* Posts by jotheberlock

33 posts • joined 4 Nov 2010

Upcoming Intel GPU to be compatible with Arm

jotheberlock

Re: Compatibility?

I would assume what this really means is 'Intel will provide ARM drivers and official support'. The only actual issue I can think of between CPU and discrete peripheral would be a 64 bit peripheral where the CPU is 32 bit and can't generate 64 bit reads/writes (or where the peripheral has > 4gigs of mappable memory that the CPU needs to talk to directly of course - GPUs maybe?). Endianness is certainly a pain but not theoretically insuperable.

Microsoft's UWP = Unwanted Windows Platform?

jotheberlock

Or you can use Qt which sits on top of the Win32 API on Windows and still gives you a nice modern programming environment and as a bonus works basically everywhere else as well.

jotheberlock

Re: Unpopular opinion

I mean there's just a smaaaall difference here in that all the Unixes were made by literally different companies. This is all Microsoft! It's all the same company, they should be able to fix this.

Give us a CLU: Object Oriented Programming pioneer arrives on GitHub

jotheberlock

Re: Oh no

I mean the whole thing with PostScript is it's a complete programming language, not just a graphics file format - removing the Turing completeness was one of the points of replacing it with PDF. You'd need a full-on PostScript interpreter running in the browser to guarantee being able to render arbitrary PostScript, and that has security implications etc just as with Java applets back in the day.

Tachyum's Prodigy emulator achieves first boot, runs Linux and says 'hello, world'

jotheberlock

Re: Transmeta

I don't know about Clive but it has been tried in a research setting - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMULET_microprocessor

Never really panned out though.

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV

jotheberlock

I'm sorry, MFC?! That was terrible back in 1998 let alone now.

Qt I'll give you.

The silicon supply chain crunch is worrying. Now comes a critical concern: A coffee shortage

jotheberlock

Re: REM

It's not 1950 any more, lot of us prefer coffee these days (especially coders)

'It's dead, Jim': Torvalds marks Intel Itanium processors as orphaned in Linux kernel

jotheberlock

I'm curious why you think x86-64 isn't an 'actual' 64 bit processor. It's not just 64 bit addressing, it has 64 bit GPRs and ALUs too, just like MIPS-64, Sparc 64, PowerPC 64 or indeed AArch64.

And as, indeed, AArch64 shows quite clearly, the ISA isn't the main constraint on increasing performance; we would not all be suddenly using 10GHz CPUs if MIPS had won out over x86.

Qualcomm pays $1.4bn to acquire ex-Apple and AMD Arm server chip engineers (and the biz they set up)

jotheberlock

Or they don't want to risk having to rely on ARM IP now that's going to be NVidia IP, of course...

Backers of Planet Computers' Astro Slide 5G phone furious after shock specs downgrade

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Re: They need to clarify...

The ROC is also known as 'Taiwan' and shouldnt be subject to any sanctions from Trump, is the point. It's a whole other country (whatever China might sometimes claim).

One of the world's most prominent distributed ledger projects has been pushed back by a year

jotheberlock

Re: Obscurity and gauntlets

They can also run HP-UX.

Even 2020 cannot bring forth the Year of Linux on the Desktop

jotheberlock

I am shocked, shocked I say, that ESR was spouting bullshit.

You're stuck inside, gaming's getting you through, and you've $1,500 to burn. Check out Nvidia's latest GPUs

jotheberlock

You mean 'up to' 14GB, if the only thing you're working with is tensors, which isn't going to be the case, surely?

In the frame with the Great MS Bakeoff: Microsoft sets out plans for Windows windows

jotheberlock

I mean,

a) Motif is a GUI toolkit while Xt is a set of tools for making a GUI toolkit (with Athena as the reference barebones GUI toolkit that shipped with X11), so it's not really comparable. Motif doesn't extend Xt, it sits on top of it.

and

b) Nobody since has used Xt. Gtk doesn't use it. Qt doesn't use it.

Nvidia may be mulling lopping Arm off Softbank: GPU goliath said to have shown interest in acquiring CPU design house

jotheberlock

Re: This could make sense

And, y'know, the layoffs.

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

jotheberlock

Re: I'm prepared for the down votes

You shouldn't be drawing a gun on someone unless you intend to shoot them. Being 'a ranty bitch' is, strangely enough, not a good reason to threaten to murder someone.

'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

jotheberlock

Err

It's an article about alternatives to the big players, not about the consumer broadband market in its entirety. Plenty of other articles on this site if you want that.

HOLD IT! Last minute gifts for one's nerd minions

jotheberlock

Disenfranchised? They won't let you vote?

Disenchanted, I think...

Android hackers mull rooted mobe app marketplace

jotheberlock

Google turns a blind eye to GApps?

Not quite true. They specifically asked the Cyanogenmod team not to include Google Apps directly into Cyganogenmod (as is their right of course), which is why Google apps are a separate, optional part of the install.

Learning about chip design from Silicon Roundabout

jotheberlock

I note that an empresario is a Spanish land agent. Perhaps he meant impresario?

Windows 8 fondleslabs: Microsoft tip-toes through PC-makers' disaster

jotheberlock

x86 monogamy? Short memories

Microsoft has happily ported to non-x86 platforms when they felt it suited them - at one point Windows NT ran on Alpha, PowerPC and MIPS, if I recall.

Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

jotheberlock

A UKIP column on the Europe on theregister? Really? What next, the BNP on immigration policy?

New plastic telescope ammo machine gun is light as a rifle

jotheberlock

*shrugs* Personally, I'd always assumed the reason that rifle squads/sections don't have a half a dozen machineguns each was basically cost more than weight. This wouldn't change that.

Ubuntu republic riven by damaging civil wars

jotheberlock

The argument at the time was that Trolltech hadn't realised Qt under the LGPL (so people could write commercial apps with it). Not that that was what people actually objected to, of course; what they really meant was 'I hate C++ and everything to do with it' but 'Gnome is more free than KDE!' (because you can write closed-source software using it, forsooth) was a far more acceptable rallying cry.

Now, of course, Qt is under the LGPL so it's exactly as free as Gnome/Gtk. And I've been a happy Kubuntu user for many years so I don't give a flying fuck about this Unity/Gnome 3 mess.

Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

jotheberlock

Is it possible Google might simply stop making Motorola phones?

Or at least only produce unlocked developer ones aka Nexus One? They could simply fire most of Motorola's hardware guys, not be in competition with their ecosystem, not lose money selling phones, and still reap the benefits of the patents.

Behind Apple's record sales are signs of desperation

jotheberlock

Err

Since when is Meego a 'cloud-based operating system'?

Nokia: Keep codin' for Symbian and Qt!

jotheberlock

You can still write Qt apps on Android

Fortunately, there is a port of Qt for Android. You need not throw all that knowledge away. :)

Shuttleworth sees fewer clouds in Ubuntu's future

jotheberlock

Actually

Qt is still owned by Nokia. Only commercial support has been sold.

Memo to iPad mimics: No one wants a $799 knockoff

jotheberlock

The best value Android tablet right now is the Nook Color

'Currently Android tablets are sharply divided into two categories -- sub-$200 junk and wayyyyy too expensive. I suspect the first vendor to find a happy medium will do very well.'

Barnes and Noble are this vendor, albeit accidentally. Their Nook Color sells for $250 and once rooted is a very practical and usable Android tablet. You can even run Honeycomb on it. And, indeed, they are selling like hot cakes.

Five Reasons to be cheerful about Nokia-Microsoft

jotheberlock

Actually

To be fair, that graph shows a lot more interest in Qt than Windows Mobile 7. Looks like an argument for Android to me.

It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones

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On the other hand

There is also an experimental Qt port for Android...

If Google have any sense, they'll support Qt on Android officially. That way they have a hedge against the Java lawsuits.

Apache threatens Oracle with Java exit

jotheberlock

Qt is pretty much write once, compile-and-run-anywhere

'You could just use C or C++, but after all these years, there is still no definitive common multi-platform library of stuff that will do the graphics and other stuff that Java can do.'

It's not definite, true, but Qt is available on a large subset of commonly-held-as-interesting platforms (MacOS X, Windows, Unix, Android, Symbian, Windows CE, QNX) and at this point provides similar services to the Java class library.

US census takers fight angry Americans for their data

jotheberlock

Actually

I suspect you'll find the author is an American just like yourself, both from spelling in his other articles and the second paragraph of the story -

'The census, conducted once every 10 years, hired a few hundred thousand Americans to collect names, ages and race data, using pencils and forms. '

But, you know, don't let me get in the way of your childish xenophobia.

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