159 posts • joined Thursday 17th January 2008 12:54 GMT
The only dollars in the PC
Only Intel and Microsoft add dollars to the ASP.
Since they take most of the profits from selling PCs you'll need to avoid both of those as Europe slips back into its usual third world status.
Is the F-35 covered by the GPL?
While the F-16 was the "Electric Jet", the F-35, like the F-22, is a "Software Jet" as most everything about the aircraft is defined by the software that runs on the main computing element.
The UK and Israel have complained that the US will not be providing them with the source code for this software.
However, are we sure that the coders used no GPL code in their millions of lines of software?
Only 87 Raptors
Note that first 100 F-22s don't have the CPUs to use the latest weapons so the final force is only 87 Raptors.
The last 87 Raptors to be built for the USAF, starting with the Lot 6 aircraft stationed at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, have added processing power and are “hardware enabled” to receive the full Block 35, Increment 3.2 configuration, Ebersole said. He emphasized that these aircraft are still Block 30 machines in terms of their current hardware configuration. “There are no Block 35 aircraft yet”, Ebersole stated bluntly.
The worst bomber
The F-22 is a worse bomber than the Eurofighter as it can't carry an IR sensor without ruining its stealth.
The F-35 can take the Eurofighter as it can spot the other aircraft from further away and engage off boresite so it doesn't even have to be behind it.
It's really simple
Simply monitor every page every UK subject (not citizen with rights say) downloads and if random keywords match then ship them off to GitMo.
It's a quick techno-fix for the modern rotten British society. Orwell would be so proud of you lot. ;-)
A better match
IBM would kill Sun's culture, which is a write off of the entire investment.
The best use of Sun's tech would be to make a phone/netbook hybrid that was a touch screen that used bluetooth for keyboard, mouse, headset as needed. It would be an Enterprise Access Device that plugged into your network, but had sufficient power and storage to work on your documents disconnected.
But the company that could make the best use of this kind of device, the company with the cash to throw around, the company with the culture match to Sun, isn't IBM.
No battle tanks
Unless you're going to mount it in a Mark V Ogre, this is too big, too heavy, too hot and too energy hungry for a mobile land platform.
Instead mount it in the Navy's DD(X) and trade the effective long range firepower of those big guns for a flashlight that will slowly annoy the enemy to death.
If this mad scheme goes through, expect IBM to host both Solaris and Linux under AIX in virtual servers.
Forklift the Sun kit out, replace it with a virtual image and recompile (over time) to native.
It's a pity, but the SPARC has gone out of my relationship in Posixstan.
You left out the most interesting bits
Oh come on and spill the beans.
What's Gordo taking?
My guess would be drugs to combat high blood pressure, hypothyroidism and depression.
Why not just use the CV-22?
It's already military hardened with all sorts of night vision gear, etc and with in-air refueling it can scoot the chief to ANY working airfield in the country so he can hook up with Air Force One.
When can I query a disk?
The computer is the bottleneck here.
Why force all the data to be loaded into one computer before selecting just the data that's actually needed?
Given the falling prices for CPU cores, when will we have a CPU that runs directly on the disk cache?
Then you can finally get to reasonable size disk arrays because the array controller will simply send SQL queries to the disks and only the matching records will use up bandwidth on the way back.
It's almost tempting to do that today with ATOM motherboards that have a few drives plugged into them and connect back through ethernet switches and routers. The result is a database server that's as scalable as the Internet itself. There just needs to be a little bit more software support so that blank units can be plugged into the array and boot into an automated setup process that formats their disks and spreads data onto them. Then put one LED on the front that's starts yellow, turns green and flashes red when the unit needs to be replaced.
Red Queen runs herself to death
The old M$ model of forcing user upgrades "just because" has failed.
If Microsoft has a future it is not as a software company or a platform company.
It must become a lifestyle company.
Consider a revenue mix that includes a major portion from a Microsoft account of say $10 per user per month so that the customer's M$ lifestyle follows them everywhere.
Your cellphone automatically has all of your appointments and documents. You can work online or offline with just about any device and all of your data is synced and protected by Microsoft.
The company would have three major divisions: Microsoft Lifestyle, Microsoft Enterprise and Microsoft Internet.
The customers of each would be the Microsoft Lifestyle subscribers, Small to large companies and general Internet users. The focus of the company would be to have a finger in every pie rather than seeing how many pie dishes they controlled.
This will of course not happen under Steve "Desktop" Balmy, which is why Google is going to roll them.
Do not reveal your data to the OS
Why would you trust the OS with your data?
After all we've got all these useless CPU cores sitting around with nothing to do so assign threads inside your application to encypt everything before it hits the disk. (If you compress and encypt your performance might actually improve because CPU tasks that can be run in parallel are not the bottleneck.)
So even the system admin is going to have to put your application under the debugger in order to extract data that they have no need to know.
CPU cores are rare and expensive
Intel is the bottleneck here.
The business model of selling "CPU chips" is as dead as the model of selling music on plastic disks.
Future "computers" will handle commands like "play me that song that goes like..." by sending this command to all the memory units, each of which will have sufficient "CPU power" to fully flood their internal memory buses.
If Intel has a future it's by going back to being a RAM producer.
Rule of law dudes
Seriously, get a Constitution.
When I first read 1984, Brave New World and Animal Farm I always thought it was Eastern Europe that inspired them.
I should have known the writers wrote from personal experience.
I am not a "Subject", I am a free man.
Greened back to the future
Note that the article talks about two types of MRAM, because one type can be made as small as current memory and a different type can be made as fast as current memory.
Theoretically, given lots and lots of expensive research.
And to top it all, this computer will only save energy over current computers when the current is switched off.
So this is a return to the core memory days of computers that were big, slow, expensive and not used all that often.
The overlords of green correctness may take away our automobiles but they shall never take away our CPUs!
Is Windows for Submarines a sunk cost?
Actually compared to the lads who usually write software for the Military Industrial Complex (MIC), Microsoft is the good guys.
After all the F-22 dateline crash had nothing to do with Microsoft.
But if we yanks do go to war with your limeys, we'll be sure to attack on Dec 31st, 2012 when Microsoft's quadannual leap year bug will crash all of you'll's systems.
Intel is simply following in the footsteps of that noted enthomologist, Grace Hopper.
I'm still using my 300
I'm using the Archos 300 mostly as a PVR and static playback device (nice to pack for international flights) and then plug it into the sat dish and the TV.
Then I transfer over my files to the laptop.
It would be nice to have a nettop that had decent linux drivers for video input as most don't have room for a plugin card.
What this review was missing was the cost for the extra bits to record video as well as play it.
With 80 cores you MUST have multiple threads per core because every core is going to have a handful of threads that are waiting for memory access.
That takes care of the latency problem, but keeping those cores fed is going to require a different firehose.
You cannot push electrons in and out of the chip fast enough without melting it so this means fiber to the chip with the memory chips snooping on the intra-server fiber ring for matching address requests and pushing their data responses (or write verifications) into any free timeslot they can find on the ring.
Which means that your process (or OS) must be ready to handle a no-such address error hundreds of cycles after writing to memory.
Designing memory modules that can be plugged into a motherboard without dropping the traffic on the fiber optic ring is left as an exercise for the reader.
No need for super high drop
If your aircraft can't descend low enough for a normal HALO drop then you can't get the supertroopers home anyway so you might as well just drop suicide AI robot bombs.
Of course the really smart bombs never explode.
Everybody can feel good about themselves
If you delayed implementing Vista then you can simply hold on a while longer.
If you did implement Vista then you've got half the Windos 7 beta testing over with already.
And if you switched to Linux because of Vista then you won't have to shell out to M$ to get them to mess around with your systems every three years anymore.
So it is harder to use windows safely than linux safely?
Can we trick Balmer (no icon yet?) into funding a TCO study on this?
But the real problem remains that el Reg lacks a "Press Releases" tab to file this kind of stuff into Write Only Memory.
This comment is actually about the Greenpeace fusion article, which isn't open for comments yet.
D-T fusion will indeed produce nuclear waste, if not lead to nuclear accidents in the same way as fission allows.
The reaction is one atomic nucleus with one proton and one neutron running into another atomic nucleus with one proton and two neutrons and resulting in an atomic nucleus with two protons and two neutrons along with a lone neutron (that has most of the energy), but it beats waiting around 10 billion years for the weak force to do its thing.
The problem is with the high energy neutrons which will randomly run into various parts of the reactor assembly, turning some of them into radioactive materials which will then have to either be treated as nuclear waste or assembled into toys by the Chinese.
Where's your value add?
Is Adobe's value added going to be that they run a tollbooth for content delivery or that they deliver the best tools for content creation?
One route sustains the company until somebody finds a way around their logjam and the other builds up a community around the company.
Value Subtraction Companies are doomed.
The problem with app specific hardware
The problem is when the app vendor tires of dealing with your very expensive toy then the gear becomes practically useless and you must rebuy your entire storage system to match the next database version because the old version is no longer supported.
Hopefully you'll be in your next job by then.
Yet another new language
Microsoft also is touting integration with Visual Studio Team Services, and F#, a development language, designed to help write new applications and rewrite old ones for parallel computing environments.
Yet Another Microsoft Language?
If you don't want a bumpy ride, stop reinventing the wheel.
Stop the insanity
The problem is not in the ads.
The problem is in the value destruction instead of the value ad.
Microsoft is pouring billions into redeveloping basic operating system kernels over and over again while Apple gets theirs free.
Once Balmy is booed out the next Micro-chief needs to start with one question.
"What has the rest of the world already worked out for us that we can get cheap or free and then provide a value add on top of that?"
Until then the freetards will continue to eat away at their business as if they were a music company.
The most important information to me was missing.
Can I reformat the suckers and used them as dumb disks under Linux?
If so, with which interfaces? I don't have anything else to plug into my laptop's firewire interface so what kind of perfomance would I get with that?
And where's the benchmarks?
My laptop workstation
There is a ledge 20 cm above my desk for my Dell laptop with the 15" display.
On my desk is either a USB IBM Trackpad keyboard or a wireless Keyboard and mouse combo. (Depending on what continent I'm on. I haven't decided which setup works best and I can switch without changing the laptop.)
This way I have one of the nicer displays in our office at a comfortable viewing level and it keeps my palms away from that fraking touchy pad.
But I suspect that China will take over the Cute and Cramped Subnotebook market, leaving the big American PC companies beached with the tide out.
Won't you have to buy a batch of 1000 anyway?
Once you've RAIDed enough together to store a resonable batch of pirated videos you'll already be around 1000 anyway.
Gosh, I wish every laptop included an external port where I could connect removable SSDs. Perhaps I'd call it a USB port, eh?
A better choice for pilot
No, don't send McCain. He's too old and can't keep his Shiite straight anymore.
We need an experienced expendable pilot who's not afraid to volunteer for duty in hazardous mission areas.
Won't Bush Jr. be unemployed for life come January?
Chipset still the boat anchor here
So because the chipset is burning so much whale oil, it doesn't cost much more power to toss in additional CPUs?
Do not disable HT on this beast as its singlethreading performance sucks. Instead don't run WinDos on it.
When can I get a dozen atoms in a 1U server please?
Dowries are also illegal
As always a free market will solve this.
Let parents sex-select until the supply of daughters drops to meet the demand.
Wouldn't it be better to use the Flash as a write-back cache to keep applications from waiting for writes to commit to disk?
Yes, you don't need American style rights.
Afterall, you lot ain't no superpower no more.
Instead replace the ID card with ID eartags so that the sheep can be herded up whenever fleecing is called for.