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Submission + - Dell Brings 4K InfinityEdge Display To XPS 15 Line, GeForce GPU, Under 4 Pounds (

MojoKid writes: There's no doubt that Dell's new XPS 13 notebook when it debuted earlier this year, was very well received. Dell managed to cram a 13.3-inch 3200x1800 QHD+ display into a 12-inch carbon fiber composite frame. Dell has now brought that same InfinityEdge display technology to its larger XPS 15, which the company boasts has the same footprint as a 14-inch notebook. But Dell didn't just stay the course with the QHD+ resolution from the smaller XPS 13; the company instead is offering an optional UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD panel with 8 million pixels and 282 pixels per inch (PPI). The 350-nit display allows for 170-degree viewing angles and has 100 percent minimum Adobe RGB color. Dell also beefed up the XPS 15's internals, giving it sixth generation Intel Core processors (Skylake), support for up to 16GB of memory and storage options that top out with a 1TB SSD. Graphics duties are handled by either integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 or a powerful GeForce GTX 960M processor that is paired with 2GB GDDR5 memory. And all of this squeaks in at under 4 pounds.

Comment Re:Haven't Windows Phone users learned by now? (Score 1) 90

I have a windows phone.

It's worked quite well for me and been about 80 dollars a month cheaper plus it has unlimited music bandwidth.

It cost me $120 to buy - out right -.

I was on Iphone's first. But AT&T got way too pricy.

Then i was on Android. But Sprint got way too pricy.

Anyway, currently have soundforge, pandora, waze, my bank app, a finance app to track my stocks, etc.

Admittedly, one reason i went to windows was fewer virii at the time. So if virus intrusion has become a problem, then that's one point lost.

Comment Re:ZFS is nice... (Score 1) 262

Uh, that doesn't work. The problem is that doing exactly what you've written down is contriving to avoid your copyright responsibility by deliberately creating a structure in someone else's work which you believe would be a copyright insulator. If you went ahead and did this (I'm not saying that you personally would be the one at Ubuntu to do so), I'd love to be there when you are deposed. Part of my business is to feed attorneys questions when they cross-examine you. I have in a similar situation made a programmer look really bad, and the parties settled as soon as they saw the deposition and my expert report. See also my comment regarding how Oracle v. Google has changed this issue. You can't count on an API to be a copyright insulator in any context any longer.

Comment Re:ZFS is nice... (Score 1) 262

I think you need to look at this in the context of the appeal of Oracle v. Google. We had a concept of an API being a boundary of copyright based on 17 CFR 102(b) and elucidated by Judge Walker's finding in CAI v. Altai. That stood for a long time. But Oracle v. Google essentially overturned it and we're still waiting to see what the lower court does in response.

Comment Re: ZFS is nice... (Score 1) 262

If it must have a GUI then use an iPad. No reason to run the UI on the same device as the work getting done. Usually use Linux on cloud servers and embedded devices anymore.. can't see any reason I'd want an actual server any more and only keep a desktop for running third-party software that requires Windows or MacOS.

Comment CDDL and GPL don't mix (Score 3, Informative) 262

Regardless of what Ubuntu has convinced themselves of, in this context the ZFS filesystem driver would be an unlicensed derivative work. If they don't want it to be so, it needs to be in user-mode instead of loaded into the kernel address space and using unexported APIs of the kernel.

A lot of people try to deceive themselves (and you) that they can do silly things, like putting an API between software under two licenses, and that such an API becomes a "computer condom" that protects you from the GPL. This rationale was never true and was overturned by the court in the appeal of Oracle v. Google.

Comment Re: Rule #1 (Score 1) 281

Well.. to be fair, I've seen people try Agile ... and call it Agile... but I recognized they were really doing Waterfall.

Oh! oh! got another one.

Customizing SAP is known to produce failure.

So the bright executives forbade any customization! All they allowed were "Gap fills".

Some of the gap fills were 30,000 line programs.

There were over 1100 gap fills.

The project delivery date slipped from 2012 to (last I hear) 2030.

But they are not "customizing it"!

To be Agile, it really needs to follow the entire methodology. Now if it is really impossible to follow agile in a real world environment- then that's still Agile's problem even if they were not technically following Agile.

Comment Re: I love it (Score 2) 281

You know, we could apply this to older programs. We could take the routines and refactor them into smaller pieces... we could call them "sub" routines. What's cool is that you could iterate it and further refactor those into even lower level subroutines.

Wow... this could change programming!

Comment Retired now but... (Score 1) 281

The single best methodology I ever used was R.U.P. from IBM.

It identified and placed high risk first.
It had a set of shared documents which the team actually used since they made sense and were useful.
It had time boxes and naturally supported controlling scope creep.

We never had a late project. And we identified two projects as impossible in the 1st stage before a lot of work was done.
It was a lovely and successful methodology to work with.

On the article. BigO time for debugging is exponential. You really can't change that. If you do twice as much work in the same time period by whatever method, debugging will take 4 times as long.

We had an agile group for a project. It was very expensive. It delivered a product that only functioned well in the development environment. This was partially political and a lot of arrogance. We TOLD them the customers wouldn't pay for that level of environment but they thought the customers would comply. It wasn't a horrible process and they kept their scrums to 15 minutes every morning. The entire project relied on a new, risky technology which was discontinued by the provider (Adobe) about 2 months after the 30 million dollar project was completed (so then they had to drop millions more redeveloping it in HTML5).

From what I saw, agile did not protect from scope creep and it had problems with chunks that difficult to decompose enough to fit in one build cycle.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton