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Comment: Re:All of you should buy AMD whenever possible (Score 1) 98

That's a bad comparision.
The AMD FX-9590 ($260) is beaten by the i7 4790 CPU ($310).
The $1050 i7-5960X CPU doesn't have any competition, which is probably why Intel charges such a large premium. I couldn't justify the purchase of one, but some people have to have the best, regardless of the cost.

AMD cpus are only slightly cheaper than roughly equivalent Intel CPUs.
I think they are good value for multithreaded performance, but Intel still has the lead for single thread performance which is important to most desktop users.

I still don't know why AMD doesn't have a NUC/BRIX style platform. These are growing in popularity for media boxes and non-gamer desktops. They don't need the fastest or lowest power CPUs, just a middle of the road performance. I think AMD could compete quite will in this sector.

Comment: Re:So far so good. (Score 2) 211

by Trongy (#49591817) Attached to: Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss On the Peter Principle

Determining the right metrics isn't easy. Repairs minus returns and complaints might be a better metric, but event that would be flawed, because a percentage of complaints and returns might be on a false premise. When metrics are emphasized they are usually gamed. Even discounting incompetency a tech might cherry-pick the easy repairs to increase the number. Relying on numbers without understanding of what those numbers mean is a recipe for failure in any industry.

Comment: Re:Earnings (Score 2) 185

by Trongy (#49582729) Attached to: How One Tweet Wiped $8bn Off Twitter's Value

Twitter isn't profitable. Therefore it's value is based on perception, i.e. the belief that it will someday become profitable.

I do agree that the title is misleading. If the earnings report had been release at the normal time the price would still have dropped. This happens all the time with stocks. There possibly was a stampede on this occasion, with people trying to sell quickly to beat the market.

Comment: Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal. (Score 1) 162

by Trongy (#49132823) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?

Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal for alcoholics.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

If you can make a robot able to understand the moral implications of it's actions then you won't need to program it with rules like this. If you can't then regard the robot as a tool and regulate its use appropriately. Children are not allowed drivers licenses. Why would a responsible person allow a child to use a robot that could be fatal to the child?

Comment: The desktop market is shrinking (Score 1) 393

by Trongy (#49070957) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

The desktop market is shrinking. Market share != user share. By market, I mean the amount of money that's spent on desktops.
There's the trend to use mobile devices (iOS and Android) over desktops for many functions. It's not necessarily that people are getting rid of their desktops, but they are relying on them less and it's no longer seen as essential to have the latest and greatest on the desktop because the emphasis is now on phones.

Even Microsoft will giving free upgrades to Windows 10 for home users of windows 7 and 8. Formerly desktop OS upgrades were a lucrative source of income. I suspect that it's worth more to them to sacrifice the dwindling income from selling upgrades in order to be able to drop support for the older versions sooner.

Commercial distributions focus on the server as that's what most of their customers are playing them for. Also, server support is somewhat simpler than desktop support as there are fewer varieties of enterprise server hardware than desktop hardware and it changes less often. The typical scenario is that rookie user buys a new notebook and tries to install Linux, eventually giving up in disgust as there's no driver support for a key piece of hardware. The hardware support will probably come in six months, but it's too late by then for the rookie. Old hands know this and carefully research what they buy to ensure that the drivers are available.

There's never been much of a Linux desktop market. Home users rarely pay for Linux support and business users generally choose Linux or BSD for specialized fields or as a cheaper alternative to Windows/Mac for limited function locked down desktops.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 420

by Trongy (#48687475) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

In parts of Australia, interlock devices are now mandatory for first offenders if they are over 0.07 or under 26 years of age (or if you are guilty of refusing a breath test).

The interlock devices record the number of failed attempts. These are reported to the magistrate when you apply to have the device removed and the magistrate can extend the period you have to use the interlock device.

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