Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 16:29 UTC
Mac OS X Adam Fields and Perry Metzger have been investigating the serious performance issues people are experiencing with Lion. "Frequent beachballs, general overall slowness and poor UI responsivness, specific and drastic slowdowns on every Time Machine run, high memory utilization in Safari Web Content, mds, and kernel_task processes, large numbers of page outs even with a good deal of available RAM, and high amounts of RAM marked as inactive which is not readily freed back to other applications, with page outs favored." Apparently the issue is that the "virtual memory manager is bad at managing which pages should be freed from the inactive state and which ones should be paged out to disk". I won't make myself popular with a certain part of our readership, but really, is this considered a new problem? Mac OS X has always had terrible memory management, and where Windows has continuously become better at it, Mac OS X seems to have been stagnant and even getting worse. This is what happens when the company earns 2/3s of its revenue somewhere else.
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Out of curiosity, what kind of reception would a software developer who has lived in the US for their whole career get in the European job market, say Italy or France? (Not interested in Britain if it's reputation of becoming a police state is accurate).

If you don't speak the country language, it is going to be very hard to get a job.

English only speaking nationals, from my personal experience, are only able to find a job in big corporations working in a global market that use English as their internal working language.

Some startups are open to have English only speaking workers, but they are hard to find.

This is one of the reasons why most Europeans speak on average 3 languages. The mother language and two foreign languages, one of the being English.

I'm just not sure if European businesses are undergoing the same offshoring/layoff tendencies that we're seeing in the US. Can anyone with a foot on both sides of the pond shed some light on the markets relative to one another?

It depends a bit where we look to.

In the enterprise big companies world, is full steam ahead with offshoring, if we speak about big countries like France or Germany. You won't find any big corporation without multi-site projects, where the development takes place partially in some offshoring country.

The big consultancy companies now only offer those type of projects.

If on the other hand, you have a look at smaller countries, or business areas where the companies tend to be more small to medium size, then you are a bit safer from offshoring stories.

The bigger issue currently, are the big corporations using the current European crisis as a way to force governments to more liberal work laws, using the competitiveness excuse, as its happening the Portugal, Spain, Greece and so on.

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