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waynezilla

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  1. The only thing that will truly scare me into thinking we are doomed is an attempt by the authorities to control the internet. When the democratisation of information has been removed I take that as a clear sign that the Powers-That-Be have given up trying to sway us using persuasion or more subtle means. They are about to break out the sledgehammers and are about to start swinging. If we won't do as they say when asked nicely, they will start to do it by force. 'Twas ever thus.
  2. This is very true. For the large server architectures that ARM is working on (e.g sixteen quad cores giving 64 cores on die) the efficiency of the interconnect between the clusters is vital. A huge amount of work has gone into enabling cache coherency between on chip clusters and in optimising system latency. The brute grunt of an individual core is not the be all and end all. (For the geeks) https://community.arm.com/groups/processors/blog/2013/12/03/extended-system-coherency--part-1--cache-coherency-fundamentals
  3. The Motorola 68000 series as the only other non x86 CISC architecture I can think of. Power PC was RISC too I think...
  4. Historically it was the RISC architecture that gave ARM the advantage when it comes to power consumption, but at the expense of usability. Over the years, CISC and RISC have converged somewhat. Also compiler technologies are much better at optimising code to leverage maximum performance from a core and its instruction pipelines. As process nodes have shrunk, the causes of power consumption in chips have also changed, and it's how these challenges are managed on chip that make the difference rather than being wholly dependent on the CPU architecture itself. Intel also has a distinct advantage here as it has full control of the silicon process and logic cell design enabling optimal implementation strategies for performance and power. In general, ARMs customers synthesise a HDL description of the design to a 3rd party process node i.e an automated process using CAE tools rather than custom design. It's fast to implement, but difficult to have the fine control that Intel can apply to its cores, and all too easy to leave performance and power savings on the table.
  5. Manchester APT group are doing interesting things with (old) ARM chips. http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/groups/advanced-processor-technologies
  6. About 1500 staff in the UK, spread across a few sites. There is a new building being constructed alongside the existing HQ, but ARM is a now very much a global company. Cambridge is the HQ, but there are significant headcounts in France (Sophia/Nice), US (Austin/San Jose) and India (Bangalore).
  7. I work as an engineer for ARM. This came out of the blue, big style. Absolutely no hint I'm not at liberty to talk about any details, not that I know any anyway, being a humble engineer way down the food chain.. Doubling head count will be a challenge. The company has been working hard to recruit enough good engineers to meet our existing plans anyway. Interesting times, but there does seem some synergy between out road map and their business.
  8. Indeed. The only thing I expect from leaving the EU is to leave the EU. After that I just hope that whoever does the negotiating gets the best deal for the UK. I viewed this as a once in a lifetime chance to change what I find wrong with Europe, and that is what the EU has become. I fully expect my pocket to take a hit in the short/medium term, but hope my children will reap any long term rewards. The EU is going down, so the sooner we can get on a new path and open up new opportunities, the better for all.
  9. Agree. When I consider the end-game of a federal Europe, that is a journey I do not wish to take. The desired end-game would never be reached with a true democratic Europe, hence we do not have a true democratic EU.
  10. On some more recent YouTube vids, he argues more against the Euro than the EU. He fundamentally thinks that the EU is a good idea, (or at least the less bad idea), but the Euro has been a complete disaster. I'll see if I can find a link.. The thing is, the EU is the Euro and the Euro is the EU. The two can no longer be separated. I'm sure if the Maastricht treaty hadn't happened, we wouldn't be here now. Then again, many other possible outcomes may have emerged, some better some worse. We can't wind the clock back... Here you go..
  11. Same for me. I think voting leave (for the right reasons) could catalyse pretty big changes/collapses across Europe and possibly further. These changes are not necessarily going to be good, at least in the short term. The Leave contingent will be scapegoated for this. The Leave contingent will also be scapegoated for any poor governance within this country for the next few years too.. As someone mentioned on another thread, to get something better and new, you need to break the old down.
  12. I don't think that status-quo is even an option. Like it or not, big changes are inevitable, and to think things will be just tickity-boo in 12-24 months time, if we don't Brexit, is naive. The point is the future is unknown in either case. I'd just rather distance myself from a ticking time-bomb.
  13. I'm not sure what solutions the Brexit camp could offer at this point in time. Any changes to trade agreements etc. need a two way conversation to take place which obviously will not take place now. Assume we need to negotiate a new trade deal with the EU. Who would the EU representatives talk to ? Why would they talk at this point in time anyway? Also, any negotiating leverage would change massively if the result of the Brexit was positive. So, while I'm convinced a path forward can be found (basic economics will see to that), now is not the time that any firm solution could be provided and it would be disingenuous to promise one now. I just don't understand why anyone would reasonably expect anything definite to be offered at this point in time. In an ideal world, can you give us an example of a campaign promise that would tick your boxes ?
  14. Hard working foreign workers - yes, especially if they are skilled. Unskilled workers, no - we have a stockpile of a few million already Like them or loathe them, the chip-eating retirees are a damn sight more integrated than some.
  15. I would guess this will make changes to welfare and immigration happen sooner. The pro-immigration/pro-EU lobby are more or less guaranteeing the success of an out vote in 2017. Kind of ironic.. With these kind of numbers though, a huge amount of extra strain will be added to existing infrastructure etc. before we get the chance to bolt the doors. By which time the system may have crumbled anyway. It's like a scorched earth policy - the country will be sovereign again, but crippled..
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