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Comment: Re:Who the heck is "Khronos Group"? (Score 1) 80

by 91degrees (#49173599) Attached to: Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12
Khronos is the organisation responsible for the OpenGL standard amongst other things.

And why should I care?

No idea. Perhaps you don't. If you're into 3D graphics then you will care. If you don't care then that's up to you. The implication here that we think you should care is a little childish. If you don't care that's fine. Find something you do care about.

Comment: Re:PowerVR?!??!? (Score 2) 80

by 91degrees (#49172113) Attached to: Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12

Does this do tile-based rendering?

I presume you intended this as a joke, but from the OpenGL/Vulkan comparison table in the overview: "Matches architecture of modern platforms including mobile platforms with unified memory, tiled rendering"

On that point - I'm not all that sure exactly what it does to support tiling. The PowerVR blog says "A render pass consists of framebuffer state (other than actual render target addresses), and how render targets should be loaded in and out of the GPU at the start and end of each render. This structure is the key object that allows tiled architectures like PowerVR to run at extremely high efficiency." but that it's not really all that clear to me how this makes a difference.

Comment: Re:Uh, what? (Score 1) 80

by 91degrees (#49172011) Attached to: Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12
Is this really something OpenGL didn't previously do? I remember DX8 drivers compiling to a bytecode. It was a pretty simplistic language, with a suboptimal bytecode but it still avoided at least one slow part of the process. I realise that optimisation takes the bulk of the time on non-trivial architectures but it still seems like a poinless inefficiency to expect a driver to even handle string parsing.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 2) 462

by 91degrees (#49145241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
Okay - I'd go for a HD adaptor, or ethernet PCMCIA card, but really It'll only take hours, not days over RS232. Even at a paltry 19200 bits per second we're looking at 18.5 hours or so. If it can manage the dizzy heights of 57600 or even 115200, then that will be down to a little over 6 or even 3 hours.

Comment: Re:What part of "Consent" Don't You Understand? (Score 1) 308

by 91degrees (#49135251) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
Good question. But I think that this is about rights other than freedom of speech that also need to be considered. I have the right to freedom of speech, privacy and to not be harassed. Is your freedom of speech more iportant than my privacy or freedom from harassment?

It's not an easy question to answer, and shouldn't be because there are so many factors, and it differens on a case by case basis.

Comment: Re:What part of "Consent" Don't You Understand? (Score 1, Informative) 308

by 91degrees (#49135065) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

I take my stand on the proposition that the publication of nude and/or sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the subject is a form of rape.

And I take my stand that this is a vile statement that devalues actual rape.

This not art. This is not speech.

Who is to define what is and isn't art and speech? You? Me?

This is humiliation. This is malice. This is revenge. This is greed. This is crime. Revenge porn

Then call it these things. Stop trying to make it something it isn't, and admit you consider stopping these to be much more important than freedom of speech.

Free speech cannot survive in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Free speech has to mean something more than the adolescent's desire for instant sexual self-gratification.

No it can't. It also can't survive in a world of arbitrary rules about what is and isn't "fee speech". However, the adolescent's desire for instant self gratification is perfectly legitimate.

I am sick and tired of the geek playing the censorship card when anyone asks him to behave like an adult.

But people are advocating censorship, and narrowing what freedom of speech is in order to rationalise it as something other than censorship!

Comment: Re:if you think it's a free speech issue--- (Score 1) 308

by 91degrees (#49135023) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
It is a free speech issue!

Free speech is not limited to the first amendment. Reddit offers a degree of freedom of speech. For a discussion forum, this is seen as a good thing. Now they are offering less freedom of speech. Whether this is a good thing or not is (from a users perspective) a question of the importance of freedom of speech in a forum balanced against the importance of privacy, and from a business perspective a question of balance of the expectation of the users for freedom fo speech against the public perception.

Freedom of speech is not limited to government.

Comment: Re:Yes. Yes they are (Score 2) 318

Yes, the US is well behaved, as far as these things go, mapping the mines, making them auto-deactivate and detectable. But the problem is, the US is seen as a beacon of morality. Maybe less so than it used to be, but the rest of the world still has fairly high expectations. If the US is using landmines, other countries can us this as a moral justification to do the same.

The US doesn't need to use them in Korea. They can cede responsibilities for those to South Korea. Pointing to what South Korea does is a far less compelling moral argument.

However, on the matter of Korea, the proposed alternative is autonomous guns. Unlike mines, these things don't hide, so, at the very least, we know if all of them are accounted for. But these could be banned by an overly broad anti-robot rule.

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn

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