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Comment Not much into photography.. (Score 1) 316

But even I can tell a world of difference between professional photographer with good equipment and random guy with a cell phone.

Embedded camera in cell phone is necessarily restricted in terms of optics. You can play with the sensor all you want, but the optics simply cannot do the sorts of things a good camera can do.

There is still a lot of things that require some knowledge in operating a camera in order to get a good photo.

Comment *Some* codebase will need rework. (Score 1) 189

For the vast majority of even HPC code, it means compiler rework and math library development. The vast majority of benefit can be achieved with a drop in of a new library without rebuild of the application. In your example, it would be the interpreter, which actually tend to be the last things to receive this attention.

Comment Re:Think of the children blah blah (Score 2) 186

Nah, you have the honeymoon period right after marriage, which can last anywhere from minutes to years. For most, it's just a few days. After that, sex is strictly solo or with mistresses and prostitutes.

Oh for fucks sake, won't anyone consider the poor married blokes who need a wank once in a while.. Online smut is lot cheaper than a fine strumpet.

Comment Re:Long way to go (Score 1) 189

I'd consider the fact that the most demanding android applications are arm specific in terms of compile is the more critical thing.

Intel does have a product with high core count, Phi has 50 cores for example.

I haven't seen a lot of evidence that ARM under load offered better price performance than Intel before. The only thing making that claim I can recall committed a grevious mistake, measuring ARM power usage and then assuming TDP value rather than measuring x86 power usage. It was undeniable that under typical smartphone/tablet conditions Intel did horribly (mostly 'idle' but immediately able to do things on demand), and that seems to have been the engineering focus this time, a shallower sleep state that's possible without screen blanking is one notable facet.

While Intel's prospects in the mobile arena are slim (Andorid has a lot of momentum, and that momentum is largely tied to ARM in much the same way as Windows is tied to x86), I suspect they will continue to rule the roost in the datacenter and workstation-like workloads.

Comment Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 800

I'm saying robbing the user of the control is bad. A lot of workflows got crippled.

For example, it is common for me to hit a slow loading website and tab-away to do something else for a second. In Metro IE, tabbing-away stops the loading activity.

In therms of fostering app developers who fail to properly tombstone, if android ecosystem has taught us anything is that developers are content to churn out shoddy work and never care. A platform that *forces* the developer to do more work isn't a defensible feature when an alternative model has existed for decades without a lot of issue.

Comment Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 800

The task switcher is only a gui nicety. Look in an aftermarket task manager. Swiping away does not kill it necessarily, it just removes it from display. , Conversely, just because you see a screenshot of it, it still might have been killed by the OS and switch back will be a start over. The ICS last application UI acts like its previous incarnation, except it scales to more apps, allows swipe to remove elements, and has thumbnail screenshots (*not* live preview as WebOS had, for example).

At least in ICS, this is the case. I don't have any Jelly Bean device to look at its behavior. Maybe the swipe to kill works now, but I would be massively surprised if Android ever removes its 'kill on a whim' design.

Comment Hate to say it... (Score 1) 212

The music industry situation was different. At the time the market went to drm-free by a landside, music playback devices by and large had no wireless or cellular radios. They were fixed-function devices that could only consume non-executable content (mostly). In that ecosystem, supporting multiple platforms was difficult to the point of being unfeasible. For the no-name cheap devices, DRM was completely out of reach. Customers more keenly felt the pitfalls of DRM given the state of the ecosystem. Even if each publisher *could* put their content into walled garden apps, the nature of how music is consumed suggests back to back playback of arbitrary selections from a customers library over the course of minutes. Also, ripping CDs was trivial for even casual users.

The state of devices used for reading and movie playback are generally internet connected and companies can deploy their own content management application. Having to navigate and switch between the applications is less disruptive relative to how much time the consumer is going to spend in one specific work. Scanning books in is in no way feasible as a casual endeavor comparing with CD ripping. All the 'no name' devices that are available are android devices meaning DRM is feasible.

I'd like to think that the music industry went mostly DRM-free because they saw it as the non-evil way to go, but it was more about feasibility and the CD market pretty much leaving the barn door open, rendering it a silly exercise to DRM protect content that is trivial to rip in other ways.

Comment Re:Okay (Score 5, Funny) 283

    Ya, there's something that can be done. The government is being very hush-hush about it. Until now, only those "in the know" have been told.

    Just under the surface of Mars is a vast quantity of water ice.

    In the Cydonia region of mars, there is an ancient pyramid. Deep within the pyramid is an alien device which will turn the water ice into a Earth-like breathable atmosphere.

    There is a catch though. There are agents already on-planet who will stop at nothing to keep you from activating the machine.

    It would take a madman to even consider it. More specifically, a madman who's mind has already been scrambled by a dramatically failed lobotomy. That man may be you.

Comment Reports of the death of PC... (Score 1) 267

Have been greatly exaggerated. Phones and tablets have largely been a distinct market. I don't think it has really had any particular effect on PC or laptop market.

I'm willing to beleve that *sales* of x86 systems to the consumer market have slowed. I think though that *usage* hasn't decreased appreciably. x86 ecosystem got 'good enough' for the vast majority of market and performance needs no longer drive demand. I think this would have been the reality with or without android/ios/etc.

It does reaffirm that Ubuntu just does not care about the desktop model at all. That was self-evident from the crap of Unity and Mir though. It further erodes what little respect I had for the distribution. They are chasing market opportunity more than trying to provide value to their users. It's sad on both ends. On one end, their once respectable desktop experience has languished. On the other end, their attempts to get into televisions and phones have been pretty pathetic.

Comment Re:Not good enough (Score 4, Insightful) 800

I did not see whether they address the Metro apps just quitting by themselves when in the background

I'd be exceptionally surprised if they change this. That was an intentional design goal with a lot of effort in it. It's infuriating as it is bringing over one of the worst aspects of android and ios, piss poor multitasking. The thinking being that 'task management' is scary and if an app developer goes through some hoops, they should be able to restore state if killed. In practice, developers are too lazy to properly handle that use case and a task switch away and back might get you back where you were or it might start the application over without any persisted state depending on the effort of the developer and hard to predict decisions by the platform whether to suspend it or kill it.

The major goal, of course, to automatically guess what the user would want and 'save' them from having to close apps when memory is in short supply. The 'SIGSTOP' in background is annoying enough, but is marginally more defensible in the name of saving power.

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