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Forum: Console Technology 31-Jul-2014, 01:13
Replies: 1,105
Views: 127,683
Posted By bkilian
Just the test portion of the team. I don't know...

Just the test portion of the team. I don't know if the rest of the team was impacted.
Forum: Console Technology 26-Jul-2014, 05:36
Replies: 1,105
Views: 127,683
Posted By bkilian
I figured it wasn't intentional. Different...

I figured it wasn't intentional. Different companies do testing differently, at Microsoft, until very recently, most testers were just engineers who wrote code that tested product code. In some teams...
Forum: Console Technology 26-Jul-2014, 00:29
Replies: 1,105
Views: 127,683
Posted By bkilian
Heh, don't let a Test or QA person hear you...

Heh, don't let a Test or QA person hear you insinuate that they don't "take part in the actual development" :)

I was a developer in test on the audio team. Very little (but not none) of the code I...
Forum: Console Technology 25-Jul-2014, 16:57
Replies: 1,105
Views: 127,683
Posted By bkilian
Speech team is separate. We were the same team...

Speech team is separate. We were the same team during Kinect launch, but we got split up right after that. I don't know if the speech team got hit by the layoffs. Part of it is MS is changing their...
Forum: Console Technology 25-Jul-2014, 07:02
Replies: 1,105
Views: 127,683
Posted By bkilian
Welp... the entire Xbox core audio test team was...

Welp... the entire Xbox core audio test team was let go during the MS layoffs last week :(. I'm glad I left when I did, or I would also be looking for a new job now. I don't know what this means for...
Forum: Console Forum 17-Jun-2014, 19:50
Replies: 759
Views: 48,022
Posted By bkilian
There was no 2 SKU system in the PS3. The PS3...

There was no 2 SKU system in the PS3. The PS3 launched with a single hardware SKU (ignoring hard drive size), and then later _removed_ functionality from a new SKU. Removing functionality, especially...
Forum: Console Forum 16-Jun-2014, 20:32
Replies: 759
Views: 48,022
Posted By bkilian
Aah, you appear to be under the impression that...

Aah, you appear to be under the impression that the console manufacturer has infinite resources and can just easily absorb all the design, manufacturing and test cost for adding a new sku with what...
Forum: Console Forum 16-May-2014, 01:07
Replies: 5,208
Views: 286,213
Posted By bkilian
I suspect cheap came up in most of the decisions....

I suspect cheap came up in most of the decisions. RAM prices stay relatively the same or drop slowly, process reduction can cause much larger decrease in cost per chip. So maybe they went with eSRAM...
Forum: Console Forum 15-May-2014, 21:25
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
Voice commands don't use the 10% reserve. Some of...

Voice commands don't use the 10% reserve. Some of that reserve is, however, used by snapped apps. I imagine it's a pretty small portion though. 10% reserve is about half a 360's worth of graphics.
Forum: Console Forum 14-May-2014, 19:55
Replies: 433
Views: 12,553
Posted By bkilian
Um, if you get to pick and choose, you can make...

Um, if you get to pick and choose, you can make anything a pattern.
Pyramid of Khufu, Aztec Pyramid, Luxor Hotel. I think I see a pattern here.
Triangle, square, pentagon. I think I see a pattern...
Forum: Console Technology 14-May-2014, 19:34
Replies: 1,105
Views: 127,683
Posted By bkilian
They are general purpose DSPs with some custom...

They are general purpose DSPs with some custom instructions.
Forum: Console Technology 03-May-2014, 00:19
Replies: 6,962
Views: 761,902
Posted By bkilian
There are a couple of gotchas to the Jaguar...

There are a couple of gotchas to the Jaguar SIMD/FP pipeline. It doesn't have a FMADD, which can increase the instruction count for some loads, and while they have more than double the number of...
Forum: Console Forum 23-Apr-2014, 22:24
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
Haha! I have no idea. 58 was STE, so testers who...

Haha! I have no idea. 58 was STE, so testers who can't code. QA-types.

When I started at MS, levels started at 9 or 10, and that was entry level coder. Then in 2000 or so it got changed to the...
Forum: Console Technology 23-Apr-2014, 15:58
Replies: 1,105
Views: 127,683
Posted By bkilian
No idea, I wasn't part of the decision making. I...

No idea, I wasn't part of the decision making. I know our audio guy fought for a dedicated DSP to do reverb and FFT, but the speech team jealously guarded their two cores.
Forum: Console Forum 23-Apr-2014, 15:55
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
He is a director level employee. That's somewhere...

He is a director level employee. That's somewhere around level 68. Entry level programmers are level 59. Senior level are 63. Principal is 65. Above that lies dragons and ridiculous stock awards.
Forum: Console Technology 21-Apr-2014, 19:31
Replies: 8,019
Views: 1,309,497
Posted By bkilian
Man, that article got so much wrong it's...

Man, that article got so much wrong it's impressive, especially considering they had the slides and audio.
1) The exclusive partition is indeed a "Stripped down win8". Exactly like the 360 OS is a...
Forum: Console Forum 06-Apr-2014, 08:14
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
No, that was a misunderstanding of what the guy...

No, that was a misunderstanding of what the guy said. What he said is that they _started out_ as generic VMs capable of running any OS, but now they can only run the XBox OS's they've been customized...
Forum: Console Forum 04-Apr-2014, 21:53
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
Well, you've seen Boyd Multerer if you watched...

Well, you've seen Boyd Multerer if you watched the XBox One technology round table, and David Treadwell now appears to be elsewhere in the company, he gave part of the Day 1 keynote at Build.
And...
Forum: Console Forum 03-Apr-2014, 23:55
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
Yup. :) Although to the second question, their...

Yup. :) Although to the second question, their answer is pretty much public at this point: It's plenty powerful enough, and it's about more than just games.

Boyd, Treadwell, and Whitten were the...
Forum: Console Forum 02-Apr-2014, 22:38
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
He said 8GB was decided "early on in the...

He said 8GB was decided "early on in the process", not "At the beginning". When I started working on the project, and for months afterwards, there was less RAM. Some of my coworkers had been working...
Forum: Console Forum 01-Apr-2014, 18:14
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
Nope. For one, it was DDR3 before it was 8GB. The...

Nope. For one, it was DDR3 before it was 8GB. The 3GB reservation was decided on _after_ they moved to 8GB. It was 1GB (or, technically, 1.5GB including the host OS) before that. And the on-die cache...
Forum: Console Forum 31-Mar-2014, 19:18
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
That's a better result than I was expecting.

That's a better result than I was expecting.
Forum: Console Forum 20-Mar-2014, 00:51
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
Haha! No, like I said, it's mostly subjective,...

Haha! No, like I said, it's mostly subjective, other than the things he said to the Kin team, which were kinda dickish.

I don't know about you guys, but every so often I meet a person who, from...
Forum: Console Forum 19-Mar-2014, 21:59
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
Maybe. Scuttlebutt around our team was that he...

Maybe. Scuttlebutt around our team was that he was gunning for us from the start. He might be an awesome guy, but in all the interactions I had with him, he just come off as smarmy and insincere.
...
Forum: Console Forum 19-Mar-2014, 00:30
Replies: 10,084
Views: 1,028,731
Posted By bkilian
Ooer, Terry Myerson. Now I'm doubly glad I left....

Ooer, Terry Myerson. Now I'm doubly glad I left. I'd have problems working for a person who essentially punished an entire group of people because he didn't like the product they were working on, and...
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