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Comment Re:qualcomm is right (Score 1) 526

That's something I don't understand. Current tech would easily allow for a phone double the thickness of the current models to have tremendous battery life and still weigh less that the old school desk phone handset. That would also make them more durable to the point where breaking the phone by dropping it would be genuinely surprising. Why not do that? If they make the damned things any thinner people are going to start cutting themselves it seems.

Comment Re:multithreaded sorts (Score 1) 526

Actually, the most sensible way is to do a qsort and at each division, place the sublists on a work queue. That works very well but doesn't get you 100% utilization. The biggest holdup is the first iteration where you have a single core parsing the entire list to form two sublists. Then you get 2 cores running half of that time followed by 4 cores running a quarter if the iteration time, etc.

However, that one is still simple enough to be classified as embarrassingly parallel and it still has sub-linear scaling.

Comment Re:Wha if (Score 1) 140

I would say all of the above and more. If any of those groups want to request that people make contributions and even if they want to say who convinced them it was the right thing to do, fine so long as there is no coercion of any kind involved. Admittedly that leaves a grey area that needs better definition.

Comment Re:Free market (Score 1) 238

They will also happily blame any clear failure on the first shred of anything that looks regulation like that they can find, no matter how remote. Apparently, even someone thinking a regulation might be a good idea will screw up the whole thing. It reminds me of Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

Comment Re:Free market (Score 1) 238

There are plenty of Libertarians who treat it as infallible by suggesting it is all that is needed. Some even pay lip service to the idea that it is all too fallible but then resume hand waving.

3rd party reviews would be free market if they happened. And if wishes were horses, every man would ride.

If government actually enforced implied warranties of fitness and merchantability, vendors might actually get penalized with support and replacement costs, but it doesn't happen nearly as often as it should. That's why quality and durability are in a race to the bottom.

As for 4, something must be stopping people since it keeps not happening. perhaps the free market sux at funding some of these great ideas.

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