* Posts by Enki

4 posts • joined 1 Feb 2011

I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

Enki

Re: thanks for the pointers

Another good one to add to the list is the anime "Time of Eve", which also explores AI independance and discrimination within the context of Asimov's three laws.

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Hey, Intel and Micron: XPoint is phase-change memory, right? Or is it? Yes. No. Yes

Enki

Same Difference

While XPoint does work through a phase change, its behavior is different from PCM. Since PCM works through the relative resistance of the amorphous/crystalline material itself, it is slower to write (you have to get the state within the tolerance) and slower to read. It also suffers from wear out as the ability to be sufficiently exact breaks down over time (I am simplifying of course). On the plus side, it allows for multi-bit cells based on intermediate states.

XPoint, the phase change is just a mechanism to allow or block the wire through the cell. This means that reading and writing are much faster, and there is less wear out risk, but there are no intermediate states for multi-bit cells.

Since the behavior is different, I'm sure the marketing guy did his job and told the engineers to give it a new name and avoid the words phase change. In this case it is the right decision as knowledge of PCM would lead you away from understanding the behavior of these new cells.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Enki

Hover

The popup mouse hover has too short of a delay before the popup. I get lots of distracting popups when I am scrolling using my touchpad. If you add a couple seconds, you will retain the effect while allowing for easier reading and scrolling.

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Intel 'Sandy Bridge' mobile platform

Enki

Battery Drain

Flash isn't necessarily less overall power if you don't account for the amount of work done. If you ran the system full tilt, you would spend less time waiting for disk. This implies more time the CPU spends in an active rather than a sleep state, and therefore at a higher power drain.

To test, you would need an application that has a fixed transaction rate versus time so that the SSD based machine would spend additional time in a low power state.

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