Lună: iunie 2013

The New Mac Pro, a totally different beast that entices new software to be built


The new Mac Pro has two distinct GPUs. Each of which has “up to 6GB” of RAM which is sitting at the end of an “up to 40GB/s” PCI Express 3 bus. That’s some serious working space at the end of a very wide pipe, one that was, until a few years ago, what you’d have to direct RAM access.

This machine fascinates me not because it seems like it’ll make everything I currently do faster. It fascinates me because it’s fundamentally new. There’s only one CPU socket and it bets heavily on the bus and GPU performance. While this looks to software to be just another Mac, it isn’t. It’s capabilities aren’t traditional. The CPU is a front end to a couple of very capable massively parallel processors at the end of a relatively fast bus. One of those GPUs isn’t even hooked up to do graphics. I think that’s a serious tell. If you leverage your massively parallel GPU to run a computation that runs even one second and in that time you can’t update your screen, that’s a problem. Have one GPU dedicated to rendering and a second available for serious computation and you’ve got an architecture that’ll feel incredible to work with.

Not since the iPad have I really rethought what was possible. Sure, iOS 7 is incredibly interesting and shakes everything up. But I think this new Mac Pro is exactly that. Something new.

kickingbear» Blog Archive » The New Mac Pro.

Can’t innovate anymore, my ass :)

Anastasiades criticises Troika’s bail-in

As part of the aid package, Laiki and BoC were forced to sell their Greek branches, while deposits the banks had in that country were exempt from the bail-in, to avoid contagion to Greece.

“As understandable as ring-fencing may be, this was absent at the time of deciding the Greek PSI (Private Sector Involvement) in relation to Greek government bonds which cost Cyprus 25 per cent of its GDP,” Anastasiades wrote.

He was referring to a Greek sovereign debt restructuring which imposed heavy losses on Cypriot banks in early 2012.
“The heavy burden placed on Cyprus by the restructuring of Greek debt was not taken into consideration when it was Cyprus’ turn to seek help,” Anastasiades said.

BoC, is assuming some of Laiki’s assets, was also forced to assume Laiki’s emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) liability, a funding lifeline provided from the European Central Bank.

BoC has a total ELA liability of around €2 billion. By taking an additional €9 billion from Laiki, which was accumulated over the course of the last year under very questionable circumstances, BoC has substantially increased the vulnerability of its own funding structure, with its cumulative ELA liability reaching a very high €11 billion, Anastasiades said.

“The imposition of Laiki’s ELA liability on BoC is the main contributor to the liquidity strain Bank of Cyprus faces.”

“I stress the systemic importance of BoC, not only in terms of the banking system but also for the entire economy. The success of the programme approved by the Eurogroup and the troika depends upon the emergence of a strong and viable BoC,”the president said.

He urged lenders to find a long-term solution to BoC’s liquidity issue in a bid to regain confidence and allow the economy to function without restrictions.

“Artificial measures such as capital restrictions may seem to prevent a bank run in the short term but will only aggravate the depositors the longer they persist. Rather than creating confidence in the banking system they are eroding it by the day. Maintaining capital restrictions for a long period will inevitably have devastating effects on the local economy, will also affect the country’s international business and will have an adverse impact on GDP.”

Anastasiades criticises bailout terms | Cyprus Mail.

Anastasiades propune conversia ELA de la defuncta Laiki in obligatiuni, o solutie cat de cat rezonabila la o problema complet ilegala (de ce cand s-a lichidat Laiki au fost rasi toti actionarii, bondholderii si deponentii de peste 100.000€ dar a fost scutita de bail-in insusi ECB, care in calitate de banca centrala nici nu ar fi suferit deloc pierderea banilor, spre deosebire de toti ceilalti „pagubiti”?)

Tim Cook is a Great CEO


That is why Cook was so happy. While Jobs’ mission in life was personal computing, and Apple the by-product, Cook’s mission in life is Apple, and iOS 7 was the by-product of his commitment to ensuring that Apple endured.

The job of Apple’s CEO is, first and foremost, to understand what makes Apple, Apple. That is far more important than product sense, or operations excellence, or taste, or a million other attributes thrown around by pundits and analysts. On this criteria, it’s clear that Cook is the right man for the job. I would contend that anyone that says otherwise doesn’t understand revolutions, doesn’t understand culture, and doesn’t understand Apple.

The truth about the greatest commercial of all time – Think Different – is that the intended audience was Apple itself. Jobs took over a demoralized company on the precipice of bankruptcy, and reminded them that they were special, and, that Jobs was special. It was the beginning of a new chapter.

“Designed in California” should absolutely be seen in the same light. This is a commercial for Apple on the occasion of a new chapter; we just get to see it.

stratēchery by Ben Thompson | Tim Cook is a Great CEO.

Ati mai intalnit vreo companie despre care se scrie cu atata pasiune?