12 posts • joined 22 Jan 2009
These people should be reported to the Advertising Standards Authority
Would the claims being made by these researchers stand up to the same level of scrutiny from the Advertising Standards Authority that a soap power advert has to survive? I suspect not.
There is a group in France working in formal verification that I think would also have trouble getting their claims published in a Soap power advert.
A sample size of 200 with 1 failure?
Lets see, we have:
"...we have shipped hundreds of XtremIO X-Bricks to customers..."
"...less than 32 Seconds of unavailability in a year,..."
"...field-measured to be 922,240 hours, or 105 years."
which suggests they have sold just over 200 units in 6 months, one of which developed a fault.
Not the most statistically reliable of claims.
Re: Where can we download the source?
I imagine that Gamma would like to be covered by that clause, but arn't they just a commercial company with no special privileges?
Where can we download the source?
Firefox is distributed under the Mozilla Public license, https://www.mozilla.org/MPL/2.0/, which as I understand it requires distribution of "... any Modifications that You create or to which You contribute, must be under the terms of this License."
Where can I download the source code of the changes and updates Gamma has made?
Re: KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON INCREASING STANDARD DEVIATIONS (away from the null hypothesis)
A detailed discussion of why there is really only one Higgs boson here:
Some possible alternative to consider:
and for the more technically oriented
Bus routes and vending machines
Drilling down to the actual data I find information on bus routes, vending machines and a short list of other stuff already available on the Southampton web site, hardly worth a fawning two page article on El Reg. Come on guys where is your customary cynicism?
"mixed mode" patent is potential JIT killer
While it may be possible to design around what you refer to as the "mixed mode" patent the workaround may have a sufficiently large overhead that JIT compilation is not worthwhile on Dalvik. See a a blog posting of mine, http://shape-of-code.coding-guidelines.com/2010/08/15/oraclegoogle-java-patents-lawsuit/, for more details.
Base-4 is good enough for humans
Base-3 is closest to the most efficient encoding representation which is base 2.718..., but fractional bases are not possible in practice. Heat dissipation is a major problem for chip designers and base-3 would enable them to use a lot fewer components (assuming the power consumption of a base-3 device was comparable to a base-2 device), so there could be a major cost/performance incentive in years to come to use base-3 devices.
Us human are are derived from a base-4 encoding, i.e., DNA.
They should now release all of the source
The leaked files do not include the makefiles needed to build executable programs (I'm assuming that these do exist) and so it is proving difficult to get this right manually (at least for the Fortran code). I think the CRU should come clean and release a complete development snapshot. Of course if they would rather that people not have the ability to actually run their data analysis software they might not want to do this.
Win your Darwin award here
If this material were lead it were 1cm thick incomming gamma radiation would be reduced by 50%.
Perhaps they should be invited to wear a cloak of this material inside a nuclear reactor (along with the gullible journalists), at least they could get a Darwin award for their troubles.
Lots of ways to measure popularity
Measuring language popularity is a difficult task, quality data is hard to come by and what exactly is meant by popularity are some of the issues.
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