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Comment Re:4 Cores? (Score 1) 98

Absolutely. So "ARM is lower power than Atom" isn't a "core" statement, it's an SOC/platform statement. Shouldn't we be focused on that instead of the cores? Maybe the ARM ISA isn't fundamentally "lower power" than x86.

This paper focused on cores and core power, not SOC power, so it seems like the core power was what was being discussed here.

Do you have any idea how GMA950 graphics or GMA500 graphics compare to the graphics inside the current ARM SOCs used in phones & tablets? Isn't GMA500 a rebranded Imagination graphics core? Maybe there's a reason why it's higher power graphics (DX10 vs OpenGL, FPS, supported resolutions, etc). Is there some reason to think that the core when used by Intel is somehow less efficient than when it's used by other SOC vendors?

When Nvidia does GFX cards for PCs, they're high power and high performance. When they do them for tablets/phones, they're lower power and lower performance. Maybe all of this "power" arguing really just a design target issue.


Apple Patches Massive Holes In OS X 246

Trailrunner7 writes with this snippet from ThreatPost: "Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities. The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site." Hit the link for a list of the highlights among these fixes.

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