Re: Insult to injury
Windows has had memory compression since the introduction of Windows 10 (in 2015) - so the Mac is hardly unique in this regard.
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I feel the criticism of the hinge/bezel is a bit unfair - seems quite a clever design that elevates the laptop for improved cooling and a more ergonomic keyboard angle. As a consequence, if the bezel was smaller the bottom of the screen would disappear behind the base of the laptop.
I was sceptical of the benefits of massively power hungry components, and then I (reluctantly) upgraded to a 280W (high mid-range!) 3070Ti when they actually became available for a tolerable price. While the performance is nice the fan noise to keep it cool under load is horrible. Seems liquid cooling (or truly massive heatsinks/fans) is now required if you don't want to sit next to a hair-dryer. Fortunately I paired it with a modest 65W AMD 5700X - adding one of these new 250W monsters here sounds like an awful idea for a whole host of reasons (both practical and moral).
I very nearly went for a NUC-style barebones PC from Zotac (packaging high-end laptop parts into a less thermally and power constrained box), but the pricing was a big deterrent. I think next time I probably will. Loss of upgradability is a bit of a downer but compared to a 750W space heater ... I think I can cope.
Not a copy-cat, just a white label product being resold under various brands. Linus reviewed it as the Eluktronics Prometheus (but also found an alternatively branded version while the supposed "original" was still a prototype).
Their mice are still excellent, and I've been a happy user of their headsets for several years. I hear good things about some of their gaming keyboards, but all their "productivity" keyboards seem to have some compromise or another (still lamenting Microsoft discontinuing their "Comfort Curve" series... but that's another issue entirely).
All the "old" office binary file format specs have been published since about 2012, here:
If you needed to do Windows desktop development, WPF has probably been the best choice for the last decade (since Visual Studio 2010 migrated to WPF and they fixed many of the issues that had plagued earlier versions). With good support in .NET 5 and beyond I would be surprised if we bothered to port our desktop apps to WinUI3 although I suppose some of the Wiin 10 desktop integration features are quite handy.
Isn't this what AMD are already doing with their "Infinity Cache" - currently only 128MB on their latest GPUs but you could easily see how that could be expanded (manufacturing tech permitting).
Various of their previous GPUs have featured HBM but I gather it was prohibitively expensive and now only appears on their datacenter/workstation products.
Assuming Microsoft haven't changed their approach significantly from the Xbox One - games will run inside a highly optimized VM which only implements the bare minimum of functionality, so while the APIs may be largely the same as running on Windows, the overhead of the Hardware Abstraction Layer will be massively reduced. Also background processes and the like will be far more tightly controlled.
Apple are doing their best to spoil this particular advantage by dragging their feet on implementing newer browser features in Webkit while also prohibiting you from installing competing browsers on iOS (yes I know you can now set "Chrome", "Edge" and "Firefox" as the default browser but all are just wrappers around Webkit on iOS). Anyone would think they had a vested interest in forcing you to use the appstore.
PWAs are not Electron - that's rather the point. It avoids the bloat of having to bundle a whole browser with each application in favour of the already installed one.
FWIW I've pretty much abandoned native Outlook in favour of outlook.office.com installed as an app, seems generally faster, with some nice new features that are not present in the thick client. Memory usage seems to be very similar at about 280MB and CPU usage is negligible. YMMV of course.
I seem to remember the very early JSON spec did support comments, but then various ne'er-do-wells decided that comments were an excellent place to encode unofficial parser extensions, breaking compatibility between implementations. So Douglas Crockford felt forced to remove them entirely. This is why we can't have nice things...
I think you may have misinterpreted the photo there - the keyboard is a completely separate piece which can be moved to the top or bottom of the "lower" screen, or removed entirely and used wirelessly. When located at the top of the screen the bottom part became a giant trackpad, when removed entirely the whole screen became a second touchscreen monitor, identical to the main one.
"I think Apple are the only ones still making laptops with 16:10 screens, and having both (Dell XPS13 and (latest) Macbook Air), I can confirm it Makes A Difference."
Dell seem to have got the message and have reverted to 16:10 ratio screens on the XPS line.
Microsoft have pretty much standardised on 3:2 ratio screens too of course.
The large size of modern phones is a significant deterrent if you want to keep it in your pocket. It's probably still tolerable if you are wearing typical male clothing, but most female clothing has ridiculously small pockets, if any. In the absence of smaller phones (like the Sony Xperia Compacts of old), this is probably the next best thing (apart from the fashion industry recognising this discrepancy and correcting)
I'm not 100% certain on this, but I think the issue is that Android's current architecture relies on the SoC vendor (ie Qualcomm) to provide updated binaries for some updates - so if Qualcomm fail to do so for "old" SoC then the manufacturer is S.O.L.
I would like to think that that the recent "Project Treble" improvements which migrate to a PC-like Hardware Abstraction Layer model may make longer support time viable, but I'm not holding my breath.
Have there been any good cross platform GUI libraries?
From the .NET stack WPF is probably the most suited for the job given that it re-implements much of the Windows UI library anyway, so has fewer dependencies unlike say, winforms which is a relatively thin wrapper around Win32 or UWP. No small amount of work though.
As far as I know the only truly bespoke bits in the Chiron set are the wheels. Like many other flagship sets it introduces a few other new elements, but these will most likely reappear in other sets in the future. The rest of it is all standard Technic parts (which admittedly underwent an almost complete reinvention about 20 years ago from the earlier "bricks with holes" era).
I've recently rediscovered Lego - the main difference these days is the sheer number of different shapes and colours of pieces compared to ye olden days. There does seem to be quite a lot of thought about how these pieces fit into the underlying system though, and when you encounter one you can see the gap in the system it it fills.
Most kits have do still have one or two alternative models to construct though, but you often have to download the instructions for those from the website or via their app.
I think you are being revisionist. At the time of IE6 Web Standards weren't really a thing - you had the IE way or the Netscape way and they had some degree of overlap. Web Standards were embryonic and intitally at least IE6 was more compliant than Netscape.
After that of course Web Standards started to become a more concrete concern and Microsoft dropped the ball spectacularly - I'm not going to defend that.
In my limited experience Linux UIs tend still to give the impression of being wrappers around console apps. Which is the Linux way of course (and provides the scripting superpowers) but doesn't lend itself to fluid user experiences which often require deeper interaction with the application runtime.
I realise that looking for any positive feedback on a Microsoft product here at El Reg is a fool's errand, but I wonder how good this would be a digitial notebook? I've always been quite interested in the idea OneNote + Stylus combo for digital notetaking but lugging but a 13" tablet costing > £800 seemed a bit excessive.
CloudFlare seem to be going all-in for ARM. Naively I would expect them to have a sufficiently signficiant scale to cause manufactures to take notice?