posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 10:58 UTC

Randall
Thom,

Your analogy is *still* flawed. Code isn't like the surface of an LP. It doesn't degrade over time, nor is any way to improve its quality without changing it. Which puts us right back at square one: Change the code, change the tune, risk destabilizing the whole ensemble.

At this point I think you should probably abandon your LP analogy since it simply doesn't work and you've clearly taken it as far as you can. Or stick with it and I'll keep poking holes. It's your call.

Back to the matter at hand: You claim kernel thread count doesn't matter. I claim it does. I point to historical precedent and benchmark data. You counter with more speculation and then fall back to your flawed analogy.

You know, Thom, just repeating your position over and over again won't make it suddenly become true. You can't invent a major Windows kernel update where none exists. And no, Mr. Russinovich's latest interview won't help you. Mark makes it clear that the majority of changes to the shared Windows 7 client/Windows 7 server kernel won't be felt outside of the datacenter. So while its "cool" in an academic sense, it has little bearing on the real-world performance characteristics of desktop PCs.

Since this line of discussion is clearly going nowhere, I suggest we switch gears and focus on another area you touched on in your "rebuttal" article: Benchmarking.

In your article, you say - and I quote - "Vista was a dog when it was first released, but these days, after lots of patches, fixes, and a service pack, it's actually quite snappy."

My challenge: Prove it.

Seriously, if you're going to criticize me for supposedly making unsupportable statements about Windows 7, I'd like to see you defend your own such statements. Show me your data that proves that Vista's performance has improved measurably since RTM. I've got reams of results to the contrary, so by all means, let's see what you've got.

BTW, pink ponies? Rainbows? Must be the "techno" - it's messing with your head. I strongly advise a strict regimen of classic American Rock & Roll. Begin with Side 1 of Boston's eponymous debut album...

RCK

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