* Posts by Alex Coward 1

17 posts • joined 22 Nov 2011

Apple faces Beijing blackout for iPhone 6

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Someone is seeking bribes

Eventually, though, the Chinese are going to overstep their extortion shenanigans and find themselves without Western technology or the resulting manufacturing jobs.

Apple has been slowly but inexorably moving away from Samsung as a supplier and they could do the same with China. Apple has the scale and the cash to pull it off. Admittedly, it would happen at a snail's pace. By the time the Chinese would notice, it would be too late.

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Apple struggles with the idea of intelligent life outside Cupertino

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Author could use BNNS

All apple is doing is offering a highly optimized set of tools to allow efficiently running neural networks on iDevices. This to prevent world+dog from needing to reinvent the wheel, or worse, reinvent it poorly and waste precious battery power.

It is impractical to perform NN learning on devices and anyone doing it likely has dedicated high power specialized setups with reams of data to train on, so there is little benefit in Apple providing any of it.

Nowhere does it say you must use their tools. Though you would likely be a fool not to.

Dumb conspiracy article.

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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To add to that. Cisco is in fact making a broader claim that extends copyright into the realm of understanding and acting on a language - not just using it for expression.

There, this article has an IT angle after all.

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Paramount can copyright Klingon in the same way that Cisco can copyright the 'industry standard' CLI.

It will be interesting to see the American courts come up with two opposite verdicts on fundamentally the same thing - copyright on language.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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Can anyone say bubble?

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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I should hope it is not military satellite imagery behind the various "sightings" - the results have been abysmal.

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Wanna change the world but need cash? Fret not: Billionaire Eric Schmidt has some spare change

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Match

I will hereby match Mr. Schmidt's exceedingly generous donation relative to my net worth. I'm sure my $120.50 will go a long way towards furthering the cause! Lunch is on me.

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Apple Safari, Mail and more hit by SSL spying bug on OS X, fix 'soon'

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Re: Test-Driven Development

The real coding failure is not having mandatory curly braces for every if.

Curly braces for every if is part of the basics of secure coding standards and this bug is exhibit A.

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Did EMC buy Xtremio to fend off NetApp

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Re: Netapp has another ace

Netapp not having an SSD solution is a flawed management decision. Not a technical problem in the file system's underpinnings.

As you said: "NetApp's are designed for high write performance not read performance because of this" - yes, in the rotating disk world. In random access flash, the distribution of the blocks all over the disks is not problematic for reads anymore so you have a fast write and fast read.

WAFL writes could be simplified by relaxing the write constraints which are mindful of rotating disks but they do provide a nice form of inherent wear leveling which could reduce the requirement for firmware wear leveling on the SSDs themselves. This would improve write latency (this is somewhat speculative on my part but I think a real possibility that Netapp would be foolish not to investigate thoroughly).

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Netapp has another ace

Netapp's underlying WAFL file systems fits in rather well with how flash storage should be utilized. So while EMC needed to acquire XTREMIO to compete with Netapp on flash, Netapp lucked out with WAFL. WAFL still could be optimized and tailored for flash (possibly by simplification) but it is pretty close to what you want to begin with.

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New iPad: The only review roundup you'll ever need

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Pirate

Re: It's just an Ipad true

iDID! Now iGLOAT!

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Google to join Wednesday's anti-SOPA protest

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Mushroom

Facebook

Facebook should shut down - a luxury it will not have once it goes public. 200 million FB zombies without their fix could bring the economy to a screeching halt.

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DIY virtual machines: Rigging up at home

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Go

Win98 in VM!

Care to share how you managed to get Win98 installed? After jumping through all the setup hoops to finally get it installed it still helpfully freezes up for no reason until the VM is restarted. Please do share!

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Apple gobbles iPhone, iPad flash chip baker

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Flame

Now open a store

Good! Now Apple can dump their incompetent and ridiculously expensive distributor in Israel, iDigital, and open a bonafide Apple store in Israel.

Cut out the middleman, Apple. It's only harming your reputation.

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Apple stores getting close to overload

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Disney need to stop selling cheap garbage at inflated prices

Disney are abusing their brand by sourcing their unimaginative toys from Chinese lowest bidder manufacturers. The resulting subpar toys are then sold at stratospheric prices that people seem to accept because it is "Disney" (well and Mickey Mouse copyright legislation ensuring nobody else can sell a better mouse nearly 83 years on).

I'd venture that if Disney conducted some market research they would find that most customers at their stores do not equate the Disney store with quality. One day that will bite them.

tl;dr Disney needs to improve its subpar merchandise offerings before attempting to improve its delivery.

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Despite Android lead, iOS devs slurp scads more mazuma

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I didn't slam free apps.

I slammed their customer base.

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Android folk in iOS

In the iGarden there are two different markets, the free app market and the paid app market, frequented by different people.

Android users are by and large of the free app (and free phone!) variety, cheap on the .99 and free with the semi-literate 1 star reviews.

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