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Comment Battery Life Is Worse (Score 1) 504

5S: performance is just as good if not better (Safari really is better) â" I'm happy about that. Battery life, however, is much worse than under 7. I could go 2 days under 7 without recharging, so long as I used it for light browsing, texting, and a few calls. The same usage under 8 means I have to recharge at least once a day, and that is with pretty much everything turned off in the background. I'm not so happy about that.

Comment Re:Real headline: Wall Street wants to loot Micros (Score 1) 218

Here's the fun part: most people that make $400,000 live like people with $25,000; they're also up to their eyeballs in debt, they're just doing it with the same sorts of things, only (marginally) better . They could be living like kings with what they have, if they'd just drive basic cars and live in decent houses, but the vast majority feel the need to signal what they own, and in so doing, leave themselves just as badly off as those supposedly below them. Those in the top range may have more access to credit, but they, in many cases, have no more liquidity than those at the lower end. Stupid, right? But it is how it is.

Comment Government Attitude towards Citizens (Score 1) 533

The use of the term "WMD" simply lays bare government's attitude toward the people under their rule:" they are objects, having some value for the state, which can be damaged or destroyed. They are not people, they are not citizens, they are property. And they don't care that we know that to be the case.

Comment Re:Apple history (Score 1) 368

Yes, I'm quite aware of recent history. All you say is true (and I certainly know about the universal binaries; I just used the term I learned it under...that Xcode can do this is well-known).

However...I think that while Apple does a super job of making transitions easy, they care less about legacy than you suggest. This general direction is apparent in the direction they took with (yes, they backtracked, but I think this will be the exception) FCPX

I don't see another more away from a processor family, but the addition of one or two more, and we're not going to see a Rosetta-style program available for the new families to run Intel code; rather, anything new will just work, while older programs will run on Intel but not the new cpus. I doubt the App Store would carry anything that's not cross-compatible.

Comment Re:Apple history (Score 5, Interesting) 368

And not only that, this is in NeXTStep's DNA. That OS was made for portability, and ran on at least (if this link is accurate) four different processor families. Apple also had a concurrent build of OS X on Intel while they sold PowerPC machines. Fat Binaries also would allow Apple, if they felt like it, to make the CPU all but invisible to the user for properly recompiled programs, letting them have multiple processors in their lineup (this does, however, leave anything older or not recompiled out in the cold; that doesn't seem to matter much to Apple, however).

This is just smart business; something goes wrong with Intel, they're ready. A new, decent competitor pops up? port it, and if it proves to be better, run with it. To not to have these projects going would seem to be a mistake.

Comment It was cool, but didn't do much (Score 1) 169

I had a college classmate who had just returned from an internship in Switzerland: "Let me show you something I helped work on this summer..." We had been using Gopher, of course, and individual command-line networking tools (even on our NeXTStations), but this was something...different. When I mentioned that it was cool, but didn't offer much content, my classmate was quick to answer: "but think of what we can use it for!" I wasn't there for the birth, but I did see it smile for the first time...

Maybe Computer Science should be in the College of Theology. -- R. S. Barton