A lot of companies are trying to connect with users for legitimate purposes. There's a lot of money to made and saved.
Quite right. That would be "Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, garnished with truffle pâté, brandy and a fried egg on top, and Spam."
So more busted old shit is constantly created and ported to the current MS platform to become the new 'busted old shit' that people need to be able to run on new machines.
Interesting. This makes me think that Apple may have discovered the "secret sauce", albeit accidentally. With each processor transition, Apple has provided a compatibility window that slammed shut at a point in time not too far from the transition; but, far enough to satisfy the vast majority of their customers. The Intel transition featured Rosetta, for a while (until 10.6), then dropped it. This effectively flushed the 'busted old shit' straight down the pipes.
As for TFA, misquoting Al Swearengen, "someone open a window, it smell like cat piss in here."
Could this not be done the same way CRTs scan a grid of pixels, just on a micro scale with higher resolution?
This reminds me of an early computer memory, the Williams tube, that enjoyed a brief period of popularity in some first generation machines. It worked by storing bits as charged spots on the phosphor face plate of an oscilloscope tube. Although access was random and fast (12 microsecond read/write cycle as implemented by the IBM 701), its refresh requirements effectively halved its performance, and it was notoriously unreliable. Positioning the electron beam was by electrostatic deflection, requiring accurate sub-microsecond switching of high voltages. IBM's implementation used precision counter-wound resistors to achieve the required control, the counter-winding preventing the resistors from also behaving like inductors. Unfortunately, the counter-winding also led to occasional electrical arcing inside the resistors, mispositioning the beam and causing the "Navajo Blanket" effect where the resulting data corruption had a visual appearance like its namesake woven blanket. Error-free operation seldom exceeded a handful of hours, and the Williams tube was quickly supplanted by magnetic core memory.
10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.