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Comment I trust them to do the right thing (Score 1, Interesting) 211

I've already seen a bunch of posts mourn the whole bunch of addons that will stop working end of this year. Probably, I'll lose some myself.

But personally, I trust Mozilla to do the right thing here. They've probably weighed the pros and cons, and made their decision. I'll see what the end result is. There's enough browsers to choose from nowadays.

Firefox has some unique things why I use it, first and foremost "search in links". Try it, tap the single-quote key and type text that appears in a link. Then hit enter. It's the fastest way to surf the web without a mouse.

But if end of this year comes and it turns out they screwed it up, fine -- I'll go and use another browser.

Comment Re:Gartner "analysts" (Score 2) 90

Proves the worth of analysts. Gartner is just a Microsoft shill.

I'm assuming you're talking about Gartner's prediction that Windows Phone would overtake iPhone in 2015?

Whilst analysts have a tendency to get very little right, in fairness to Gartner, they probably weren't expecting Microsoft to reboot the platform twice and, in both times, leave all their previous users high and dry on the old OS.

Comment Re: Wireless charging now? (Score 1) 79

Apple pay is innovation? Now I need $1000 device to pay for $15 bill instead of free credit card that is 1/100 of the weight and 1/4 of the size and merchant has to give Apple 30% for the privilege. Who do you think pays for that 30% in the end?

The merchant isn't charged anything beyond their usual card processing fees. Apple's fee comes from the card issuer which is a percentage of their interchange fee. The 30% you speak of is for apps in the App Store and isn't remotely related to the fees around Apple Pay.

You probably should have prefixed your rant with an admission that you don't have the remotest clue how Apple Pay works.

Comment Re:Wireless charging now? (Score 1) 79

Hmm, several years behind the opposition with sales of those products doing very well.

I don't have a problem with Apple being late to a game, provided that what they do bring is measurably better/useful/practical in some way.

Apple Pay did that, whereas Maps and Music did not. Where wireless charging sits on this spectrum remains to be seen.

Comment Wireless (Score 1) 143

The biggest issue I have with wireless charging is that with a wired cable you're limited to plugging your phone into a cable which is plugged into a wall socket about 1-2m away. With wireless charging you're limited to putting your phone into a dock which has a cable which is plugged into a wall socket about 1-2m away.

As an added bonus, it charges much slower and costs about 12x more than a simple cable (even Lightning ones, provided you don't buy from Apple).

Unless someone can come up with a way to make electricity flow through the air (yeah, I know, physics) or some way for you enable full surface wireless charging on existing tables then I'm not convinced this is going to go anywhere beyond "nice, but not entirely essential, to have".

Comment Re:"Up to $10" (Score 1) 99

In the end, especially in light of the "no proof of purchase required", everyone will probably get $1.43 per drive, or less. Meanwhile, those driving the class action suit will pull in $25M, or more.

On the bright side, the next time companies think about doing something similar, they'll have 25 million reasons as to why it's not a such a good idea.

Comment Time (Score 1) 197

For some reason, I simply don't make the time to really dive into certain subjects. With a conference, I often come to the US and leave the family in Europe. So there's nothing else that draws away the focus. Lots of times with iOS conferences, you can book a day with an intensive workshop before the talks start, and that's really nice as well.

Comment Re:Atl-math (Score 1) 229

Just for reference the important caveat is no logic that can encode basic Peano arithmetic can be consistent and complete. There are plenty of axiomatic systems that are complete and consistent, even complicated mathematical ones (the first order theory of complete ordered fields, a.k.a. the real numbers is complete and consistent). Also a stronger logic can prove the consistency of a subset contained within it. Thus the first order theory of Peano arithmetic can be proved to be consistent via second order logic. Finally you may also want to look up Tarski's indefinitability of truth -- a theorem which gives the results you have here as a corollary, but is simpler: in sufficiently power logical systems you can't even define a truth predicate.

Comment Re:Walk before you run (Score 1) 267

The GFXBench test is largely irrelevant as that is testing the GPU, not the CPU.

Yes, if we're talking about the CPU then it's not relevant.

However for real world usage in a laptop, it's very relevant. The current crop of 15" MacBook Pros has a discrete GPU. Why? Because Intel's integrated GPU can't handle big external 4K or 5K displays. The discrete GPU sucks up the battery so obviously you'd rather the integrated GPU handles everything. But from what I understood, Intel no longer has a clear roadmap for their integrated GPU. With the A9X chips showing they easily beat Intel's Iris/HD stuff, I hope this lights a fire under Intel's butt.

A9X has nearly double the raw clock speed, and barely beats intel on one test, but loses on the others. This isn't exactly a roaring endorsement.

You can't compare clock speeds like that. What it comes down to, is what can it do within the thermal envelope.

Comment Re:Walk before you run (Score 1) 267

And it is an m-processor that has been intentionally crippled to be slow and use little power.

What do you mean crippled? It's a fine CPU for the thermal constraints of the 12" retina Macbook.

If you're saying that the A9X can only keep up with an m-processor, and not with Intel desktop class stuff, then sure I totally agree.

Comment Re:Walk before you run (Score 5, Interesting) 267

ARM has only been doing 64-bit out-of-order execution and branch prediction for two generations

In a single-core benchmark, Apple's A9X @ 2.25 GHz already defeats Intel's 1.3 GHz Core M7 CPU.

The idea is not to compete with a desktop Xeon but instead, to nibble at Intels feet at the bottom end. Check out this 2016 benchmark between the 12" MacBook (Intel @ 1.3 GHz) and the 12.9" iPad Pro:

GeekBench 3 single-core, higher is better:
MacBook Intel @ 1.3 GHz: 3194
iPad Pro: 3249

GeekBench 3 multi-core, higher is better:
MacBook Intel @ 1.3 GHz: 6784
iPad Pro: 5482

GFXBench Metal, more FPS is better:
MacBook Intel @ 1.3 GHz: 26.1 FPS
iPad Pro: 55.3 FPS

JetStream javascript benchmark, higher is better:
MacBook Intel @ 1.3 GHz: 175.68
iPad Pro: 143.41

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