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Comment Re:It is Open, Free and free. (Score 1) 83

gEDA... I'm pretty sure the consensus is it isn't even the best Open source and Free tool... KiCAD probably has that title these days.

It has actually improved a lot of the parts of gEDA that were bad ... not that they are the best on KiCAD yet but certainly from what I understand not bad like gEDA which was never seen as a competitor to Eagle... unlike KiCAD which acutally has people that use it because the like it and not just because it is free.

There are difference costs to entry into using software.. sometimes it is $ and sometimes it is complexity, KiCAD is as free as gEDA but reduces some of the latter. What is the point of developing Free software if in the end the net cost of using it is extremely high.

Comment Re:Details, details. (Score 2) 113

The Neural net stuff isn't entirely new... its been used for awhile for branch prediction apparently.

Now it could be that using it for larger scale cache prediction is new... brach prediction alone just means you can start executing that branch however the data might get thrown away if it was a misspredict. Whereas cache prediction is likely looking a bit farther ahead... and in the past it was rather simplistic oh you just requested X1 ... lets get X2-4 as well and queue up Y1-4 as well or something of that nature.

Comment Re:It's the Windows 10 bump (Score 2) 205

The Linux desktop has declined in quality, and usability... while the range of Linux drivers available has went up. There just isn't even any justification for the sheer bloat present in the current GUI toolkits and libraries.

Evidence of the decline in usability is the sheer excitement that KDE1 was met with upon it's recent rerelease... sure nearly any Linux desktop properly configured is better than windows 10's interface. But that still doesn't make the modern desktop environments good.

KDE1 + antialiased and hinted fonts would genuinely be good. Personally, for awhile I used e16 as a desktop it mostly was quite nice, lightweight on resources (several megabytes of ram and negligible CPU) and *unintrusive*. I don't think the same can be said for any modern desktop at all.

Comment Natioonal security gravely impacted you say? (Score 1) 278

WW3 still hasn't happened..

Haven't heard of any terrorism other than the usual random crazies, certainly nothing organized.

The worse thing that might have happened as I gather... is a few ops may have been compromised and scuttled (we never should have been doing these ops) and a few politicians and diplomats have been severely embarrassed which is just great.

I'm sitting here typing this ... it seems to me national security is just fine.

Comment Re: 10.0L engine in your Toyota? Moar? Add turbos. (Score 1) 133

Your are right about that speed doesn't inherently increase memory density. However nothing is stopping anyone from reading multiple bits of information from single yes higher densities are possible it's a somehwat separate problem from processor speed though....

Comment 10.0L engine in your Toyota? Moar? Add turbos... (Score 1) 133

Super conducting processors are a thing... they run at Thz cycle frequencies in the lab.

Sure their on the level of complexity of the original IBM PC or so... but that can be remedied. More transistors isn't the only way to go faster... faster transistors is also an equally valid method. Implementing wave pipelines in more components is also valid (they've been used in varying degrees since the early 2000's) being able to go into 3 dimensions may help the practicality of wave pipelines which rely on constant time propagation though all circuits in the pipeline... to optimize both throughput and latency.

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