One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that facilitates reducing static power consumption of a processor. During operation, the system receives a signal indicating that instruction execution within the processor is to be temporarily halted. In response to this signal, the system halts an instruction-processing portion of the processor, and reduces the voltage supplied to the instruction-processing portion of the processor. Full voltage is maintained to a remaining portion of the processor, so that the remaining portion of the processor can continue to operate while the instruction-processing portion of the processor is in reduced power mode.
1. A system that monitors the outdoor environment for changes in the weather (your eyes and internet connection).2. When it begins to snow heavily, send a signal that you will not be driving (call in to work).3. Do some short range driving (but not to work) to maintain the essential supplies (maintain your cache of supplies, get it?).
quote: Maybe a multi-billion dollar fine will show them what those margins are good for.
quote: HTC and Android are not a threat to Apple. Android has flopped. Most Android users are male, which means it doesn't have the same broad appeal that the iPhone does. The Nexus One only sold 80K during its first month, in spite of massive media coverage. Apple is just trying to do Google a favor by putting Android out of its misery.
quote: 1. Most user being Male != Lack of Appeal. Most Tampon users are Female, does that mean Tampons don't have mass appeal?
quote: reader1 The only thing that stopped HTC from securing this patent, instead of Apple, was their own stupidity.
quote: Apple has been doing this for decades. The only reason they are even where they are today is from lawsuits, buying out better companies, and bullying tactics like this.If Microsoft even tried to pull half the shit Apple has done, there would be a media hellstorm.
quote: Well Xerox actually invented the GUI, then Apple got it from them. Xerox also invented the laser printer "The original laser printer called EARS was developed at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center beginning in 1969 and completed in November, 1971. Xerox Engineer, Gary Starkweather adapted Xerox copier technology adding a laser beam to it to come up with the laser printer." Sony invented the 3.5" floppy in 1980. And I would say Linus Torvalds invented the poor man's Unix. So really that doesn't leave much that Apple actually invented.
quote: An MP3 player and a cellphone. Umm your point ? They sure as hell weren't the first to bring these to the market. And when the iPhone came out, it had FAR FAR less features than any smart phone on the market.
quote: AHAAH !!! Oh man, that's a good one. Not only does it fail as an Internet Tablet, but it doesn't even stand up to existing tablets already on the market.
quote: because they are not building on top of the huge iTunes and App store ecosystem
quote: The difference is, at least, for applications, is that there are thousands and thousands of other places to get Open Source applications for FREE. The App Store is not free. Not only is it not free, but, in order to write an app for one of Apple's devices, you have to sell it on the App Store (for as little as a dollar I think) but, part of that money goes right into Apple's pockets... for them doing nothing!
quote: Oh, okay, I'm not being fair, Apple is hosting the App. The thing is, they don't have to. They choose to. No, they don't choose to, they require--so they can have a guaranteed stream of income on software they didn't make.
quote: There is something inherently wrong with this. Not just wrong, but quite dastardly. So much so that I, along with millons of other people, see right through and understand there are better, more freely distributable means to write and download applications to mobile devices that are, well, not made by Apple.
quote: So you see, the universe does not revolve around Apple, only the i-Fans do that are stuck within its black hole. And, like all black holes, they only take and do not give back.
quote: The average user doesn't want to search thousands and thousands of places, they want it in one place, easy to purchase and easy to read reviews and ratings on it.
quote: The Google App store and others show that people prefer the simplicity of this. Of course Google doesn't care what they sell or have any major restrictions, so I prefer their system.
quote: If that were the case then the iphone would be a one year fad and others would have come in and taken them over. Hasn't happened yet.
quote: www.sourceforge.net One place, lots of input on what is good and what is not and best of all, open source and free. See, that wasn't hard. It is actually really easy to find apps that are not subject to a closed system.
quote: Simplicity. That is such a direct word. I take it you must really enjoy being a simpleton. After all, the i-Pad only lets you run one third party app at a time. In the PC world, we have a name for that... it is called MS-DOS. MS-DOS is kind of old, well, slightly. Multitasking and Multiprocessing are the norms of today. I suppose though, if you really want to be nostalgic, you can use an i-Pad, but I really don't see why you would want to; especially after you consider how much _more_ you can do by using another device in the same amount of time.
quote: Black Holes aren't fads. They are permanent. Once an i-Fan, always one, and as you best put it, a simpleton for that matter. You are sucked in to a conformist way of thinking and can only do what the word of Jobs insists you can do. That sounds pretty bleak, doesn't it? I like my open-platform operating systems. I like my freedom. I don't need to be told what is best.
quote: I seriously doubt you ever used MS-DOS personally, because that OS was far from being simple. I bet you have no idea what the difference between enhanced memory and extended memory means without needing to search on Google.
quote: I have been using computers since the before times where they required a casette tape to be manually rewound and fast forwarded to where the data was. I not only know MS-DOS inside and out, I also understand Apple OS(you know, the original, before Macs), Unix, Linux, BSD(and many of its flavors), AIX, Solaris, Tru64 and more, while having coded for them as well.
quote: But really, none of that matters anyways compared with the triteness of your previous post. What _was_ the point of all that rabble anyways?
quote: What is this rabble about Linux? Your post was a mess.
quote: Here is something a simpleton can understand: Install Windows Load application Run application Have fun This is how it works--that easy! No compiling neccesary... unless you want to (and some of us do) but that certainly was not the focus of my prior argument to force everyone into it. Sourceforge is one of many places and what makes it great is you can download: precompiled binaries -and- source code You get to choose. Job doesn't choose for you. Freedom, isn't it great?
quote: I suppose though you should get back to "touching your monkey," Mr. Sprocketts, as your narrative has become tiresome. ;)
quote: I don't know; you are the one who brought up SourceForge, and the only people who know anything about that site are linux nuts.
quote: I'm a Windows guy and haven't touched linux in longer than I can remember.
quote: It's awesome. It also doesn't go willy-nilly banning applications because steve jobs gets some wild hair up his ass. Heck Apple just got done whacking all Wifi searching apps today. WTF?!
quote: Crazy random sht you Apple guys put up with. You must really like your iStuff a lot to put up with that draconian crap.
quote: So you found out about sourceforge when?
quote: They also deleted an app that makes quacks when shaking. Stupid but whatever. People complain that Apple hosts fart apps, but then complain that they remove stupid apps.
quote: Just because I correct someone's facts on how the app store works doesn't mean I own Apple products.
quote: If Apple's app store wasn't a success in getting apps installed with ease, no one would bother copying it.
quote: You are so smart that you can program for all those platforms yet you said Apple requires a charge on all their apps
quote: you and reader1 seem to blindly follow
quote: I have no idea why you don't. How could I?
quote: *Sure* you do. You are so smart that you can program for all those platforms yet you said Apple requires a charge on all their apps.
quote: which in the very name of the web site hosts source code mostly
quote: the only people who know anything about that site are linux nuts.
quote: I suppose though you should get back to "touching your monkey," Mr. Sprocketts, as your narrative has become tiresome. ;) Yes, and I guess you can get back to blasting, whatever that means.
quote: Fun fact: Apple tried to sue Atari over the GEM desktop environment, claiming it was infringing on Apple's own Finder. It took Xerox knocking Apple in the head and reminding Apple that they'd shamelessly ripped Xerox off, before Apple gave up the lawsuit and backed off. :P
quote: For the record, the Zune Marketplace and the Zune Pass mop the floor with iTunes.
quote: The original SpeedStep technology...was rather primitive, compared to recent standards. Processors featuring SpeedStep are capable of running in two modes, the full power mode and the power save mode. As soon as AC power is removed, the processor switches into powersave mode and remains there, independent of the systems CPU load. It is, however, possible for the user to switch it back to full power mode manually.
quote: Describes Apple:One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that facilitates reducing static power consumption of a processor. During operation, the system receives a signal indicating that instruction execution within the processor is to be temporarily halted. In response to this signal, the system halts an instruction-processing portion of the processor, and reduces the voltage supplied to the instruction-processing portion of the processor. Full voltage is maintained to a remaining portion of the processor, so that the remaining portion of the processor can continue to operate while the instruction-processing portion of the processor is in reduced power mode.
quote: For the record, the Zune Marketplace and the Zune Pass mop the floor with iTunes.
quote: Innovation is not about developing everything new from scratch. There were MP3 players and smart phones before the iPod and the Iphone but they were clunky, ugly and poorly designed pieces of crap made by engineers who think a spec list means anything. What Apple did was design (ie innovate) and in the process create something new from something old. Thats why they have sold hundreds of millions of the things.
quote: We both know that the iPad is going to be a screaming success and will transform the publishing market just like iTunes transformed the music market.
quote: what have Apple ever invented or pioneered to market
quote: the 3.5 inch floppy
quote: the GUI,
quote: the laser printer
quote: the iPod, the iPhone
quote: the iPad
quote: The point with the iPhone is that they made a phone that many people wanted to use.
quote: Only because of brand appeal
quote: Only because of brand appeal. NO phone so barren of basic features from any other company would have been so hyped.Here is a list of things the original iPhone could NOT do out of the box:Fixed storage (no SD card support)Customized MP3 ringtonesMMS message supportInstant MessagingUser replaceable batteryVoice DialingVoice recordingFundamental tasks like copy&paste textAnd there are probably more that I can't remember offhand. Now ask yourself if ANYONE besides Apple could have gotten away with charging that much for such a stripped down piece of shit ?
quote: Apple has been doing this for decades. The only reason they are even where they are today is from lawsuits, buying out better companies, and bullying tactics like this. If Microsoft even tried to pull half the shit Apple has done, there would be a media hellstorm.
quote: I believe the patent is not about reducing de voltage, but about the method which is used to achieve that result, be it a specific set of instructions or other.
quote: Again, the patent describes an implementation, but its really sufficiently vague to describe the only practical way to dynamically undervolt. Therein lies the problem.
quote: There implementations before that were not as advanced, and this patent is about saving power for certain parts of the CPU, and not as a whole. Keep in mind this was applied for 8 years ago.
quote: HTC has little intellectual property that it can use to fight back against Apple with (versus a giant like Google or Microsoft) and also less money, given the razor-thin margins on its handset hardware.
quote: First, the patent is overly vague. Of course this is true of many patents, but its definitely true in this case.
quote: Does Apple Really "Own" Cell Phone CPU Undervolting in the U.S.?
quote: It also sounds like your patent lawyer is taking a pretty liberal view of the term "prior art."