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Comment FX!32 (Score 1) 83

Microsoft produced a version of Windows NT for DEC Alpha and threw in x86 emulation layer called FX!32 so it could run existing software. It worked but it ran like a dog, far slower than native x86 instructions. And not for want of trying because it did machine translate instructions to try and execute code natively.

I really don't expect the picture to be any different with x86 over ARM. I expect they'll machine translate x86 instructions into native ARM instructions in some way and cache them somewhere, but the results won't get anywhere close to x86 performance and there'll be a whole bunch of caveats about software it will or won't run. It'll probably be fine for running more sedentary apps.

I very much doubt anybody will be playing Crysis 2 on it. In fact I'd be surprised if any remotely demanding game played on it. Not just just because of the emulation but because no game would be tested with the GPU so they are liable to break hard for one reason or another.

Comment Re:They should release the keys / apis (Score 1) 182

I don't know if they have the rights or not to say it's a dick move, but I don't blame them for Pebble's problems. Pebble almost got the idea right - their watch lasted longer than others, had an always on screen and was relatively phone platform neutral. Probably what ultimately did them in is that their watches were damned ugly and they gained a whole lot of competition from some very rich companies. All the fitness devices converged on one side with the Apple / Android Wear devices on the other. It's not exactly a huge market to start with and they were squeezed out.

Comment Re:They should release the keys / apis (Score 1) 182

Because the platform's dead. Assuming Fitbit have the rights to the platform, what have they to lose from such a move? Do you think any Pebble owner is going to upgrade to Fitbit if the company just lobotomized their old watch? Of course not. If they have the rights it would make sense to generate some good will by turning over the platform to the community in some way.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 182

I'm not sure I see the logic of blaming Fitbit that Pebble sucked at business. Or that people keep buying technological dead ends.

However, it would be a very good gesture if Fitbit had the rights to the platform and unlocked it for the community. Personally I think the best course of action would be to avoid smart watches altogether in their present form.

Comment They should release the keys / apis (Score 1) 182

If Fitbit are going to dump the platform they should just throw it open to generate some goodwill. At least the APIs and any publishing keys necessary to install apps. I don't see Fitbit garnering much loyalty from Pebble owners otherwise, nor commercial advantage from not doing it.

And on a general point this just demonstrates why "smart" watches suck. They're closed platforms and when the platform is discontinued you're left with a bitrotten brain dead piece of crap. Just one more reason to buy a dumb watch.

Comment Re:Mandate reporting when antibiotics are prescrib (Score 1) 75

Yes. But we need to be aware that man is not the only source of antibiotics. They naturally occur. We get a good lot of them from plants and bacteria, starting of course with penicilin which we got from mold, and which was already present on salted food and damp environments. What we did was to make antibiotics present in organisms other than their natural sources.

Comment Everything Old is New Again (Score 2) 75

The Andromeda Strain was published in 1969.

The United States has some disease reporting, it started at least 75 years ago before the antibiotic bubble. This CDC Report summarizes the present state of disease reporting, in two pages. We need higher standards of reporting and legal penalties for failure to report.

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