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Comment: Re:18B on 75B (Score 1) 534

by fredrickleo (#48924371) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

I have a OnePlus One. It's faster,

By my understanding of the technical specifications, that OnePlus One has a 2.5 ghz quad core processor which is shared between graphics operations and general purpose calculations.

But the A8 on the iPhone has a dedicated quad core package for graphics, and a dedicated 1.4 ghz dual core package for general calculations. I would guess that in general usage the iPhone is snappier and more responsive which some might consider "faster".

I have an iPad 3rd generation (dual core 1 ghz with quad core graphics) and a Kindle Fire HD 6 (quad core 1.5 ghz, similar chip as the OnePlus One I think). The old iPad seems like an order of magnitude more responsive and is actually usable for general purposes like email, websites, videos and games. The Fire HD6 stutters on things as basic as the keyboard and browsing but that could be the OS, handles Amazon videos well (not YouTube so much) and the games work although Hearthstone is noticeably slower than the iPad even though the HD 6 has a few less pixels to push.

I'd be wary of predicting performance based on clockspeed alone and so far in my experience the idevices are far more powerful than their budget Android alternatives.

Comment: Re:Why did we become so dependant? (Score 1) 453

by fredrickleo (#45490771) Attached to: Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

The trouble is that antibiotics and livestock seems to have allowed the industry to be completely negligent of conditions and the health of their animals.

I often wonder how our economy and society would change if we legislated the humane treatment of food animals.

I would hope that as the price of meat increased the demand for meat would fall accordingly, and that a side effect of that would be decreased land and water usage. Assuming that eating too much meat is bad for you (I don't know whether that's true or not) we might also see a healthier more productive population and reduced healthcare costs too. And of course with humane conditions animals wouldn't require the antibiotics that we're currently feeding them.

If these outcomes came to pass, then treating animals humanely seems like a very cheap price to pay indeed.

Comment: Unintended consequences (Score 2) 108

by fredrickleo (#38147360) Attached to: South Korea Blocks Late-Night Online Gaming for Adolescents

This may be an unintended consequence of a law that was recently passed in SK that prohibited late night classes from going past 10pm (roughly 1-2 years ago). In SK it was very common for teenage students to attend classes or study halls until around midnight before heading home. It seems possible that with that with the extra time they have available they now just go to the PC room (internet cafe) and game rather than going home (many Koreans game at PC rooms rather than at home).

Interesting to see how this turns out, turning off accounts at 10 might be one solution but another "solution" that might come up is having police go into PC rooms after curfew to make sure nobody is violating curfew (the same way US MPs go into bars in SK looking for US service members drinking after their curfew).

Comment: Virtualize (Score 1) 645

by fredrickleo (#34170620) Attached to: Should Being Competitive With Windows Matter For Linux?

Linux shouldn't try to be like Windows because there's no longer any reason to choose one over the other.

I personally use Windows most of the time but when I need Linux I just launch my Ubuntu image and do what needs to be done. I'm sure other people are in exactly the same boat but need Linux most of the time and can virtualize Windows.

Comment: Re:Dont trust their tablets either (Score 1) 93

by fredrickleo (#34008724) Attached to: Sharp To Quit Making Personal Computers

Most definitely. The main problem is that the sharp kernel is a 2.4 kernel and community efforts to create a good 2.6 kernel have failed because of the proprietary hardware and drivers. Especially in the area of power management and graphics acceleration.

Unfortunately, while the hardware is still pretty good by today's standards it's almost impossible to run any useful software (i.e. current web browser and mail client) without a massive porting effort, all of which have failed so far.

Comment: Dont trust their tablets either (Score 5, Informative) 93

by fredrickleo (#34008586) Attached to: Sharp To Quit Making Personal Computers

Apparently they're going to focus on a new line of tablet PCs.

I'm still very unhappy with the amount of software support and updates we got for the Zaurus SL-6000 (zero support and updates) which was a very expensive piece of kit.

Because of my experience with the Zaurus I no longer take chances with hardware and would rather go with the established leaders even if it's technically inferior.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't leasing it be a better deal? (Score 1) 215

by fredrickleo (#33857406) Attached to: Apple Pays Couple $1.7m For 1 Acre Plot

I know this reply is really late but just in case...

7% is normally the rate I hear too when hearing these kinds of factoids.

I do agree that compound interest is a powerful force but there's something to that 7% (or above) number.

If you do the calculation with something less than 7%, say a guaranteed 4-5%, then you'll get fairly different results that make saving look a little less attractive especially when you consider that $100 a month in context of being a young adult with limited income.

Personally, I plan to save that money for my kids to relieve them of the responsibility (as you mentioned). I'll stipulate that they do the same for their kids.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"