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Comment: Re:Uh oh...Batman becomes real? (Score 1) 40 40

Unless you're sleeping in a dormitory they don't need directionality; the phone can assume any fluctuation (doppler/impluse response/etc) comes from your movement.

The phone's tiny speaker and mic can probably reach 20-24khz, which is *barely* ultrasonic but outside most human hearing. Your pets may no longer want to sleep with you, however.

Comment: Not the whole story (Score 5, Interesting) 204 204

Geekbench's own numbers put the iPad Air at 4528, only 10% off the i5. Which is astounding, because five years ago Intel's ULV CPUs were hitting 2000-2500 on the same benchmark while Apple's new A4 was 200.

The flagship ARM CPUs cost a tenth as much as Intel's chips, consume a fraction of the power, and have been roughly doubling performance every year while Intel has virtually plateaued*. If that trend continues, by the end of this year they'll have surpassed Intel on virtually every metric.

Of course, AMD reached pole position a decade ago until Intel's Core 2 decisively took back the lead. Intel may repeat history with Skylake; if not, the computer world could get a lot more interesting over the next few years.

(*on clock speed and IPC they're been scarcely improving 10% a year; IPW is increasing somewhat faster but still well behind ARM designs)

Comment: Re:WoW? (Score 1) 277 277

All the games on the list were played by tens (if not hundreds) of millions of people...and even if you ask someone who's never played a video game in their life, they'll probably know of those six. They've also greatly influenced a huge number of other games, and more or less defined the mechanics in their particular genre.

Whether you 'like' them or think of them as 'classics' or not is a far more subjective criteria.

(Also, the ratio of good to bad music hasn't changed since you were young. It just meant more to you then. Sorry.)

The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker

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