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Comment There's a good reason this is a logical move (Score 1) 173

AMD / ATI got a huge influx of sales thanks to BitCoin mining 3 or 4 years ago, it lasted for 12 to 24 months, sales figures perked up, manufacturing probably had to be increased, cost of procurement of components maybe slightly dropped - all kinds of factors, due to an artificial increase in sales.
When mining with GPU's became a poor option, sales returned to normal, just for gamers. Many high end used cards hit the market, further reducing sales.

This was positive and negative for AMD - so if a power company goes and spends an inordinate amount of money increasing production, for something which may well dry up, then it's a risk which they are factoring in.
In some ways, yes it's unfair but it is logical. Also, the market will bare what can or can't be charged / paid. They'll either deal with the rise in cost or walk.

Comment Re:Ahh "I read it online, it must be true!" (Score 1) 179

It's how you write it, not what you write. This place, like many will often give a +5 to a long post, almost regardless of the content. I've posted here over a decade with a heap of +5's.

Add some passion and swearing and your opinion is magically invalidated. Regardless I stand by the post entirely.

Comment Re:Nexus aren't satisfactory (Score 1) 179

"But, more important than that: Google definitely should put more pressure on manufacturers and carriers to keep the phones' OS updated for longer."

Totally completely agreed. I don't know how to program but god damnit I wish there was a way the fundamental crap underneath could be updated, without needing approval from HTC / Samsung / LG AND then local carriers as well, it's ridiclous.

Apples system is simply better in that regard. My iphone 5s is right up to date, it's an older phone and unlike some claim, it's still performing well to boot. Whereas my Galaxy Note 2? Updates have completely died (admitedly it's a bit of an old phone now, but much newer phones get ignored too)

It'd be nice if the unskinned version of Android was available for all handsets. Even though I actually don't mind TouchWiz, be nice to have that option.
Honestly, in my opinion, Google / Android has done very little positive in the past 18 months. Most of the changes have frankly, been poor / annoying / too similar to apple.

Comment Ahh "I read it online, it must be true!" (Score -1, Troll) 179

"For example, many users are frustrated by Samsung's TouchWiz skin"

Are they?
Are you sure about this?
Have you seen the sales numbers for Samsung devices?
What percentage of users actually even KNOW what the hell TouchWiz is?
How many of those whining about TouchWiz have actually USED a Samsung phone for more than 20 minutes?

It's not perfect, but considering what stock google looked and felt like for the first few years (actually most of them) it's VASTLY superior. Handy shortcuts like swipe left on a name to dial, swipe right on a name to SMS them
The dialler menu didn't look bland, blank, non shaded, no dividing lines to differentiate where buttons begin an end. Totally flat, bullshit "clean" look, utterly awful.
This was their in call screen at one point
Look at it.
NO fucking text labels, what does what?
The hangup button is DIRECTLY TOUCHING all the other buttons you may want to press while on call. It'S HUGE and easily accidentally hit.
Did I mention the lack of dividing lines for the buttons? and again, no text labels? What does what? You can GUESS for most but with text you KNOW.
Utterly atrocious.

No TouchWiz isn't an abomination at all, it's got a couple of small issues but it's vastly superior to the stock google experience, HOWEVER nerds on forums love to parrot what other clued up nerds say. It's literally "cool to hate TouchWiz"
The amount of people I've seen bag touchwiz who own an Apple phone or HTC and never a Samsung is mind boggling.

This is very similar to the HTC and Apple dipshits saying "Samsung plasticky yuck yuck!!!" "Samsung feels cheap!" these morons don't own a Samsung phone -but Samsung changed their phones for these dipshits, despite them never owning a Samsung or being happy with their HTC. Well congrats fuckstains, now ALL the phones are the same, metal body, super rigid, easier to crack.
All my plastic based Samsungs have been super light, marginally flexible and less likely to take damage when dropped due to less inertia, slightly more give. But all phones are the same now and the goons who got their way won't change, they were Apple / HTC fans in the first place.

So help me fucking god jesus christ lord in heaven if you assholes whine about the physical home button and I lose that, I'll go ballistic. Can we at least keep that? Please? I do NOT want a button I can't put my finger on, without it recognising it as a press.

Comment Re:More details... (Score 1) 262

Can I just say, thank you to slashdot / members of slashdot, specifically you.
I'm INCREDIBLY FUCKING SICK of seeing articles on the internet about something unique, interesting, bad, good, whatever - where you'd expect some more information / pictures but there's nothing goddamn provided.

Fuck the internet is filled with copy and paste lazy bullshit, thanks for digging up some actual info.

Comment Interesting that only 20% seem to be clean / tidy (Score 1) 111

I wonder if we have a predisposition as nerds to be messy, or impulsive? Focus on the code, the game? Fuck taking that dish back to the kitchen?
Keep reading that website, can put the food packaging in the bin later?
I don't know.

Then there's the bigger issue than cleanliness and tidyness, it's QUANTITY. Something I'm literally dealing with right now. I'm a geek / nerd, I have *lots* of stupid IT shit, but I "need" it. It's either worth money or I might use it one day. The sad thing is a lot of the "I might use it one day" stuff I have, unlike most people, I actually do! It's just super infrequent. Plus I have a ridiculous memory for things that I've owned, where I got them, who gave them to me, etc. So 5 years after throwing something out I'll go "oh god I HAD one of these, I remember because blah blah"

I'm trying to minimise my trinketts, tools, gadgets but it ain't easy at all. This picture fascinates me on the topic. so very true. At a certain point, just throw it, you can always buy another, if rich :/

Comment Really, "Pharma Bro"? (Score 2) 108

Regardless if Schedkdkkhkhrelli or whatever his name is a tool, does /. use "Pharma Bro" in a headline now?
I HATE to be an ageist dick, but which sub 25 y/o redditor copied and pasted shit they saw there, here?

I actually follow some idiotic entertainment news but I don't expect it here. You've also not said who Ghostface toolbag is and why they are 'beefing' (Note: we don't care) but you could've at least explained the purchase of the album, you didn't even do that.

We don't care.
Someone post some of the following things PLEASE

Major security exploits.
Upcoming linux kernel improvements
Upcoming android improvements.
SSD and storage technology leaps / improvements.
Renewable energy articles.
Self driving car articles.
How to code guides.
Future of working in tech, how to deal with outsourcing.
Hell, even "list of underrated, surprisingly cool utilities and programs, for Windows even" would be better.

Here's some random Windows bullshit from me to make up for this atrocious article.
Duplicate Cleaner Pro is still the best dupe file checker I've found (the UK one)
Firefox Nightly still isn't particularly fast for a multi-threaded version of Firefox.
If you use Firefox nightly, be prepared to also run dev / nightly builds of your plugins, otherwise odd bugs occur (yet surprisingly FF nightly is shockingly stable)
Paint.NET is surprisingly good for a free graphics app.
"Remove empty directories" is good for cleaning up empty directories on your drive
Display Fusion is still without question the best multi-monitor app out there, if you thought Ultramon was useful, you ain't seen shit.
FreeNAS 9.3 is still humming along nicely for me, boy do I wish someone would release a 6+ TB SSD which is cheap though, spinning disks are hot and noisy (and I mean a semi- cheap one, even if it's slower)

That's all I got, it's better than fucking Martin SHSKSSKHSKRELLI articles.

Comment Re:at $15 a gig in overages they will pay off the (Score 2) 103

A HUGE amount of Americans have absoloutely no idea in any level of how expensive and difficult it is to maintain a quality, low to mid bandwidth cellphone network, no CONCEPT at all.

I've been seeing angry fist shaking posts about it for over a decade, "they have the audacity to charge me more than $10 for unlimited data!?!?!!?" kind of ridiculous bullshit.

Obviously companies will try to squeeze you where they can but the amount of dumb shit people do on their phone in the US is mind boggling. I'm surprised ATT is making any money with the grandfathered iPhone unlimited plans just milking many MANY gbs a month of data across their network

They seem to think that it's exactly the same as a cabled network (fibre / dsl) for maintenance and upgrades, no goddamn idea.

Comment This stuff is meant to be pretty fancy. (Score 3, Informative) 65

The initial AMD Fury card was a bit of a disappointment, I mean it is quite fast for it's size and it's also quite fast for only 4GB memory onboard, but it didn't thrash the nvidia 980Ti it competes with, despite being a newer technology with more memory bandwidth.
I haven't investigated (nor do I care to) as to /precisely/ why, but it may be the AMD GPU itself is simply not powerful enough to use that bandwidth effectively or the 4GB holding it back due to texture size.

*THAT* being said, that's phase 1 of HBM, phase 2 is about to kick in this year for both AMD and nvidia and premium video cards will be utilising this technology in the high end for certain.

The other thing that's frequently mentioned when these are brought up is that this on chip (or is it on package?) memory is going to be utilised in some of AMD's mid tier APU chips (the CPU / GPU combined ones) which should make some onboard video surprisingly damn good in the coming future. Perhaps not dedicated GPU good but may compete well with low to mid tier dedicated GPU's now.

Also for compute functions for scientific stuff or whatever people use all that number crunching stuff with dedicated GPU's for, this will be far better. (Apparently it's similar to Intel Xeon Phi or some such? (Knights landing)

I guess ultimately what has enabled this technology to exist is stacking ram (?) since they can fit 4GB of memory inside a single, very small chip.
(Here you can see the existing stuff, 1GB in a single chip, the 4 smaller chips around the GPU) soon to be 4GB in presumably the same physical space and 8GB shortly

It looks to me like stacked ram is the future in many things (SSD capacity booming due to this)
It's all pretty exciting for the future of bandwidth, 1TB/s is pretty nice and I imagine it'll only go up from there.
(I read some theories recently about 'stacking' CPU's too, although the heat may become an issue? but if they can lay out 48 layers of memory inside a chunk of silicon, why not lay out multiple processors) however that's for the smart people to figure out.
Please read the replies to this post as I don't follow as closely as I used to and several pieces of information here might be slightly off.

Comment The encoding community seems to disagree (Score 2) 110

I've read many many posts indicating that for low bitrate stuff, 265 is doing very well but for the higher end stuff, it's only marginally better than 265 (more like 25%)
That's an approximation, I don't recall the exact figure, but I do recall it being significantly less than 50%

This is pretty disappointing, perhaps other tweaks and improvements will be eeked out over time, but as it stands, I can't see a 3TB movies folder being recompressed to 1.5TB with the same quality at this point in time.
(I know that would be lossy to lossy and stupid, that's not the intention of the post)

Comment My machine(s) "ready to go, tested ok!" not so (Score 1) 720

I'm getting nagged on my HP Microservers (N36, N40, N54L) and I know for a fact if you don't have the latest BIOS update on them, the network card doesn't work. I know someone who's done it and I've seen the "why doesn't server 2012 work on my HP Microserver" articles.

I sure as shit hope these things don't auto install this thing.

Comment Replies to this are appalling for slashdot (Score 2) 56

Haha Facebook jokes..........

This is an actually interesting article.
1, people ACTUALLY genuinely working on large optical disks (instead of another "theoretically, we could do 1TB discs!" post, which I've been seeing for a decade
2, some kind of fairly cool optical disc changing system - aren't you interested in the file system? What about redundancy? The article indicated it's significantly lower power. What about long term reliability.

Nope, facebook jokes instead, this isn't reddit.

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