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Comment: Re: Chromecast-like? (Score 3, Informative) 89

by Champion3 (#47289193) Attached to: Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick
Because those other browsers didn't have a huge extension ecosystem to contend with. Are you going to go and tell every extension author, big or small, new or old, maintained or not, that they need to rewrite their add on to work with electrolysis? No, you have to make e10s seamlessly compatible with the legacy, single-threaded APIs that those extensions use. That's hard.

Comment: They didn't use C, but they modified C# (Score 1) 406

by Champion3 (#37331490) Attached to: 'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System
From the summary on their page it's quite apparent that they had to create special tools that gave C# direct access to pointers, CPU registers and even code written in straight assembly. All this business about "so there, a kernel CAN be written without C" is nothing more than flamebait; they've created a toolchain that allows them to break out of the pure managed environment and add low-level, C-like features to C#.

Comment: Re:Microsoft Anecdote (Score 1) 431

by Champion3 (#34919614) Attached to: The Fall of Wintel and the Rise of Armdroid

Imagine how the ARM guy has to go around and convince various development, marketing and management fiefdoms built on x86 since day 2 to make an ideological shift to include or even imagine an ARM port.

You realize that Windows NT was originally written for the Intel i860, a RISC chip, don't you?

Comment: Re:Hmmmm. (Score 1) 835

by Champion3 (#26570835) Attached to: How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?
Not entirely true. If your CPU supports Physical Address Extensions, then 32-bit Windows can utilize more than 4GB of physical RAM. Since a video card's memory-mapped regions would cause 4 gigs of RAM to "spill over" past the 4GB mark, PAE allows the OS to still be able to access that memory. Processes of course are still limited to a 4GB address space that is carved into kernel space and user space.

Comment: Re:Design Patterns (Score 1) 517

by Champion3 (#26217223) Attached to: Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books?
What we are talking about here is the formalization of common design idioms. Design patterns are useful, but I shudder when I hear developers talking about their code as if they're just stringing together a bunch of design patterns to arrive at a solution. Design patterns are a tool. Use the tools to work the problem, but don't make the mistake of using the problem to work the tools.

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