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Submission + - Apple may ditch Intel chips in Macs, says Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)

dsinc writes: According to Bloomberg Apple is considering a move away from Intel chips for its cherished Mac line. The move would be the third major CPU shift for the brand which has previously relied on Motorola 68000 and Power PC chips. The move away from Intel could also mean a move away from x86 as Apple has been heavily invested in its own ARM-based chip designs in recent years. Bloomberg's sources suggest that Cupertino is actively working on a version of its tweaked ARM architecture that would run inside Mac PC, in particular its laptop products could stand to benefit from its battery sipping design.

The change will not happen immediately. In fact, the sources said such a move was years away, potentially not happening till 2017. But, as the gulf between "mobile" and "desktop" products begins to shrink and the boundaries blend, it would only seem to make sense that Apple would look to leverage its high-profile purchase of P.A. Semi to good use and inch ever closer to being a completely self-reliant corporate entity. We don't think it's any secret that Apple would, if it could, design and manufacture every component itself.

Programming

Submission + - Too old to program anymore? Nonsense!

Esther Schindler writes: "Why is it that young developers imagine that older programmers can't program in a modern environment? Too many of us of a "certain age" are facing an IT work environment that is hostile to older workers.

Lately, Steven Vaughan-Nichols has been been noticing that the old meme about how grandpa can't understand iPhones, Linux, or the cloud is showing up more often even as it's becoming increasingly irrelevant. The truth is: Many older developers are every bit as good as young programmers, and he cites plenty of example of still-relevant geeks to prove it. And he writes, "Sadly, while that should have put an end to the idea that long hours are a fact of IT life, this remnant of our factory-line past lingers both in high tech and in other industries. But what really matters is who's productive and who's not.""

Comment Not quite (Score 1) 570

I live in Brazil (one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to education) and would like to weigh in with my conclusions:

- Self-learning requires students that are actually motivated to learn by themselves. Most students here aren't: even though they have internet access at home and/or at school, they only use it for social media, porn, etc... and will scoff at the thought of anything that requires them to actually read and understand stuff - they will only read a book if they are forced to, and even then, they will do it while whining endlessly.

- Schools are worse: underpaid teachers (a teacher here makes less than a dishwasher in the USA or in Europe) which will get scolded (or fired) for telling a student to shut up and pay attention or for failing someone that never participated in class. Completely destroyed schools, in no small part due to gangs which destroy them as a demonstration of power and to ensure a next generation of children/teenagers entering crime.

- Throwing technology at the students? Has been tried with mixed results: while it significantly increased interest, one of the schools had to keep their OLPCs on a heavily locked room to avoid thieves; you do not dare to send a kid walking home with theirs, lest someone rob them and trade for drugs.

In short: teachers are not headed for obsolescence in any way, at least here; if you want to obsolete yours, we will be very happy to accept them.

Comment The obvious stuff (Score 1) 572

DRM, proprietary file formats, high-frequency trading, boom cars, the [RI/MP]AA, app stores etc... As for ubiquitous video cameras: where I live, they did help reduce crime somewhat, and also serve as a deterrent for people that would piss/shit on the sidewalks (no joke, I've seen that happen).

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 625

"You can use creative software efficiently on a desktop Rebuttal -> Depends on the creativity you want - it's hard to be creative sitting on your ass at your desk. Go to where the action is happening and watch the ideas flow." We are talking about Photoshop, Illustrator etc..., not Instagram or whatever the cool app of the day is.
Linux

Submission + - Slackware 14.0 is released! (slackware.com)

SgtKeeling writes: After 5 release candidates, a new version of Slackware has been released. From the website, 'Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.0! We are sure you'll enjoy the many improvements. We've done our best to bring the latest technology to Slackware while still maintaining the stability and security that you have come to expect. Slackware is well known for its simplicity and the fact that we try to bring software to you in the condition that the authors intended. We will be setting up BitTorrent downloads for the official ISO images. Stay tuned to http://slackware.com/ for the latest updates.'

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