the very least in their own thread within the host process, and some run as their own process and use a form of IPC to communicate with the host. Sure, the single virtual instrument won't parallelize, but a typical project has dozens of effects/instruments, and a bunch of threads that pretty much just read data from one buffer and write data to another buffer without any inter-dependencies is pretty trivial for the kernel to schedule across as many cores as available.


Aussie Wi-Fi Patent Nears Expiry In the United States 48

Bismillah writes "Australia's national science and research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization or CSIRO, has netted hundreds of millions on developing the near-ubiquitous Wi-Fi technology — and patenting it. Now however the patent is about to expire in the United States and eighteen other markets and the question is, can CSIRO come up with anything similarly successful in the future?"

Is Too Soulless To Make an Impact? 384

theodp writes "By trotting out politicians (Bill Clinton, Mike Bloomberg, Marco Rubio, Al Gore) and celebrities (Chris Bosh,, Ashton Kutcher), Tuesday's launch certainly was a home run with the media. But will it actually strike a chord with kids and inspire them to code? Dave Winer has his doubts, and explains why — as someone who truly loves programming — rubbed him the wrong way. 'I don't like who is doing the pitching,' says Winer, 'and who isn't. Out of the 83 people they quote, I doubt if many of them have written code recently, and most of them have never done it, and have no idea what they're talking about.''s because-you-can-make-a-lot of-money-doing-it pitch also leaves Dave cold. So, why should one code, Dave? 'Primarily you should do it because you love it, because it's fun — because it's wonderful to create machines with your mind. Hugely empowering. Emotionally gratifying. Software is math-in-motion. It's a miracle of the mind. And if you can do it, really well, there's absolutely nothing like it.' Nice. So, could use less soulless prattle from 'leaders and trendsetters' and more genuine passion from programmers?" Just force all ninth graders to learn Scheme instead of Microsoft Word.

Comment Re:I thought it was standard (Score 1) 172

So, rather than useless MAC filtering, how about doing what's sane and secure: run WPA2-Enterprise and require users to use 802.1x to get on your wireless network. You're either authing user/pass against a RADIUS server (which can hit corporate AD or LDAP) or authing the client cert against an internal CA revocation list, or both. Someone leaves? Invalidate their cert and disable their account. Problem solved.

Comment Re:Jesus, stop being pathetic! (Score 1) 518

In my admittedly anecdotal experience Diablo 3 runs better in a Parallels Win 7 VM on my MBP than it does natively in OSX. Of course, that's a rare exception because of how poorly optimized D3 is on OSX. Typically with other games I see about 80-85% of the native (dual boot Win7, specifically) framerate when running in Parallels.

Of course, if you're using something like VirtualBox or QEMU, yeah, expect total crap performance. However, VMWare and Parallels devote a lot of time to 3D acceleration and it's very usable in their products.

Comment Re:Barefoot ? (Score 2) 502

Hila hila plant is what they call it over in Hawaii. It folds up into itself on contact, and it has thorns. It's classified as an invasive weed, and it lays low to the ground. Those suckers hurt when you step on them, as due to their structure the thorns actually get thrust upwards when the plant folds. Species is called mimosa pudica. Couldn't tell you if the story's true, but the plant certainly is there and isn't native to the area.

Comment Re:Some might argue (Score 1) 330

Ok. Let me lay this out for you, since you're apparently a dunce who can't use google.

How live migration works:
1. Snapshot system memory, live, while the system is running.
2. Transmit snapshot to shared storage.
3. After transmit, load snapshot into RAM on second host.
4. Suspend VM.
5. Send deltas of RAM, to bring second host up to date.
6. Resume VM.
7. Gratuitously ARP out so the switches know where the machine is.

The guest is never shut down. It is never aware it has even been suspended. As far as it, and clients are aware, it just experienced additional network latency for about 1/10th of a second between 4 and 6. During that time, its entire state was transferred to different physical hardware. Now, in many cases, this requires identical, or similar CPUs, but that's trivial.

It's not that complex, and if you were willing to do a bit of research, you'd avoid making yourself look like a total dunce.

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