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Comment: Re:Easy question (Score 1) 739

by tangent3 (#48283085) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

The insurance companies cannot charge whatever they want.
First of all, there is the insurance marketplace where the people can shop around for the best deals.
Secondly the Act also requires insurances companies to meet a minimum Medical Loss Ratio of 80% - something which is not possible if they overcharge the people.

Comment: Re:Very sad (Score 1, Insightful) 277

by tangent3 (#47973959) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

The rest of the world is not obliged to share your opinion, no matter how highly you think of yourself.

I, too, do not see myself using a large phone. However these large phones are hugely popular, as can be seen by their sales figures and several of my colleagues, even small sized females, happily using these phones. I respect their choice and I applaud Android for allowing manufacturers to give customers a choice of picking a phone they like instead of dictating the customer's choice to them and insulting potential customers that choose differently.

Comment: Re:New phone almost as fast as month old phone (Score 1) 310

The NEON registers are 128-bits wide and there are 32 of them. If you have 32 bit data, you can process 128 chunks at a time!

I don't think you understand how SIMD is used. NEON instructions only apply to 1 register, so it only processes 4x 32 bit at a time.

Comment: Re:Don't try to be more Catholic than the Pope... (Score 3, Informative) 191

by tangent3 (#45253039) Attached to: GCC 4.9 To See Significant Upgrades In 2014

Actually since 4.8, the correct optimization level to use for debugging is now -Og

From the documentation at http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/Optimize-Options.html

-Og Optimize debugging experience. -Og enables optimizations that do not interfere with debugging. It should be the optimization level of choice for the standard edit-compile-debug cycle, offering a reasonable level of optimization while maintaining fast compilation and a good debugging experience.

Comment: Not necessarily flagged from their Google Searches (Score 3, Informative) 923

by tangent3 (#44448971) Attached to: Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks: Get a Visit From the Feds

Missing from the summary, of course, is that the family had a son who has actually clicked on a link to an artlcle on how to make a pressure cooker bomb.
"But my son’s reading habits combined with my search for a pressure cooker and my husband’s search for a backpack set off an alarm of sorts at the joint terrorism task force headquarters."

Google may not have been involved at all here. All the investigators needed were the logs for the website hosting the offending article, and a cooperating ISP, to find that family.

Comment: I'm not too bothered by DRM in HTML5 (Score 1) 268

by tangent3 (#43695261) Attached to: DRM In HTML5 — Better Than the Alternative?

I hate DRM like everyone here, but I would rather have the choice to purchase DRMed content than to be completely locked out just because I am not on the 'preferred platform'.

Hopefully DRM will die a natural death from people voting with their wallets when there are alternatives. In that case the act of having HTML5 DRM just gives DRM more rope to hang itself with.

Comment: Re:Does not amount to anything (Score 1) 319

by tangent3 (#43574725) Attached to: $200 Intel Android Laptops Are Coming

Most Android applications are written in Java, and compiled to be run on the Dalvik VM for which there are implementations for both ARM and Intel CPUs.
Now, many Android applications use the NDK that compiles to native code, but the NDK itself gives you the choice of compiling for ARMv5, ARMv7, x86 and MIPS targets, so providing support for x86 is as simple as adding a line into Application.mk

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