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Comment: Strange (Score 1) 391

by Artem Tashkinov (#47567573) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

I don't know about others, but most of my friends run 3+ yo computers and laptops based on Sandy Bridge.

This CPU architecture was so good, or maybe Intel stopped innovating in the absence of competition, so today, more than three years later, I have zero urge to upgrade my PC. The only updates that I've made are: I updated my GPU a year ago and installed NVIDIA Kepler. Also, initially I had just four gigs of RAM in 2x2GB configuration and now I have sixteen gigs in 4x4GB configuration. Everything else is from 2011.

I remember ten years ago, when you didn't update your computer at least once every two year, it became horribly outdated, slow and just unpleasant to use.

+ - Conspiracy theories behind the recent TrueCrypt demise

Submitted by Artem Tashkinov
Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "The recent out of the blue TrueCrypt discontinuation got many people thinking what had happened to the project and inquiring minds suddenly found a hidden message in TrueCrypt's kind of awkward announcement, "(U)sing (T)rueCrypt (i)s (n)ot (s)ecure (a)s (i)t (m)ay (c)ontain (u)nfixed (s)ecurity (i)ssues", which means, "uti nsa im cu si". Translated from Latin it means, "If I wish to use the NSA". Even if this message is real and its author wanted to warn us about TrueCrypt use implications, it's still unclear whether he meant to avoid all existing TrueCrypt releases or only future ones."

+ - Gates returns to Windows 7 after being unable to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade 3

Submitted by Artem Tashkinov
Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "According to rumors Bill Gate's first day at his office in Redmond turned out to be a complete disaster mixed with ostensibly curse words no one had expected from him. He tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade but the updater failed continuously asking to reboot the PC. Microsoft's new C.E.O. Satya Nadella who came to help resolve the situation couldn't sort it out. In the end Gates said he would be returning to Windows 7 for the foreseeable future."

Comment: Android no more (Score 0) 535

by Artem Tashkinov (#44744169) Attached to: Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

We can now totally forget about Nokia phones running Android or any other alternative OS - and no matter what people say or how much they dislike Windows Phone, Nokia's hardware is still excellent - it could have been a perfect match for Android, Firefox OS, Ubuntu OS, etc.

Comment: Unconvinced (Score 1) 403

by Artem Tashkinov (#44141155) Attached to: You Will Get DirectX 11.2 Only With Windows 8.1

Game developers surely won't be convinced as most people still run (and will keep on running) the greatest common divisor which is Windows 7.

So I believe very few games will have features unique to DirectX >= 11.1. It just doesn't make sense to invest your money into something most people will be unable to use.

Software

+ - Linux problems to be solved before it can really conquer the Desktop-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "All over the Internet people keep arguing why Linux hasn't gained any substantial traction on the desktop and why most developers shun Linux like a plague, and even the ones who once contemplated it (John Carmack) gave up on it many years ago. An unknown author has gathered a profound list of intrinsic Linux problems which impede Linux adoption."
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+ - Main Linux problems to be solved for conquering the Desktop and developers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Over time people keep arguing why Linux hasn't gained any substantial traction on the desktop and why most developers shun Linux like a plague, and even the ones who once contemplated it (John Carmack) gave up on it many years ago. An unknown author has gathered a profound list of intrinsic Linux problems which impede Linux adoption."
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Comment: Incorrect summary (Score 1) 405

by Artem Tashkinov (#39312855) Attached to: Bing Now Nearly As Good As Google — Says Microsoft

As it often happens on /. the summary is not correct.

In the linked article: "Bing's freshness -- search quality in terms of freshness -- is at least on par with Google" and "Shum believes that Bing has finally reached a point where it can compete with Google on a technical level".

Google still indexes a lot more websites (enter some rare keywords and Google will give you up to five times more results than Bing), and it allows quoted queries which sometimes allow you to find information much much faster.

Comment: A technical view (Score 1) 497

by Artem Tashkinov (#39087205) Attached to: AMD: What Went Wrong?

I've read at least twice that throughout its latest history (the last ten years) AMD managed to create only two new CPU architectures, K8 and Bulldozer.

All AMD CPUs between K8 and Bulldozer are more or less the same design, and that fact alone explains that even Phenom2 CPUs offer modest improvement in IPC and power consumption over original Athlon64 CPUs which were released over 8 (!) years ago. All these CPUs share the same functional blocks, the same cache hierarchy, the same number of core blocks, etc.

Meanwhile during this time Intel has gone through Merom, Conroe, Wolfdale, Kentsfield, Arrandale, Clarkdale, Lynnfield ... the list goes on and on. Every 2-3 years Intel offers some radical improvements which made Intel the king of the hill since the advent of the Core 2 architecture.

Also we have to bear in mind that Intel's R&D's budget equals AMD's entire revenue, and since the x86 architecture is one of the most complicated computing architectures (at least from what I've heard), maybe the fact that AMD is always trailing Intel CPUs is that AMD just lacks resources to innovate and invent (actually resources are there but senior managers in AMD have indiscreet bonuses and salaries which means they don't have as many talented engineers as e.g. Intel can easily afford).

Crime

+ - Senate approves indefinite detention and torture of Americans->

Submitted by Artem Tashkinov
Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "The terrifying legislation that allows for Americans to be arrested, detained indefinitely, tortured and interrogated — without charge or trial — passed through the Senate on Thursday with an overwhelming support from 93 percent of lawmakers. Only seven members of the US Senate voted against the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, despite urging from the ACLU and concerned citizens across the country that the affects of the legislation would be detrimental to the civil rights and liberties of everyone in America. Under the bill, Americans can be held by the US military for terrorism-related charges and detained without trial indefinitely."
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