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Comment Re:Pretty simple since 2005... (Score 1) 210

More RAM stops helping when your entire working set fits in RAM. If you have enough RAM, then when you're machine has been on for a while you write to disk but never read things back. For most people, that amount is still more than 32GB. Even with SSDs, there's a noticeable performance difference between getting data from RAM and from SSD.

That said, I agree that SSD vs spinning rust is a far more noticeable performance win for most workloads.

Comment Re:I've said it before ... (Score 1) 210

A lot of modern smartphones and tablets have HDMI output, so you can carry them around in your pocket and plug them in to a big screen plus a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Of course, then you're stuck with a somewhat underpowered device with a UI that's designed for a 5" screen and doesn't scale well to a larger display.

That said, I'd love for someone to resurrect the Samsung research project from about 10 years ago that did partial migration with Xen. They had a demo where they ran a VM on a phone, then plugged it into a big computer and used the OS hotplug facilities to make it think that it now had more cores, more RAM, and some extra peripherals, in a NUMA arrangement: memory pages were automatically faulted across between the machines by the hypervisor and if the scheduler moved a process to the fast CPUs it would eventually move over. The only real problem was that everything broke horribly if you unplugged the phone before migrating everything back, but that could be solved by providing a dock that doesn't release the phone until it's either powered off or everything is migrated back. This arrangement let you use a small mobile device for everyday computing, but move large workloads transparently to more powerful compute resources when you needed them.

Comment Re:longer lifetime (Score 1) 210

We typically have a 3-year rolling upgrade program, but my work laptop is now 4 years old. The newer Intel CPUs are only about 20-30% faster and until they start supporting LPDDR4, I'm stuck with a choice of 16GB of RAM (the same as my current machine) or a crappy battery life (10W+ idle power consumption for 32GB of DDR4). GPUs are quite a bit faster, but I don't use the GPU much for work.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 150

There's an easy way to avoid leaking a load of personal information when you're hacked: Don't keep a load of personal information on your servers. If regulation moved the default from 'let's keep everything, it may be useful for something eventually' to 'don't keep anything unless you can demonstrate a really strong business case that requires keeping it and outweighs the cost of insurance for the potential liability if it's leaked' then that would be a huge improvement.

Comment Re:What technologies are involved? Java? Linux? (Score 2) 150

It doesn't sound like it mattered what the OS was - there wasn't an OS-level compromise (and there didn't need to be, because they did no compartmentalisation of their entire system, so once you'd compromised the web server you had have complete control over all of the data).

Comment Re:How is this not good news? (Score 1) 57

Really? And who decides what is best? What criteria do they use?

The manufacturer chooses, and reviewers then compare them and customers try multiple ones. If all Android phones ship with the same Google apps, then this isn't a point of differentiation. If all of them converged on Google apps because that was what the majority of customers wanted, then that would be one thing, but if they all converge on Google apps because Google pays them then that's very different.

Comment Re:So all of you asking where the evidence is (Score 1) 57

There's typically a difference (from a regulatory standpoint) between barriers to entry that are intrinsic to the market and barriers to entry that are imposed by existing participants. For example, if you want to create a new x86 microprocessor, then the cost of design is high, and the cost of either buying fab time or building your own fabs is also high. These are expected barriers. A patent cartel that refuses to license essential patents and agreements that PC makers will ship only Intel chips if they want to keep access to OEM discounts are artificial barriers and both have been ruled illegal.

Comment Re:I can't even remember now... (Score 1) 220

The protagonist ends up sleeping with one of the replicants (they used relationships and sex as tools to gain equal status)

This event happens in both, but in the book it makes more sense because Rachel and Pris are the same model of replicant. Rachel sleeps with Deckard to try to make him feel empathy towards Pris, so that he'll hesitate before shooting her.

Comment Re: How is this not good news? (Score 1) 57

I do, but then I read Slashdot so I'm probably not a typical user. How many Android users change their SMS app from the default Messages one, for example, or change their email app from the GMail one? I suspect that most keep the defaults and if every vendor is shipping the same defaults then that removes an element of choice.

Comment Re:FUD (Score 1) 73

The original poster was worried about the NSA getting face scans of everyone. Once distance sensing cameras become cheap, having a big database of faces including depth information would let you do very accurate face recognition at a massive scale, tracking people everywhere you can put a CCTV camera, with far fewer errors than if you relied on the image data alone, which sounds a bit dystopian.

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