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Comment: Performance improvements have helped it survive. (Score 1) 508

by Kartu (#47746477) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Note that there is nothing that makes JIT compilers generate slower code.
On the opposite: JIT compiler can gather profiling data, and improve code over time. (e.g. knowing which branch would be taken most of the time) what static compiler can not.

Inherent "slowness" and "memory hungriness" comes from the automatic memory management (garbage collection) and additional runtime type/boundary checks. Also a bit because of "write once run everywhere" (e.g. sin/cos functions are like 100 times slower than in C/C++, because CPU's features aren't used, to get exactly the same result on all platforms)

From my personal experience, Java's speed was on par with C/C++ code, while having much bigger mem footprint.

Comment: Let's remember recent changes in EU (50=95 years) (Score 1) 240

by Kartu (#47653725) Attached to: Patents That Kill

Reality: in EU copiright on Elvis Presley's work was about to expire. (original term was 50 years)
Viola, it's 95 years now.Justifications:

1) Not a guaranteed lifetime income (yikes): "McCreevy said that, with longer life expectancy, 50 years of copyright protection did not give artists a guaranteed lifetime income."
2) Poor european performers would suffer: "'If nothing is done, thousands of European performers who recorded in the late 1950s and 1960s will lose all of their airplay royalties over the next 10 years', McCreevy said. "
3) Why are composers better than performers: "'I have not seen or heard a convincing reason why a composer of music should benefit from a term of copyright that extends to the composer's life and 70 years beyond, while the performer should enjoy 50 years, often not even covering his lifetime', McCreevy said."

And last, but not least: "The proposals (to increase copiright from 50 to 95 years) were widely welcomed by the music industry."
From: http://www.elvis.com.au/presle...

My point is: NONE of the arguments are in line with the original intent.
None of the big players wants the system to drastically change either. Unless serious part of electorate starts to care, things are not going to change.

Comment: Re:One mistake Sony Made (Score 1) 172

by Kartu (#47605731) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Most of the points you've mentioned aren't really relevant.
PDF created for A4/Letter page format was hard to read on a 6" screen? That's hardly surprising is it?

As far as "re-flow" of PDFs goes (PDF is more of a set of instructions for the printer, than book format), Sony had the most advanced viewer, actually developed by Adobe.

Notes/bookmarks - T1,T2,T3 are Android based, so choose your poison, for older versions there were various projects improving things.

Comment: Re:And unsurprisingly (Score 2) 117

by Kartu (#47589205) Attached to: AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

People keep pretending single thread performance matters, even though there is hardly any practical use for it for the avg consumer.

It is especially bad once you are after notebooks. Most notebooks sold are i3-5-7 with Intel's poor iGPU.

The only tasks that put some load on my PCs are:
a) games
b) video encoding

AMD does both better than intel, thanks to:
a) VASTLY superior GPU (besides performance, there is also quality / problems with games)
b) more cores

Comment: In defense of English, I have one word: (Score 2) 147

by Kartu (#47153491) Attached to: Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"

Nope. Gender doesn't really change much. (e.g. Georgian not only lacks gender, but even words like he/she/it are the same, yet it's much more complex than English)
Lack of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G... , no need to morph words depending on this and that, makes English somewhat simple..

And actually it's got where it's got historically and not because it's easier or harder to use, thanks to British Empire.

Russian is widely used in former Russian Empire, even though it's much more complex to learn. (7 cases AND things have gender AND lots of exceptions in the grammar AND the need to morph words most of the time following puzzling rules)

Comment: Compaq was afraid to use AMD chips FOR FREE (Score 4, Interesting) 345

by Kartu (#47020267) Attached to: AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

Compaq was afraid to use AMD chips given out for free, because Intel would "retaliate", ok?
What kept AMD's market share low was not "clever marketing" of its competitor, it's crime.

Back in P4 Prescott times, Intel's more expensive, more power hungry, yet slower chip outsold AMD's 3 or 4 to 1.
Not being able to profit even when having superior products, it's really astonishing, to see AMD still afloat.

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