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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

glennrrr Then How'd We Get Obamacare (200 comments)

Why didn't the Republicans think to put a hold on Obamacare then?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

glennrrr My Company Requires SalesForce Certs (317 comments)

My company, which is otherwise one of the best places you are ever likely to work, requires all employees to take and pass at least the SalesForce Developers cert. They do pay for it, but it's probably a big advantage to have it before applying.

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

glennrrr ArsTechnica link (78 comments)

I don't know what's being linked around. The numbers I got for the Core M-5Y70 were from this article on arstechnica:
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets...
Ars also gives the SunSpider results at 294/128 which is crushing while it gives a Octane scores of 9000/12000, which is a beating but not a crushing.
According to this review: http://www.ultrabookreview.com... the 3DMark values you are touting here fall apart on repeated running because of thermal throttling. Now, this is not necessarily the chips fault, maybe Lenovo did a bad job designing the cooling system, or is being too careful with overheating. An iPad Air 2 may throttle a bit, but not the 80% loss of CPU speed seen by the Yoga Pro 3.

Regardless, the hardware throttles aggressively and there’s little one could do about that. For instance, when trying to play games, both the CPU and the GPU drop to very low frequencies. In fact, I wasn’t able to run properly any of the titles I’ve tried on this laptop, not even older ones like Dirt3 on HD resolution with very low details. I did got somewhat better results when playing the game in Window mode, as you can see from the pictures below (look for Average CPU and GPU frequencies), but switching to Fullscreen resulted in an average of 6-8 fps. The same happend when trying Metro Last Light and I just gave up after that.

My point here is that at this rate, Apple will be putting out a fanless device that is faster, uses less power, has less thermal throttling (so wins both sprints and marathons). As of now, they have a device that uses less power and is faster at certain operations and will win most marathons.

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

glennrrr Assertions versus Facts (78 comments)

You can assert that the Broadwell chipset is a LOT faster than the A8X chipset all you want. You can even use all caps, but that doesn't stop the fact that the Yoga is faster at single core tasks (like browser rendering), slower at multi-core tasks, and a lot slower at graphics at least as measured by GeekBench and GFXBench. And it's probably a lot slower at long term operations where it will be more thermally throttled than an iPad. The question has always been, can Intel get more power efficient faster than ARM can become performant. As it stands now, it looks like ARM is answering that question.

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

glennrrr GeekBench & GFXBench (78 comments)

According to ArsTechnica:
GeekBench 3: Multicore
Yoga Pro 3: 3981
iPad Air 2:4553

GFBench 3: Offscreen (Manhattan):
Yoga Pro 3: 23 fps
iPad Air 2: 33
GFBench 3: Offscreen (T-Rex):
Yoga Pro 3: 45 fps
iPad Air 2: 70.4
Obviously, I'm cherry-picking here, but still. The iPad Air 2 weighs much less than the Yoga, and gets better battery life. It should not be able to trounce it at any significant benchmark.

about three weeks ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

glennrrr Well 1 Real One (163 comments)

So 2 people who've gotten academic degrees in CS, but never worked professionally as coders, and one actual developer: the Republican Majority Whip Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

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

glennrrr 47W versus 15W (75 comments)

When it comes to building a compact PC, it's pretty hard to say they should have standardized on a socket which is only useable for 47W parts, versus a socket that supports parts which center around 15W. Are you actually saying that they should have designed a Mini with a 47W CPU? For home theatres and light server use? I happen to love the low energy use of the Mac Mini; I can't buy one for desktop use as I need the quad core for Xcode development, but I respect the idea of making a quiet, low energy general purpose computer.

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

glennrrr Can Apple Move to ARM on the Desktop? (75 comments)

Given the fairly lame update to the Mac Mini caused mainly by the lack of choices in Intel's mobile CPU offerings (and Apple's refusal to design and stock a separate motherboard just for quad core), I'm wondering just what would it take for Apple to make yet another CPU transition. They must hate being dependent on the release schedules of Intel for when it comes to putting out Macs, and the A8X is nearly the performance of a couple years ago MacBook Air.

about a month ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

glennrrr Apparently Worse Now (111 comments)

Well, apparently under this President it's gotten to the point where they've have to have a formal work-around. Perhaps partisans will jump in and say that under Bush a report was delayed for an hour because of an emergency, or some other lame precedent that will allow them to claim that "everybody does it," when no, everybody doesn't do it.

about 2 months ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

glennrrr Arbitrary? (229 comments)

I'd hardly call the dropping of PPC emulation arbitrary. It took up a large amount of engineering resources, presumably, and encouraged developers to procrastinate before dusting off the source code and releasing a new Intel binary.

about 2 months ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

glennrrr Could be Good (137 comments)

Is it an artsy movie about life in a totalitarian state. Something like Metropolis?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

glennrrr Windows OS X (644 comments)

Sounds familiar.

about 3 months ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

glennrrr Nor was she prosecuted (224 comments)

Or for that matter inconvenienced in any particular way. And Richard Armitage, the person who outed her as a former field operative wasn't punished that I'm aware.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

glennrrr iOS NFC Only Being Used for Apple Pay (336 comments)

The same basic information came out on Ars Technica the other day. But the slant on that was not that Apple was locking out 3rd party credit card processors, but rather that the NFC hardware was not being used for anything else because Apple was not ready to say the whole stack was perfect yet, from a security standpoint. This is all new code and new hardware, for Apple, and they would rather not have stories about massive credit card theft come out next week. So, this is an example of slant driving angry diatribes in the comments; if it'd been presented in a more neutral tone people would have judged Apple's actions in a more balance way.

about 3 months ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

glennrrr Static Analyzer? (183 comments)

So, you can build a proper static analyzer with GCC libraries now?

about 3 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

glennrrr Re:False premise (546 comments)

So you are disagreeing with the facts of the summary which say that half of coders don't have degrees?

about 4 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

glennrrr Insuring a Phone If You Have Kids (253 comments)

By myself, it'd make little sense to insure a phone, but I have kids. And kids drop things. I've taken advantage of AppleCare's $69 replacement fee several times.

about 4 months ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

glennrrr Look at the Calendar - Red Circles (181 comments)

Did you see the calendar app? It's got the red theming and elements such as today's date being circled.

about 4 months ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

glennrrr The Free Market Was Trying to Tell You Something (291 comments)

When it priced this phone as the cheapest one in the store. When I go to Lowes and I see the cheapest screwdrivers, I know they aren't going to last. Thanks for the heads up free market.

about 4 months ago

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The iPhone and the End of Bloatware

glennrrr glennrrr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

glennrrr (592457) writes "The referenced blog entry is a speculative piece which asks the question, "Do the resource limitations of the iPhone make it a platform where large bloatware vendors, i.e. Microsoft, have no advantage over individual programmers or small teams?" Bloated applications such as Office, seem quite non-adaptive in an environment where the typical main desktop toolbar would not fit onscreen, and where 1 second launch times are the norm."
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