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Comment: Caveat (Score 1) 2

by rbarreira (#42117869) Attached to: Windows 8 Sells 40 Million Licenses In Just One Month

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/11/windows-8-sales-are-good-if-not-great-at-40-million-copies-in-the-first-month/

Second, Reller noted that the number of upgrades to Windows 8 was outpacing the volume of upgrades to Windows 7 in the equivalent timeframe. What she didn't note was that Windows 8 upgrades are substantially cheaper than Windows 7 upgrades were

Comment: Re:Ouch (Score 1) 101

by rbarreira (#39722909) Attached to: <em>Prince of Persia</em> Source Code Released On Github

Indeed. And it's definitely not true that compilers always do a better job of optimizing than humans. Compilers are much better than they used to be, but for certain specific routines they still can't beat an expert Assembly programmer who can try out several strategies in a flexible optimize-benchmark-optimize feedback loop that compilers aren't able to do.

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+ - $60 Light Bulb Debuts on Earth Day 1

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theodp (442580) writes "How much would you pay for an amazing light bulb? On Sunday — Earth Day — Philips' $60 LED light bulb goes on sale at Home Depot and other outlets. The bulb, which lasts 20 years, won a $10 million DOE contest that stipulated the winning bulb should cost consumers $22 in its first year on the market. Ed Crawford, the head of Philips' U.S. lighting division, said it was always part of the plan to have utility rebates bring the price down to the $22 range."

+ - Prince of Persia source code released on github->

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rbarreira
rbarreira writes "The source code for the original Prince of Persia game has been released on github by its author, Jordan Mechner. This release comes three weeks after Jordan announced the find of a box containing old floppy disks that had been forgotten in the back of a closet for 20+ years. A "digital archaeology" effort was launched to recover the contents of the floppy disks, with the help of Jason Scott from textfiles.com. Some photos from the "copy party" can be seen here."
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