That's S3 mode stand by, if you can accept the name and limitations. Such as : don't actually cut the power, never mind the occasionally possible network issues, or particular linux issues (when powered back up, it sends my graphics card in "emergency mode" i.e. fan at 100% speed and it stays at 100% speed till I reboot)
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Amazingly but unsurprisingly, Google Earth the 3D package that does about the same thing as the 2D Google maps is like an order of magnitude less demanding on hardware resources. It even requires little GPU performance (a geforce 6100 is more than fine for instance)
So I may recommend it as an alternative if Google Maps is too slow, or if you need something to run on old or very slow hardware. Roads/streets can be enabled with one click - you end up with something that looks like a superposition of plan and aerial photos, and street view is available.
Yet it may fail to display the damn little pictures. At least on linux (ubuntu 14.04 derivate), the embedded browser seems to fail depending on what version you use. Had to rip out "google-earth-stable" from my system, then install "googleearth-package" which is kind of like setup.exe files that act as downloaders for Windows software. Then run "make-googleearth-package" which you can helpfully find by typing "mak" and hitting tab, tab, or by searching for it with such thing as " find
But unexpectedly, I've just fixed the problem.
It went from version 18.104.22.1681-r0 to version 22.214.171.1247, go figure. It seemed slow at first but that's a matter of repopulating the cache.
AMD still has too low single-thread performance and if you care about that, Intel came out with Celeron G1620 and Pentium G2020 (now updated with the same as Haswell) and has ruled the low end too.
AMD ironically requires a more expensive motherboard and an aftermarket heatsink/fan if you go for that old six-core CPU. (but I do have that opinion that a CPU with four or six or more cores is most needed for games, unless you're a professional who works all the time with lots of big pictures or video)
I would get an AMD set up only knowingly, knowing that's is barely better than Phenom II / C2Q 9550 performance. Flagship recent AMD CPU are A10 7850K and Athlon 860K, still a lot slower than an Intel 2500K.
Fortunately I lost interest in games, as they required to spend hundreds $/€ for incremental graphics improvements and they required to use Vista/7/8.
Weren't workstations of the 80s and 90s just powerful microcomputers?
CPU with memory protection (e.g. 68010 plus MMU), SCSI disks, high resolution (about a megapixel), several megabytes of memory, advanced OS : Unix-like, Windows NT or something else.
By that measure, any good low end desktop computer is a workstation. By 2001, that had Windows XP and Ultra DMA IDE modes ; a decade or less later we had SATA with NCQ (no need for SCSI), support for dual monitor and SMP as standard (dual and quad core).
There is a nice improvement going from AHCI to NVMe protocol, though. I/O gets lower latency, less CPU intensive, less "blocking".
That may seem "philosophical" still. At a first approximation latency is halved. The tech will be a good thing to have once the drives get plentiful and cheap.
I mean these are so ridiculously powerful cards that if one buy one, that may be because you wanted to run some demanding and advanced game. There are at least a handful available now for linux desktops. But if you use an open source driver, and it manages to run the game without crashing or debilitating bugs, the driver will likely bottleneck you so much you get like 10% or 20% of the performance.
Way to waste a computer upgrade, both GPU and CPU - you do need to upgrade the latter to play advanced and recent games, too.
The slowest of these cards does over 2 teraflops, there's no way you can remotely use that level of performance and features in games with an open source driver anyway.
If you're living near artillery roads you should be worried by massive howitzers and other dangerous pieces of hardware.
Or if you want to get evil, asm.js
I don't have a FirefoxOS device to experience it, but they say they added that feature in an 1.x version. I remember thinking that crap, I thought it's the smartphone for normal people and should be a less intrusive smartphone : if you want to check mail go to the mail app. But you do have legitimate notifications on a phone : SMS and missed calls.
So.. is the web notification feature somewhat old already?
Found this on push notification, says it's supported by no desktop browser
And just "notifications", whatever they are : purportedly supported by Chrome 22 and Firefox 22, but I don't know what they are about
We've always had "web apps" : the CUPS configuration interface, the web mail I was using in 2001, slash fucking dot.
Internet Explorer looks interesting, but it's currently lacking a linux version!
With LLVM using an intermediate representation of code (LLVM IR) and CLR another : MSIL, now called CIL, does that mean it goes C# -> LLVM bytecode ->
Note that 90% of energy is wasted in datacenters for autoplaying videos, tracking, web 2.0, "we recommend you these stories", inefficient implementations etc.
Client devices could do with a single MIPS core and an unlit monochrome LCD, servers could run tight code written in C or whatever instead of PHP etc., and serve actual content rather than padding all pages with background noise and 3000x2000 background pictures.
Regarding FM radio at least : there are strong non-technical issues. Local stations (small ones, non profit etc.) would have to go to a middle man for multiplexing, if only digital radio is allowed. If they survive, they might only afford low bandwith : if a musical radio station has to sound like 64K MP3, kiss it good bye.
Then there's the issue of being locked into some codec. MP2 radios have to be junked if you upgrade to AAC, and AAC is not that good anyway : it would be better to throw that stuff out and start again with Opus codec.
Also : not only 20-year-old or 50-year-old radio receivers can be used, but those I own are very recent (a few years old) including that on my cell phone and they only support FM radio (the other pretends to support AM and only receives one station, barely)
So when analog is turned off.. every one loses the ability to receive radio. At best, if there's line-in on your radio (what I call my "radio" has unused shit like a CD player, old ipod dock) you can connect a separate, digital radio to it.