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Comment Re:$85.90 per share? Lol (Score 2) 450

Retirement funds are buying most of the tech stocks. Some of them have the problem that they have another billion dollars every week that they have to invest in tech stocks and there just aren't that many good investments so they dump it into well know tech players. It is even worse in the UK where one type of high growth fund only allows investments into 200 companies that are registered in some government scheme. Some of their stock prices seems to have nothing to do with any type of value.

Comment Something is wrong but what? (Score 3) 387

Richard Feynman wrote in the introduction of one his books that one easy way to find out of a theory is bad is to look at its complexity If it isn't simple, it is most likely wrong. He went on to talk about how strange the orbital mechanisms and mathematics were before Kepler found the correct and simple solution to the problem that disproved nearly everyone in the field. With that he ends the introduction and delves into quantum mechanics.

Comment They don't know who their customers are (Score 2) 78

Blackberry is running as if telcos are its customers. They aren't and Apple ended that business model and they need to get used to it.

I want the android sandbox to lie to applications.
I want a check box next to all the junk an application wants and I want to be able to tell it yes, no, lie.

I want them to fix the bugs on my Q10. The thing likes to reboot after I set it down on its screen after phone calls.

I have no intention of buying one of their Android phones. If I wanted Android, I would buy something else and I haven't.

On the plus side, I had my Q10 for a week before I ever even signed up for an account of any kind. The phone works well and running all the data over a VPN to my server is showing no leaking of data even with a "no data" sim installed. I like that but I've run my own servers for decades.

Comment Re:lawsuit (Score 1) 184

Monopoly cable TV agreements were often for 50 years and any renegotiation resets the time.

The interesting thing about those types of contracts is they involve an "educational programming" requirement. I'm not sure any cable TV company offers that any more because Discovery and The History Channel sure don't. MTV was used to convince towns that they could keep the rebellious kids at hone in front of the TV rather than doing what teenagers do.

Many municipal cable tv contracts can be torn up because they specify content that simply isn't provided anymore.

Comment Re:RAID (Score 1) 229

A decade ago a guy from SGI did a talk to the local Linux user group about their storage systems and where the technology was headed. The major problem they had was the bit error rate combined with the MTBF meant that something was always broken on the system.

Another issue is that the bit error rate carries based on the data that is being stored. Random works best but some patterns are much worse.

Comment Re:Beat nightmare mode (Score 3, Interesting) 351

I worked on one of the 1st editors for Doom. I had written parts of one of the more popular ones for Wolfenstein 3d and was even told to stop by John or John (the one who signed post with something like "the computer is the game"). but at least they changed their minds later when they found out how popular 3rd party levels were. We couldn't figure out a key part of Doom and were talking about it on usenet or fido net and someone sent me a C structure. The names were unlike any of the public editors and there were more details than I had ever seen. I remember it being something like a struct with unions or bitfields or something. After a bit of discussion along the lines of "they can't be doing that", code was written and a great problem solved.

A year or so later I created a level just like work and gave it to a friend who was arguing that he had played that level before since he knew were all the rooms were. In his office was the lamest of lame monster.

Comment I don't snapchat will win this one (Score 1) 496

The speed warning signs that tell people how fast they are going all have maximum speeds they will display and most of them have switches to set the max for a given road so people don't try to get the high score.

That sets enough precedent that snapchat should have considered a an upper limit and if there are any internal documents even mention "high score" and ways around it, they better have a very good reason not to do it or the jury will award a massive payout.

It would be trivial to find a traffic professional engineer to show up in court and explain this to the jury.

Comment Does phased out mean they won't ever burn? (Score 1) 443

If the Aussie brown coal industry shut down tonight, the natural fires that they have prevented would destroy centuries worth of fuel coal by the next of the next fire season.

If coal isn't a useful resource, it isn't in anyone with money's interest to keep it from burning so natural fires will start and it will burn sometime in the future. That issue must be addressed.

Comment Security implications (Score 1) 104

Every year at security conferences, more and more people are showing that once something gets into the secure boot area, it won't ever leave. Nearly every bit of anti-malware in the world won't even detect if something is running in the secure area. Being able to disable it is a security feature. Being able to remove or replace it is even better.

Comment Re:For comparison (Score 5, Interesting) 45

Those numbers make it look like they were using a 32x32 hardware multiplier-adder and the new one uses a 64x64. Multiplying is a great example of how a 2x increase in transistor density from Moore's law can result in something far greater than 2x real speed increase. To do a 64x64 multiply in an 8 bit cpu (like the 6809 which had an 8x8 multiply instruction) you would have to do 56 separate multiplies (for the significand) and then 16 sums before a number of other sums and shifts to get the exponent normalized. Each of those instructions would take 2 to 11 cpu cycles. A 16 bit hardware multiplier would reduce 56 mul operations to 16 and a 32 bit hardware multiplayer would reduce it to 4. The barrel multiplier is often the largest structure in the ALU part of even a modern CPU. They show up on photos of modern chips as the largest rectangle area that isn't cache or memory controllers.

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