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    Nicu

    Nicu 10:56 pm on December 24, 2013 - 1309 days ago

    nice exercice; most reviews say the thing screams

    as a personal note, given the wait time for the Mac Pro, the never ending negotiations with SWMBO, the fact that there are no 4K screens from Apple and even that if I choose the top end config., it is cheaper to come with the entire family to the US, visit New York and friends on the east coast, and buy the damn thing in $ – I have ordered the max config of a Mac mini + 27″ screen, as a stop-gap measure; when the Pro comes, the mini will just be a web / CVS server and a very expensive Apple TV + workhorse for some long-lasting (background) numerical stuff

    SOURCE:
    http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/12/24/apples-new-mac-pro-a-better-value-than-the-sum-of-its-parts

     
    • piero

      piero 12:05 am on December 25, 2013 1309 days ago

      Appleinsider is not a missing a shot lately. Great job! They even smashed The Verge review that was done by their internal video team interviewing themselves… I love this propaganda 2.0…

      I agree with you Nicu, here in Europe the only advantage with euro is buying US stock… not goods! We even pay on a Mac Pro the “rights tax” on the assumption that on the hd/ssd/flash you COULD store copyrighted material or backup the ones you already paid for… But I don’t wanna get angry at Christmas day.. ;-)

    • Nicu

      Nicu 9:04 am on December 25, 2013 1309 days ago

      one more thing: I was hoping that I could accelerate my numerical work around the Mandelbrot set with arbitrary precision numbers using the GPUs, but it seems it is faster than the CPU only when using numbers with at least 10M digits, while I only need 50-600 digits or so (but digging for that I understood how they multiply numbers using FFT)

    • Nicu

      Nicu 9:18 am on December 25, 2013 1309 days ago

    • Nicu

      Nicu 5:45 pm on December 27, 2013 1306 days ago

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 7:06 pm on January 2, 2014 1300 days ago

      Are you going to get the MacPro anyway, Nicu?

      I tried a MacPro in the Apple store over Christmas. Wow! It was unbelievable how fast Aperture worked on the MacPro (images loaded instantaneously and so did image adjustment operations!)

      I actually made my Mac purchase this summer [my 2007 MBP died--my first Mac ever to die! Logic board failure.] I decided on a Late 2011 27″ iMac (12,2) with the fast clock and 4 core i7 processor [an Apple refurb.] I got this instead of the newer thin iMac (13,1) to get the optical drive and some semblance of repairability/upgradeability. Plus it was cheaper and has almost identical performance.

      I was planning on maxing out the RAM, but now that I’ve tried the MacPro with an SSD, I’m also going to install an SDD in the iMac. I’m looking at creating a “Fusion Drive,” but so far I think I’ll just put the System and Apps on the SSD and user accounts, and files on the HD.

      • JPWatkins

        JPWatkins 7:12 pm on January 2, 2014 1300 days ago

        PS Good luck upgrading anything more than the RAM on the new iMacs!
        The new MacPros are very upgradeable though. Everything is accessible and removable and the plethora of ports allows you to add anything else you might need.

  • Nicu 12:42 pm on December 17, 2013 - 1317 days ago

    2
    Nicu

    Going to see N. Taleb tomorrow evening with a friend who is a professional philosopher :)

    http://www.dauphine.fr/fr/actus/evenements/conferences-bbc/inscription-nassim-nicholas-taleb.html

     
    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 11:47 pm on December 19, 2013 1314 days ago

      Cool!
      Interesting guy.
      Let us know how it was.

      • Nicu

        Nicu 8:16 am on December 20, 2013 1314 days ago

        The acoustics was very bad, it was a pain trying to understand what he said. We will try to catch the show on BBC, it should air around 19th of January or so. If I find it, I will post a link.

  • Nicu

    Nicu 9:26 am on December 14, 2013 - 1320 days ago

    So now we are talking about a $40k car. It was $35k and even $30k not long ago (October 2013)

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/tesla-to-introduce-new-30000-compact-sedan-as-electric-car-company-expands-its-charging-network/

    http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/tesla-playing-to-the-masses-with-this-compact-e-car.html/

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/26/us-tesla-germany-idUSBRE99P04320131026

    Now, if this unicorn is delayed for 1 or 2 more years, people will forget it started at $30k and accept $45k and then $50k hype. But when the Tesla online store will clear the story out that in fact it’s $50k after federal rebates (and maybe some gas savings ?), some may have a Groundhog Day :D

    SOURCE:
    http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-autos-tesla-model-e-debut-2015-20131213,0,37648.story#axzz2nRAmm9mH

     
  • Nicu 9:29 am on December 11, 2013 - 1323 days ago

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    Nicu

    Overunity is here!

     
    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 5:31 pm on December 11, 2013 1322 days ago

      That is so lame in so many ways.

      • Nicu

        Nicu 5:52 pm on December 11, 2013 1322 days ago

        It’s just a joke that I found funny, nothing more ;)

        • conshmillo

          conshmillo 8:26 pm on December 11, 2013 1322 days ago

          I thought so. No worries.

    • Nicu

      Nicu 12:14 am on December 12, 2013 1322 days ago

      On a (somewhat) more serious tone, here is an important and real overunity
      http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2013/12/daily-chart-13?fsrc=scn/tw/te/dc/houseparty

      But always remember, taking anything too seriously, including oneself, is only a call for trouble! At the right scale, we are not more than a grain of sand :( (

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 4:17 pm on December 12, 2013 1322 days ago

        If you go little further just cluster of vibrations in primordial soup. But just like anyone, there are subjects about which we are more passionate and care about more and others that we don’t so much.

        • Nicu

          Nicu 11:25 pm on December 12, 2013 1321 days ago

          I spend quite a large % of my time mocking myself. During the rest of the time I try to improve a bit so I have less reasons to do so. While I strive to avoid taking too lightly anyone, ideas and discussions do not get the same treatment – the more we turn them on every side and inside out, push and poke at them, squeeze and stretch them, the more we learn and the better those ideas grow.

          I’ve heard / read passionate (and dismissive in some cases) discourses lately about religion, communism, climate change (both pro EVs and anti-EVs), gender equality is selection comities, capitalism vs. the oppressive US government and what not. Maybe it’s just a belief of mine, but I think the more passion, the less reason.

          I have no intention to hurt anyone’s feelings when I allow myself to look and discuss about something (and this often includes even my wife, for example), but in the same time if I avoid all sensible topics, there is nothing interesting left to learn / discuss.

          • conshmillo

            conshmillo 3:56 am on December 13, 2013 1321 days ago

            Passion doesn’t negate reason. Without passion one wouldn’t even get out of the bed. Some people are even passionate about reason. But I think you read too much into it and think that I feel offended or something. I don’t. And I know that only person that can hurt my feelings really is just me as I determine how do I interpret things. I just thought it was lame. It reminded me two clowns from the Mythbusters mocking Bedini’s schoolgirl project by blatantly doing everything else but what simple scheme that school girl required to do. Then they, declared in the name of science that Bedini’s back EMF pulse motor was total B.S. (project is called school girl as young school girl could do it as a science project for school) Now, I can go with guy who actually creates simple pulse motor, hooks it as required, plugs in the instruments to measure what’s going on and then disputes it. Those clowns didn’t do any of that but mocked away anyway. That cartoon just reminded me attitude of those two clowns.

            • Nicu

              Nicu 8:11 am on December 13, 2013 1321 days ago

              I fully agree that passion is great and needed, especially to carry very hard work that would not be otherwise easily justified (academic life for young researchers who do not have a long term contract becomes very hard, stressful and badly paid, for example – I simply cannot explain to myself, other than passion, how they manage to go on more than a decade sometimes with 80h / week and below minimum pay and without much hope for a bright future). But also to do fun but useless, even wasteful (energy, time, money, pollution etc.) activities, like for example going out on a track in the cold and go round and burn tires in a bunch of tubes with a seat and bike motor (karting), which needs more mechanical work time than actual running ;)

              I was previously talking about (too) passionate arguments between people, because in this direction passion is only good up to one point. Beyond that, it negates the interest of a discussion, as it stops you from really listening the arguments on the other side.

              I am glad you are not offended / upset in any way as I had no intention to cause that :)

  • Nicu

    Nicu 8:10 pm on December 5, 2013 - 1328 days ago

    seriously, when I first read this title I thought they came up with a flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone with 6.9″ screen :D

    SOURCE:
    http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-can-make-pretty-phones-but-samsung-made-a-sea-vessel-bigger-than-the-empire-state-building-2013-12?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

     
  • Nicu 12:14 pm on December 5, 2013 - 1329 days ago

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    Nicu

    all iPhone 5s models show 1-3 days shipping time, including unlocked in the US online store
    even in Hong Kong, 1-3d except for gold 3-5d, big improvement
    it seems our Cook got his steak ready right in time for the China Mobile party ;)

     
    • Nicu

      Nicu 10:11 pm on December 5, 2013 1328 days ago

      back to 1-2 weeks for unlocked … or was I high earlier? (HK still the same)

  • 1
    Nicu

    Nicu 8:57 am on December 3, 2013 - 1331 days ago

    Observed by PED
    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/12/02/apple-china-mobile-suzhou/

    SOURCE:
    http://iphone.139life.com

     
    • Zee

      Zee 7:16 pm on December 3, 2013 1330 days ago

      Yeah that’s probably why aapl is among the few stocks that aren’t down today. Add the Topsy acquisition. Otherwise the new price targets are few above 700. That’s okay. I picked up more when the stock was in the low four hundreds. We’ll have to see if there’s enough emotion to hold through earnings or not.

  • 2
    Nicu

    Nicu 10:31 am on November 26, 2013 - 1338 days ago

     
    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 7:07 pm on November 26, 2013 1337 days ago

      That’s not Tesla…
      (god deed uploading it to YouTube. That French server must have be the slowest on the planet. At least from US. )

    • Nicu

      Nicu 7:18 pm on November 26, 2013 1337 days ago

      not Tesla, quite the opposite (hard to drive, noisy, strong vibrations, some smoke, a bit of oil getting out around exhaust “joints” – there are no joints, just some springs keeping the tho parts together) – but about 3x lateral force in corners and at least comparable acceleration (I confess I did not push hard that Roadster when I had the occasion)

  • 3
    Nicu

    Nicu 6:54 am on November 26, 2013 - 1338 days ago

    Example:

    3. “Earnings missed estimates.”

    No. Earnings don’t miss estimates; estimates miss earnings. No one ever says “the weather missed estimates.” They blame the weatherman for getting it wrong. Finance is the only industry where people blame their poor forecasting skills on reality.

    SOURCE:
    http://www.businessinsider.com/29-dumb-things-finance-people-say-2013-11

     
    • rastard

      rastard 7:07 am on November 27, 2013 1337 days ago

      While a great sound bite, his assertion just isn’t true. Manufacturing, bottling, sales, transport/shipping, for example, are all industries in which we expect staff to live up to various forecasts — and when they don’t, we “blame” it on the company, not the forecasters.

      And as “nicnir” notes in the comments, the comparison to weather forecasting is a false analogy: “No one has any effect on the weather. Lots of people within a company can affect the performance of a company. We don’t live in a determinist world. The company has to execute.”

      “29 Dumb Things Finance People Say”. Sadly, I feel dumber for even having read the “article”. :-p

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 7:19 am on November 27, 2013 1337 days ago

        Do you have an itch to oppose everything? If I oppose myself will you agree with me?

        • rastard

          rastard 12:00 am on December 5, 2013 1329 days ago

          I find the author’s 29 dumb things list to be poorly argued, ignorant, tripe. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable position for me to take, considering the vast majority of the commenters on the article seem to share the same opinion.

          Just curious — do you actually disagree with me here (i.e. do you agree with the author’s list), or were you just in the mood to make personal attacks?

  • 4
    Nicu

    Nicu 11:30 pm on November 24, 2013 - 1339 days ago

    Your browser does not support the video tag.

     
    • Nicu

      Nicu 11:31 pm on November 24, 2013 1339 days ago

      sorry, that didn’t work, here is the direct linkhttp://nicolae.mihalache.perso.sfr.fr/Movies/125cc%20Shifter%20Kart.mp4

    • Nicu

      Nicu 11:32 pm on November 24, 2013 1339 days ago

    • piero

      piero 1:59 am on November 25, 2013 1339 days ago

      Very nice circuit! I love karts, are very popular here in the east coast where Valentino Rossi (MotoGP) grew up! How many cc they were?

      • Nicu

        Nicu 6:25 am on November 25, 2013 1339 days ago

        it’s a 125cc shifter kart; two stroke, one piston, max power / torque at about 13 000 RPM – about 39 hp

        from 7000 RPM up it’s a rocket, we don’t know how get the max of it yet, we are jumping to that from regular 4 stroke, no gears, 9 or 12 hp, heavier karts – the sign “A” on the back is for “apprenti” or beginner ;)

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