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Depends on the specifics.
What type of branch prediction, how does it work etc.
Lots of ways to skin that particular cat - for example, most (GP)GPUs simply execute both branches and throw away the "wrong" answer.
It does seem odd to be going after Apple though, as I'm pretty sure they didn't design the microprocessor in the A7.
Unless they mean some custom bolt-on module, like a GPU or whatever.
Given the vagueness it does seem rather likely they are simply trolling, in the original sense.
How much for 2TB?
For that you can buy complete replacement local hardware (two HDD and the enclosure) every two to three months!
Even Seagate's aren't that bad!
That pricing is just crazy, nobody would pay that for a domestic/small business scale storage system, even with automatic offsite backup.
At $199 up-front with a small monthly covering the offsite backup and replacement local disks past the 3year warranty period (basically life insurance for HDDs) they might have a business, otherwise, nope.
Re: More than just a name?
Well, it should be. It's also generally not allowed to trademark a dictionary word, which makes this one rather odd.
Especially as the word "Candy" has been used in many thousands of other computer games, so they don't even have the Apple Computer/Apple Music distinction (which got very lawsuit-happy later on...)
Trademark law is an odd one though, because you lose it if you don't defend it - unlike copyright or patents.
Defend who against whom?
If it's to defend its customers against the other members of the consortium, then it wouldn't have worked. The other members wouldn't have agreed to a blanket licence to anyone implementing Android.
Remember that they never sued Google directly, only it's customers.
Re: I used to not be family friendly like you,
Up voted for sheer balls!
Re: If memory serves...
Whaddya mean, "used to"?
On the other hand, you wouldn't buy a car if you could only get service and parts from a single supplier.
That's the real consumer difference which open source and more generally, open standards give you and walled gardens are intended to prevent you from having.
iOS and WP force you to get everything from MOT and exhausts to radios and satnav via them. There's no other markets where that's the case.
The UK's commercial broadcasters generally don't go for quality in order to get revenue. They make most of their revenue from advertising, and the remainder from their subscribers and the TV licence.
High-quality TV is extremely expensive to make - that's why it's so rare.
If the BBC turned fully commercial then they would obviously reduce their quality because that makes them more profit - and the existing commercial channels would be able to reduce their quality further as they'd be compared to a worse quality of programming.
The BBC keeps the commercial broadcasters honest - and not just UK ones, because every broadcaster around the world is compared to the BBC.
On top of that, the commercial broadcasters would get less revenue because most of them get a small cut of the licence fee!
You missed the part of the licence fee that doesn't go to the BBC, as some of it goes to other broadcasters, and also the fact that the BBC gets about 30-40% of its income from elsewhere.
Re: Sitting On Their Hands
Would not have happened though.
The way they were set up encouraged silos, and actively discouraged the distribution and reuse of good ideas internally, due to the us-v-them internal culture.
So common hardware wouldn't have happened without a shakeup and major change to internal management culture.
I will never understand why the board let Elop shoot them all in the head, rather than picking the "best" from each unit and merging them.
I'm just really glad Qt-on-mobile survived it, as it wasn't ready when it was sold off and Digia had no interest in mobile at the time.
I do find it funny that Qt can now develop for every mobile platform except the one Nokia sells.
Re: Wow... just wow
No, the money-grabbing horse excrement is the ludicrously expensive cables.
My personal favourite are the 'special' mains cables going for multiple thousands of pounds that apparently make the power going into your amp 'cleaner' in some way.
4K displays are at least a real thing with a genuine result, even if there's no actual source material available yet.
Are you serious?
Phasing is always retained in a 2 (or more) channel system. Seriously, claiming it isn't is audiophoolishness of the highest order.
However, compression will introduce some artefacts and by its nature, lossy compression discards some data. That's nothing to do with it being digital or not - vinyl is a form of audio compression that introduces its own artefacts and discards some data.
Ask yourself one question - How was the audio master recording made?
Everything commercially recorded in the last decade was recorded digitally, using a digital mixing console.
Live sound in practically all but the smallest events uses a digital snake - that's a digital signal path from the microphone preamp to the line-level output to the amplifiers, and in many cases the amplifiers take that digital signal directly.
Those of us who work in the live events industry find comments like the above quite laughable.
Re: But first
It might. In most cases large areas of the screen don't change much (if at all) from frame to frame, they simply shift in one direction or another.
So you can do a lot of frames with very little data, and by choosing the key frames very carefully you get quite astounding compression.
You can't do the latter very well on a live stream though, as you can't predict when the director is going to cut away.
Re: We got one of their demand letters...
No it doesn't.
Because the owner is not liable. Only the manufacturer or importer could be liable for patent infringement.
So unless you bought it direct from Ghangzou province or whatever, it's not you.
Not in this case
If I understand correctly, this company is in the business of sending out letters that say "Send us money or we will sue you".
They haven't filed a case at that point and probably don't intend to.
Outright extortion really.
If they have actually filed the cases then they'd be risking actually having to defend it in court, not to mention frivolous lawsuit rulings as it would only take one company director to have a lawyer friend take it on "pro bono".
Re: Free Speech?
The reply is simple:
See Arkell v. Pressdram (1971).
Perhaps better, ignore it entirely.
USA should love metric
Their pints are tiny, switching to half litres would give them more beer!
Re: Power Consumption
Definitely! The clock speed escalator basically stopped five years ago or more ~3GHz is it.
Over the last few years the only way to make your software go faster has been to utilise more cores (be they CPU or GPU, in one or many boxes). If you can't then your software is basically never going to go faster no matter what hardware is thrown at it.
The only notable difference between my 4-year old Intel desktop and the latest desktop CPU from Intel is that the new one has 2/3 of the power consumption and double the number of virtual cores. The per-core performance is completely unchanged.
This is the time of the multiprocessor.
I can buy such an ARM chip right now.
Actually, I can buy low to mid-range 32bit ARM servers off-the-shelf right now. Top-end are custom of course.
In fact, I just did and it's in my hands right now. Unfortunately the hard disks didn't arrive on the same shipment so I can't start it up until tomorrow.
That said, 64bit ARM is relatively new and there aren't many 64bit ARM SoCs yet.
For IO bound tasks many of the options are already ARM, and a lot of them go faster and use less power than the equivalent x86 - by going massively-parallel on a scale that is uneconomic in x86.
You can buy and run a 1024-core ARM server much cheaper than an 1024-core x86 cluster.
Which made me think - as Microsoft seem to like charging per-core, they've effectively ruled themselves out of the market before it even existed...
Erm, not really.
If the legacy Windows application is 32bit and runs under 32bit Windows 7 then it will also run under 64bit Windows 7 unless:
A) The developer is particularly stupid and packages 64bit DLLs.
(And yes, that happens. Often.)
B) It talks directly to external hardware.
16bit Windows and DOS applications on the other hand - nope, ain't going to happen.
And yes, there are a lot of those in many businesses and most users aren't going to understand spinning up a VM.
Most of the above programs won't run at all under Windows 8.1 of course, usually because they were breaking the "rules" in Windows XP. For some unknown reason, MS chose not to put Win7's carefully built compatibility layers into Win 8. Odd.
Re: What I want...
No, what he wants is what I want:
The best damn display they can make, lots of inputs with good A/V routing and integration with external devices - and nothing else.
It won't be cheap because a good display isn't cheap, and there are lots of things to differentiate - just look at computer monitors - eg colour gamut.
I don't want them to waste time, effort, components and my electricity on features that I'll never use and which are out of date before the TV even ships, because there are loads of STBs that already do it better.
On top of that, even the consumers who do use the "smarts" etc to start with will have replaced those with external units a long time before they replace the actual display.
Perhaps the worst offenders are the "top end" stuff - a top end customer has multiple top-end external A/V sources and a top-end sound system already and will be replacing them on a rolling basis.
So a top-end display that includes "smart", tuners and speakers is utterly pointless as none of the customers will ever use any of them!
@roger stillick - Work at height is dangerous work.
Falls from height remain the most common cause of workplace fatality. In 2008/09 there were 35 fatalities, 4654 major injuries and a further 7065 injuries that caused the injured person to be off work for over 3 days or more, due to a fall from height.
That's the first thing you're told in work-at-height and harness training.
@Hans 1- Wind is very dangerous.
Have you ever seen a wind turbine? Ever been to the top of one?
Building and maintaining a wind turbine requires complex work-at-height in a location deliberately chosen to have high winds, be far from habitation (thus rescue/hospital) and nearly always in places where the weather and visibility are highly changeable. On top of that, there's also the additional power lines that must be run out to the installations.
Offshore wind is far, far worse, but not included in the data up to 2007. (Few to no plants online.)
Rooftop Solar PV was unfortunately worse, as again it's work at height, and unfortunately the workers tend to be less well trained and protected and so have more accidents.
As of 2007, rooftop Solar PV, Hydroelectric and Wind were the three biggest direct killers per unit of energy generated.
If you include deaths due to mining/extraction accidents and estimates of deaths due to particulates, coal comes out as the most dangerous (mostly due to China mining practice), followed by oil then biofuels, gas, hydro, solar PV and wind. Nuclear is the safest by an order of magnitude.
Exclude China, and coal becomes safer than oil and hydro becomes safer than wind (mostly due to one accident in China that killed 171,000). Presumably China will slowly come down to this 'rest-of-world' level as their workforce safety improves.
Wind turbines are however getting more dangerous, as new ones are being built in 'marginal' conditions - eg offshore.
AC, that's a straw-man.
Climate change itself is not the debate. Yes, it's happening.
The debate is what we can and should do about it.
And right now, practically every single thing that's come out of the politicians has been ineffective, expensive and harmful. In some cases it's even increased CO2-equivalent emissions, in all cases it's cost way too much and responsible for deaths - in some cases directly. (Wind power is ****ing dangerous.)
- People will always min/max any defined-rate subsidy, creating the maximum subsidy for the minimum effort.
The subsidies for solar PV and wind installations have just cranked up the cost of energy, with very little effect on actual CO2-equivalent or and none whatsoever on climate change.
Had the same money been spent on research, or even simply insulating homes, we'd be in a much better situation!
@ThomH Re: Qt quick
That's utter tosh.
Qt Quick was nothing to do with whether or not the phones had the CPU power.
It's actually slightly slower than doing it in C++, so technically needs a faster CPU anyway.
And it does have button classes. Also swiping ones and flicking ones. You're moaning about an API you've clearly never tried based on a brief description of an early Alpha that explained how to create a custom "button class", and ignoring the features of the beta and released.
Personally I'm not keen on Qt Quick, but that's no reason to slag it off.
Re: All in the phrasing
You're assuming that the panic-stricken PR droid was telling the truth, when they were almost certainly digging around for anything that wouldn't make them look bad, or possibly in breach of the spirit of the law.
If it really meant 'resolved' then it'd say that.
This is a company culture thing, and clearly indicates a "please go away" internal support culture rather than a "how can we help you".
No, that's an opinion
Economics being the fuzzy trick-cycling that it is, you can find lots of eminent economists utterly convinced that the ConDem policies have shortened and shallowed the recession, as well as a few saying that they lengthened and deepened it.
However, the general consensus is that a Labour coalition would have bankrupted us instead, causing a full-scale depression and hyper-inflation.
Though it can't be proven, partly because economists are trick-cyclists, but mostly because Labour have had no plans at all other than "Not what the ConDems say" throughout most of their opposition.
Heck, I still have no idea what Balls and Miliband actually stand for or believe, unless it really is just the "Not Tory" stance they've been following.
There's no point in being grown up
if you can't be childish sometimes!
I don't think we've much idea how circular, it may be elliptical or even escape and I don't think we could tell for some time.
That's not going to happen
You see, space is big. Really big.
If something large and warm was within a few light-days, we'd have seen it by now, because it'd be extremely bright compared to the other stuff we've been looking at.
And we're not going to be able to send something further than a few light days within our lifetimes, (unless we find a shortcut.)
Voyager 1 has gone the furthest, currently sat at roughly 0.7 light days away, after ~36 years.
Erm, no, it may well be back.
If it had a significant effect on sales, then there will be a repeat.
You forget what "Cyber Monday" is for - it's to give the online shops a good time to get rid of the year's old and over-stocked items by knocking down the price a little and letting hysteria over Christmas clear the warehouse, ready for next year's stuff.
That is however what WD have been advertising for some time - and I expect that El Reg pretty much have to keep the WD description of the product.
I think WD mean:
"This is the first single-enclosure drive that has an SSD and a HDD which appear as two separate drives when you are running our specific driver under Windows."
(Later on they'll probably claim the first Mac-compatible one.)
- As opposed to the Hybrid drives where the OS sees the SSD and HDD appear as a single drive - which is more generally useful anyway.
Presumably your marketing dept have to figure out some kind of first when you're last-to-market.
Sure you can
You just have to be extremely careful about how the list is distributed.
All that would take is face-to-face meetings a couple of times a year.
If you can't trust well-known security researchers, then we're all screwed anyway, so...
I'm sure you're right
But when it's breaking things like Outlook.com, that's pure idiocy.
How about holding back on the IE update until the "cloud" services that MS have complete and total control over are compatible with it?
Not to mention waiting until they have a patch for their currently-supported software.
It's not actually necessary to release IE11 to any specific timetable, it's just a browser, right? Firefox and Chrome updates happen "whenever".
Or did MS continue to pointlessly embed large amounts of IE inside the kernel to make it impossible to release Win8.1 without IE11?
The costs sound excessive to me
So, if you epoxy the locks on my Fiat Punto, writing it off.
Is it reasonable for you to pay for a Lamborghini to replace it?
I'm reasonably sure the fundamental rule of law to keep losses "reasonable" applies in the USA, at least according to Judge Judy, anyway.
- Although lawyers do seem to take the piss, as I've seen one insurance claim with ~£50 of damage, ~£1000 legal.
Re: Throw the book at her.
Ok, you're going to prison Gumby.
What do you mean "what for"? How do we know you didn't do something illegal?
Prove you didn't, or we lock you up.
Gumby, that's probably the stupidest thing I've seen someone write for a while. Guilty until proven innocent just means everybody goes to prison.
If they want to convict her of this, they need to prove the Glass was active at the time - otherwise, it's just a pair of cheap sunglasses.
Yes, Windows XP-E had the Enhanced Write Filter
This basically gave you manually-triggered points where the filesystem would only note changes at the block level instead of overwriting, so you could roll the entire partition back to any previous restore point.
Unfortunately this seems to have vanished from Windows 7 Embedded, which is most annoying.
Windows 7&8 do have the ability to maintain "shadow copies" of files, so you can roll any file back this way (if enabled!)
More user-friendly I suppose, but not so useful for embedded industrial.
Re: Thermal temperatures
Yes, how about Colour Temperatures?
Though I think I'd be worried if your Surface 2 was glowing at 2700K...
Re: Hmmm. Extract from the lawsuit.
I don't think it works that way.
The likes of Tineye continually spider the Internet, hashing all the imagery they find using their wizardry, so that the likes of you and I can ask it for matches to an image of our choice "near-instantaneously".
So yes, from the point of view of the possibly-infringed-upon, it does search billions near-instantaneously, because the hard part is being done continuously.
It's a well-known optimisation strategy.
Green screen of death?
Blimey, the Green Light of Failure I mentioned happened quick!
Re: 2008 wants their autocad virus back ..
But some people are idiots some of the time.
And all it takes is for one drafter to click the "Yes, go ahead" button and the entire company is compromised, because that drafter will probably have access to all the company's drawings.
Yet another reason why AutoCAD is damaging.
I see so many projects late and over budget due to AutoCAD - it doesn't help you avoid stupid mistakes, and actively causes errors in many cases because it isn't capable of solid modelling.
Drafting packages like AutoCAD are pointless, and have been for more than a decade. Get an actual design package!
I'd disagree, he hasn't actively damaged the advancement of humanity.
Re: What a joke
Yes, but how many TV manufacturers actually release firmware updates for old TVs? Or even new ones?
My previous TV had fundamental firmware flaws but no updates were ever released, and eventually it went back as not fit-for-purpose.
My current TV had one firmware update during the first year, and it's had no more at all.
My set-top PVR has had five or six firmware updates over the last four/five years (not sure as they mostly happen by the magic of OTA updates)
TV manufacturers simply don't support older TVs, and barely support new ones! They might work on firmware fixes while it's still on sale, but they drop them like hot potatoes not much longer than a year after they start making them.
Re: We've covered all the primary colours so what' next?
Yellow is a secondary colour...
We haven't had a Green Light of Failure yet, and there are two secondary colours still available!
Re: This is a troll, right?
You are aware that there is a lot of rubbish on the Internet - after all, anybody could put anything they like there! Topmost on Google is irrelevant - and depends on your own previous Google activity anyway.
The only one of those figures coming from a reputable source is the 4000, which is still really an estimate - not "prediction" - that has been falling ever since the first was made, as most of those who may have been affected stubbornly refuse to die.
Check the UN and WHO figures, and (better) studies published in proper scientific journals if you have access.
The deaths are extremely low - 56 to 64 - the numbers of people affected by thyroid problems are notably higher but they didn't die.
I have noticed that these latter tend to get counted among the dead by some anti-nuclear protestors claiming to be doing studies. Clue - still walking around == not dead.
Re: Not looking at the full picture
They will return.
Many already have, it just doesn't make the news.
Radioactivity decays, and contamination in general dissipates through natural weathering.
They'd be back even if nothing whatsoever was done to clean up, so the cleanup operation will get them all back within a few years.
Don't conflate panic with reality. Panic always causes greater suffering.
Nuclear decommissioning is already paid for by the industry via bonds etc, which is not true for any other industry, many of which can easily cause greater issues.
How much did cleaning up the London Olympic Park cost? The industries which put the contaminants there paid none of it!
Extrapolating "possibly slightly increased risk" into THEY ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!!!11!
As to their fundamental premise that solar, wind, and water will save us?
How much sunshine do you get at night?
How often is there enough wind to power the country, even assuming we cover an area the size of of Scotland? Does that cover the nights? How many Giga-Watt-hours of storage would that need?
Finally, several hundreds of thousands of people have already been directly, provably and instantly killed by water power. No maybe or slightly-increased probabilities about it, just actual drowned, crushed and smashed into pieces dead.
I suppose a tablet (or smartphone) is a kind of pocket watch, so this is a wearable watch that connects to a pocket watch in order to work.
But yes, there's something screwy. Pretty sure the cheap Casios are "wearable" and they must have sold millions.
Video tutorials are an odd one
I hate video tutorials because you have to watch the whole thing, can't skip to "the bit that I got stuck on" etc.
Plus they are really hard to make and usually get outdated in the very next release.
Yet I regularly get requests from users for "A video tutorial on XXX", despite the actual user manual having step-by-step instructions complete with screenshots and usually more than one worked example.
nnnn nnnn nnnn nnnn
Humans can't really read numbers without separators.
It's much easier to check for typos if you can check "block #2" instead of "digits 5-8".
You should never ask the user to type blocks of 'random' alphanumerics longer than ~5 characters, assuming you want them to be typed accurately.
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