* Posts by Firewalker

10 posts • joined 24 Dec 2009

IBM bags multi-billion dollar outsourcing deal with ABN AMRO

Firewalker

"IBM said it was already divesting under-performing businesses such as the microelectronics unit,"

So, does this mean that executive management at IBM are incapable running their microelectronics unit profitably? Sounds like 1) a level of incompetence or 2) greed aka upper management bonuses/stock share price.

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Seagate to storage bods: You CAN touch this (at last). Stop, HAMR time

Firewalker

Re: Why laptop size?

Also having more/smaller drives it makes it easier to replace the drives as needed. And, it takes a lot less time to get a multi-disk device back on-line in case a drive goes bad when each disk is smaller. How long would it take to rebuild a RAID consisting of terabytes versus one consisting of gigabytes? Smaller = less downtime for any given multidisk device and when a device is down it ain't earning any money for its masters.

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Intel shows off wine-powered processor and biometric boffinry

Firewalker

That's why locked phones can still make 911 (emergency) calls.

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Intel to put pedal to metal in 14nm Atom upgrade

Firewalker

ARM is not Intel is not ARM

ARM is a design house. Intel is a foundry and design house. Comparing ARM and Intel doesn't really make sense. What makes sense is to compare Intel processor design with ARM processor design. As someone who has worked with both Intel processors and ARM cores, both are excellent for the tasks designed; both design houses are top-notch.

The question that I see will be answered is whether having design and foundry people as one can produce a better (someone else can define "better") product. ARM has numerous independent foundries using their IP which has worked out quite well to date for ARM. However, as Intel starts moving into ARM arena, will the advantage of having chip designers being part of the same team with the foundry outweigh ARMs business model; which model will win out when it comes to creating greater power efficiencies coupled with increasing computing power.

In the end, power and efficiency boils down to who makes the best transistor ergo my money is on Intel even if ARM comes up with a better design.

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Most coders have sleep problems, need 'hygiene and care'

Firewalker

It's called job security

Coding without enough sleep ensures that the programmer will be busy the next day debugging and undoing the damage done today.

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Netezza pays to shut down CIA killer drone lawsuit

Firewalker
WTF?

Want to Kill People?

'"My reaction was one of stunned amazement that they want to kill people with my software that doesn't work," IISi's CTO Richard Zimmerman told the court.'

My reaction is one stunned amazement that they want to kill people with his -- or anyone's -- software, even if the software works. There's a big difference between wanting to kill people and self-defense. Does one hunt for the act of eating or does one hunt for the act of killing?

There is nothing in Afghanistan or Iraq or Pakistan that is worth the life of any one of our troops.

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Intel lets outside chip maker into its fabs

Firewalker

Guaranteed Supply

Very interesting. One point that seems to have slipped by is that opening their own fab for the FPGA production Intel has a direct supply of high quality, very fast, FPGAs along with the basic recipe to make them. Among other things, Intel can use this knowledge to directly test their HDL before any commitment to silicon. Knowledge is power and the knowledge Intel will gain through this move will be immense.

Good move Intel!

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Intel waves Old Glory with wafer baker plans

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Intel and Oregon is an on-going success

"What's more, you can bet your last dollar or euro that if Intel could get the right kind of intellectual-property assurances from the Chinese government, and if the US Congress wouldn't go completely nuts, it would build more fabs in China and fold up Old Glory in perfect triangles and stuff it into a closet somewhere."

Having worked at Intel and having a pretty good knowledge of Intel, the above statement is wrong. Intel is very well aware that if it takes the short term profit approach that Wall Street demands by doing bleeding edge work in China, etc it will lose it's intellectual strength and ability to compete. Investing in local manufacturing, in a locality already proven highly successful/profitable for Intel, makes perfect sense for a company driven by cutting end technology. Remember Intel's products are not only cutting edge but equally important is their manufacturing capability for their products. See Andy Grove's take: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-01/how-to-make-an-american-job-before-it-s-too-late-andy-grove.html

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PHPers prefer Windows desktop to Linux

Firewalker

Not a free choice

The choice of O/S to develop upon at the places I've worked was broken down into two groups; those whose upper management required us to use MS and those that gave us the choice. Invariably in the places where we had a choice we chose Linux and used a shared MS box(es) for testing. The only time MS was used was when we were forced to and by the occasional, fresh out of school, developer that was not familiar with Linux.

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Toshiba Satellite T110

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Linux

Silly Person

It's not the CPU that's hobbling the system, it's the software. Try running an efficient O/S with efficient software and you can get the system screaming.

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