I want it to do more, but I don't want it to be running Linux, or Android, or any other mainstream OS. Sure it means that I may get more apps, as developers are more familiar with it, but these general purpose operating systems just seem to slow things down in the end. My console just needs to play games, allow me to watch videos, and surge the web
So in other words the kernel only needs to provide:
- Disk drivers and file-system drivers
- Wireless/Ethernet drivers and a complete network stack
- USB and input device drivers
- Video card drivers and OpenGL-ES
- Sound card drivers
- Support for preemptive multitasking over multi-cores for games that want/need to utilize multiple cores (i.e. most modern games)
- Virtual memory to support copy on write, memory mapped files and to provide protection from buggy games crashing the entire system and potential corrupting disk data
- Power management
- Miscellaneous functions such as executable loading,
Might as well use Linux by this stage. It would sure beat re-inventing the wheel. Plus it gives you a much greater chance of developers actually supporting your platform. The fact that your Android device slows down when receiving messages while gaming sounds like a problem with the design of Android.
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I think the MacBook I bought in December 2008 has a 160 (or 120?) gb HDD. That's less than 4 years ago...
You may not care about having an SSD but I do. By far the biggest performance limitation on all my computers is disk read speed. Increasing read speed has a far bigger performance impact than adding more ram or more cores to the CPU. If you want mass storage buy an external USB drive. I think you can get a 1TB disk for around $100 these days. The disk you have the operating system on _should_ be an SSD in any half decent modern system.
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It's an SSD so not even comparable.
Also if I recall correctly in 2000 I was a Compaq PC with a 4gb HDD. I think around 2001 I added a 30gb drive to it and that seemed big. 128gb would have been considered huge in 2000.
So the internet filter was dropped and the government has been absolutely silent on it since then. We're not going to have browser history data retention laws. iiNet won its case and was found not responsible for its users copyright infringement and we haven't seen any government attempts to introduce French/NZ three-strikes or similar laws since then either. Oh and finally games are going to get an R-rating.
All in all, Australian democracy has worked quite well these last few years and the Australian internet is looking pretty free compared to a lot of other western countries. Oh and work on the nation wide fibre optic network continues as well.
A graphics processor helps increase the performance of certain features, such as drawing tables in Excel 2013 Preview or transitions, animations, and video integration in PowerPoint 2013 Preview. Use of a graphics processor with Office 2013 Preview requires a Microsoft DirectX 10-compliant graphics processor that has 64 MB of video memory. These processors were widely available in 2007. Most computers that are available today include a graphics processor that meets or exceeds this standard. However, if you or your users do not have a graphics processor, you can still run Office 2013 Preview.
Also it would seem the requirements are rounded to the nearest 0.5gb and probably are for extremely heavy usage cases.
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Anyway I think if you re-read my post you would see that what you just demonstrated is exactly what I am talking about, although perhaps my explanation was less than perfect. Explaining using English terminology without relying on too much jargon or making the explanation too long is hard.
I'm not really talking about simplified Chinese vs Traditional Chinese. I'm saying two things 1. (just like you I think) that you have a set of basic characters which are used as phonetic components in other characters. I'm sure you're aware of this and 2. (again just like you I think) that most words are formed by combining characters together, and in fact many characters don't form words on their own, instead they have to be combined to have meaning.
Based on these two points, I think we can see clearly that the Chinese writing system operates on a lower unit than words and sentences, contrary to what the post I was replying to was suggesting