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Comment: Re:Blackberry (Score 1) 414

I'm not sure that is the case maybe just recompiled. I'd suspect the majority of apps are using APIs/libraries supplied by the vendors (Andriod, iOS), or tooling (ex. Xamarin). The APIs tooling would need to be ported/optimized but hopefully few changes at the "put widget here" side of the fence.

Comment: Re:Blackberry (Score 1) 414

My understanding is the WP10 = W10 mobile. So things using Atom processors, tablets etc will be using the same OS as windows phone. At least that is what I heard in tech press speculation not directly from the beast. So if that is the case modern apps, including the new modern Office will work on both. Maybe more x86 products will move down to the smaller form factor just so you can get the desktop apps too but I think the size of the screen in practice you rarely would want it anyways.

Modern is both native and managed. You can use pretty much whatever you want to write it: C++, HTML5, javascript, .net languages and via ports a whole lot of other languages that can target .Net (ruby, python, haskell etc). The actual apis you use either way are native under the hood. So expensive stuff like window management and the like are all native.

Comment: Re:Blackberry (Score 1) 414

WP10 you are (promised) to be able to run a lot of windows apps though. That said there isn't really that great a number of windows store apps to chose from anyways. I think in many ways MS is going the way Sun did in its last days. Open source everything, run it on all platforms and ??? profit? At least they have hardware (XBox, perferals, Surface), non-server room corporate customers and services worth paying for (Azure, OneDrive, Office 365) to some people. But still cloud (and I'm a cloud dev) is a great idea but it shrinks the margins for everyone. Computing systems are becoming commodity/interchangeable.

Comment: Re:Operating at 20W gives zero improvement. (Score 1) 114

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) 114

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) 114

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) 114

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) 260

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) 260

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?

Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.