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45 Years Later, Does Moore's Law Still Hold True? 214

Velcroman1 writes "Intel has packed just shy of a billion transistors into the 216 square millimeters of silicon that compose its latest chip, each one far, far thinner than a sliver of human hair. But this mind-blowing feat of engineering doesn't really surprise us, right? After all, that's just Moore's Law in action isn't it? In 1965, an article in "Electronics" magazine by Gordon Moore, the future founder of chip juggernaut Intel, predicted that computer processing power would double roughly every 18 months. Or maybe he said 12 months. Or was it 24 months? Actually, nowhere in the article did Moore actually spell out that famous declaration, nor does the word 'law' even appear in the article at all. Yet the idea has proved remarkably resilient over time, entering the zeitgeist and lodging like a stubborn computer virus you just can't eradicate. But does it hold true? Strangely, that seems to depend more than anything on whom you ask. 'Yes, it still matters, and yes we're still tracking it,' said Mark Bohr, Intel senior fellow and director of process architecture and integration. 'Semiconductor chips haven't actually tracked the progress predicted by Moore's law for many years,' said Tom Halfhill, the well respected chip analyst with industry bible the Microprocessor Report."

Comment Please do this ten years ago! (Score 1) 470

They ought to have abandoned leap seconds in the year 2000, which would have made a dandy new epoch, and simplified all date calculations for a millennium or so. There is absolutely no reason to inflict leap seconds on civil time; the amount I'm off from the center of my current time zone already introduces more error than that. It's just not important to anyone but astronomers or masochists. Well, and maybe sadists (especially standards wonks).

Comment Re:About time! I'm tired of 2D platformers (Score 2, Interesting) 151

Sorry, that's bogus. I spent 14 years blind in one eye, in the middle of my life. Yes, there are many tricks that you can use to compensate for lack of binocular vision, and I learned most of 'em, but it is not the same, and I missed my stereoscopic vision terribly. I was fortunate to get my stereo vision back with a cornea transplant, and have never taken it for granted since. Integrating a 2d video signal over time is much harder work for your brain than the relatively instant and effortless 3d awareness that binocular vision can provide when stereo fusion is achieved. If it's not there, it's just not there, and there's only so much you can do to compensate.


PHP 5.3 Released 120

Sudheer writes "The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.3.0. This release is a major improvement in the 5.X series, which includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. Some of the key new features include: namespaces, late static binding, closures, optional garbage collection for cyclic references, new extensions (like ext/phar, ext/intl and ext/fileinfo), over 140 bug fixes and much more."

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