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  • Apple's 'M2' processor enters mass production for MacBook Pro

    I cannot wait until hackers prove we have yet another processor with Spectre or Meltdown problem. Only now it is proprietary secret to Apple. Low power consumption, but user passwords widely available. So far I am paralyzed by stupid ideas on checking even Apple own applications and tools on macOS by Apple security solution. The system is slow because Apple abuses spinning drive and expects AFPS to work on it the same as on SSD (no we do not have SSD always and the same hardware used with newest Linux desktop flies like jet aircraft on steroids without security issues if patched properly)
  • Apple's 'M2' processor enters mass production for MacBook Pro

    Hubro said:
    seanj said:
    If you have a 9 year old Thinkpad then you’re probably either running XP (good luck browsing the Internet securely) or you’re running Linux. If it’s the latter then if you happy with a limited number of professional applications then that’s fine.
    No. An old (4 core) TP runs Windows 10 just fine, and there's quite a few things you can do with then professionally with Linux on them too. 

    The caveats wrt performance CAN be boot-times, editing images and movie stuff, compiling code and working with big documents/spreadsheetsystems/presentations and so on. 

    OS and applications are more and more oriented towards more cores and more threads, so you might get acceptable performance for 4 cores + 4 threads, but the applications are increasingly capable of handling way more and handles it differently with more cores.

    And what happens when the performance gets better? They add more and heavier functionality, higher GPU demand, AI-esque stuff and so on.

    Welcome to molasses. 
    More thread does not mean faster. It actually means abuse of CPU (cannot steal more cycles). Adding cores improve, but only when there is better multithreading management. These days people stop using threads in development of applications and start using asynchronous programming paradigm for performance. When I see Firefox opening 430 threads on my old macOS and gets chocked blocking my system I wonder what ignorant wrote that software. On the other way same at Google people think that computer has endless amount of resources and opening new Chrome processes is the way to go (I am not sure if they have good practical engineers like we do in financial trading where we have to use super efficient and fast algorithms and methods ... or they just have theoretical scientists with attempts at practical processing solutions).

    Anyway as old engineers say it is not how fast you are spinning in loop waiting for network to respond (or backpressure issues these days).
  • Apple's 'M2' processor enters mass production for MacBook Pro

    dk49 said:
    mattinoz said:
    Great fairly predictable what will be interesting is what direction M2 goes?
    Eating the top Intels and AMDs for lunch! 
    Dream on. AMD has just came out with new processor and line of small low power computers. Apple should have really consider AMD before proprietary CPU. We know how fairytale of G3 and G4 ended 15 years ago. I still have QuickSilver home for nostalgia collectible.
  • Theoretically, you can upgrade RAM & SSD on your M1 Mac mini, but you shouldn't

    lkrupp said:
    tylersdad said:
    So, in essence, if you don't have the extra funds to pay for additional RAM or drive space and you want to upgrade those at a later time, you're out of luck. 

    No thanks. 
    Then you’ll be leaving the Mac platform shortly, right? Because this is the future of the Mac. 

    Yes I will. The last macOS is with Catalina. So I asked friend who left Apple development at Cupertino about 2 years ago. He said the same. He is on his last Mac. In fact you can get now Linux desktop computer that has everything that macOS has including store for apps that you can install from. It works the same as on mac computers and in fact even better because apps downloaded outside integrate with App Store installer at the moment you start installing app instead bothering you with notorious and dumb questions if you want to start downloaded application (I have disabled that "security" check option from Catalina permanently). Most of remote work applicatuions including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Citrix client, Amazon Workspaces, Slack and many others work on Linux desktops natively now (yes now manufactirers brought them to Linux) and if something does not work you can always run Windows version of software using Crossover emulation layer (or WineHQ if you want to experiment and tweak). Apple macOS e-mail client sucks like hell with its limitations comparing to eM Client that runs just like that on Linux and natively on macOS and Windows 10.

    In fact, you can get nowadays ASUS small footprint 8 core AMD computer - something Apple should have considered before making not oso wise decision on going M1 - that does not have Spectre or Meltdown security issues and outperforms majority of computers on the market including Apple M1. It also takes Linux Mint that resembles Windows 10 interface and if you want other proven desktop and setup looking almost exactly ike macOS then you can get Ubuntu and reconfigure it. It is more secure without gimmicks applied by Apple on SSD, EFI and proprietary hardware. On top of that it runs 4 4K monitors at the same time or 8K. All other newest protocols and all shebang that Apple will be coming probably soon with, but after AMD.

    Guess what in experiment i installed Linux Mint 20 on old MacBook Air from 2011 on replaced SSD (Samsung 860 EVO) installed in that old unsported mac and it seems to run better than macOS without complaining about hardware, no support or speed issues and freezing apps.
  • Upcoming macOS 11.3 update may remove Rosetta 2 in some regions

    Maybe they are simply building the structure in for when they finally remove the code down the line in a few years?  o:)

    More accurately in two years as this should be the case - when Catalina will lose support just like High Sierra lost this January. There are two versions behind to support and they are native for Intel CPU. Apple now releases new OS in one year cycle (which some consider way too fast). But is this enough so, to convince major software manufacturers to switch and retest their tools on M1 architecture? It is not the same as mainstream ARM as we know already from Linux ports (yes first one is already on M1 mac's and it was interesting to read report about that Apple new proprietary "standard" and its deficiencies.