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Comment: It sure was for me! (Score 1) 169

by Bram Stolk (#49754497) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

In 1981 I played the pacman clone 'Munchkin' on a friend's Philips Videopac game computer.
I was hooked, and asked my father for a 'game computer.'

He refused and said "We'll get a real computer instead."
I asked him "What is a real computer?"
And he responded: "With a real computer you can make your OWN games."

We got a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, and today I have my own indie game company and had a hit-game on the Appstore, reaching #1 iPad app in many countries.
Games got me into programming.

+ - Ask Slashdot: GPU of choice for OpenCL on Linux?

Submitted by Bram Stolk
Bram Stolk writes: So, I am running GNU/Linux on a modern Haswell CPU, with an old Radeon HD5xxx from 2009. I'm pretty happy with the open source Gallium driver for 3D acceleration.

But now I want to do some GPGPU development using OpenCL on this box, and the old GPU will no longer cut it. What do my fellow technophiles from slashdot recommend as a replacement GPU? Go nVidia, go AMD, or just use the integrated Intel GPU instead? Bonus points for open sourced solutions. Performance not really important, but OpenCL driver maturity is.

Comment: Article seems ignorant of current state (Score 1) 147

I think the article screwed up here.
From the article:

"Party Play allows four friends to connect via BlueTooth controllers to an iPad, enabling local splitscreen multiplayer. Take your iPad out to your flatscreen TV with a HDMI adaptor and bingo, the Apple microconsole has arrived."

So the iPad is the microconsole, and you can ALREADY DO THIS.

The iPad can mirror anything to a TV using HDMI, and the iPad can already do MFi controllers, so there is NOTHING NEW HERE.

Comment: Re:Bigger problem: stupid 'optimizations' (Score 1) 447

by Bram Stolk (#46725151) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

OpenSSL has a functionality: to provide high security. If it fails to do that, it loses all reason to exist, regardless of how efficient the code is.
Also: allocation does not tend to show up in profiling.
Last, note that allocation was deemed slow on SOME PLATFORMS.
Way to go: completely compromise the security on all platforms because you think that on some platforms allocation is slow.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory

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