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Submission + - Intel Announces Xeon Phi For "Exascale" Computing (

MojoKid writes: "At the International Supercomputing Conference today, Intel announced that Knights corner, the company's first commercial Many Integrated Core (MIC) product will ship commercially in 2012. The descendent of the processor formerly known as Larrabee also gets a new brand name--Xeon Phi. The idea behind Intel's new push is that the highly efficient Xeon E5 architecture (eight-core, 32nm Sandy Bridge) fuels the basic x86 cluster, while the Many Integrated Core CPUs that grew out of the failed Larrabee GPU offer unparalleled performance scaling and break new ground. The challenges Intel is trying to surmount are considerable. We've successfully pushed from teraflops to petaflops, but exaflops (or exascale computing) currently demands more processors and power than it's feasible to provide in the next 5-7 years. Intel's MIC is targeted at hammering away at that barrier and create new opportunities for supercomputing deployments."

Comment Re:Helm Car Service Manuals (Score 1) 224

What a good idea. Infrequent users may not be the largest source of income, but something is better than nothing, and a few bucks falls into impulse purchasing where you don't even need to think to spend it, so people will spend if they want that service immediately. Happy customers are also good at returning.

Comment Re:dumb idea (Score 2) 255

Mandatory what? It's not mandatory. If you don't own a TV and don't stream Live shows on iPlayer (BBC's streaming service), you don't need a TV license. Also as far as I know, you don't need a radio license. Checked wikipedia on that, abolished in 1971 for radios. If you watch BBC iPlayer tv post-broadcast time, you don't need a license. Anyway, I'll take the BBC any day over most American ad-infested overpriced channels.

Comment Re:ground effects lighting (Score 1) 691

If a vehicle is expecting to be towing something, because the owner has gone and had a tow bar fitted (they don't generally come as standard in the UK iirc unless it's a goods vehicle anyway), or works where the vehicle will need to be towing something then the owner has usually gone out and got a third plate for affixing to the back of the towed thing. It's trivial to go and get a third plate for the purposes of towing something, if you have a tow bar, you know you may be towing in the future, you get a plate. This is a somewhat non-issue.

Comment Re:Hitachi (IBM) Deathstars (Score 1) 156

Annoyingly I've just had 2 AAKS drives of slightly different ages die on me this week, though they have had good mileage of consistent usage for 4 years. I prefer them to my old Barracudas, which rattled away like a screw in a tin can. Annoyingly prices are still uncomfortably steep for me to replace them so I'll have to hope the two I have left will keep going. I don't see why they'd all die at the same time, but who knows.

Submission + - Megaupload down, FBI Charges Seven With Online Pir ( 3

Syobon writes: WASHINGTON – Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through and other related sites, generating more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and causing more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners, the U.S. Justice Department and FBI announced today.

Comment Re:What am I missing? (Score 1) 82

It's possible that they are non-consumer because they can't be produced at the same volume as demanded by a consumer-space product, so a production speed or cost issue. Perhaps they are technologically inferior to a typical phone screen in terms of fill rate and response times relative to their cost (i.e. not worth getting something like that for its cost compared to a samsung screen). They may be excellent screens for what they are designed for, but may not have so much of a product market here, where battery life gains are less critical and utility/features/coolness beats readability for average joe.

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