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Comment Re:Intel (Score 1) 173

But AMD never grabbed the initiative to build on their fab capabilities and manufacturing processes, instead continuing to focus just on low cost CPUs.

Fabs cost money. It's not about initiative, but the ability to pony up billions for several years. Billions they never got because Intel bribed the major OEMS at the time to refuse to put AMD in their products, or to include them only in their shittiest products, and at small volumes. Even when the Ahtlon 64 was eating Pentiums for breakfast. Dell's existence was basically subsidized by Intel during these years thanks to the bribes

During the several years AMD had the performance crown, they were largely relegated to dumpster tier OEM products or custom built enthusiast PCs (not the largest market segment) due to Intel's illegal business practices. The 1 billion fine Intel was eventually slapped with is pocket change compared to the opportunity cost of the revenues they could have earned during their time in the sunshine, and how they could have used those missing dollars in R&D, operations and marketing.

they also had a 2-3 generation advantage in terms of process nodes. Ultimately, AMD threw in the towel and sold off their fabs to Global Foundries.

Intel only pulled ahead of AMD in the process node race at ~32nm, years after they fucked AMD over financially. And process node shrinks are a function of how much money you can throw at the problem. Since the smartphone explosion lead to major money and mindshare being thrown at third party fabs, TSMC and Samsung are quickly catching up to Intel, and look to be on the verge of surpassing Intel in the next few years. Intel's lead was once thought insurmountable, now these upstarts are snapping at it's heels.

And unlike the time when AMD acquired another great CPU team, this time, there are no CPU teams left to acquire.

AMD's hardware teams are easily among the best in the industry, high profile hires are just one part of the story. Intel and nVidia engineers readily acknowledge that fact all the time. Under much more resource constraints than the two incumbents, they regularly put out hardware that challenges and even beats what the two industry behemoths put out. Their driver/software people are a different story, but that's understandable when you compare AMD's workforce (~9000) to Intel (`100,000) or nVidia (~10,000).

Comment Re:Personally I will wait (Score 3, Informative) 224

The performance improvements for AMD are mainly due to Global Foundries opening up a 14nm fab.

This is pretty incorrect. You don't get 52% IPC uplift just from a process node shrink. The Bulldozer family was a double whammy of bad for AMD because it was a bad design choice as well as them being stuck on an older, less power efficient node.

Had they released Zen chips on their old node sizes, they would have still realized the IPC gain, but would have had to work with lower clocks and higher power consumption. They're now competitive with Intel on performance/watt, that comes from the node shrink, but they're also competitive on performance/clock, which comes from the new architecture which doesn't have such boneheaded decisions baked in like a shared FPU between two Bulldozer "cores"

AMD hasnt really designed any bonehead chips. Ever. They just havent had access to parity FAB's.

Bulldozer was AMD's Netburst moment. It failed hard vs Intel on everything except specific multithreaded integer workloads, and even then only beat Intel at much higher power consumption. Every tech reviewer on the planet who knows what they're talking about has shouted it from the rooftops. The Core architecture pulled ahead of AMD's Phenoms and they never recovered till Zen.

Comment Oh slashdot, you guys never change (Score 1) 571

Article: There is sexism in the tech industry


Article: There is racism in the tech industry


Article: There is ageism in the tech industry

Reaction: All the low UIDs suddenly start talking about how this is absolutely true, and how they couldn't get into Google or whatever because their recruiter thought they were too old. This one, this is the prejudice that truly exists in the tech industry, and they know because they've experienced it.

If only all that formal logic training taught self awareness.

Comment Re:What I want to know is (Score 1) 151

You've been to Fiji and seen the "i cula ni bokola" forks I take it. Well modern natives being hardline Christian, they're taught an exaggerated take on the brutality of their cannibal past in order to underscore how good they live now with their Christian faith. Cannibalism in Polynesia was ritualistic, done mainly after war or in the process of a ritual of high importance. You don't build an agrarian trader society (which the Polynesians were) if everyone's eating everybody they don't know.

Comment Re: So what? (Score 1) 480

>I take it you've never heard of Margaret Hamilton or Admiral Grace Hopper who somehow managed to excel in a much more sexist society than we have now because instead of whining about the patriarchy on Twitter or Jezebel, they went and proved themselves better than their male peers. What if a girl entering into STM was only just as good as her male peers? Why does a minority have to out-perform to reach the same results? Don't you think that's unfair, and still biased?

Comment Re:Well, she was an interim. (Score 4, Insightful) 467

Agreed, she had a lot of contacts within the civil rights movement, both political and ecclesiastical. What's also true is that she was a light skinned, chaste (at least apparently so) sober, respectable middle class black woman. Has she been the same person, but darker skinned, poorer, or with an illegitimate child or other non-ideal domestic situation, she might not have been able to make the impact she did.

Comment Re:Well, she was an interim. (Score 1, Insightful) 467

Your complete ignorance of history, especially the history of white supremacy, is laughable. Black people weren't allowed to use the same seats, toilets, pools and rooms as black people. Does that strike you as a time when white people had a positive view of black people?

Comment Re:Well, she was an interim. (Score 3, Informative) 467

Ellen is a person who brazenly attempted to abuse the gender inequality debate in a high profile court case to make millions of dollars when she was fired for being abrasive, lazy and generally incompetent.

Actually, it's not at all brazen. The facts of the case painted the firm as pretty sexist. What they could not prove to a reasonable standard was that this background sexism was directly responsible for her not getting promotions and bonuses. Her husband's legal problems also complicate the narrative, and cast doubt on her intentions

This is why the civil rights movement in the 60s waited for Rosa Parks, even though there had been several incidents of black women being mistreated on buses prior to Ms Parks' case. People are simple-minded, and confounding factors (like illegitimate children, alcohol/drug addictions, unsympathetic looks when it came to these many black women who went through what Rosa Parks went through) make your cause less likely to be successful, as unfair as that is.

Comment Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (Score 1) 465

It takes a shitload more than $20 million to make a AAA sci-fi or fantasy movie. A $20 million dollar movie that relies on special effects to keep suspension of disbelief would look pretty shit, even if bloody Meryl Streep and Colin Firth were the two mains. My point with the pyramids is exactly this, we have become accustomed to a certain level of fit and finish in the media we consume. While a lot of money that goes into the media industry might be "squandered" in the opinion of slashdot geeks, but a lot is still spent on stuff that needs buying or people that need hiring in order to keep the quality up. Like I said, I'm talking strictly about Sci Fi and Fantasy movies, which have a requirement for special effects, both on computers and in the real world, and often film in lots of diverse locations. You can't do that with a $20 million budget and still have a product that looks amazing at the premiere. You're right that the little guys won't derive much benefits from the crowdsourcing model, and that's my objection to the anti-copyright people. So you say the current system is flawed (true enough), and you want to replace it? Fine. What are you going to replace it with? A completely new system that might not even work for the media format in question? Suuuuure.

Comment Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (Score 1) 465

Nobody builds pyramids to house the bodies of dead monarchs anymore, but thousands of people flock to Egypt every year to see the old ones. I don't know about you, but I quite like big budget science fiction, fantasy and action movies. The stories are a bit dumb, but I have no doubt that without the million dollar budgets, the effects that these movies rely on to function would not be possible. Cutting out copy protection would hurt these movies the most, and I've seen indie attempts at making science fiction and fantasy movies. The writing is normally better, but the effects are almost hilariously bad, and the actors are pretty iffy as well.

Comment Re:Papers (Score 1) 225

Why would I want a laptop with a screen smaller than 10 or 11 inches? That sounds useless. I would use a tablet that small, which is what Microsoft seems to be targeting with that rule, but a laptop? No thank you. Besides, even with zero-cost Windows, making a medium-sized tablet or tiny laptop with good internals for less than $99 is going to be a tough proposition, especially with low-end Androids flooding the market.

Comment Re:LLVM funding model doesn't scale (Score 2) 1098

left as an exercise to the reader.

Holy shit you are a pompous shitbag.

More seriously, because Apple has nothing to little to gain from copylefting Xcode, and a lot more to lose. It makes more sense to focus on an GCC alternative than to trust the GNU team to not put even more roadblocks in place to prevent GCC integration into Xcode. I can't believe you made me defend Apple.

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