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Comment Re:This is where Intel rules (Score 1) 97

Apple has way too much experience being burned by Motorola and IBM both being unable to supply chips in heavy demand.

As I recall, Motorola and IBM had no problem with regular supply. The problem was that Apple was the only major customer for desktop/laptop-suitable PowerPC processors, and those vendors quite reasonably expected long-term order commitments for these products while Apple wanted more flexibility. With Intel, Apple is just one of many customers and while it has less control over x86 processor development it also doesn't have to make such commitments.

Comment Re:No Windows? Great! No Microsoft tax! (Score 1) 521

I'd love a low-power, high-performance ARM notebook. I'd be happy with MIPS or Loongson (Chinese MIPS clone) as well. Debian already has a full-blown ARM port and I'll bet they could get it working on an ARM netbook in a day. Ubuntu would undoubtedly be soon-to-follow.

There was an ARM employee at DebConf with a protoype ARM-based netbook. I forget whether it was running Debian or Ubuntu, but in any case the software is basically ready.

As a side benefit, having multiple widely-used architectures for desktop systems (x86 and ARM) would be a support nightmare for hardware companies that still keep their drivers proprietary and undocumented. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Broadcom and NVidia.

I'm pretty sure Broadcom is already providing drivers for ARM as many home routers run on ARM. As for Nvidia, do they have any chips that fit in the price and power brackets of netbooks?

I see a significant barrier to ARM adoption in GCC's code generator, which is poor and apparently getting worse as the optimisations are more tuned for x86 than RISC processors. ARM, like Intel, has its own commercial compiler but it would probably make business sense for them to contribute to GCC as well, just as Intel does.

Comment Re:The most widespread form of child abuse (Score 1) 281

Different ISPs implement filtering in different ways. Many will reroute the IP addresses of the servers with blocked pages/images through a web proxy, which became obvious during the blacklisting of pages on Wikipedia and the Internet Archive. Still, a UK user who is determined to get around Cleanfeed can use a proxy outside the UK or in a data centre (my understanding is that outbound connections from data centres have not been considered). Or, of course, change ISP.

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