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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Megol Bullshit. (350 comments)

Simply as that. CNC machines aren't made by only one company, laser drilling isn't really rocket science, packaging have been done better etc.

Surely one can expect that a certain level of finish requires more money than a lower level one - but that is only natural.

Now if the article was about startups that expect to sell _as_many_devices_ as Apple with the same level of finish it could be true. And ludicrous!

yesterday
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

Megol Re:Dogs as compass (124 comments)

Fermenting isn't spoiling...

2 days ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Megol Re:Does HFCS count? (292 comments)

That is largely a myth. The difference isn't measurable in most practical cases.

3 days ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Megol Re:sorry (195 comments)

WTF... You aren't an engineer that's for sure.

3 days ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Megol Re:High reliability? (93 comments)

That doesn't change the fact that L4 _never_ had a 1ms context switch time. Not even on a 486 was it never that slow, the kernel entry cost was 200 clock cycles.

The L4 kernel have always been in the front of pure IPC performance, it is as simple as that.

Also for other people reading this there are a number of features that enable even faster microkernel performance today, the syscall/sysenter instructions makes entry to kernel mode less expensive than the traditional interrupt handler (which due to x86 semantics are often slower than necessary) and address space identifiers makes flushing of L1 cache unnecessary.

4 days ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Megol Should be 0.14us (93 comments)

Should be 0.14us as per the title

5 days ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Megol Re:A microkernel-based OS that 'just works' (93 comments)

Magic bullet? There never are any magic bullet for complex systems.
A microkernel is the realization of best practices for security systems and - dare I say it - follows the original Unix philosophy.

Do one thing (IPC) and do it well (ensure security guarantees are kept). Keeping the critical code small makes it easier to verify code in both the practical and mathematical sense.

5 days ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Megol Re:High reliability? (93 comments)

10 times faster IPC than L4 on x86?!? That requires user level IPC like done in Barrelfish and ZIMP ("ZIMP: efficient inter-core communication on multi-core machines" ).

Got any proof that the Minix IPC performance is so much better than what is commonly known as one of the most efficient IPC implementations in existance?

5 days ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Megol Re:Drivers as processes? (93 comments)

Depends on how it's done. It's possible to have replicated data fully or partially so that things would just work with a little bit longer latency.

Of course there will always be a failure mode in any system however it is possible to push it to very unlikely scenarios (like the data center being the target of a nuclear attack). The cost is in most cases not engineering work IMHO but runtime performance, reliability will cost at least a constant factor for all critical operations. Which is worth it (still IMHO).

5 days ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Megol High reliability? (93 comments)

Does anybody know what exactly is novel in the Minix 3 approach? Microkernels (or small macrokernels) with restartable drivers are well known and already used in the real world.

5 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Megol Re:It's getting hotter still! (617 comments)

Let me count the ways you are wrong:
. Wrong pole
. He didn't say that
. Even if he did (which he didn't) it wouldn't mean shit
. Most climate scientists didn't agree with what he actually said (which isn't what you claimed)
. Again even if the statement he said would be falsified it changes nothing in the science and models
. You doubt something that is proven to exist which is frankly a very stupid thing to do

about a week ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Megol Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (609 comments)

Are you dense? Okay, that was a rhetorical question as you obviously are.
A contract doesn't have to be signed in order to exist.
A contract doesn't need to be a _legal_ contract in order to exist.

In UI a contract is the expectations the users can have of the user interface and (in a more limited meaning) what the UI can expect from the user. It is still a contract, it is still _called_ a contract.

Apple broke their user interface contract _and_ in a way that can cost extra money for their users with no fault of their own. That is a very dumb move and incredibly short-sighted.

about a week ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Megol Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (609 comments)

Yes it is Apple's fault. The expectation is that things the _user_ buys will be automatically downloaded, _not_ that things will download without the user doing actively something.

Your failure to understand such a basic thing makes me wonder why you are on a technology website...
This is a failure of user expectations - a obvious user interface problem.
It is also a failure of the accepted usage contract.

about a week ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Megol Re:Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

Ah true - I was thinking of chemically strengthened glass.

about a week ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Megol Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

Isn't that what standard hardened glass is?

about a week ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Megol Re:If You are Too Incompetent (596 comments)

That would rule out a huge proportion of US gun owners. I say this as a gun enthusiast BTW.

about a week ago

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