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  • Decades ago, most of Arctic’s winter ice pack was made up of thick, perennial ice. Not anymore. Watch the change in this one-minute animation.

    From EarthSky

    [But meanwhile there are pinheads who conclude that as long as we have some cold weather in the US during the winter that everything is really okay.]

  • wallisweaver wallisweaver 1 hour 15 minutes ago Flag

    Unfortunately you don't know the difference between weather and climate. On top of that you are making pinheaded remarks about your pool as people are dying from extreme heat. Highest temperatures ever recorded in 2014.

  • Rising temperatures across the planet have set new records, and NOAA has declared 2014 was the hottest year in modern history.

  • wallisweaver wallisweaver 2 hours 35 minutes ago Flag

    Being stupid is one thing. Being stupid and burying your head in the sand is another.

    Some current headlines:

    Spain's weather stations warn of extended heat wave

    UK weather: Heatwave temperatures could soar to 39C

    All-Time Heat Records Broken in France; London Breaks

    Northwest Heat Wave By the Numbers: Dozens of Monthly

    Pakistan Heat Wave Kills More Than 1200; More Dangerous

    Portland area forecast: Temps near 100

    Dangerous heat wave scorching Europe

    Western Heat Wave Enters Second Chapter

    Sweltering June Heat Wave in the Southeast

  • Reply to

    Lucy, are we at $29 yet?

    by wallisweaver Jul 2, 2015 9:48 AM
    wallisweaver wallisweaver 2 hours 43 minutes ago Flag

    What's today's magic number?

  • wallisweaver wallisweaver 2 hours 45 minutes ago Flag

    Four weeks out.

  • Reply to

    Intel, Altera and “Synthetic processors”

    by wallisweaver Jul 3, 2015 2:16 PM
    wallisweaver wallisweaver 2 hours 46 minutes ago Flag

    “An entire philosophical change”

    “To make things clearer, let’s start by clarifying the platform. There are four kinds of chips,” explains Gopi Kumar Bulusu, CEO and Chief Technologist, Sankhya Technologies.

    Level One consists of the hard chips like those found in your desktop computer or laptop, which are manufactured by Intel, AMD and others.

    Level Two are soft core ones like the ones licensed by ARM to manufacturers like Qualcomm, Samsung and the others.

    Level Three are configurable processors that vendors like Tensilica used to work on before being acquired by Cadence Design Systems.

    Level Four are synthetic processors by vendors like the Indian Sankhya Technologies.

    Intel’s partnership with Altera allowed them to bypass stages two and three above to directly jump to the fourth level. By putting an FPGA next to the hard chip, they have a synthetic compute platform ready. If Intel manages to acquire Altera, it will be a statement that the fourth level is definitely on the horizon and could spark an industry wide movement towards it (potentially resulting in a crosshair over Xilinx, Altera’s primary competitor that relies on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) foundry).

    ”In a nutshell, they are bringing the SoC mindset to the server market. It is an entire philosophical change that we are talking about here. Intel has previously never agreed that there is an alternative to their chip, but now this is happening. This is huge for synthetic processors in general,” adds Gopi Kumar Bulusu.

    Acquiring Altera thus gives Intel the ability to not only improve its existing products, but also to quickly enter a whole new market without having to start from scratch.

    From electronicsforu

  • wallisweaver wallisweaver 17 hours ago Flag

    But wishful thinking is the only kind of thinking that Lucy and Jimbo do.

  • So who is thought to be acquiring AMD now?

    Oracle?

    Apple?

    Ford Motor Co.?

    Donald Trump?

    Nope, this week it's Microsoft's turn to be the buyer du jour. The logic behind the rumor is that Microsoft is concerned about the fiscal health of the supplier of its Xbox One SoC and wants to make sure no other nefarious buyers snap up the company.

    It's not a bad idea, because Microsoft does have a chip development business and if it fears for AMD's ongoing survival, it would want to throw it a lifeline to keep its Xbox SoC provider alive. But given the write-off the company has taken in Surface tablets and will take for Nokia, I doubt Satya Nadella wants to go near a hardware company right now.

    If AMD really needed a lifeline, he could throw it some money ala Apple in 1997 without having to buy the firm outright. Plus, Sony also gets its chips from AMD and Japanese company or not, it would raise all hell over its main rival owning the supplier of its SoC.

    If you haven't noticed the trend, a lot of these rumors about someone buying AMD seem to start or catch fire in the investment media. Not to name names, but many of the financial publications have either been the origins of these rumors or really ran with the story. In this case, although the hobbyist site KitGuru is the source of the Microsoft rumor, and it's not known for breaking these kinds of stories.

    With so many financial sites getting into reporting, we're starting to see wishful thinking appearing as news. At least with Seeking Alpha the author will disclose their stake, if they have one, in a company they cover.

    Some of you may call me out since I covered so many of these rumors, and that's fair. It took a little while to realize the pattern that was emerging. Now it's starting to become clear to me that there are people who really, really want AMD to get bought out and at a high valuation.

    From IT World

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    Intel, Altera and “Synthetic processors”

    by wallisweaver Jul 3, 2015 2:16 PM
    wallisweaver wallisweaver Jul 3, 2015 2:40 PM Flag

    Who will this affect?

    The obvious beneficiary is for those designing advanced data centres. Intel’s Data Centre Group is one of its best growing with 11 per cent growth in revenue over the previous quarter. Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are potential clients who probably already make use of FPGA enabled processors for their servers, like the Microsoft Catapult we mentioned earlier.

    Of course it would be short-sighted to say that this technology would be limited to the server processor space.

    Apart from data centres, another area where this would allow Intel to create system-level solutions would be in telecom infrastructure gear. Andrew Feinberg of NetCracker, talked about how network virtualisation (his company’s focus area) could create a more agile business model for communications service providers in the February edition of Forbes. How? He says that critical network functions such as routing and security would be moved from expensive purpose-built hardware to general-purpose servers and software. Reconfigurable chips from Intel could potentially power these.

    Intel had also integrated FPGAs from Altera in their Atom series of chips way back in 2010, with an aim to enable embedded applications in industrial, military and transportation applications.

    The cost for a design firm to switch programmable logic devices is very high due to the sunk cost in research and development that these firms would have already done, and this means that by the time the life cycle of existing Altera clients are over, Intel might be able to give them a cost advantage due to a deeply ingrained in-house Altera.

    The chances of Altera gaining early-bird access to the latest process nodes might give it a technological as well faster time to market for both samples and later products. This could put Xilinx in a soup unless it figures out a way to make the most of its “one-team*” approach with TSMC forward.

  • Reply to

    Intel, Altera and “Synthetic processors”

    by wallisweaver Jul 3, 2015 2:16 PM
    wallisweaver wallisweaver Jul 3, 2015 2:21 PM Flag

    This article provides some insights into what a profound change Intel is going to make in the processor markets by its acquisition of Altera. As stated, it is an entire philosophical change that will give Intel significant advantages going forward.

    Should Intel's competitors be worried? Oh, yeah - big time.

  • “An entire philosophical change”

    “To make things clearer, let’s start by clarifying the platform. There are four kinds of chips,” explains Gopi Kumar Bulusu, CEO and Chief Technologist, Sankhya Technologies.

    Level One consists of the hard chips like those found in your desktop computer or laptop, which are manufactured by Intel, AMD and others.

    Level Two are soft core ones like the ones licensed by ARM to manufacturers like Qualcomm, Samsung and the others.

    Level Three are configurable processors that vendors like Tensilica used to work on before being acquired by Cadence Design Systems.

    Level Four are synthetic processors by vendors like the Indian Sankhya Technologies.

    Intel’s partnership with Altera allowed them to bypass stages two and three above to directly jump to the fourth level. By putting an FPGA next to the hard chip, they have a synthetic compute platform ready. If Intel manages to acquire Altera, it will be a statement that the fourth level is definitely on the horizon and could spark an industry wide movement towards it (potentially resulting in a crosshair over Xilinx, Altera’s primary competitor that relies on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) foundry).

    ”In a nutshell, they are bringing the SoC mindset to the server market. It is an entire philosophical change that we are talking about here. Intel has previously never agreed that there is an alternative to their chip, but now this is happening. This is huge for synthetic processors in general,” adds Gopi Kumar Bulusu.

    Acquiring Altera thus gives Intel the ability to not only improve its existing products, but also to quickly enter a whole new market without having to start from scratch.

    From electronicsforu

  • Europe will be fine, with or without Greece

    We’ll start here, because the ongoing debt crisis in Greece seems to be a never-ending source of hysterics.

    In a nutshell: Just because people who haven’t been paying attention to the eurozone for five years are freaking out doesn’t mean you have to.

    U.S. growth will be even stronger

    The year got off to a bumpy start after a GDP contraction in the first quarter. As a result, the bears came out in full force with their recession calls.

    But if the first half was characterized by disappointment, the second half of 2015 will be marked by acceleration as the U.S. economy gets its groove back.

    In short, expect a powerful finish to the year despite a slow start to 2015. The story of this frustratingly slow recovery from the financial crisis has been one of fits and starts, but it is indeed a story of recovery. I expect the data to continue to point higher in the second half of the year and reinforce a narrative of growth, not one of a slowdown.

    Interest rates aren’t going anywhere

    Back in April, I said the 10-year Treasury wouldn’t top 2.5%, and I guess, technically, I was proven wrong on June 10 when it hit exactly that mark.

    But I remain convinced that low rates are here to stay, and that any brief pop to 2.5% or slightly higher won’t last long.

    China will keep sinking

    This bull market won’t end

    Even amid this bleak outlook for China, there is actually quite a lot to be optimistic about right now in regard to the global market and U.S. stocks in particular.

    From MarketWatch

  • wallisweaver by wallisweaver Jul 2, 2015 6:52 PM Flag

    Intel up, ARM down and the board mutts in the woodshed.

  • wallisweaver by wallisweaver Jul 2, 2015 2:29 PM Flag

    Took a brief look at the latest Humpty stock chart. Looks like freefall from $54 now to $48.

  • Microsoft is in the home stretch with Windows 10. Yet another new test build for PCs, Build 10162, is available to Fast Ring testers.

    Today's build, Build No. 10162, is the third preview build for Windows 10 for PCs that Microsoft has rolled out this week alone. Build 10162 follows by a couple of days Build 10159, which provided 300 new bug fixes, plus the new Windows 10 wallpaper, to the five million registered Windows Insiders. On Tuesday, Microsoft rolled out Build 10158.

    What's new in today's build? There aren't any details in Microsoft's July 2 blog post, other than the claim that "our testing and internal telemetry metrics show it has better reliability, performance, battery life, and compatibility than any Windows 10 Insider Preview build so far."

    If this new build passes muster, Microsoft is likely to make it available to Slow Ring testers, with ISOs, next week, officials said.

    It's not too surprising that Microsoft is picking up the Windows 10 preview rollout pace, given the company should be releasing to manufacturing Windows 10 in the next couple weeks (at the latest).

    From ZDNet

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    More on Skylake

    by wallisweaver Jul 2, 2015 12:46 AM
    wallisweaver wallisweaver Jul 2, 2015 2:14 PM Flag

    So, Skylake chips are going to be available in 5 weeks with Windows 10 and Surface Pro 4 being available in 4 weeks. Bump, bump and bump for Intel.

    This part was interesting:

    "Intel has hurried to get Skylake to PCs so it can close the curtains on the troubled predecessor Broadwell chips, which were delayed due to manufacturing issues on the 14-nanometer process. Intel has resolved manufacturing issues so Skylake processors are rolled out on time."

    This apparently is one of the reasons that Intel is confident about the second half of the year.

  • ARM Holdings’ shares slumped more than 5pc on Friday after a broker warned of a slowdown in the smartphone sector.

    Bernstein slashed its target price on the chip designer - which makes products for Samsung and Apple - from £10 to 800p. It also downgraded the stock to underperform, fearing a steep deceleration in smartphone shipments.

    “We see a genuine risk of the smartphone slowdown observed in the first quarter of the year being the first of a series, more than an inventory correction,” analysts said.

    Bernstein upgraded the FTSE 100 company at the beginning of the year, amid hopes that more firms migrating to its new ARMv8 processor would boost revenue growth and lead to material earnings revisions.
    However, the broker now believes the stock is well above fair value and at risk of an earnings disappointment later this year. The stock fell 58p to £10.90 on Friday.

    From The Telegraph

  • Um, is there a third choice?

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