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Comment Re: Big blow to apple? (Score 0) 79

We all know how well this type of vision has worked for Google and Microsoft. Unless you have a healthy market of third-party manufacturers you may well end up needing to go your own way.

I think this may be a case of Apple rushing things. The MacBook Pro feels the same, where they could have left one legacy port as a compromise?

Comment Re:Sorry, but, (Score 3, Informative) 155

Wasn't Java open source at some point? And besides why is anybody using it now? (Here's looking at you Libre/OpenOffice) Rewrite Android in C, or better, Assembly, and the problem is solved.

Wikipedia's entry, has this to say as intro:

OpenJDK (Open Java Development Kit) is a free and open source implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE).[1] It is the result of an effort Sun Microsystems began in 2006. The implementation is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) version 2 with a linking exception. Were it not for the GPL linking exception, components that linked to the Java class library would be subject to the terms of the GPL license. OpenJDK is the official reference implementation of Java SE since version 7

There is a post here on StackOverflow on this:

My cynical side feels whatever the reality is, this is Oracle and well lets just say that I haven't ever felt Oracle to be a community player, unless that involves providing consults at cost.

Comment Data Extradition? (Score 1) 91

I don't know if there is such a thing as 'data extradition', but surely working with Ireland would be the best approach? Anything else should surely outside of the immediate jurisdiction of US law enforcement? Maybe Google should invesigate the flip question: would the US accept e-mails on a foreign national stored on a US server to be handed over without the necessary legal paper work?

Comment Undermining the US position (Score 1, Interesting) 660

A lot of the moves that new administration suggested as making things better for the US worker, actually undermines the USA's position in the world and actually will end up potentially hurting jobs. Often the "take it all" approach it actually the less ideal position of giving up a little.

Helping NATO's members and the UN, while maybe not the best sounding when it comes to money, it does end up allowing the US to have sway over the politics of other countries and therefore help keep the US as a focal point for business.

Comment Normal for financial entities (Score 3, Informative) 70

Given the regulatory requirements this makes sense. At one major US financial institution, where I worked, this is the norm, because the risk of information leakage is an issue. You even need to use application such as Mobile Iron or Good for accessing company e-mail. Company issued iPhones had the the essentials an nothing more, with certificates limiting what you could do with the phone.

At the same time, there was a move towards BYOD, which does provide a bit of a chink in the wall, but still requires Mobile Iron or Good for accessing company e-mail and a certificate limiting certain operations. You can't copy/paste from Mobile Iron or Good, for example.

These companies need to show to regulators that they are meeting requirements and maybe even going slightly beyond. All e-mail in and out is recorded for 7 years.

Comment Dead packages (Score 1) 133

One challenge I have with npm are the dead projects and the apparent inability to take over the dead project, even if your project has become the accepted source of truth in GitHub. The workaround is to create a new package, but that just adds to the confusion.

It would be nice if there was a way for a project to either be flagged as possibly dead or require some other mechanism to red flag a project, either automated or via reporting.

Maybe I am alone in this feeling?

Comment Re: Most depressing thing I've read all week (Score 1) 139

I am guessing most developers aren't that good at multi-threading. For most jobs it isn't necessary, and when it is someone will do a good enough job or find the developer or library that will take care of it.

If you ever do multi-core GPGPU you see there is a threshold below which just using the CPU is good enough and may be faster. Part of that is that you only really benefit from the GPGPU if the processing queue is kept full.

Then there are languages such as NodeJS which are single threaded and when you need to parralize it is via separate processes, so you really need to reduce the inter-process chatter.

Comment Re:Stopping processes of background tabs? (Score 1) 154

In this case, the browser design is likely to provide a hint to how the process are being used. The OS doesn't have that contextual information, so for it is just another process. While not perfect, there are likely to be hints that can be used. For example a browser that just relaunched with 30 tabs open (I have seen that), may want to default to only spawning processes, representing tab that have been visited by the user in the current session.

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