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Comment: Re:power consumption? (Score 4, Insightful) 206

by countach (#47895623) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

Well... in most circumstances the GPU will only help graphics related performance. That's only impressive when you wanted better graphics performance, and not general performance. You can't offload anything onto the GPU. Only certain specific types of things, and certain math.

Anyway, this whole article is premature. The benchmarks may not even be iPhone 6, they may be spoofed. They are only one benchmark. Let's wait see what real analysis reveals. Whatever the answer I doubt it will hurt sales.

Comment: Re:Illegal as hell (Score 2) 223

by countach (#47888473) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

I was wondering about that. Do the Supremes hold secret court too under these circumstances?

I thought part of the whole point of the Supreme court was to establish important legal precedents. Can you do that when it is all secret? Because to use the precedent, the whole legal community needs to know all the juicy details.

Secret courts are the biggest threat to a functioning democracy that one could possibly conceive of.

Comment: Re:SEC filing: "Millions lost. No Details. Ask NSA (Score 1) 223

by countach (#47888451) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

It's not quite the same thing. Disclosing that the fine is from the NSA is not incriminating. It ITSELF is the crime. In your example, revealing your source of income is not a crime. Rather it would reveal a previously committed crime. So I'm not sure that failing to reveal financial information in line with public company laws falls under the heading of not incriminating yourself, because your having paid government fines is not a crime, so you can't incriminate yourself in that way.

You could just as much argue the opposite way. Revealing financial information about public companies is required under the law. Free speech is allowed under the constitution. Therefore, the NSA can get fucked with their secrecy orders. You're still left with one legal principle against another.

Comment: Re:Yahoo knew fine was a bluff (Score 1) 223

by countach (#47888361) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

It's a legitimate question though.... If Yahoo had held out and paid the fine, what do they say on the next financial conference call to Wall street about where the money is going? Do they say they are being fined by an unspecified government agency that they cannot specify for reasons they are not allowed to state? Are they allowed to say that? Are they allowed to NOT say where it is going under public company financial disclosure laws? Me thinks these laws would come head to head.

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