* Posts by milliganp

12 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Jun 2009

Tachyum says someone will build 50 exaFLOPS super with its as-yet unfinished chips


Google Translate needs help

The history it is something repeat?

Intel inside a world of pain as revenue plunges by a third


Put this on his gravestone!

"but we're laser focused on controlling the things that we can."

It's the things you can't control that do the most harm.

Xen Project officially ports its hypervisor to Raspberry Pi 4


Beautiful Madness

When someone says "why would you do that", you have to be over 50 to explain that you once ran a mid sized businesses' core IT on a machine less powerful than a Pi 4.

Get in the C: Raspberry Pi 4 can handle a wider range of USB adapters thanks to revised design's silent arrival


Re: Forget the 'Osborne Effect':focus on the "Upton Effect".

I fail to understand people who don't seem to realise what the Raspberry Pi project is about. The primary focus is putting cheap hardware in the hands of kids to enable them to try programming and basic control of electronics. The USB C ports was put on to allow higher supply current, it has almost *NO* USB functionality.

The business model of the Raspberry Pi foundation is to license manufacturing for a small royalty fee, so they don't have a model that supports product recall and rework (particularly for <5% of use cases).

They have a superb support infrastructure for what the product is designed to do. Nearly all of the so called Pi alternatives are either more expensive or have only limited support.

I would congratulate Upton on getting his priorities right.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo


Apple PC

Did Linus miss the Intel announcement that Apple will move their PCs to ARM 'by 2020'.

Yes, ARM in the data center has multiple false starts but there are now companies with 10's of billions of dollars investing in ARM everywhere.

Delays in Intel's migration to 10nm and 7nm have cut much of it's lead and shown it is no longer invincible. It would be a fool who would say x86 days are numbered but nothing in the history of technology lasts forever.

Numbers don't lie: Apple's ascent eviscerates Microsoft


Evisceration Request

Without getting into the Microsoft vs Apple debate I'd pay real hard cash to watch Steve Ballmer being eviscerated!

Intel bakes palm-sized Core i5 NUC to rival Raspberry Pi


Faintly absurd comparison

This design has $200+ system cost written all over it, so comparison with the Raspberry Pi is rather meaningless. However as a media-centre device, POS etc it has the advantage of being Wintel.

Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism


Vat of etching chemicals!

Heaven forbid, the health and safety brigade would never allow such a thing.


Two Penneth Worth

Firstly I agree that Rory Cellan-Jones not knowing the difference between code and data shows just how little grasp he really has on what constitutes programming. - Nonetheless a little bit of HTML, CSS and Javascript is not a bad way to introduce the subject given the ubiquitous use of browsers.

What I see as essential however is that we don't con ourselves into believing that we are teaching programming if we never get past the simplest of concepts and that we teach it extensively enough that an A grade cannot be achieved without demonstrable skill.

Oracle dubs Solaris 11 world's 'first cloud OS'


Did Mark Hurd use Siri?

I have no advice to offer on the best place to download OpenSolaris, however I watched the launch video and every time Mark Hurd says "next slide" the presentation changes! Was he using Siri or is it just possible that the president of a leading technology company doesn't know how to use the most basic technology?

LaCie LaPlug


Remote Access Security

If the screen-shot in the review is anything to go by then the contents of the drive are directly exposed on the internet with little or no security. This seems somewhat from a security standpoint.

DARPA: Can we have a one-cabinet petaflop supercomputer?


ATI can do it!

A Radeon graphics card does 1.2 Teraflops for 160w of power, so 800 of them is a Petaflop for 130Kw. A 50% increase in processing power and 30% decrease in energy should just about do it.

You just need about 100 of these initially then leave them for a year or two and they'll write their own operating system.