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  • Apple employee petition demands flexibility against return-to-office policy

    If a company is purely vertical, top-down, do-as-your-told, then be that publicly and practice it consistently. Own it, and don't apologize for demanding top performance and obedience. Stop wasting your time and energy pretending to care and putting on a fake fluffy facade.
    Apple is a top down company. You go there to work for Steve, and when he's dead you work for Tim. Apple never pretended to be something its not. These 0.01% of employees think it should be something it's not. They should go work for Twitter or whatever.
  • Apple employee petition demands flexibility against return-to-office policy

    rcomeau said:

    Not everything is measurable and companies that reply too much on measuring usually don't do anything creative. A lot of the benefits of being in person in groups are the random conversations that spark the ideas that changes things. KPIs (key performance indicators) are overrated.
    Yeah. It's incredible that people don't understand that WFH arrangements will quickly descend into a dystopia of automated performance metrics where your boss is an algorithm and you can't even talk to a human. It would basically turn programming for Apple into working in a call center or Amazon warehouse. Gross.
  • Apple design team shows off 'quiet and calming' Apple Park

    DAalseth said:
    Cathedrals were designed for the Church Hierarchy, not the people who actually arrived on Sunday. 
    I don't know where you got that- you've been reading some sort of anti-religious propaganda I guess. To get good acoustics, the ceiling has to be at least as high as the building is wide. You know, so the "people who actually arrived on Sunday" could hear. In order for the illiterate "people who actually arrived on Sunday" to be able to understand, things had to be shown visually via sculptures, paintings, and stained glass windows. To be able to see those visual lessons there had to be light. Since candles can't light a space that big very well that meant the biggest possible windows which lead to innovations such as gothic buttresses.

    The design constraints above pretty much entirely made cathedrals what they are and are all about meeting the needs of "people who actually arrived on Sunday". People didn't toil away for centuries making cathedrals purely to please some bishop.
  • Apple fined $12M in Russia over alleged app market abuse

    mac_dog said:
    I guess in Russia, you’re guilty until proven innocent. 
    In chess you have predictable rules and unpredictable results. In Russia you have predictable results and unpredictable rules.

    - Gary Kasparov
  • Apple 'M1X' chip specification prediction appears on benchmark site

    cloudguy said:
    saarek said:
    I hope this isn’t true.

    I’m hoping for a true performance king that humiliates AMD & Intel and sets the bar in terms of performance. Primarily GPU based upgrades over the M1 wouldn’t be the big step up in the true “Pro” Macs over the current M1 that I was hoping for.
    With all due respect why do you believe that this is even possible? As I have stated numerous times, the idea that ARM is inherently superior to x86 was wishful thinking. 
    The firestorm core is demonstrably superior to any Intel core, by far. It is absolutely possible for Apple to make a CPU with more than 4 of them.

    And yes, ARM is inherently superior. The fixed length instruction make it inherently more efficient to to out of order execution. Intel literally has to resort to decoding each instruction multiple times at once in case it happens to be a long instruction which means that most of the power doing that is wasted. So compared to Apple Silicon, Intel can't look as many instructions ahead (slower) and also wastes power (hotter). That's a terrible inherent flaw in x86.