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Comment Not quite seeing the point (Score 4, Insightful) 49 49

Outside of a conversational AI, I don't want my software to work differently depending on what mood it thinks I'm in. For every app that would actually benefit from this I foresee a hundred 'Clippy's.

'You seem frustrated! Let's start a tutorial of my basic features...'
'Hey—did you know you're angry? Here's some cute kittens that are sure to cheer you up!'
'I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over...'

Comment Re:kessel run (Score 1) 227 227

For once he was cleverer than we give him credit for:

Fast ship? You've never heard of the
Millennium Falcon?

Should I have?

It's the ship that made the Kessel
run in less than twelve parsecs!

Ben reacts to Solo's stupid attempt to impress them with
obvious misinformation.

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)

"Virtual" means never knowing where your next byte is coming from.