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Comment Re: Why do people keep using Windows? (Score 2, Informative) 160

Because many companies require the use of specialized software that ONLY runs on Windows. Look at any industry, and you will find that software. The only companies that can do without windows are the ones that only use web browsers and email.

My industry (chip design and manufacture) runs pretty much with specialized software that only runs on Linux. You can ask for a windows version, but the sales guy would look at you funny.

Comment Re:3D TV is dead? (Score 1) 398

Not in my experience. There is 1 3D screen and 1 or more normal screens based on the popularity of the movie and the proximity to release date.
If it's only 1 screen, it's 2D.

I don't go to see a movie close to release day so maybe it's different and the world is full of breathless blockbuster fans who love being in large crowds and want to see the 3D version, while the rest of us hang back for short lines, empty theaters and the 2D experience. I simply don't know.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 2, Interesting) 54

Apple's highly innovative inventions, namely flat rectangle with a screen on it, and an arrangement of icons in a grid clearly constitute innovations of incalculable value. Where as Qualcomm's patents simply involve leading edge telecommunication developments that far surpass most of their rivals in performance. Obviously, nothing special. Surely not noteworthy enough for their extensive paten portfolio, one of the largest in the wireless world, to justify 5x the royalty rates.

And yet WiMax far outperformed anything the Q was doing at the time and is still competitive with LTE today. This is because lots of other companies can do telecommunication tech too and in particular, the computer companies liked 802 data networks,which make much more sense than the ITU protocols if you're sending more IP traffic than voice traffic and so 802.16 came into being. It was great while it lasted. I still have my WiMax dongle and it was fast at a time that 3G phones were a joke in terms of fast data communications.

Comment Re:Massive failure from all involved (Score 1) 168

>In computers, "random number generators" are often only pseudo-random, and are in fact deterministic.

Unless they are the ones commonly found in every modern CPU, which include an entropy source.
E.G:
Intel : http://www.rambus.com/wp-conte...
VIA : http://www.rambus.com/wp-conte...
Many Arm Socs: https://community.arm.com/mana...

Comment Re:Massive failure from all involved (Score 2) 168

[...] an extremely complex non-deterministic processor [...]

[citation needed]

Since it's my job to put the nondeterministic stuff into your CPUs, I don't need no stinking citation.

The top three source of non determinism.

A) RNGs
B) Asynchronous interfaces
C) PLLs

If your computer is a phone or otherwise has a wireless interface, the second largest source of non determinism is the antenna.

Comment Re:3D TV is dead? (Score 2) 398

Was it ever really alive?

No. The cinemas started showing lots of blockbuster 3D screens and the occasional 2D. They quickly switched to the other way around when all the customers thought "screw wearing stupid glasses" and went for the 2D.

That was before 3D TV got going. So it was dead before it started.

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