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Comment Re:Why is Windows 10 the benchmark? (Score 1) 201

I should add, the evidence of this is plentiful. Anyone remember the days of IDE PIO ? Before IDE DMA and in particular before command and data blocks could be fully buffered by a hardware FIFO in the control, IDE PIO was a complete disaster. It barely worked (and quite often didn't). And we had to pull out the stops as device driver writers to get it work as well as it did (which wasn't very well).


Comment Re:Why is Windows 10 the benchmark? (Score 5, Informative) 201

Not quite true A.C. The instructions for those old 8-bit CPUs could be synchronized down to a single clock tick (basically crystal accuracy), thus allowing perfect read and write sampling of I/O directly. We could do direct synthesis and A/D sampling, for example, with no cycle error, as well as synchronize data streams and then burst data with no further handshaking. It is impossible to do that with a modern CPU, so anything which requires crystal-accurate output has to be offloaded to (typically an FPGA).

RTOSs only work up to a point, particularly because modern CPUs have supervisory interrupts (well, Intel at least has the SMI) which throw a wrench into the works. But also because it is literally impossible to count cycles for how long something will take. A modern RTOS works at a much higher level than the RTOSs and is unable to provide the same rock solid guarantees that the 8-bit RTOSs could.


Comment Re:model Slashdot response (MS DOS-ickies r.i.p.) (Score 3, Informative) 201

Looks interesting... I've pre-ordered two (both cpu models, 4G) for DragonFlyBSD, we'll get it working on them. Dunno about the SD card, but a PCIe SSD would certainly work. BIOS is usually the sticking point on these types of devices. Our graphics stack isn't quite up to Braswell yet but it might work in frame buffer mode (without accel). We'll see. The rest of it is all standard intel insofar as drivers are concerned.

My network dev says the Gigabit controller is crap :-) (he's very particular). But for a low-end device like this nobody will care.

All the rest of the I/O is basically just pinned out from the Intel cpu. Always fun to remark on specs, but these days specs are mostly just what the cpu chip/chipset supports directly.

I'm amused that some people in other comments are so indignant about the pricing. Back in the day, those of us who hacked on computers (Commodore, Atari, TRS-80, Apple-II, later the Amiga, etc) saved up and spent what would be equivalent to a few thousand dollars (in today's dollars) to purchase our boxes. These days enthusiast devices are *cheap* by comparison. My PET came with 16KB of ram and a tape cassette recorder for storage, and I later expanded it to 32KB and thought it was godly.


Comment Re:Wagging the dog (Score 1) 551

What new and relevant thing do you want to see in the phone? I for one can't really think of anything. I don't really need a better camera, for example, nor do I need any on-phone storage. LTE (or LTE-A) is plenty fast enough, no point having more bandwidth that I'm not going to pay the cell carrier for. Wifi is plenty fast enough. Games run fine on the -6 so they'll run fine on the -7. What's left?


Comment Intel must love these articles (Score 1) 276

So full of complete nonsense. Throwing out terms without knowing what they actually mean, let alone whether an operating system actually has to make any changes to support it.

Take speed-shift for example... all it does is remove the need for the OS to calculate a P-state for HLT/MWAIT. All ACPI has to do is present a smaller list of P states and *ANY* OS that supports HLT/MWAIT p-state setting (which basically worked meaningfully from Haswell onward) will instantly be using SpeedShift. There's nothing to 'support' unless the OS is coded to intentionally break it.

AMD's SMT improvements don't need any OS-specific coding. The original bulldozer architecture *DID* need OS-specific coding, because it was a piece of shit (and a lot of us just didn't bother to code the OS to try to characterized mixed integer/FP loads), but continuing to use that coding in the newer architecture doesn't really cost anything. And, again, the CPU topology is made available to the OS via ACPI, and any OS since before Sandybridge could use it. Linux and the BSDs have been using the topology info provided by ACPI for years, and Microsoft had better have been too, so no specific OS coding is required.

What a load of crap.


Submission + - SPAM: Québec politician vows to nationalize internet

Pig Hogger writes: Québec (Canada) official opposition Parti-Québécois leadership candidate Martine Ouellet says that she would nationalize ISPs if they fail to be able to deliver consistent high-speed (in the gigabit range) for an affordable price.
It is, however, doubtful that they would be able to achieve this, because in Canada, telecommunications are solely regulated by the federal government.
But, nevertheless, it’s a good acknowledgement that Internet is being recognized as a necessity.

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Comment Re:Canadian Border Guards... (Score 1) 276

Canadian here. It’s the same thing. Border agents are revenue collection agents, so they look for taxable items.

The only time I was sent for secondary screening, I had declared two bottles of wine. I had the good fortune to queue behind some black guy with sugar cane in his suitcase, so when it was my turn, the girl said "well, it’s okay, but next time, you’ll know that you’re just allowed one bottle"

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