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* Posts by coppice

11 posts • joined 9 Mar 2010

SpaceX sets new blastoff date for Dragon: 19 May

coppice

Re: You have got to admire these guys!

Of course I wouldn't trust something built with 1970s and early 1980s technology. You need 1960s technology for a proven safe journey to the ISS.

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LinkedIn edges closer to China with new Hong Kong gaff

coppice

What does it take for you to rate a company as a cowboy outfit?

I get about 50 bogus spam e-mails a week from linked in. Its a pity some legal action isn't taken against them. They are no better than any of the other spammers clogging up e-mail systems.

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coppice

The spam even if you don't join

I have never been to the linked-in site, but I get spammed daily by bogus invitations to join from people I have never heard of. This has been going on since the time linked-in started. Why would anyone who considers themselves professional want to join such a cowboy outfit?

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Disk drive crisis: Economists are terrible weathermen

coppice

7 manufacturers

There are probably only 3 or 4 disk makers producing leading edge drives, but there are a couple of less well known ones, like Kaifa in Shenzhen, making drives below 1TB. I expect 7 is a realistic number for the total.

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Samsung outs 5in Galaxy Note as new smartphone concept

coppice

@Adam Will

There has been a 5" Galaxy in our shops for the past month or so. It looks like an oversized Galaxy S II. Maybe it hasn't reached your locale yet.

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coppice

On sale already?

This is presented as if its something in the pipeline, but it looks just like the 5" Galaxy tablet that is already in the shops. Its hard to tell with Samsung. They have a whole galaxy of things called Galaxy now.

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Sony to can MiniDisc Walkman

coppice

Sony was only one of many

While Apple dominates the MP3 player market, nobody dominated in mini-disc players. Almost every Japanese consumer electronics maker made mini-disc players by the shed-load in their heyday. If Sony made 22m, the total number must have been impressively large. On the other hand, their heyday was only about a 5 year window at the end of the 90s. I'm amazed to find Sony didn't end production several years ago.

I wonder what percentage of mini-disc players sold in Asia? I assume is was a pretty high figure.

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HTC Sensation dual core Android smartphone

coppice

People focus on the wrong things

Satisfaction with a phone doesn't come from speed. It comes from having a reasonably low number of annoying qualities, and these are in the details.

My Nexus S, for example, gets 1 out of 10 from me when I'm being generous. It currently sits in a draw at home. I thought I would be safe from the usual Samsung bugginess with a phone where they don't control the software, but I was wrong. Its ringer is so quiet you only hear incoming calls in a quiet room. Its touch screen is buggy, so if you do hear it ring you can't swipe and answer. You have to mess around with the side button to get the touch panel back into a working state, so you can them swipe and answer a call. A phone that can't do ordinary voice calls well has limited value, even if you bought it for all the fancy stuff.

HTC are far from perfect, but their phones generally give you far fewer urges to take a hammer to them.

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Google open sources $68.2m realtime comm platform

coppice

@Anonymous Coward

If you bothered looking you would see that they haven't opened up G.722. They actually use *my* G.722 code. What they have opened up and given patent grants on is iSAC and a bunch of well proven audio enhancement and echo cancellation stuff they got from GIPS. G.722 and G.711 are just part of the total bundle.

This is great news. Nobody has really produced open source versions of these functions that are world class. The speex library has some of the elements, but they are far from polished, and have specific problems. This could save a lot of work.

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Intel wades into smartphone wars

coppice

How many car batteries to get those run times?

Anyone can quote long operational times from a battery, if they are sufficiently vague about the size of those batteries.

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Yellow Dog Linux licks CUDA

coppice

The SpursEngine

@Eddie Edwards,

The SpursEngine certainly is easy to come by, in the form of the card from LeadTek. Its reasonably priced (about $160 retail) and readily available in stores. However, it seems they are just pushing it as a short term video transcoding accelerator, with no planned roadmap.

It took them a while to get a Windows SDK out. It took them over a year to make Linux drivers available. The Linux drivers are binary only for a couple of specific RHEL Linux kernels, which are not up to date ones. LeadTek told me they have no intention to make 64 bit Linux drivers available at all. This doesn't sound like a product line with a bright future.

@MinionZero

Your comparison is only reasonable for a very small number of tasks. A lot of tasks can extract a large percentage of the available FLOPS from a SpursEngine. Only a very few tasks have been able to use more than a tiny percentage of the available FLOPS on GPUs. Fermi is supposed to change that somewhat, but we will still have to wait and see. Right now many applications run substantially faster when they are not offloaded to the GPU.

The LeadTek card is half the price you quoted. Are you being ripped off? :-\

Steve

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