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Posted on 20-09-14, 08:39
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I will be REALLY interested in seeing what the regulatory agencies have to say about this.

And FUCK YEAH! OPENSPARC MASTER RACE!

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Posted on 20-09-14, 14:16 (revision 2)
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Posted by Screwtape
Is NVIDIA's announcement enough?

I believe Apple, Qualcomm and maybe Samsung have perpetual licences, so it doesn't matter what NVIDIA does, they can noodle around and do their own thing. However, one of the big advantages of ARM is its popularity - if NVIDIA screws up and the low end of the market moves over to RISC-V or OpenSPARC or something, those companies might want to shift over as well.

The official NVDA press release

I see too much "AI" buzzword bingo BS, but aside of that... welp, it's official. Masayoshi Son, thanks for ruining computers and fucking the UK pride!. Yeah, gotta grab some popcorn to watch the regulatory shitshow unfold, particularly at the EU and China. Fun fact, a lot of people believe nVidia is a Chinese corporation, a-la Huawei. But nope, it's American - its founder is half-Taiwanese (y'know, from the original China, fuck PRC's "One China" BS), but yeah, people can't even read these days.

> RISC-V
And now I can see the huge smile at Western Digital SoC designers when they told Marvell that they were going all-in with this newfangled RISC-V thing. Now I guess there must be a huge party going up there celebrating "the death of ARM" or something :D
Can't wait for those $50 RISC-V Android phones if nVidia screws it up this acquisition.

There IS a possitive side of all this mess: the faster nVidia kills Mali, the better. Or maybe will they finally have a half-decent binary blob driver, at least?

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Posted on 20-10-09, 07:06 (revision 2)

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Absolutely disgusting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE9n_llJOVQ


EDIT: Paper launch after all? Look at those "underway" numbers...

My current setup: Super Famicom ("2/1/3" SNS-CPU-1CHIP-02) → SCART → OSSC → StarTech USB3HDCAP → AmaRecTV 3.10
Posted on 20-10-09, 23:31
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Remember when Intel bought Altera five years ago, and my initial answer on the old bBoard was "AMD, Xilinx, your move"? And then some of you guys said that AMD couldn't afford to add some FPGAs to their product lineups, blah blah blah...

Well, we're in Weirdest 2020 Ever, and AMD finally thought that buying Xilinx is actually a good idea:
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24725689

Nope, they can't still afford it (Zen and Navi are hot, but while those Ryzens are money printers, their finances are still a bit on the "careful!" side), so this $30 BILLION purchase will be funded with fake money stocks and debt. Hope this doesn't spell doom for then, instead of becoming another solid revenue source. But then, I've heard that Intel has done absolutely NOTHING with their Altera purchase, quality of software has dropped massively, and those FPGA-infused Xeons have been failures so far.

So the $30 billion question would then be: "Why!?"

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Posted on 20-10-10, 02:46

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Huh, I thought that was just a rumor.
Posted on 20-10-10, 03:39
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But then, I've heard that Intel has done absolutely NOTHING with their Altera purchase, quality of software has dropped massively, and those FPGA-infused Xeons have been failures so far.

Sounds about right for Intel.


So the $30 billion question would then be: "Why!?"
Because Intel essentially took Xilinx's biggest competitor out of the market and it will be a nice reliable profit stream.

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Posted on 20-10-10, 14:40
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Apparently this purchase has been in the works for years, but the negotiations have stalled more times than certain aircrafts. In fact, this latest try is all but confirmed yet. But then, apparently AMD recently hired former Altera's CEO (which led the Intel transition), so...

In the meanwhile, remember IBM? For IBMers, it now means "I've Been Moved", as they're hellbent on becoming a cloudy cloud, with blockchains but no booze or hookers. They kept divesting division over division:

- Printers went to Ricoh
- PCs (and later, low/mid-tier x86 servers) went to Lenovo
- Displays went (mostly) to Lenovo (some of their later post-Lenovo stuff was outsourced to AOC)
- PoS terminals went to Toshiba
- ATMs went to Diebold (initially the "InterBold" joint venture, now Diebold-Nixdorf)
- HDDs went to Hitachi GST (now WD)
- Basically, it isn't POWER Big Iron, it has been (or is being) sold (or stripped for parts, THEN sold)
- Nobody really wants to know who owns Token Ring nowadays!

Now they're doing the same crap to their former big-money divisions ("nobody ever got fired for buying IBM"), their services arm:
https://www.theregister.com/2020/10/08/ibm_splits_off_services_division/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24720556
Think something like HP (shitty printers and consumer PCs) / HPE (servers and other big iron), except that the "former" IBM still gets to keep their mainframes. But then, the new cloudy IBM really doesn't want you to physically rent whatever is the latest iteration of "IBM Big Mama" big iron for doing your payroll or handling all those zeroes on your bank accounts. No, instead they want to pretend they're AWS/Azure (or their smaller and somewhat irrelevant rivals, Alphabet's GCE / Orrible® Cloud) and have you instead to lease time on computers Not In Your Premises™. The people that really wants cloudy clouds are too happy with AWS/Azure anyway, now that hipsters (and not old men in very expensive suits) rule the roost.

In the meanwhile, my Mexican-built 2003-vintage IBM ThinkCentre still refuses to die, despite all the warranty-voiding abuse, like a Ford Ranger or Toyota Corolla from the same generation. I've read that recent Think hardware fully embraced the "soldered/glued-everything" way of Mac :/

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Posted on 20-10-20, 12:29
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The saga of "WHYYYYYY!?!?!?" sales, mergers and acquisitions in this forgettable 2020 don't seem to have brakes: today, at the chopping board we got Intel's flash memory division, which has now been sold to SK Hynix:
https://news.skhynix.com/sk-hynix-to-acquire-intel-nand-memory-business/

$9 BILLION, which for a component so vital to our modern computerizers seem to be a firesale, an absolute steal for the Korean chaebol SK Group (which already owns one of the Big 3 in flash memory), and a complete fuckup by Intel management, which is too busy trying to not implode after lagging behind the competition in nearly everything but marketshare. Go 'murica!

Prior to this disaster, things weren't going that great with Intel flash: they used to had a joint-venture with Micron (the second one from the Big 3; the other one is another chaebol, the always-lovely Samsung), but they parted ways two years ago for reasons I still don't really understand.

Intel does get to keep Optane (their fancy brand name for "totally not-RAM not-Flash" 3D XPoint), a technology unlikely to become mass-market anytime soon :/

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Posted on 20-11-10, 18:43 (revision 1)
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PSA: If you have an HP printer (no matter the tech), immediately disconnect it, destroy it physically with extreme violence, then incinerate the remnants. If possible, call an exorcist afterwards:

https://pluralistic.net/2020/11/06/horrible-products/ (injket: "Ink as a Service/IaaS", or when "lifetime" stops being "for as long as the device works")
https://kevin.deldycke.com/2020/11/revert-hp-printer-ban-on-third-party-ink-cartridges/ (laser: Nintendo-style toner lockouts, but worse)

I've had nothing but trouble with printers, but HP are Hell itself. AVOID.

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Posted on 20-11-10, 20:15
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Who's excited about Apple Silly Macs?
Posted on 20-11-10, 21:33
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Posted by funkyass
you do need to proactively enroll in the program...

Yes. The program offering free ink for life that killed everyone two years later.

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Posted on 20-11-10, 22:42 (revision 1)
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Posted by funkyass
you do need to proactively enroll in the program...

Yes. The program offering free ink for life that killed everyone two years later.

To be more precise: the ink was free if you printed up to 15 pages a month. Go over that pagecount and you're automatically moved to the next tier, which is not free but still supposedly cheap. Now that HP killed your printer, your <=15 page/month plan is "upgraded" to $0.99/mo.

The whole "ink leasing" program makes sense... for corporations, where said plans also include other consumables (even paper!), and more importantly, on-premises tech support (if your printer breaks your biz starts losing money, so you would expect that $OEM dispatch a technician with a fix real fast). For those of us at home? Just buy laser, people. Toners don't dry, and they last pretty much forever. The higher upfront cost is well worth the trouble. Buy laser from anyone BUT HP, and ensure your printer NEVER reaches the wide open Internet (there is no good reason for it, unless you want gratuitous DRM, or West Elbonian script kiddies mining buttcoins and printing actual butts on your laserjet)

Having said that, my laser printer (a Konica-Minolta magicolor 1600W AKA Delcop CL3005W) has been out of service since the replacement toners not only were garbage (all but the black toner leak - these are supposedly original "Delcop" supplies, but in fact they're refurbished crap as Delcop are actually nothing but a reseller that rebrands everything they sell), they even managed to kill the chip on the cyan toner, TWICE! (It's always the cyan cartridge for some reason!) Now the printer refuses to print, even in B/W. In the meanwhile I'm using a borrowed monochrome Dell 1110 (a rebadged Samsung ML1610, also sold as a Xerox Phaser something), which is yet another turd: it refuses to recognize the toner sometimes (these use glass fuses instead of actual chips), and it rejects any print job that it's even moderately complex (despite being a shittyass GDI raster printer!). Still, they're not at the same level of HP hell I had endured in the last years when I still was part of the local workforce (never forget the CP1025nw that not even HP wanted it back when it broke, they instead sent a replacement that also broke!)

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Posted on 20-11-11, 01:21
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they even managed to kill the chip on the cyan toner, TWICE! (It's always the cyan cartridge for some reason!)


I blame Dr. Wily.


We've got a pair of Kodak inkjets. They've been well-behaved every time we've asked anything of them, and the ink's been this side of reasonably-priced.
...
This is probably why Kodak shut the entire printer division down. Can't turn mad profit doing honest business.

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