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Comment Re:Apple ][+ (Score 1) 857

Same. Only mine was later upgraded with a 16KB RAM card (for a total of 64KB, like the later //e), a Mockingboard sound card, an 80-column text board, and I even did a little hack where I connected a line from the shift key to one of the paddle buttons on the motherboard, so that you could use the shift key like it was meant to be used in AppleWriter.

Comment Re:"Oh crap, other browsers beat us at our own tes (Score 1) 88

The fact that you said "one of the best" instead of "the best" is the point here. Any company that makes a benchmark (or other test) for a product they make never intends for a competitor to come out as #1.

Dumb. Chrome goes through Canary, Developer, and Beta channels before the general public ever sees a new build. You can use Octane on any of those. By your reckoning, of course no version of Chrome ever comes out behind. But what actually happens is the benchmark score bounces up and down with ongoing development of the engine.

Comment Re:Lowest price - shittiest room (Score 1) 140

You know ... I suppose one thing from my POV is that I can't remember ever staying at a hotel where I liked the room so much that I consciously booked the same hotel again, next time I was in town. And if I do repeat stays (ugggh, Las Vegas) it's usually because I have to stay at that hotel for reasons of proximity, and being made to stay there doesn't make me feel like their "honored guest" or anything. I guess I've just never bought into that culture of "premium service" at hotels. To me, my room's mostly there to sleep in, watch TV, and hold my travel bag while I'm away.

Comment Re:Lowest price - shittiest room (Score 1) 140

But if I booked my travel with a site like Expedia (as per the topic), you already have all that information. No need to "enter it from scratch." It's always there on the computer when I show up at the front desk. A little hand-waving and they hand me my keys.

Yeah, the "by the hour" hotels you stay at don't ask for or keep any info, but have you ever checked into a Marriott?

I can't count how many hotels I've checked into using aggregate services like the ones described. Never once have I seen the poor, quivering guy at the front desk have to take down my personal details with a quill pen, and I've never had to fill them out either.

Comment Re:If you are coding around a performance benchmar (Score 2) 88

That Google feels the need to retire Octane over this is almost unbelievable... there must be some ulterior motivation.

Why that assumption? Google explained its reasons quite clearly:

Investigations into the execution profile of running Octane versus loading common websites (such as Facebook, Twitter, or Wikipedia) revealed that the benchmark doesn’t exercise V8’s parser or the browser loading stack the way real-world code does. Moreover, the style of Octane’s JavaScript doesn’t match the idioms and patterns employed by most modern frameworks and libraries (not to mention transpiled code or newer ES2015+ language features). This means that using Octane to measure V8 performance didn’t capture important use cases for the modern web, such as loading frameworks quickly, supporting large applications with new patterns of state management, or ensuring that ES2015+ features are as fast as their ES5 equivalents.

In addition, we began to notice that JavaScript optimizations which eked out higher Octane scores often had a detrimental effect on real-world scenarios.

If you think about the above, consider also that every JavaScript engine in use today that I can think of is open source. That means the projects accept contributions from independent developers all over the world. Many of those developers may be submitting patches designed to improve the performance of the engine. It may even be that most of the patches are designed to improve performance. But if the "proof" that the patches increase performance is the Octane benchmark suite, and the Octane suite doesn't model real-world web scenarios, then some of those performance "enhancements" may actually decrease real-world performance.

Google is retiring the benchmark suite so that good-intentioned open source developers will not be able to use it as a proof point for why their patches improve performance, when in fact they don't.

P.S. It seems one other group is disappointed that the benchmark is going away, though, and that's Chromebook fans. They've been using Octane to benchmark the performance of hardware from different vendors running the same version of Chrome OS. That still seems like a legit use case to me.

Comment Re:Just what we need.... (Score 1) 104

You are correct, but so is the GGP's point ... it's RH's influence that's concerning. It's not that RH is "evil," it's that it's just so big. Being big in itself is no crime, but if major applications start relying on stuff that's standard on RHEL and its derivatives but might not be standard on other distros (let's say systemd, just for argument's sake), then those other distros are pretty much forced to follow RH's lead or start slipping into irrelevancy. Their only other choice would be to pony up the resources to maintain forks of those projects for their own distros, but that's asking a lot.

The people that bitch about systemd wouldn't care so much if they weren't worried that Linux is becoming a monoculture where there's no real choice but to run things you don't want to run because other things won't run without them. It doesn't matter if competing distros aren't direct forks of the RHEL codebase if the components in those distros are the same as RHEL's because they have to be.

Comment Re:That's what you do (Score 1) 155

Then an assistant manager came over. The manager says to her, "If he comes back, we'll probably hire him because he can speak English."

And why not? Have you watched them work behind the counter at McDonald's? It's unskilled labor. It's basically about making the assembly line move as fast as possible. So if workers don't need skills beyond speaking a little English and being able to learn how to work a couple machines, why not hire anyone who's willing and legal? People love to complain about unemployed immigrants and minorities, but how are they supposed to stop being chronically unemployed if they can't even get in on the ground floor (or subbasement floor)?

Comment Re:Why does Qualcomm care about Apple perf decisio (Score 2) 92

Perhaps Apple did hamstring the Qualcomm chip so that the performance differential to Intel's chipset would be lower, and thus prevent customers from self-selecting the Qualcomm-equipped models. Even so, that's between Apple and its customers. Qualcomm has no place interceding itself in that process.

No? Qualcomm's claims are all there in the filing. Among them:

235. Apple’s Misstatements About the Relative Performance of the
Qualcomm Versus Intel Modems in iPhone 7 and Its Threat Have Harmed
Qualcomm and Consumers. Absent Apple’s conduct, Qualcomm’s chipsets would
be in higher demand, and Qualcomm would be able to sell more chips to Apple to
meet that demand. Apple’s decision not to use Qualcomm’s enhanced chipsets
denied consumers access to higher-performing devices, and Apple’s threats and
other efforts to hide the truth deprived consumers of meaningful choice. And, as
noted above, by choosing not to utilize the higher data rates that Qualcomm’s
chipsets can reach for the Qualcomm-based iPhones, Apple reduces the data
download resources available to other smartphones operating on the network.

236. By choosing not to use the best performing Qualcomm-based iPhones
(and risking that consumers would find out), Apple faced a potential backlash from
its customers. It avoided that backlash by concealing the truth, at the expense of
Qualcomm and consumers alike.

So in other words, Qualcomm is saying that the fact that consumers could not self-select Qualcomm iPhones materially affected its business. It further alleges that consumers were not properly informed, not just because Apple withheld information, but because Apple deliberately misrepresented the facts by stating publicly that the performance of both models was identical.

This isn't the main claim of the lawsuit, though. Qualcomm is alleging Apple interfered with Qualcomm's patent licensing contracts with manufacturers (like Foxconn, Wistron, Pegatron) by encouraging them not to pay the full royalties Qualcomm asks for and not to comply with independent royalty audits. Apple is alleging that Qualcomm's royalty licensing practices are anticompetitive. It'll all go on for years.

Comment Re:Abusive monopoly mad, news at 11. (Score 1) 92

I understand Apple's desire to cheap out on the modems to squeeze a dime from a business perspective. However, they position the iPhone as a premium product and using sub-par chips that provide sub-par performance will give consumers the opposite idea. If Apple was concerned with having a consistent user experience, they wouldn't be using Intel modems at all.

It's hard to love either company. It's easy to hate on Apple, but most consumers know nothing about how Qualcomm is getting sued all over the world for anticompetitive practices -- including by regulators in the U.S., who don't like how Qualcomm licenses its patents. I don't blame Apple for wanting to open up the market. The problem appears to be that it underestimated the inferiority of Intel's modems. The question is ... is Intel 100 percent to blame for that underperformance, or does it once again have something to do with Qualcomm's patents?

I can't really overemphasize how bitter the litigation in the mobile market has become. First Apple v. Samsung, now this.

Comment Re:Lowest price - shittiest room (Score 1) 140

We can't simply check repeat guests in from history—we (and they) have to enter their personal info from scratch every single time.

What kind of "personal info" is that? I've never had to do anything but flash an ID and hand over a credit card to cover incidentals, except maybe if I'm traveling overseas and they need passport details.

Comment Re:Subject misleading (Score 1) 60

I once remember my internet went out and Netflix still "streamed" for 30 minutes

I had an internet outage recently and Netflix shut down a few seconds after the loss of connectivity (I was browsing on a tablet at the time). It may depend on your device, though -- this was via an Android TV device that probably doesn't have much of a storage buffer.

Comment Re:Absurd (Score 5, Informative) 251

Um, like, you mean like the same Ford that took a cozy hayride to Washington a few years back, with Chrysler and GM, to, like, ask the government for taxpayer money to pay for their mistakes, because they all were "too big to fail" . . . ? You mean, like, that Ford?

Except of the three, Ford didn't really need to be bailed out. It only asked to be included in the bailout because if it wasn't, it would be the only automaker of the big three that wasn't getting massive government subsidies, thereby forcing it to compete in an unfair market.

Comment Re: Closing a loophole... (Score 1) 352

This is how it works: a business analyst runs into office with cries "build me that, that, and that", a PMs jumps from his chair and skypes Moscow office with an order "write me libs that do that, that, and that". Libs that are done in two weeks time, and they only have to be glued together by a junior dev monkey, " realising higher order business functions" and taking all credit. Ask any person who ran away from Google

Sounds pretty efficient. I know Oracle does roughly the same. What's wrong with this model, if it works? (Other than feeling butthurt about "credit.")

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