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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1695521)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
What a kerfuffle!

Shame when the licensing and upgrade conditions are more complicated and byzantine than the OS itself!!

I'm still not sure if the various upgrade stories are a trick of viral Marketing, incompetence, or just an inevitable side effect of the forever expanding EULAs to bind you forevermore. :-(


There just has to be a better way ;-)

IT is what we make it...
Martin
2) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1695121)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
I read all the small print on the internet and it made me want to die


And we ALL agree to THAT?!


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1694562)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile ML1
... how things pan out.

Hopefully for Microsoft's sake, hopefully not...

But then again... The current Windows have recently seen an awful lot of patch-ups :-(


All a Game of Users?!

(To rephrase a certain long running TV series... ;-) )


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
4) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1693845)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
OK this is the Russian view. Not Putin and Kremlin views!
http://en.novayagazeta.ru/politics/68386.html

Very interesting... And gruesome.

The comment to that article is very clear for questioning the assumptions used to supposedly identify the missile launch point which then supposedly places the blame away from Russia...

So... Full admission that it was a Russian made missile system of a very specific type. Good determination of the detonation point just outside the cockpit. I agree with their determination of the RELATIVE missile-to-aircraft explosion and fragmentation damage.

However, I am very suspicious of how the missile track is supposedly rather conveniently claimed to be deduced...

Note the assumption that the missile track is supposedly completely accurate from launch and a straight vector all with no course correction... Also, no mention is made of allowing for the velocities relative to the ground or of using the debris field spread to confirm the aircraft path...

My expectation is that the missile would 'curve' into the aircraft path as the missile corrected its path as it homed on target...


So, good report but with a false conclusion to add to the propaganda war?

All a very nasty game.

All in our only one world,
Martin
5) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1693330)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
All a game of paid-for FUD as a new Marketing tool?...

All a new level of LAIRS?...


Fake online reviews prompt probe

Businesses are ambushing rivals with fake reviews and customers are using the threat of online criticism to win discounts, research has found.

Review sites may leave negative commentary...



"Naughty Intel" and cancerous Microsoft anyone?

Shoot all Marketing now?!


See:

Intel's compiler: is crippling the competition acceptable?

Naughty Intel in for even more licks soon?

[Microsoft] Ballmer: “Linux is a cancer”


IT is what we allow it to be,..
Martin
6) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1693328)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
Meanwhile, politics and corrupt Fossils lobbying is getting worried about just how successful is UK Wind Power?


End of wind farm subsidies 'could cost Scotland £3bn'


... About 3,000 wind turbines across the UK are awaiting planning consent.

Scottish Renewables said the move was "neither fair nor reasonable"...

... First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the decision was "wrong headed, perverse and downright outrageous." ... She added: "This decision comes despite the UK energy secretary admitting on radio this very morning that onshore wind is one of the most cost-effective ways of developing renewable energy."

Ms Sturgeon argued that the move would also send out the wrong message ahead of a conference in Paris later this year aimed at getting a new global agreement on climate change.

The Scottish government believes the decision would have a disproportionate impact on Scotland, as about 70% of onshore wind projects in the UK planning system were in the country...

... "These are projects that could provide the equivalent electricity demand of 1.23 million Scottish homes and significantly improve our energy security, while bringing around £3bn of investment."...




Sounds just like the arguments for Fossil Fuels Polluting Oil but without the excess of pollution...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
7) Message boards : Number crunching : The kittyman has fixed the rig, work on the way, wingys! (Message 1690768)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile ML1
Hey! Mobo is dead...

Commiserations... But also:

Faster crunch for the new mono! :-)


I guess we've moved on a long way since the days of supercooling CPU over clocking...

Is your new machine going to be a GPU monster? ;-)


Happy continued crunch in!
Martin
8) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1690767)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile ML1
Part of a solution but to my mind all still an unholy silly game and contest and for a very greedy few, our planet and everything be damned:


Can the divestment movement tame climate change?

An increasingly popular tool in the fight against climate change is emerging - "divestment"...

... Campaigners point out that fossil fuel reserves that haven't yet been extracted are thought to equal five times the amount of carbon that can be burnt if climate change is to be limited.

Yet oil, gas and coal producers are still factoring in the burning of those reserves when calculating their companies' financial worth.

A recent report by Deutsche Bank pointed out that any deal on emissions at an upcoming November gathering of world leaders "means accepting that the entirety of the world's known fossil fuel reserves cannot be extracted and burned".

The authors say that this means that oil producers will try to maximise the benefit from their product while they still can - which is why the oil cartel Opec is refusing to cut production, even though prices remain low. ...



And yet reckless oil exploration is being pushed into the Arctic and elsewhere...

How do we turn around such corrupt insanity?


All on our only one planet,
Martin
9) Message boards : Number crunching : To Hyperthread or not to Hyperthread (Message 1689536)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile ML1
... My i7-860 showed 11.1% increase in power consumption & 27.7% increase in work output when running HT on & 8 tasks.

Thanks for the good real world example. That looks to be about right for something consistent like s@h tasks.

Note that each task will individually take about twice as long to run but with twice the number of simultaneous tasks and with opportunistic utilization of CPU cycles, you see better utilization to give a higher throughput overall.

The increase in power usage is a good indicator of higher utilization (more work being done). (Or... If you see a slowdown,the higher power suggests that the tasks are too big for the CPU cache and all that extra power is being used to thrash the cache and system RAM.)

In computing it is all a balance of where in the design is the slowest bottleneck... Or not ;-)


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
10) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1689306)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile ML1
Today, I finally lost all faith in the Justice System of this country & in light of what happened, will forever more take feminism with a pinch of salt. Feeling totally saddened & dejected at the moment as I've only just returned from the Crown Court.

I'm having a cuppa & trying to regain composure & will post my views when done so.

Please note that my posts will be extensive & that I am aware of the professionals that will be mentioned have a job to do.

What annoyed me, the victim & her family as well as many others was the manner in which that job was carried out.

I look forward to hearing about how this terrible thing is all the fault of feminism.

A new thread deserving of more focused discussion?

Noted the lack of the Union Jack... Note that lawyers make their money from the cost and payment for argument (disputing unto quagmire ad nauseam...) ... And all clients be damned...

Justice and ideals and fair play may well be an aside. Then also, there are no winners in court...


Best of luck for all,
Martin
11) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1689163)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile ML1
Why do people think 'gay' is often such an effective swear word? Because its linked with feminine behavior in the minds of most people, and it has essentially a way to say that someone isn't a 'real man'.

It isn't particularly effective any more, at least not round here, just comes across as childish.

Indeed so. Culture and attitudes move on.

Just recently, we've had the positive vote in Eire (Southern Ireland) to accept same-sex marriage (despite the medieval attitudes of the church there). We've had only a minor upset from a very few about a lesbian kiss shown on the Dr Who TV series. And that all contrasts starkly with the near rekindling of the American civil war by USA southern states when an interracial kiss was to be broadcast on the old Star Trek series...


Times greatly and quickly move on, hopefully for the better for everyone, including women.

All in our only one world,
Martin
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Communication via a quantum loop gravity string? (Message 1688756)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile ML1
I don't think there ie even one real quantum computer today. D-Wave has sold a couple of them but they are strongly discussed and objected.Also, the very foundations of quantum mechanics are being discussed, especially the Copenhagen Interpretation and experiments are being done to test it. I've read about this in a "Nature" article but of course I cannot link it.
Tullio

I am very suspicious of the D-Wave as some very clever sales beyond reality...

They are very clever for aiming for utilizing what they call "quantum annealing".

However...

The complete lack of any astounding results from their present devices stongly suggests that they are using multiple quantum devices in an isolated and non-coherent/entangled way.


In brief, they merely have a very expensive super-cool conventional computer.

All the rest is some fantastic Canadian Marketing.


Keep searchin',
Martin
13) Message boards : Number crunching : To Hyperthread or not to Hyperthread (Message 1688575)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile ML1
... Netburst was totally a nonsense...with its ridiculously double clocked (x2 core frequency) A.L.Us and lack of a fundamental piece of hardware: barrel shifter.
Faster PIIIs (e.g Tualatin) did have this integrated (barrel shifter was introduced dating back at the 80386 era).

The barrel shifter omission will have been one of the design compromises for the higher GHz requiring deep ("Hyper!") pipelining. Barrel shift logic is quite a long logic path and so to pipeline that up 'NetBurst'-style would likely have been too much of a design compromise and cost.


We really do need three or more good sized equally matched competitors in this game. Monopolies are always overly costly...


Here's hoping AMD and ARM (or some others) can yet even up the CPU/GPU games!

Happy cool fast crunchin',
Martin


ps:

Instead of 'NetBurst'-style, perhaps we should dance to "Gangnam Style" Yeah!!! ;-)

(There's just got to be some good viral Marketing in that... :-( )
14) Message boards : Number crunching : To Hyperthread or not to Hyperthread (Message 1688558)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile ML1
http://www.agner.org/optimize/blog/read.php?i=6

Excellent summary and two good examples, thanks.


The very brief summary for consumers is that of befuddlement by the claimed 'x2' for the Marketing numbers.

For the developers, there is a lot of hard work needed to optimise before being able to gain any useful performance boost. Whatever number of 'virtual' CPUs you might have still rely on the reality of the real-world physical CPU cores!


All good useful stuff. Shame about what I see as the Marketing corruption behind it all.

Anyone for the higher (Marketing?) GHz of Intel's Hyper Pipelined Technology and their "Netburst" Marketing?...


Happy faster crunch in,
Martin
15) Message boards : Number crunching : To Hyperthread or not to Hyperthread (Message 1688040)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile ML1
The Intel HT gives a BIG boost in that you can claim to have x2 the number of real physical CPU cores available (and call them virtual cores).


The physical reality is that each physical core is 'multiplexed' to alternately (simplistically) give one CPU cycle to one virtual core and then the next CPU cycle is given to the second virtual core, and so on. Hence, your virtual CPU cores each run at half speed if both are being used.

You suffer a slight slowdown in the extra overhead for the OS to manage the Intel HT (or even to badly ignore it altogether).

You gain a small boost from being able to opportunistically execute more threads if you have software that takes advantage of that.


So... My brief summary from my experience is:

If you are looking for performance, then you need to optimise for the HT just as you need to optimise for using a GPU for example.

In very brief summary, you get somewhere between a x0.9 and a x1.3 speedup in THROUGHPUT if you utilise all available threads.

For single threaded tasks, switching HT off can give you a better/faster response.


(Note that for the recent AMD CPUs, you have real physical cores for each thread and there is an FPU shared between two cores. Very good structure for general use and for server use. For s@h, you only need half the cores computing to max out the FPUs. The other cores should then be used to support GPUs or for general running. There's some good opportunity there for performance comparisons ;-) )


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
16) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1688036)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile ML1
Here is a breathtaking step for the slow shift (drift?) out of nearly a thousand years of self-imposed isolation for a country:


The beauty contest winner making Japan look at itself

... In just two years here I have clearly absorbed a lot of the local prejudices about what it means to be "Japanese".

My confusion lasts only until Ariana opens her mouth. Suddenly everything about her shouts out that she is Japanese, from the soft lilting tone of her voice, to her delicate hand gestures and demure expression.

Well of course she is. Ariana was born in Japan and has lived here all her life...

... In Japan the reaction to Ariana's victory has been oddly muted...




Times change and culture evolves out of xenophobia only slowly in some places...

All in our only one world,
Martin
17) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1687801)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile ML1
Everything we consume is genetically modified by selective breeding.

Largely yes.

However, there is a vast difference and a great difference in health and nutrition between natural selection and artificial breeding selection to boost positive natural traits...

As compared to the deliberately toxic artificial stuff and outright market manipulation perpetrated in the name of GM.


So far as I know, there have been no positive examples of GM-food. However, there are repeated examples of the environment and farming being adversely affected by the agribusiness use of GM... "GM superweeds" and environmental destruction are just two examples before we even look at what we then get to eat with the 'added pesticides'...


Our world is what we make it...
Martin
18) Message boards : Politics : Facts are Boring (Message 1687798)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile ML1
One final thing here, the left is (again) only a side of the political spectrum. You are lumping everything from Communists, to social democrats to environmentalist parties together. Only one of those has ever had a significantly negative impact on this planet in a few countries. Its a little insulting to lump everyone together.

Martin...

You were, of course, looking ...

For the usual attack-the-messenger rather than discussing the idea behind the message?...

Hope you don't call out my name in your sleep also!


(Note the "One final thing" ain't from me :-P )


Keep searchin',
Martin
19) Message boards : Politics : Facts are Boring (Message 1687533)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile ML1
I've watched both The Prisoner and TOS... All as TV repeats.

Does that make me the youngest of the lot of yer?!


And to get back on topic:


Facts are fascinating.

Who needs other's tedious tawdry dreams and make-believe when we have an infinity of the real world around us yet to explore?!


Forever onwards with the quest to forever roll back the boundary of ignorance!

Keep searching
Martin
20) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1687531)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile ML1
... Just wondering about your obsession with just Cigs, and not other, similar products.

So what has the greatest 'slime' impact against most people?

Is there worse that such as the Fossil Fuels industry, Big Tobacco, and the GM-foods peddlers and toxic Big Agribusiness?


All in our only one world and our world be business damned,
Martin


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