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Comment: Re:Who cares about performance? (Score 1) 67

by swillden (#48192137) Attached to: Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Besides gamers, who cares if it takes a few more milliseconds to launch a web browser or process an image?

I do... because that's a few less milliseconds my CPU isn't idle, which reduces battery life.

Seriously, does anyone understand this benchmark? I see pairs of performance and battery life numbers which seem to have no real-world meaning, so it's not at all clear to me why it makes sense to compare them. In addition, it's common that for a given set of tasks, a device with better performance will use less power because it spends more time in an idle state. The notion that devices trade off performance against battery life makes little sense in the ARM world.

Maybe this actually does say something useful, but if so I'm too dense to see it.

Comment: Re:Bruce, I know why u r disappointed. Let me expl (Score 1) 179

So, I see this as rationalization.

The fact is, you took a leadership position, and later turned your coat for reasons that perhaps made sense to you. But they don't really make sense to anyone else. So, yes, everyone who supported you then is going to feel burned.

You also made yourself a paid voice that was often hostile to Free Software, all the way back to the SCO issue. Anyone could have told you that was bound to be a losing side and you would be forever tarred with their brush.

So nobody is going to believe you had any reason but cash, whatever rationalization you cook up after the fact. So, the bottom line is that you joined a list of people who we're never going to be able to trust or put the slightest amount of credibility in.

And ultimately it was for nothing. I've consistently tried to take the high road and it's led to a pretty good income, I would hazard a guess better than yours, not just being able to feel good about myself.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 1) 248

by MightyYar (#48190657) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

It's probably true, or based on something true. A lot of those old processes were very dependent on the mix of impurities at a certain location... you could only make [sword/knife/dagger] using an ore from [some hill/bluff/valley]. They didn't know that at the time, or if they did they had no idea why.

Comment: Re:Dangerous precedent (Score 1) 368

by Em Adespoton (#48190575) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

The difference is that the people depicted as murdered in the movies were consenting adults. As minors can't consent to anything, depicting them must be illegal. Ergo, all those Alicia Silverstone movies are illegal in AU, and any explicit cartoon material that doesn't explicitly state that the characters are over 18 could also be illegal.

Comment: Re:Android (Score 1) 77

by swillden (#48189855) Attached to: Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

The structure varies from device to device, yes. On the Nexus devices I'm most familiar with, which don't have SD card slots, there is no real sdcard partition. There is an /scdard, but it's a symlink. The advantage to not having a separate partition is not having to create a hard decision about how much to allocate to /data and how much to /scdard. This is one of the benefits of MTP over UMS that I mentioned, and it means that in terms of storage allocation you need only talk about /data, since it's the only r/w partitiion (except for actual SD cards, of course).

Comment: Re:This could be really good for Debian (Score 5, Insightful) 375

by Bruce Perens (#48188887) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
I am beginning to be wary of systemd, but no. I am talking about anal-retentive policy wonks who believe they only make the distribution for themselves and have (perhaps without intending to) systematically marginalized Debiian and made the project a whore to Ubuntu.

Comment: Re:Where should I apply? (Score 2) 170

by MightyYar (#48187325) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Depending on where you are employed, government jobs also give you a pension that would be worth around $1 million if you had to buy it as an annuity.

I assumed a retirement age of 55 after working for 30 years to get your full pension. I assumed your salary would not increase over time and that the annuity would track cost-of-living. I assumed half-salary upon retirement, for life, with a spousal benefit upon your death. These assumptions are very conservative and probably seriously understate the real value of the pension, especially if it includes a health benefit.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 1) 248

by MightyYar (#48187127) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Wow, cool site. Check out the column from 1939, which is the year Germany invaded Poland, to 1945 when the war ended:
Battleships: 15 to 23 (not amazing, but still impressive given their utility to expense ratio)
Carriers: 5 to 99
Cruisers: 36 to 72
Destroyers: 127 to 377
Frigates: 0 to 361
Subs: 58 to 232

And that is while taking losses the whole time!

Your code should be more efficient!