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Comment: Re:Operating at 20W gives zero improvement. (Score 1) 113

by ILongForDarkness (#49125863) Attached to: AMD Unveils Carrizo APU With Excavator Core Architecture

I guess maybe I should care more about the low end market I guess. I'm not that customer nor are most/all corporate customers. I buy $500 monitors not $500 computers. But I guess a lot of the market goes to ~$700 laptops and $500 desktops so in consumer land they might have a winner.

Comment: Re:Operating at 20W gives zero improvement. (Score 0) 113

by ILongForDarkness (#49124231) Attached to: AMD Unveils Carrizo APU With Excavator Core Architecture

South bridge is pretty cheap: . I guess the mobo would be simpler too giving you more savings but I don't think it would do it. Still say $300 for a crappy AMD based system and $500 for a 2X faster intel system: other than the dirt poor I know which one I'd recommend. Anyone using a computer for more than a glorified smartphone has time with a value. It doesn't take many minutes throughout the year to equal the cost difference. IMO you are almost guaranteed for professional use that all but the top end $5000 gaming rigs will earn their money back in their lifetime in employee productivity/retention.

Comment: Re:Operating at 20W gives zero improvement. (Score 1) 113

by ILongForDarkness (#49124175) Attached to: AMD Unveils Carrizo APU With Excavator Core Architecture

I agree. But they haven't really been competitive in the desktop market for about 7 years. I hope they do better because I'm not a fan of monopolies. Strictly on price isn't the way to go IMO. Other than the most basic users (secretaries, store clerks and the like) I think the computer as a tool to do work well it never pays to be (far) off the current best of breed. AMD has been in the bargain basement i7 territory for a while. I'm not convinced this architecture is going to do it though. We'll see.

Comment: Re:Operating at 20W gives zero improvement. (Score 0) 113

by ILongForDarkness (#49123951) Attached to: AMD Unveils Carrizo APU With Excavator Core Architecture

Even if they go on sale for $59 they are harmless IMO. It would only knock a couple hundred off a intel based system and still suck balls compared to them. Even swapping computers every couple years if your time savings isn't worth $200 to you you need a better job.

Comment: Re: To answer your question (Score 1) 279

Also if you are buying mainstream hardware not building your own things are much closer. Ex: Dell XPS using i7 4770k I think. If you compare that to the ~2500 upgraded i7 version of a macbook pro they are only about 200 points difference between the CPU mark scores. Sure the mac has a newer CPU but that might be the way of things: laptops get updated every year or so but desktops are allowed to age their way into budget market and then sit their for a couple years before the manufacturer finally has to make a new "premium" PC. If you build your own you can do better but personally messing with hardware isn't my thing and I just don't care enough (as I'd guess the majority of people).

Comment: Re: To answer your question (Score 1) 279

Laptop manufacturers have you but the short hairs because if you want to do work while mobile they really are the best option. Since (at least till the last say 10 years) business was the main reason for the devices margins could be a bit higher. Anyways it isn't like they just said: hey lets make a low powered device. There are more thermal and energy considerations in something that has to sit on your lap, be thin and run on a battery versus a big honking box, not touching you that has continual access to power.

Comment: Re:Network layer and education (Score 2) 257

by ILongForDarkness (#49105053) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?

My parents could have blocked porn all day long and it wouldn't have affected my interest in the slightest. Naked girls doing naughty things? Yes please.

IMO by the time kids are old enough to care they are old enough to jerk off. Please get rid of the belt-buckle hats and let Puritans live on only on our cereal boxes.

Comment: Re:The best trick (Score 1) 257

by ILongForDarkness (#49105027) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?

Can you control the content they access when they are over at their friends place? "Many ways to access the web": yeah if you let them. Kids don't have a God given right to game consoles that are web connected, or cellphones, or tablets or ... IMO parents often supply all the above because they are a) in capable of saying no to their kids and/or the "great deal" being offered for a family plan, b) similar to a) don't want their kids to do anything they don't want to so boring them by making them sit on the lawn while you garden or whatever is out of the question and c) having their kids amuse themselves for a few hours at a time means they can go off and do something they want to do. Regardless kids have many ways of accessing the internet because you've provided them with them.

With proxy servers etc by the time the kids are old enough to care they are probably old enough to find away around parental controls. The only thing I really care about is kids access to chat rooms and such where people might pray on them, but them watching a porn star getting a train ran on them and jerking off in my mind that is better than them being outside being the caboose of a real train.

Comment: Re:It was always just a matter of time... (Score 1) 116

Few years back I ended up with a connecting flight that returned though NY to Toronto. No layover (actually had to run between flights because there was only 30min between flights). So here I was with little time to spare. Then I find out the US wants you to go through customs even if you aren't staying in the country. When I saw the finger print reader I literally said: "I don't want to stay in your hell whole and you aren't getting my finger prints". They didn't scan me. Not sure if they are more accommodating of throw flights, I had a lax TSA person or what. But just as a matter of principle I'd grab a flight back to europe and get home a different way if it meant I could avoid giving the man my finger prints (don't know that it would).

Anyways sad to see Canada go the way of big brother. Canada is like the Bush administration ... except he never left office.

Comment: Re:Net Neutrality (Score 1) 112

by ILongForDarkness (#49091911) Attached to: AT&T Patents System To "Fast-Lane" File-Sharing Traffic

I'm missing something here how does making p2p use local nodes violate net neutrality? p2p by definition has a lot of distributed nodes. Other sorts of traffic have a single or at least a relatively few number of nodes. If I have to take a lot of hops to get to my content I sure as hell don't want a lot of p2p traffic sharing my pipes when they could be feed locally. I'm not harmed but helped, p2p users aren't harmed but helped. Who loses?

Comment: Re:Losing their minds... (Score 1) 191

by ILongForDarkness (#49022625) Attached to: Microsoft Trademarks "Windows 365"

Mah who knows what they'll do? Windows is already free on anything =8" screen. Win 7 and above is getting win 10 for free. There pretty close to free now. My guess is they'll bundle windows with Office 365: you might pay an extra $10 a year but you'll be able to upgrade your OS too. Yeah they'll save on the support a bit, developers will be able to use new features and hit a larger part of the install base etc. They might be trying to become more of a hardware company convince you that your Surface will be a perfect addition to your XBox and desktop since they'll all play together and be supported by your subscription similar to someone that buys into the full Apple stack + a gaming system too.

Comment: Re:Hard To Imagine... (Score 1) 191

by ILongForDarkness (#49022565) Attached to: Microsoft Trademarks "Windows 365"

Well you can get Office 365 for ~$60 a year with unlimited cloud storage. If they made it say $75 and you got frequent and substantive upgrades once a year or so ... might be worth it to a lot of people especially since you can get all the office apps for all the other platforms for free. I'm single so not really worth it to me but if I had another couple computers/tech users in my house I could easily see dropping the money for the cloud storage. All your data anywhere any time? No more external drives spinning etc. Heck by a computer with a smaller harddrive because I know I can pull things down at 150Mbps should I need them, done.

Comment: Re:A more positive review than Firefox OS got. (Score 1) 177

by ILongForDarkness (#49010207) Attached to: The First Ubuntu Phone Is Here, With Underwhelming Hardware

I think even if FirefoxOS and Ubuntu are failures they could still be important. If they come up with a UI innovation something similar will likely find its way into the more mainstream OSs. I think the problem is they can't likely get a good piece of the rich world market (look at MSs attempts and they were the incumbent), so that leaves the low end. But Android and Win Phone are free for small devices so as far as smartphones are "insperational" devices why would the 3rd world user chose to copy valley snobs but then at the same time go for something different?

May guess is this is one of the ways MS is going the way of Sun: they'll give away WinPhone to cheap devices and get a large market share of free. Actual high margin users will still stick with Android/iOS and MS will have a growing user base paying $0 (not saying they'll get large but even say 15% of the global market would be a huge growth for them). Sure they can sell apps into that larger market share but how big is the apps budget for someone living in Ivory Coast?

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.