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Comment Re:Do Not Want (Score 4, Interesting) 157

Simpler decoder. The instruction decoder is the one part of a CPU that you can't turn off while executing anything. An x86 decoder is much more complicated than, for example, an ARM decoder, so the minimum operating (i.e. not suspended) power consumption for the CPU is higher.

An x86 chip has weird instructions for things like string manipulation that no compiler will ever emit, but which have to be supported by the decoder just in case. The usual advantage that x86 has over RISC chips is instruction density. Common instructions are shorter (actually, older instructions are shorter, for the most part, but old has quite a high correlation with common) and there are single instructions for things that are several RISC instructions, meaning that they can get away with smaller instruction caches than RISC chips.

This doesn't apply to ARM. ARM instructions are incredibly dense. Most of them can be predicated on one or more condition registers, which means that you often don't need conditional branches for if statements in high-level languages. More importantly, there are things like Thumb and Thumb-2, which are 16-bit instruction sets suitable for a lot of ARM code, but which get very good cache density. Unlike x86, these are separate instruction sets. This means that the core can turn off the decoder hardware for the full ARM chip while in Thumb mode, and turn off the Thumb logic while in ARM mode. This gives you x86-like icache density and RISC-like decoder complexity, so you have the best of both worlds.

Comment Re:I just don't even open the door (Score 3, Informative) 307

Agreed about the ladies ;)

Let me tell you something, Argentina is far away from being heaven (Specially since Heaven doesn't existe :D ). We have a lot of problems, the same corrupt governments we've always had, and a lot of things to fix as a country. But, regardless of all that, Argentina is a beautiful land, with great potential. We just have to start doing certain things better :).

Regarding immigrating here, the constitution says "Para nosotros, nuestra posteridad, y para todos los hombres del mundo que quieran habitar el suelo Argentino"

And, from our immigration law:


ARTICULO 4 - El derecho a la migración es esencial e inalienable de la persona y la República Argentina lo garantiza sobre la base de los principios de igualdad y universalidad.

You can read the whole text here:

As you can see, this is no the United States. Racism is not an issue here, and everyone is welcome.

Argentina provides free health care and education of all degrees to any human being in our country, regardless of citizenship.

The only reason while you might be denied citizenship, is if you have ... "unfinished business" with the law in your country of origin.

So, if that's not the case, then welcome to Argentina ;).

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