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David Wimsey
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The link below is a comparison between my laptop CPU and the current MacBook Air CPUs, can anyone explain how the benchmark speed for the processor on the whole is higher than the (single threaded benchmark) X (number of cores) ... especially on the i7 where it gets to 4 cores via hyper-threading rather than 4 actual cores.

Am I just misunderstanding what the PassMark numbers mean or is there some trick here I'm not aware of?  In my mind, more cores have always been slightly slower than the combined total of the (single core speed) X (number of cores)
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I suspect their single and multi-threaded benchmarks aren't running through an identical code path, or the multi-threaded benchmark is overly biased toward CPU's with larger caches. The i7 has a monster cache setup  (128K/1M/6M) vs the more typical config of the i5 (64K/256K/3M).

Browsing around http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3, I see the i5 gets single=2459, multi=4661 (1.9X). The i7 gets single=2802, multi=10682 (3.81X). If the tests are sharing the code path, this result seems more reasonable due to the usual resource contention. Hopefully someone with more clue will comment.
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+Republic Wireless gets a mention on the front page of slashdot, w00t. Worth a couple of geek points for Bandwidth
HughPickens.com writes Brian Chen writes in the NYT that two companies, Republic Wireless and FreedomPop, that reduce cellphone costs by relying on strategically placed Wi-Fi routers are at the forefront of a tantalizing communications concept that has proved hard to produce on a big scale, The conc...
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Wooooooohoooooo!

Not only do we get gigabit speeds, we can give TimeWarner the finger!
Fiber is coming to the Triangle. Get the latest updates and track our progress.
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I've spent just a small amount of time playing with the Windows 10 Tech Preview ... and they finally made a change that might make me upgrade Windows.

It has a proper start menu again!
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That's a plus. I may be an early adopter with 10, as I am not impressed with 8.
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Up until yesterday I had been avoiding Guardians of the Galaxy because I'd never read the comics and it sounded like it was going to be dumb, for lack of a better description.  A tree and a raccoon?  Seriously?

I should have known better.  It was pretty awesome.

All the characters are great, but Groot has to be my favorite.  He's the Chewbacca of Marvel.  He somehow manages to convey meaning with only 3 words in his vocabulary, clearly has a warriors heart and a soft side that gives flowers to little girls.  He makes a perfect match with the motor mouth Rocket Raccoon.

Good job Marvel, you've shown me new awesome once again.  Can't wait to see the next round.

I'm very happy to live in a time when CGI can bring our Comic book heros to life!

I AM GROOOOOOT!
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Agreed - I found GOG highly enjoyable. It's one of the few movies I've seen where I said to myself "You know, I could watch a sequel of this".
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Does anyone else use a Phablet?  I just switched to an iPhone 6 Plus and I don't think I like its size.  My initial concern was that the phone would be too large to fit in my pocket.  Turns out, that isn't the problem, its fine in the pocket.

The problem is that its a HUGE phone and it just feels wrong in the hand.  Its hard to use one handed for me (my hands aren't that large).  And it feels really awkward when holding it to your ear for a phone call.

Anyone else using a phablet have an opinion on getting used to such a large device?  Is it something that you get used to, or should I just return it now and go to a standard sized phone?
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I've had a phablet (Nexus 6, roughly the same height/width) for a few months, and while I've gotten used to it, the size is not ideal for me. It's an amazing phone with a screen that's unreal (18% larger than the iPhone 6 plus, 23% higher DPI too). However, I don't like how I end up having to switch hands at times to comfortably perform certain interactions. It's just too large for my hand.

If I had paid for the N6, I would have returned it. Since it's a free phone for testing, there is no way I am giving it back. The screen is just that great for reading. 
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I have a steam 4 pack of Gauntlet and Torchlight II, who's in for some multiplayer co-op for Saturday?

+Marc Cox +Thomas Strömberg you got game?
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I was about to ask if anyone else got Goat Simulator for some multiplayer madness! ;)
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:( Damnit.  No genesis planet to fix this problem this time.

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One of my co-workers introduced me to this nifty programming technique thats sure to save your job once or twice if you implement it properly.

The Speed-up loop.

Greatest coding practice ever.
“So what do you think about the opportunity,” Ben's recruiting agent asked. He thought about it for a few moments. It wasn't exactly what he was looking for, but then again, he had been out of work since November of 1989 – nearly three whole months – and figured he should probably get back in to ...
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You know, we could use a developer like you here at Bandwidth.  Why don't you move the family back to Raleigh? :)
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Pre-F'N-ordered

It's on steam now!
The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been officially unveiled by Gearbox Software at PAX South today. The game will feature a high-definition upgrade to all the assets, new voice-recordings from th
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We need to get some weekend/late night multiplayer madness going when it comes out.

Things like this are why I keep a Windows VM around.
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If you're tired of over paying for cellular service and want a nice nifty new Moto X second generation ... this is probably something you want to consider.

$25/month - Unlimited everything.  Serially 
 
A new year deserves a new look.

Come get the new #MotoX, $100 less than any other no-contract option, every day at Republic: http://republicwi.re/1xP0ppD
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I just realized the icon for Calculator on OS X uses Pi as the number it displays.  Things you see everyday and don't notice
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    Software Developer, 2014 - present
  • Research Triangle Software Inc.
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Awesome staff, always friendly and helpful. Has ethanol free gas at all pumps and sell fishing licenses on site, which boaters should appreciate. Lots of snacks and drinks, a few of the essential camping and boating supplies. Plenty of pre-made foods like small pizza, sausage biscuits, hot boiled peanuts. A few toys for younger kids. Live minnows and night crawlers, all the essential fishing supplies if you're in a hurry and forget to bring something. Not a large selection of options, but the basics are covered well enough to save you a trip to Cary 99% of the time. Kiddie rods/reel combos as well as a small selection for adults. I've been visiting Jordan Lake for about 10 years now, last 5 with my boat and they've always been friendly and helpful though admittedly at this point they also recognize me coming in the door so that might help :) The only bad thing I can say is that this station is the most popular one as its the most convenient when coming from the East side of the lake (i.e from Cary and Raleigh) so it can get a bit crowded, but I've never waited more than just a few minutes for a gas pump to open up, even on a summer weekend. This is the only station I will go to on the lake at this point, I've never gone wrong by stopping here.
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If you forgot some fishing gear and don't want to run home or into town, then its okay to go here, otherwise, go across the street to Cruizers. The staff is very rarely friendly. I've spent a lot of time on Jordan Lake over the past 5 years or so, and these guys always seem like its a chore to have me buy from them. They do have live minnows, and a good stock of fishing supplies and the few bits of camping and boating gear that I always end up forgetting on my first few trips for the season. I don't buy gas here so I'm not sure if its Ethanol free or not, station across the street is ethanol free for certain. The staff just makes me want to avoid stopping here often enough to buy gas.
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Excellent service! I placed a late night order via paypal ... and messed it up horribly in my sleep deprived state, sent them an email about it as soon as I realized what I had done. Within 30 minutes of them opening the next morning I had an email with what steps to take, basically make another order with the missing parts and proper shipping selection and they'd straighten it all out and refund me what was due. Placed the order, including additional parts I wasn't sure I needed ... with a note that I didn't really want those parts if I didn't need them. Within a couple hours I got confirmation of what I was intending to order, and the order shipped that day, with the right parts and a refund for the bits I shouldn't have ordered. Got my package the next morning (I ordered on Thursday and wanted to fly on Saturday) via FedEx over night, everything was well packed and more or less perfect. I tried Hobby Wireless because I was having issues with another company who claimed to have things in stock but didn't and couldn't fix their website to show the correct stock status, and nearly missed the weekend flights because of it; Hobby Wireless saved my Saturday (this morning!) flights and gave me a great FPV system. Excellent customer service and fast shipping.
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Good food, friendly service. The menu is a mix of the typical favorites, but with a non-traditional twist such as the bison chili, its all great food. I've never liked catfish in my life, but this place has good clean catfish. Everyone loved the catfish bites appetizer, even me! Indoor and outdoor seating in the shade. The staff was very friendly towards us both times I've visited with an infant or two in toe both times, always made sure the kids had what we needed. The menu changes every so often to keep things mixed up. If you're going to be looking for food west of Jordan Lake after a good day on the lake, this is where I would go.
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