Award-winning Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami, a hugely influential figure in world cinema, dies in Paris aged 76.
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Gizmag: MIT's new Swarm chip could help unleash the power of parallel processing for up to 75-fold speedups, while requiring programmers to write a fraction of the code that is usually necessary for programs to take full advantage of their hardware. Swarm is a 64-core chip developed by Prof. Daniel Sanchez and his team that includes specialized circuitry for both executing and prioritizing tasks in a simple and efficient manner. Neowin reports: "For example, when using multiple cores to process a task, one core might need to access a piece of data that's being used by another core. Developers usually need to write code to avoid these types of conflict, and direct how each part of the task should be processed and split up between the processor's cores. This almost never gets done with normal consumer software, hence the reason why Crysis isn't running better on your new 10-core Intel. Meanwhile, when such optimization does get done, mainly for industrial, scientific and research computers, it takes a lot of effort on the developer's side and efficiency gains may sometimes still be minimal." Swarm is able to take care of all of this, mostly through its hardware architecture and customizable profiles that can be written by developers in a fraction of the time needed for regular multi-core silicon. The 64-core version of Swarm came out on top after MIT researchers tested it out against some highly-optimized parallel processing algorithms, offering three to 18 times faster processing. The most impressive result was when Swarm achieved results 75 times better than the regular chips, because that particular algorithm had failed to be parallelized on classic multi-core processors. There's no indication as to when this technology will be available for consumer devices.
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Nearly three out of four couples that begin fertility treatment will eventually become parents, long-term studies suggest.
Seems like a great piece of software you have there. Definitely will make the lives of faucet collectors way easier this way. But I'm wondering if this is against the T&Cs of the faucet owners? Because they'd be raking in nothing in terms of advertisem...
Jul 5, 2016 gmaxwell commented on issue bitcoin/bitcoin#7664 @dooglus indeed, I forgot that. A legacy of old code that overly prioritized free transactions. If there is no change it should treat up to some th…
Two stories dominate the front pages of the papers - the Conservative Party leadership race and Chris Evans's Top Gear departure.
The number of victims of identity fraud rose by 57% last year with thieves targeting social media for people's information, fraud prevention service Cifas says.
When reading somes charts here: https://blockchain.info/en/charts, I leart that: The average size of a block a globally increasing (max=1MB). The number of transactions in one block is also increasing. After reading some related articles, is that right to say that one block is defined (solved) (...)
Meet the furry stars of Singapore who live in Marina Bay, the heart of Singapore's central business district.
A one-day teachers' strike over school funding will close schools and disrupt lessons in England.
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at GitHub project analysis, 3D printed prosthetics, a microbiome forecasting algorithm, and more!Open source news roundup for June 26-July 2, 2016read more
HughPickens.com writes: Getting caught in a tech support loop -- waiting on hold, interacting with automated systems, talking to people reading from unhelpful scripts and then finding yourself on hold yet again -- is a peculiar kind of aggravation that mental health experts say can provoke rage in even the most mild-mannered person. Now Kate Murphy writes at the NYT that just as you suspected, companies are aware of the torture they are putting you through as 92 percent of customer service managers say their agents could be more effective and 74 percent say their company procedures prevented agents from providing satisfactory experiences. "Don't think companies haven't studied how far they can take things in providing the minimal level of service," says Justin Robbins, who was once a tech support agent himself and now oversees research and editorial at ICMI. "Some organizations have even monetized it by intentionally engineering it so you have to wait an hour at least to speak to someone in support, and while you are on hold, you're hearing messages like, 'If you'd like premium support, call this number and for a fee, we will get to you immediately.'" Mental health experts say there are ways to get better tech support or maybe just make it more bearable. First, do whatever it takes to control your temper. Take a deep breath. Count to 10. Losing your stack at a consumer support agent is not going to get your problem resolved any faster and being negative in your dealings with others can quickly paint you as a complainer no one wants to work with. Don't bother demanding to speak to a supervisor, either. You're just going to get transferred to another agent who has been alerted ahead of time that you have come unhinged. To get better service by phone, dial the prompt designated for "sales" or "to place an order," which almost always gets you an onshore agent, while tech support is usually offshore with the associated language difficulties. Finally customer support experts recommended using social media, like tweeting or sending a Facebook message, to contact a company instead of calling. You are likely to get a quicker response, not only because fewer people try that channel but also because your use of social media shows that you know how to vent your frustration to a wider audience if your needs are not met.
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The mother of a 10-year-old boy from Indonesia, who media have labelled as the world's fattest child, describes her son's battle with obesity.
The BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, tests the mood in Baghdad as the UK prepares to hear the findings of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war.