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14 posts • joined 22 Aug 2011

Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

James Wheeler

Re: Hate to spoil the snarky paranoia...

@unitron: If that's what happened here, I believe it would be a treaty violation. But so far only the elder Seleznev seems to be claiming that this was a kidnapping by US agents operating in the Maldives. I would think that might jeopardize his detention, if not their entire legal case, if it's what occurred. Need more facts from more neutral sources on this point.

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James Wheeler

Hate to spoil the snarky paranoia...

... but Guam is part of the United States, its residents are US citizens, and the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution are in full force there. The US Secret Service's mandate includes investigations of financial crimes of the sort Seleznev is accused of committing. Seleznev appeared in US District Court in Guam, and is expected to face federal charges in Washington State, where he was indicted back in 2011. When and if he comes to trial, the trial will be held in federal court, where he will have the same rights as any defendant, citizen or not. Maldives is a member of Interpol, and cooperates with the law enforcement agencies of many nations, not just the US.

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Strategy Boutique ultimate 'tech'-gasm: 3D printer drone GoPro vid stream QR code

James Wheeler

Why in Oz and not in Shoreditch?

Steve Bong must be spinning in his sensory deprivation tank.

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AMD's 'Revolution' will be televised ... if its CPU-GPU frankenchip Kaveri is a hit

James Wheeler

Actually a very important development

AMD seems to be pitching these chips at consumer gaming devices, which I guess makes sense if you're showing at CES. But I'm much more excited about the potential for this architecture to solve the fatal flaw in today's GPU model - the need to copy data onto and off the GPU in order to take advantage of its vector architecture. When the GPU and main CPUs are on the same die, with direct access to the same memory (and the same on-chip cache?), the potential uses for vector-assisted number crunching expand from just big scientific/math tasks to things like BI and business analytics. I could care less about having this in a game console, but put the architecture in a data warehouse and analytics server and it could be a very bid deal.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Casio CM-100 Programmer's Calculator

I bought one of these for everyone on my team in 1986. Solar powered with binary, octal, decimal and hex conversions and arithmetic, Does bit shifts, XOR, AND, etc.. Still the only calculator that I regularly use.

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

James Wheeler

Occam's growing a beard...

Readers are advised to check the Wikipedia entry on the Journal of Cosmology immediately after reading this piece.

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El Reg Playmonaut soars to 113,000ft

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Affinity for treetop landing?

Not much forest in the landing zone. It's uncanny how it seemed to be drawn to the trees.

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British computing pioneer James Martin found dead in Bermuda sea

James Wheeler

Re: Where did folks hear of him?

Must be a generational thing. In the 70's and 80's, James Martin was inescapable - a visionary rock star in the computing industry. He charged huge sums for this futurist "training", and businesses cheerfully paid.

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AMD reveals potent parallel processing breakthrough

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About time

This is going to make GPU coprocessing useful in many instances where it isn't now.

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IBM embiggens iron with System zEnterprise EC12 mainframe

James Wheeler

48GB L3 cache, really?

"L3 embedded DRAM cache is now 48GB, double that of the z11". Is that a typo?

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Nokia's fontastic Pure wins 'design Oscar'

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"... amid much whalesong and joss-stick fug."

Best sentence I've read all week. Thanks for the smile.

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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

James Wheeler

Re Bootnote: "My Wedding Video"

Here's the pitch: Daniel Radcliffe as the Groom, Emma Watson as the Bride, Rupert Grint as Best Man, Directed by Ben Stiller from a Shaylaman script. Oh yeah, Hugh Grant as the Priest with Alan Rickman as the Rabbi.

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Here lies /^v.+b$/i

James Wheeler

In APL

<-Verity

where the "<-" is meant as APL's left-pointing arrow (inexpressible in plain text but readily carved into granite) signifying the assignment operator. With no name to the left, the operator simply absorbs the value of Stob into the bit bucket. This is useful because to speak a name in APL, a la

Verity

is to summon its value to be displayed on the output stream, even if said value is an array with 93 dimensions and 111 levels of nesting and requires more than available memory to format.

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