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Comment: Re:Ah industry initiatives. (Score 1) 95

Is that a good thing or a bad thing though? :)

reading the 'rampage' comments, they're removing quirks, or hacks for obscure or archaic platforms such as ultrix, hp-ux and cray. They mention using a c-library function which does the work of several functions but later it's mentioned that not all platforms implement that library function, since it wasn't part of POSIX.

As for missing c-library functions, implementing those would no doubt help porting of other software packages to a platform that lacks them. (Not possible with proprietary vendors, naturally)

So what % is actually OpenBSD specific, that won't run unmodified on current platforms using defacto standard compilers such as gcc or clang with a modern c-library?

Comment: Re:Not what the masses want. (Score 1) 138

by memory you mean storage via an SD-card, no?

replaceable is swapping in extra RAM, upgrading the camera, swapping out the display for a holographic projector, swapping out the battery for a pico nuclear fusion cell, transferring your Cherry 2000's conscience from one skeleton to another, etc.

A truly extensible system would leave all your peripheral components intact and even swap in a new brain - e.g. dumping your Cortex A9 for a shiny new Atom Bay Trail. Dalvik bytecode is processor agnostic and linux is multiarch, so...

Comment: Re:It could actually make sense for Apple... (Score 1) 138

That was not my point at all. The question is whether, in an era of interchangeable hardware components, whether Apple can make MORE money for shareholders through their online store by selling to consumers who would never buy a premium Apple handset.

Yes, I'm aware mac clones were tried last millennium but Apple's business model was different - today it's about the apple store.

You mention Samsung, they continue to threaten to move away from Android because they don't get their fair share from Google Play.

Comment: It could actually make sense for Apple... (Score 1) 138

... if they get out of the hardware business and reinvent themselves as a software/content company. If hardware margins diminish, they could still make money on app sales, books, music and movies.

Current market share is what, optimistically, 25% ? That's 3/4 of the market that aren't iTunes customers.

Tie the iOS ROM specifically to an Apple A7 and charge OEMs a fee per CPU/ROM component.

Drivers? Develop an iOS shim over whatever Google is proposing for Android. Better yet, support os independent drivers e.g. efi bytecode.

Comment: Re:Low end can become high end (Score 1) 87

by ChunderDownunder (#46805617) Attached to: AMD Not Trying To Get Its Chips Into Low-Cost Tablets

Intel has been placing bets in a number of mobile Linux projects for some years now - including Android, Meego, Tizen, Firefox OS, Chrome OS. They have cash to burn in competing with ARM but so far haven't emerged triumphant in anything but a niche.

Intel's biggest enemy in consumer electronics is themself. It has maintained 2 separate product families - Atom (budget energy conscious) vs Core (performance). At what point, in competing with ARM, does Atom become good enough for all but the most high-end of workstations? In which case people simply stop buying $1500 Core i7 laptops because a $400 hybrid tablet/netbook running Windows 8.x with an Atom does all the average business user could ever need...

So AMD are somewhat safe to wait-and-see so long as Atom remains only a peripheral competitor to Snapdragon, Tegra, Exynos and Apple A7. The greater fear would be that the Windows market will diminish as iOS and Android gain market share over traditional PCs, in which case even MS has a problem!

Comment: Re:On-campus groups (Score 1) 61

by ChunderDownunder (#46787059) Attached to: New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

Well sure but teenagers exhibit shyness, which is one reason proximity-based hookup apps exist in the first place.

I remember also that popular classes either had 200 or more people in the one lecture hall (too many to remember faces or engage with all of them) or were scheduled in smaller rooms across different days and times.

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