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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

edxwelch Re:Wooo! (114 comments)

No, because Ivy Bridge was 22nm and this is 14nm

4 days ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

edxwelch Google news is an essential service (183 comments)

I use google news quite a bit. It's essential for investors, for instance, if you need to know the latest company rumours.
But will it block the service for anyone with a Spanish IP, or is it just blocked from google.es?
And what about Bing, will they block Bing too?

about two weeks ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

edxwelch Re:Better OpenGL compliance please (73 comments)

Yes, Nvidia is always better, but what about Intel then? How does Intel OpenGL support stack up against AMD?

about two weeks ago
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With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

edxwelch Avoiding the ire of chinese government (33 comments)

Investing in Chinese companies is probably a tactic to get on the good side of the Chinese government.
Consider what Intel is doing in China: giving away subsidised SoC's that compete directly with local Chinese companies. That sort of anti-competive behavour normally attacts tariffs (a similiar sort of thing has happen before US Department of Commerce Ignores WTO, Imposes Preliminary Anti-Dumping Tariffs of 26-165%

about two weeks ago
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Intel Core M Notebooks Arrive, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tested

edxwelch Re:Any AMD equivalents out there? (78 comments)

AMD will probabably leave the tablet market:
http://www.pcworld.com/article...

The tablet market is in a price battle and profit margins for chip makers are minuscule, said Kevin Lensing, senior director for mobility solutions at AMD.

âoeWeâ(TM)re evaluating [tablets] closely. Itâ(TM)s not our priority,â Lensing said.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

edxwelch Re:irrelevant (57 comments)

The real reason why Nvidia tablet is doomed is because of the lack of games written for it. They aren't anywhere near as much AAA games as for Playstation, or XBox.

about a month ago
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Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

edxwelch Re:Dumping (75 comments)

Considering that the USA reciently put tariffs on Chinese produced solar panels, because they were being subsidised by the Chinese government. I wonder if the Chinese could do the same thing, as Intel's subsidised SoC's are competing primarily in the Chinese market against local Chinese companies (i.e Mediatek)

about a month ago
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Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

edxwelch Re:The problem is cost per mm of silicon (75 comments)

Yes, also it's quite telling that Intel's low cost SoFIA SoC (i.e. they one that will not require contra revenue to sell) is made at TSMC, not at Intel's own fabs.

about a month ago
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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

edxwelch Re:Cost per wafer? (91 comments)

Yes, cost per transistor is what matters, but still it's not clear that Intel's cost per transistor isn't more expensive than other foundries, as they make high margin CPUs and can easily absorb larger costs. Also, the fact that Intel has to heavily subsidise their Bay Trail chips to compete with ARM SoC's is a possible indication of higher manufacture costs.

about a month ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

edxwelch Reminds me of the joke (161 comments)

Reminds me of the joke, "My dick is 12 inchs long, but I don't use it as a rule"

about a month and a half ago
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Adobe's Digital Editions Collecting Less Data, Says EFF

edxwelch Re:Stop using Adobe Reader (32 comments)

And if you want a standalone app there's SumatraPDF - much faster and about 100 times less bloated

about a month and a half ago
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Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

edxwelch App approval is automated (145 comments)

One thing that that article didn't mention was that App approvial is mostly automated. That's why so many garbage apps get in (Apps that just display a single jpeg, or Apps that are just repackaged game demos).

about 2 months ago
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Apple A8X IPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

edxwelch Re:'Mobile' no more. (130 comments)

Unfortunately, there is no SPEC benchmark available for iOS.

about 2 months ago
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Apple A8X IPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

edxwelch Re:I don't really see the point. (130 comments)

Well, no one is going to write graphically demanding games until the hardware capable of running them is available.

about 2 months ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

edxwelch Re:Okay, I'll bite (121 comments)

Maybe he wanted to say "the past", but had a stroke at the last moment.

about 2 months ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

edxwelch Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (399 comments)

Better yet, how about sending dead people?
Dead people eat even less food than women and let's face it they're going to end up dead anyway, so this just gets it over with quickly.

about a month ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

edxwelch Re:How on earth? (84 comments)

Obviously, they should publish the full contract, just so slashdotters can give it their seal of approvial

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

edxwelch Re:That's absurd, aim your hate cannon elsewhere. (313 comments)

Of course, the data is not sold to thrid parties. It's used to monitor who is making negitive comments about Apple. Once Apple unleash their invincible robot army and takes over the world, these herectics will be sent to the labor camps.

about 2 months ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

edxwelch Re:TL;DR (350 comments)

I think a better summery is "blogger creates click-bait post by sowing acute ancetodes about mechanical turk, etc. and a few technical looking graphs together to form a article that appears interesting, but really is just a bunch of waffle."

about 2 months ago
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Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

edxwelch Re:Power VR sucks (97 comments)

If you actually read the article you would see that the PowerVR GPU performs better than the Intel graphics

about 2 months ago

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Intel flops on Android compatibility

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about 7 months ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "Intel claim that 75% of all Android apps in the market are pure Java and don't feature any native ARM code. Using their binary translator they hope to bring compatibilty up to 90%.
However, a new report conducted by ARM disputes this. They ran a survey of the Android app market and found that only 20% of the top apps are pure Java, 30% are native x86, 42% require binary translation and 6% do not work at all on Intel's platform. To make matters worse the level of compatibility is falling. They also found that running an app in binary translation mode takes a huge performance hit."
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OpenGL 4.4 already has DirectX 12 and Mantle-like features

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about 9 months ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "The announcement of DirectX 12 was a big focus of attention at GDC yesterday. The new API will bring Mantle-like low level access to the hardware, reducing the CPU overhead.
The OpenGL talk "Approaching Zero Driver Overhead in OpenGL", on the other hand, received considerably less media attention. The OpenGL camp maintains that the features to reduce CPU overhead are already present in the current version. They suggest using the extensions such as, multidraw indirect combined with bindless graphics and sparse textures, OpenGL can get the similiar "close to the metal" performance as Mantle and DirectX 12."
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Intel engaged in below cost selling

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about 10 months ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "An analyst at Bernstein Research has found that Intel is selling their tablet Bay Trail chips to OEMs below cost, concluding that after end rebates, Intel’s tablet revenues are likely to be “close to zero,” while profits will be negative.
Intel has responded that the “special costs” Intel is incurring are not pushing down gross margin.
Intel needs to offer the subsidies to OEMs building $199-$299 devices to bring the bill of materials down and make them competive with cheaper chips from the likes of MediaTek and Rockchip."

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Kavari details emerge

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about a year ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "Details of Kavari, AMD's new APU were revealed at APU13 today. The desktop version will go on sale on 14th January 2014. It will have two Steamroller CPU cores and a GPU with 512 SPs (equivalent to Radeon HD 7750). A demo was showing Kavari running Battlefield 4 at twice speed of a Core i7 4770K with GT630."
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AnTuTu benchmarks optimized to favour Intel

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "A recent report by ABI research showed Intel's Clover Trail+ outperforming SoCs from Samsung, Qualcomm and Nvidia.
However, a EETimes article casts serious doubt about the validity of the report, in particular the AnTuTu benchmark used to test the chips.
"Going from the 2.9.3 version of the AnTuTu benchmark to the 3.3 version, the overall AnTuTu scores increased 122 percent, and the RAM score increased 292 percent for the Intel processor, while the scores for the Samsung processor increased only 59 percent and 53 "
To top things off, somebody analyzed the assembler code in the AnTuTu benchmark and found clear evidence that the benchmark had been tweaked to favour x86 processors."
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The real reason Firefox lost to Chrome: Firefox 4

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  about 2 years ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "In November last year Chrome overtook Firefox in market share for the first time. What people don’t realise is that the release of Firefox 4 caused a large part of the decline.
Firefox 4 was a major new release and came with a brand new Javascript engine and HTML5 parser. Unfortunately, these new features came with major memory leaks and performance bugs. The result was that if you used Firefox 4 for an extended period of time the browser would eventually become unresponsive, making it virtually unusable."

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Making iPhone games "battery friendly"

edxwelch edxwelch writes  |  more than 4 years ago

edxwelch (600979) writes "An article I wrote for GameDev (http://www.gamedev.net/reference/programming/features/iPhoneBatSave) shows how we made our iPhone game "Armageddon Wars" battery friendly by dynamically throttling the frame rate during game play"
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