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  1. You might remember the top image was created a while back by some random person on the internet to illustrate what might have been the end result of the lack of net neutrality - "channelization" of the internet into regulated sets of "sites", each operating in a proprietary manner and possibly charging its own fees for access.

    All hail the Brave New World of the app store, bringing us the same compartmentalized environment regardless of net neutrality, while being replete with regulated, licensed development, signed interpreted code, strictly controlled access to vastly neutered and terribly inefficient APIs, and most importantly, an anti-trust-laws-defying racket by which the owning company gets to siphon profits off of all software development targeted at that platform.

    Welcome to your worst nightmares.

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    2. Bucket


      Maes, please stick to the vintage hardware threads.


      The bar is set at eight cores for 2013.

      Also, my netbook with 1GB of RAM, 1.6GHz hyperthreading CPU and Windows 7 is still adequate for casual browsing.

    3. Maes


      Ah it's you. I see no 8 cores for sale today...and one phone with 2 GB doesn't mean everybody and the cat gets it.

      AKA: never use the TOTL product to imply that everything is headed that way or that it will become the norm. There's quite a performance gap between a basic Android device with a 500 MHz ARM and 256 MB of RAM, and a super-expensive beast with 2 GB and 4 cores, that costs at least 5x as much as the cheaper device.

      And yet, mobile developers must develop for the minimum common denominator, and for now this rules out "general purpose" web browsers. Come think of it, if using "normal" webpages with reasonable performance was already possible, then most mobile developers would be out of a job...

      Bucket said:

      Also, my netbook with 1GB of RAM, 1.6GHz hyperthreading CPU and Windows 7 is still adequate for casual browsing.

      Don't get caught in the GHz/MHz whatever trap like a newbie. Clock per clock, current desktop and even netbook CPUs are far more advanced than the "play it straight" ARM derivatives used in Android and other devices. Let alone that when mobile CPUs are pushed at their max speed, battery life is literally reduced to a fart. A 1 GHz ARM might outperform a 1 GHz Pentium III....by a very small margin, but no match for anything faster (Pentium IV, Athlon XP etc.) clock-per-clock.

    4. Bucket


      Tablets and smartphones are moving at light speed compared to the technology we're used to. It'll continue to do so until there are diminishing returns.

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