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Comment Re:SSD speed. (Score 1) 259

Even mSATA is faster than any SATA cable, internal or external. NVMe (which includes M.2 which is just a 4-lane PCIe connector) is much, much faster.

Maximum speed for SATA is 600 MB/s. Maximum speed for an M.2 drive is about 3000 MB/s. I have a workstation with a 1.2 TB Intel 750 that does 2150 MB/s sequential.

SATA isn't fast anymore. It's slower than iSCSI over 10 Gbps Ethernet!

Comment Re:Big disappointment anymore (Score 1) 95

That "crappy GPU" is more cores. Specialized cores, but even the Intel GPU is ridiculously fast for the right kind of code. Now that we're getting Vulkan and DX 12 software should be able to run GPU compute on the Intel or AMD integrated GPU while doing video on the discrete card.

I predict a future with a lot more OpenCL code in it. I also predict a future with more idiot gamers who complain that using all of the CPU cores plus the integrated GPU ruins their 4.6 GHz overclocks.

Submission + - Robert Heinlein Honored as Famous Missourian with Bust in State Capital

HughPickens.com writes: The Joplin Globe reports that Missouri lawmakers have inducted science fiction writer Robert Heinlein to the Hall of Famous Missourians to a cheering crowd of fans who call themselves "Heinlein's children." State Rep. T.J. Berry says Heinlein encouraged others to "strive for the stars, for the moon" and "for what's next." Donors to the Heinlein Society and the Heinlein Prize Trust paid for a bronze bust of Heinlein, which will be displayed in the House Chamber at the Capitol where it will join 45 other Missourians honored with busts in the hall including Mark Twain, Dred Scott and Ginger Rogers, as well as more controversial Missourians such as Rush Limbaugh. In 2013 Missourians were asked to vote on who would go into the Hall. Heinlein received more than 10,000 votes. Heinlein was born in Butler, Missouri on July 7, 1907 and grew up in Kansas City. "Our devotion to this man must seem odd to those outside of the science fiction field, with spaceships and ray guns and bug-eyed monsters," Heinlein Society President Keith Kato said. "But to Heinlein's children, the writing was only the beginning of doing."

Submission + - Brexit Could Spell Trouble for CETA, TTIP, and TPP (freezenet.ca)

Dangerous_Minds writes: After the Brexit vote, many are fearing the unknown in the face of uncertainty. While a lot of the coverage surrounding the aftermath of Brexit has been generally negative, there could be a silver lining. Freezenet is pointing out that there are those that believe that CETA, TPP, and TTIP could be in jeopardy. These trade agreements contain provisions surrounding a three strikes law, government mandated surveillance at the ISP level, criminal liabilities for circumvention of a DRM, the unmasking of DNS owners, the seizure of cellphones at the border for the purposes of enforcing copyright laws, and, of course, the infamous ISDS provisions that would allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws that gets in the way of profit or future potential profit. A compelling case that Brexit may not be all bad news.

Submission + - ECMAScript 2016: New Version of JavaScript Language Released (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Ecma International, the organization in charge of managing the ECMASCript standard, has published the most recent version of the JavaScript language. ECMAScript 2016 (ES7 or JavaScript 7th Edition in the old naming scheme) comes with very few new features. The most important is that JavaScript developers will finally get a "raise to the power" operator, which was mysteriously left out of the standard for twenty years. The operator is **. Along with the possibility of searching data much easier inside an array (Array.prototype.includes function) these are basically all the most important features of ECMAScript 2016.

From now on, expect smaller changelogs from the ECMAScript team, since this was the plan set out last year. Fewer breaking changes means more time to migrate code, instead of having to rewrite entire applications, as developers did when the mammoth ES6 release came out last year. Support for async functions, initially announced for ES2016, has been deferred to next year's release.

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