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Slumdog Travesty

Remember those darling child actors from "Slumdog Millionaire" who the studio paraded around ad-nauseum in the run-up to the Oscars? Silly me, I figured that the huge financial success of the film would have trickled down to the young actors allowing them to move to Hollywood, or at least relocated to a nice little apartment instead of the shanty they called home.

Wrong. And surprise, their slum just got demolished and they are now homeless.

Perhaps the reality of this event--in contrast to the fantasy of the film--will provide India and the world some time to reflect on the nature of these slums, and suggest a just way to address them.

by Christopher Heiser on May 14 14:47

Apple Netbook is The Waiting For Godot of Consumer Electronics

I'm fed up with Apple's refusal to enter the netbook market. Sure, they can't match the $400 price point that all the PC vendors are at now, but the segment is clearly expanding and Apple's absence is more than conspicuous. It's telling that there are sites that compile data on installing OS X on PC netbooks and provide detailed instructions on how to do so. Let's hope that Steven Paul Jobs gets back to the helm and makes the right call here.

It's time for the Apple netbook! (And no, I don't want a tablet/media device! I need to type, not just watch movies.)

by Christopher Heiser on May 14 14:37

PC Architecture and General-Purpose GPUs

The PC is changing. Many common tasks (video game graphics, video encoding, etc.) benefit greatly from parallel processing. While some of this is addressed through multi-core processors, the graphics card vendors have been working in this space for a long time with single cards providing hundreds of pipelines. Companies like Nvidia have made no secret that they believe their technology will quickly displace the CPU as the heart of the PC architecture. Gizmodo has a nice article on these general-purpose GPUs.

by Christopher Heiser on May 14 14:30
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