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Comment Re:Better vs. Perfect (Score 1) 127

Ability? Christ, it's practically a default. I configured my MacBook to handle my SMSes through message.app because it's much more comfortable and ergonomic. A few months later, I get two-factor SMS authentication as part of work. Yeah, not exactly two-factor.

Using SMS for two-factor authentication is an anachronism, and I wouldn't mind the government stopping people from calling SMS "two-factor authentication", anymore than I mind when it stops people from selling industrial effluent as baby formula. It's just plain old fraud.

Comment Re:Smartphone size? (Score 1) 511

That difference only matters to hardware designers and hackers. 99% of buyers (and 99.9% of money spent) could not possibly care less, except maybe that a 2.5mm-3.5mm adapter is going to be cheaper but then again Apple users aren't looking for bargains. To them, it's just a slightly different shaped thingie you have to put in your phone to make it works with the headphones you have. Either that, or you use the change-over as an opportunity to buy those new "Beats-2.5mm Apple-Certified Dr. Bass Cans with NSASync"!, and so on.

So the "world of difference" really just boils down to a fairly simple market analysis problem, and you pick the one that makes you the most money. That's all.

Comment Re:Regardless of CPU clock speed? (Score 5, Informative) 135

PR? The code is on github, and imho a very nice accessible explanation of their algorithm is in the linked article. They developed some neat software to save money by essentially modernizing JPEG to compress beyond the 8x8 blocks it was designed to use and, having done that, are now letting other people use it too. What is with your crabby, paranoid attitude? Instead of being an asshole, you could just, you know, build the code yourself and experiment with it, rather than sneering at a gift horse. This is exactly the use case for open source software.

Although I would prefer if they explained the sampling methodology for their images, they do present a few simple scatterplots of (de-)compression performance as a function of original JPEG file size. It's not as in-depth as xiph.org foundation's stuff, but it's a hell of a lot more than a PR piece.

Comment Re:So will they be passing that savings onto us? (Score 1) 474

people are probably looking at the second derivative of "productivity improvements" with respect to time, not the overall historical gains. they're selfish that way, i guess. at any rate, it doesn't look particularly rosy. i wonder if slashdot's opinion about how the wonders of productivity improvement will change once the programmers are the ones being replaced.

Comment Re:What's in it for the landlord? (Score 1) 173

people are, on average, don't care, or notice, that their internet sucks as long as they can watch netflix. and if you live in a fancy building in NYC, you're either a multimillionaire or daddy is footing the bill (or both), so you won't feel the pinch there either.

someone not in china or dubai really needs to build a new and better city.

Comment Re:Raw power was never the issue (Score 1) 99

Blobs can be 'de-supported' by vendors at any time.

That's okay; it works fine as is. I can use an old kernel if I have to. It's well worth it for the CUDA libraries and performance. The rest of the computer is mostly there to feed the GPU, honestly.

Blobs cannot be audited.

That's not really true. You can rev eng the shit out of them, as the accompanying folk song points out. The card itself is a much harder target, and that's true whether or not the glorified API is open source or not.

Blobs are specific to an architecture, thus less portable.

So is the graphics card...

Blobs are quite often massively bloated.

I just bought 32 gigs of RAM for less than an hour's pay.

Comment Re:Raw power was never the issue (Score 1) 99

there's no reason to think that this will be significantly better than an nVidia GTX 970, which you can get now for just ~$50 more. or you can wait for the GTX 1070 to be commonly available and then either get that (~$380), or a further-discounted GTX 970. if you suspect AMD will suck, why risk it? wait a month or two, read some real-world reviews, and then buy. the market is only going to get better for this range of card.

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