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Comment: 2ÂC target? It's gonna get worse (Score 2) 442 442

"Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money." (source).

If AGW is real and the global temperature is to rise unmitigated, the rich (who actually own the planet) will actually start doing something about that only when war comes knocking on their front doors.

Up until then there will be no tangible changes to prevent further warming of the Earth.

+ - A Prediction: 2020 will perhaps be the Year of PC-BSD on the Desktop

Artem Tashkinov writes: Luke Wolf, a KDE developer, argues that PC-BSD might become a serious desktop OS contender in year 2020, since Linux so far has failed to grasp any serious market share. He writes, "Consider this: In the past 10 years has the distribution you run changed significantly in what it offers over other distributions? I think you'll find the answer is largely no. I do have to give a shout out to openSUSE for the OBS, but otherwise I've used my desktop in the same exact way that I have always used it within the continuity of distribution X,Y, or Z since I started using them. Distributions simply aren't focused on desktop features, they're leaving it up to the DEs to do so." He continues, "PC-BSD on the other hand in fitting with the BSD mindset of holistic solutions is focused on developing desktop features and is moving rapidly to implement them."

What do you think?

Comment: Strange (Score 1) 391 391

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I remember ten years ago, when you didn't update your computer at least once every two year, it became horribly outdated, slow and just unpleasant to use.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

Artem Tashkinov 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 3

Artem Tashkinov 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) 535 535

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) 403 403

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.


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

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->

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) 405 405

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) 497 497

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).

There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Ad familiares"