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Comment Re:New math? (Score 3, Informative) 160

Because everybody else together is making a loss.

Let's pretend the total profit of the entire smart phone industry is $100. We look at Apple's profits and find they are $75. We look at Samsung's profits and find they are $30. We look at everybody else and find that, in total, they are losing $5 between them.

Comment Re:SystemD? (Score 2) 522

Not heard of systemd-emacs? It has the advantage that all your editing sessions are spawned directly off process 1. No need to su anymore to edit /etc/passwd.

Also, you can have dependency management so when you invoke systemd-emacs, systemd will make sure that the emacs vi emulator extension is installed first.

Comment Re:What about the batteries?? (Score 1) 304

My three year old rMBP shows a cycle count of 396 and condition normal. Battery Health tells me it has 88% of its original capacity. My experience with MBPs with removable batteries is that they tended to start degrading after 100 cycles and would be dead well before 300 (the alleged lifetime).

I normally would have replaced this laptop a year ago, but the current offerings from Apple are not compelling. This one is fine for everything I do with it but it will be changed after the refresh.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 323

The derivative of population growth is not a positive number though.

Population growth is slowing which means that, at some point, it will be zero and the population will stabilise. The problem is that, if the story is correct, the population is already too big. The other problem is that, maybe it won't stop growing before it is too late.

Comment Re:Every intelligent person (Score 4, Insightful) 517

Democracy isn't just having votes. Democracy will not work unless the people making the decisions are well informed about the issues.

There was nothing democratic about the referendum given the level of misinformation being peddled by the anti-EU media. Under normal circumstances, the UK is a representative democracy: we elect people to represent us and make the decisions, then we fire them when they screw up badly enough to notice. That works because ordinary people don't have the time or resources to do the research to make the right decisions.

This referendum was an unnecessary and unmitigated disaster. Too many people had no real idea of the benefits and costs of the EU. For instance, both Cornwall and Wales voted decisively to Leave and both are in receipt of billions of pounds of EU grants as deprived areas. Now they are begging the government to replace the funding, but that is by no means a given.

Comment Re:That's false dichotomy (Score 1) 517

The EU isn't a competitor: the UK is currently part of the EU. How can it be a competitor with part of itself?

Even the countries in the EU are not competitors. No, companies in the UK are competing with companies in the rest of the EU but at the higher level, it's better to work together than against each other. Economics is not a zero sum game. France doing well does not mean the UK has to do badly. In fact, success reinforces success.

Comment Re:Larger MCU for existing devices? (Score 1) 348

You don't seem to understand how it works. You made an assertion that you cannot update an 8 bit device in the field. All that is needed to prove your assertion false is one counter example. Temples provided that counter example.

In fact any device that can be programmed can be updated in the field provided there is a reasonable means of replacing the programming. e.g. replace an EPROM, have a firmware updater etc.

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