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Comment Re:He's wrong. (Score 4, Insightful) 649

Version diversity isn't the only kind. Implementation and hardware diversity matters too - for instance, I've run into a crash bug when attempting to start a new Activity from within a TabHost that only occurs on Galaxy S devices. That sort of thing is really incredibly frustrating, and makes QA far more of a pain in the ass than it should be.

Comment Re:botched processor design? (Score 1) 497

For specific workloads, Itanium is great. It can sustain 2 FP loads, 2 FP stores, and 2 FMA's in a cycle, which means for certain types of DSP-ish workloads, it has more performance per-cycle than just about any other mainstream CPU. It also has a very high-performance cache hierarchy, with massive blobs of SRAM and a low-latency L1 (one cycle to access.) The problem is that it's expensive, clocked low, and not really ideal for where it's marketed (the mission-critical enterprise server business.) It still has significant advantages over Xeon for some workloads, namely things that are highly cache-sensitive or that scale high enough where directory-based coherence is good to have.

Comment Re:...and nothing of value was lost (Score 1) 173

I live in a medium-sized Kansas city, and 3G is almost unobtainable. No T-mobile presence (as far as I can tell), no AT&T 3G, poor Verizon and Sprint. The only carrier with solid infrastructure here is US Cellular. (I'm on Sprint, and it's frequently an exercise in patience.)

You will lose an important tape file.