* Posts by venneford

16 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jun 2012

Leaked docs hint Google may use SiFive RISC-V cores in next-gen TPUs


The revenue model is simple: Only the instruction set is open, not the hardware implementation to process the instruction set.

The Risc-V instruction set is maintained by a foundation based in Switzerland and details what instructions can be sent to the processor and then the output from the processor for that instruction. So, if you tell the processor to "Load memory location XXX into memory register Y", the processor does that. It doesn't specify how to do it. And, if 2 different companies develop a processor using completely different circuit designs, but both processes the input and output the same, then the software developed for that architecture will be software compatible.

One of the more important parts of the Risc-V architecture is that it does allow for additional ancillary processors and extensions that can be vendor specific. Hence, SiFive's coprocessors mentioned here.

But, SiFive designs Risc-V hardware and ancillary processors for tailored solutions. They are selling hardware. They don't have to publish their processor extension or give anything away.

Now, there are open-sourced processor circuits that anyone could pull down and then send to a fabrication facility, but those are not really optimized for anything and are very rudimentary in nature.

Risc-V is attractive as ARM and Intel will charge for even access to read their instruction sets and you have to license the rights to even use those instruction sets.

Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves


Re: It could present LUNs via FC/iSCSI and file-share via SMB and NFS.

Honestly, it would have far more jarring to have not used acronyms there..

JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this


Re: Yes, let's not

His other credits: Pacific Rim, Hellboy, Blade II.

He has range.

Abrams is a better producer than director or writer.

Godmother of Unix admins Evi Nemeth presumed lost at sea


Evi gave me my start in System Administration.

She loved teaching that subject. Had added a course specifically for system administration at CU. It was, in theory, a 1 credit hour class, but it was a heavy workload. She came in the first day with printouts of the second addition of her book and had the class proofread it over the semester. Each chapter was a week. We'd run every command and verify that it did what the book would say it did and she made sure that we understood it. By the time you left that class, you knew how the various flavors worked and why they worked the way they did.

Dish abandons Sprint sprint, now in mad dash for Clearwire


Re: Huh?

It is not about the technology. It has everything to do with the spectrum. Dish already owns a lot of spectrum. Clearwire has a lot of adjoining spectrum. By owning contiguous blocks, Dish could easily acquire FCC waivers to run high power transmissions in those spectrum. Their waiver in a similar move in December 2012 raised their commercial value of holdings from the purchase price of that spectrum segment from $3 billion to over $12 billion.

Light Squared tried a similar reallocation, but their transmissions bled too much into adjoining spectrum and the FCC refused to waiver. It essentially bankrupted LightSquared. Dish is getting around the by buying enough spectrum to allow them to pump a lot of high power transmissions right in the center of spectrum they control with no risk to adjoining spectrum.

'$6bn money-laundering website' Liberty Reserve kingpin cuffed in Spain


Yo have to be an established bank to get away with this kind of behavior. http://money.cnn.com/1999/08/19/worldbiz/crime_a/

Yahoo! continues quest for youth with yet another acquisition


It is actually a concern. I recall dropping Yahoo as my frontpage back when every time I would fire it up, there with be pictures of Britney Spears on my newsfeed. Entertainment news was the last thing I wanted to see.

I like having a good frontpage when I log in. I like having a pain where I can see news headlines, weather. A few other commonly used tools. I currently use igoogle for that, but it is getting sunsetted. (I just went back over to Yahoo.com and guess what.. A picture of Jennifer Aniston. Followed by an announcement about the cast of an Anna Nicole Smith movie. Then, a still from the Hangover with a fake controversy/publicity blurb. The All News section is about the NY Jets. There is a remarkable lack of news in the news sections of their front page... sigh).

Yahoo did some interesting engineering in its day. But, they date from the push era of content providing and its not customizable. Seriously, does the age of average user matter if they can customize their interaction and interests?

I am not a fan of Mayer, but overall, she is shaking things up. She is making some of the right moves. The purchases do seem to be aimed at a full suite of complimentary services. (Honestly, at this point, I would not be the least bit surprised to see her go after something like myspace or other social connection service. That does seem to be their missing piece).

They have a pretty solid news service, even if I don't like the presentation. They have a pretty decent catalog of film uploading, music, and assorted other services. Hmm.. actually, Yahoo is almost completely complimentary to the services Twitter provides. And, Twitter is looking to go public, which indicates a cash-out for the initial investors and cash raising for further development.

Copyright troll Prenda refuses to explain legal strategy


Re: Rights

As an officer of the court, they can not plead the 5th in questions as to who brought the suit. They are legally obligated to provide the names of entities or individuals who have a monetary stake in the outcome as part of the lawsuit. They are also obligated to bring notice of other suits and to apprise other courts of any rulings, adverse or otherwise, in other courts germaine to the suit they have in a court of law.. They repeatedly violated both the letter and spirit of those points and court orders associated with those points.

That they deliberately obfuscated the question as to whether any of the attorneys have a financial stake in AF Holdings is a rather glaring problem for them. There is *no* reason to not answer that question. They are *legally* required to provide that answer as part of the suit in question.

They are also legally required to show that they hold the rights to the copyrighted materials that provides the basis of the lawsuit.

Taking the 5th here, in no way ends the legal proceedings.

Outsourcing your own job much more common than first thought


Re: Not hard at all.

Actually, in the US, single programmers can not register as a company. For software companies, legally, they have to have at least 3 employees.

A few years ago, a software engineer got into a lot of trouble because of that clause. He flew an airplane into the IRS building in Houston to protest that legality.

Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed


Re: Well...

Microsoft has mistaken vendor lock-in as brand loyalty. Once you break the reason why people bought Microsoft products, Microsoft doesn't have any leverage..

Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs


Re: Huh?

Been using GIF since at least 1990..

Never heard jiff until the mid-2000's.

Hipsters hacking on PostgreSQL


I am seriously looking at PostegreSQL now. I used MySQL for over a decade, but I am finding myself skeptical about Oracle's handling of MySQL.

Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review


Re: @h4rm0ny - Shock Horror

"Microsoft knew this new OS would be radically different. "

Actually, the point here is that the OS is not radically different. Its an incremental change from the previous operating system.

This is mainly a User Interface release.

I use Windows 7 at work. I use it because I have to really. Its the standard we use for a lot of our documentation. I use Windows 7 at home for netflix and a couple other things. Its an entertainment system there. There are no areas where I use it because I love it. I use it where it is standardized or the only game in town.

Therein lies what I consider to be the real issue with Microsoft. A lot of people use it because they have to. Its a tool. Its sole purpose is to really not get in the way of whatever its role is in that person's life. I don't use Visio because I chose it. I don't use Word because I chose it. I don't use Excel because I chose it. I use them because it was mandated. The OS just comes along for the ride. I understand the concept of improvement. I just simply don't see this change as improvement. Its a cross-marketing ploy by Microsoft. Nothing about Metro was done for my benefit.

And, if you disable Metro to get Windows 7 desktop functionality, then there really isn;t much point to Windows 8.

Microsoft sets the price for a Windows 8 upgrade at $40


Re: What about he secure boot?

Windows licenses include downgrade rights. You can purchase this for $40 and then just install Windows 7

Techies evac'd as raging wildfire menaces $100m Colorado data centre



The funny thing for this is that all 3 cities (Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs) have been threatened by fires. Boulder HP and Fort Collins HP happen to be on the far side of the cities from the fires.

This was a boundary condition. Most years, there would not have been much of a threat in the Springs. Even here, they are evacuating more for air quality then a threat to the physical facility.

'Unnamed' HP biz unit developing mystery object storage


This almost sounds like the work being done in Fort Collins or Boulder CO. They were hiring storage software developers fairly heavily about two years ago.