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Thread Google formally unveils the "Stadia" launching in 2019
Out of curiosity I booted a GCP VM in Sydney and pinged it from a Melbourne location. The result is as follows: Of course network situation varies from location to location so the image really does not mean much :( Also, it seems that GCPing.com uses a f1-micro instance, which is the smallest (and cheapest) VM class GCP offers; it uses only 0.2 vCPU cores, my guess is that when under (relatively) heavy traffic the performance maybe be impacted.
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Thread Google formally unveils the "Stadia" launching in 2019
It actually isn't a different term for cache. You are right that PoPs do not compute; in the case of Stadia they help make it faster to serve rendered scenes and deliver user inputs. I am pretty sure the data centers themselves have enough power to prepare contents.
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Thread Google formally unveils the "Stadia" launching in 2019
I feel that it would be helpful to clarify that a little bit. The picture displayed at the conference features edge network nodes Google builds/operates, including Google Data Centers/Google Cloud Platform regions, Google PoPs (Points of Presence), and Google Global Cache. For most people, when you access Google services, your traffic generally follows this path: Your Device -> ISP -> PoP -> Data Center (with static contents served by Google Global Cache; for games it might be pre-rendered scenes, subtitles, audio files, etc.) If helpful, think of PoPs as gateways to Google network; they are not data centers and do not run much workload, but they help provide a better network experience by granting you an optimized pathway to Google Data Centers. You do not need to live near a Google Data Center to get the best performance; being (physically) close to a PoP would suffice. A list of Google-related PoPs are available here: , .
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Thread Apple launches new MacBook Pros Touch Bar Only starting @$1799
Personally speaking I do think macOS offers a better experience than Windows 10 (better high-DPI support, much more coherent design, no annoying ads & promos, great built-in utilities, etc.), though it may take you a while to adjust, especially if you have never used a mac before. OneDrive support is alright, the app has all the basic features. Light gaming is OK too, I am pretty sure WoW and HotS wouldn't be a problem, though you have to understand that the integrated graphics in the 13-inch models has its limits. Bootcamp offers a better-than-nothing experience to be honest; I do recommend caution if you plan to purchase a mac to run Windows all the time; besides, last time I checked the Bootcamp drivers for 2018 models haven't been released yet. The real question is, is it wise to make a purchase at this point if you have always been a Windows user? The base 2018 13-inch model costs $1799 (4-core 8th-gen i5, 8GB DDR3, 128GB SSD, Iris Plus 655); with $100 more you can buy an XPS 15 (6-core 8th-gen i7, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, GT1050M w/ 4G DDR5, 15-inch 4K AdobeRGB screen), which is far more powerful than the MacBook. Huawei MateBook X and XPS 13 are good choices too if you have to go with the 13-inch form factor, they are similarly powerful, have good build quality, and costs hundreds of dollars less.
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Thread Apple launches new MacBook Pros Touch Bar Only starting @$1799
It's a leap performance wise. Geekbench scores (CPU): 15-inch early 2015 (i7-3840QM, 2.8GHz): 3715/11935 (Single-Core/Multi-Core) 15-inch mid 2018 (i7-8750H): 4931/21148 (Single-Core/Multi-Core), +32%/+77% 13-inch mid 2018 (i5-8259U): 4490/16484 (Single-Core/Multi-Core), +20%/+38% 3DMark 11 Performance GPU (Median) GT750M: 2543 Raedon Pro 555 (MacBook Pro 2018 15-inch base model uses 555X, a variant of 555 w/ slightly higher clock speed): 5185
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Thread Apple launches new MacBook Pros Touch Bar Only starting @$1799
It's really ironic that years ago when I purchased my first MBP there wasn't any Windows laptop on the market that offered a better deal. Of course many machines back then are more powerful at the same price point, but none of them managed to strike a good balance between portability, power, battery life, and overall quality. It's a totally different story now. I can hardly go back to Windows now but it's getting a little difficult for me to justify a $3099 purchase knowing of the throttling situation and the fact that XPS 15, along with other quality Windows laptops, exist. Maybe I should just wait for the non-TB model refresh and save the rest of money for my next desktop PC :(
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Thread Apple launches new MacBook Pros Touch Bar Only starting @$1799
What kind of workload do you handle everyday? If it's just web browsing, document processing (Keynote is god-tier by the way), etc. you might be better off with the 12" Macbook. It will be refreshed soon though, if the rumors are correct (MacRumors has a useful tool, , for your reference). MBA is not a good deal at this moment; it doesn't have a Retina screen and the hardware configuration is way outdated, you can purchase a much more powerful and similarly portable Windows laptop with the same price.