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Comment: Re:Big news... (Score 1) 461

by BiAthlon (#29172545) Attached to: Linux Port For id's Tech 5 Graphics Engine Unlikely

You have to have OpenGL support in the driver that you're trying to use. Linux support of OpenGL, even though it does work, it not optimized the say way that the Windows support is. What John is saying is that they are using some of the less commonly used OpenGL routines and that the only shot of it working in Linux is to use the Nvidia binary driver. I don't know what the current rate of use of ATI versus Nvidia is among Linux users but if you reduce the Linux market from the entire market to only the ones that are running Linux with a binary Nvidia driver it cuts a small market to an even smaller market.

Comment: Re:HOWTO: Using a SUBSET to create LOCK-IN!!! (Score 1) 186

by BiAthlon (#27568543) Attached to: Sun's Phipps Slams App Engine's Java Support

The problem with your theory is that point number 2 and number 5 are false. There are no private APIs. If there were private APIs it would not be a subset, it would be a superset with missing functionality.

The only issue with Google using a subset of functionality is that if they strip too much out that is useful developers won't use it and instead opt to use one of the many other hosting options.

Comment: Re:I don't quite see what this is about (Score 1) 346

by BiAthlon (#27304875) Attached to: Increase In Xbox 360 E74 Problems

Can I mod you -1 Wishful Thinking? Today's vehicles are so much better than just about anything made in the 1960's that can be measured. For instance dependability, durability, handling and performance. The only thing that stuff from the 60's gets is a big nostalga factor. I owned two 1960's era vehicles, a 1970's truck, two 1980's truck, a 1990's car, a 1990's truck and a 2000's car. With the exception of the car each successive vehicle has gotten better.

My 1998 truck has 186,000 miles on it and all I've had to do to it was replace the alternator (about $80 and 45 minutes). The 70's truck was on it's third engine by this mileage. Both 60's era vehicles were on their second or third transmission and their second engine. I got rid of the 90's era car at 137,000 because things seemed to be wearing out at about the same time and were about to come due.

Today's vehicles are the best I've ever seen with regards to measurable features. They don't have the soul of the older stuff but they also don't have the demons either.

Comment: Re:Options (Score 1) 326

by BiAthlon (#26804031) Attached to: Shifting Apps To ARM Chips Could Save Laptop Batteries

I've had more than one situation where a sketch power supply or questionable RAM would totally refuse to run in various flavors of Ubuntu but Windows would just slow down or freeze for a while and eventually start working again. I think the guys at Microsoft just plan on running with crap hardware and their stuff degrades more gracefully.

It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.