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Comment Advertisement pretending to care about consumers (Score 1, Insightful) 151

Hilarious how this so-called "poster" acts all high+mighty pretending to care about consumers vs. big bad Amazon while simultaneously shilling and name-dropping for a competitor of Amazon.

The righteous indignation of the Pot over the Kettle's blackness is truly breathtaking.

Comment Re:Sanders 2016 (Score 4, Funny) 176

Totally! If we just elect Bernie then problems like these will be a thing of the past.

Instead of worrying about filing taxes 100% of income goes right to the Feds and every year you can apply to the Federal Government for a welfare package that will be given out based on politically correct preferences regarding race (no whities), gender (no Benjamins for Benjamin unless Benjamin was born Bethany), language & lack of citizenship (Habla Ingles? No Dinero!), and of course, whether or not you used a substantial portion of last year's welfare check to pay off Union "community organizers" Vido & Guido who run Bernie's local chapter of the Revolutionary Guard.

All you need to do is fill out a trivially simple 200 page form in triplicate, get it notarized by an official government agent, send it via certified mail and wait 18 - 24 months. Take that corporations!

Comment Re:Athlon X4 845 why cut pci-e lanes? amd is losin (Score 3, Insightful) 81

They're doing just fine.

And you called out the parent for bullshit? Oh wait, you said the parent had a little bullshit, so I guess you went for the full monty.

Even if Zen actually does what it is supposed to do, there's a very real possibility that AMD won't exist after 2019 when their crippling bond obligations come due.

Anybody who has seen AMD's financials with 6% and 7% interest rates on notes that were issued when the Fed was basically giving money away for free knows that AMD is far, far from "doing just fine." There are plenty of former AMD employees who could tell you that as well.

Comment Re:Athlon X4 845 why cut pci-e lanes? amd is losin (Score 4, Informative) 81

AMD didn't technically "cut" PCIe lanes since the underlying chip never had the PCIe lanes to begin with. That Athlon is a rebranded version of "Carrizo" that technically launched last year as a soldered-on mobile only part. It's available in a relatively small selection of notebooks but hasn't taken the market by storm.

Anyway, the Athlon part is just Carrizo put into a socket instead of being soldered to a board. Since Carrizo was only a mobile part designed for low-end systems, it never had 16 full lanes of PCIe connectivity to begin with.

Comment "Enthusiast"?? (Score 0) 81

Where's the "enthusiasm" over a retread of parts that they launched in 2014 that weren't even very high end [by AMD standards of "high end"] back in 2014?

I don't think you could find anybody who looks at a Core i3 or Pentium -- which compete with these parts on performance and price at much lower power envelopes -- as "enthusiast" parts.

Why is AMD even announcing these parts when they are re-launching what are basically the same 28nm process parts in 3 months with a tweaked memory controller in the AM4 platform?

Comment Well... EVERYTHING is a file! (Score 4, Informative) 699

You wanted the "everything is a file" UNIX approach*.. well, you got it, including the ability to delete *every* file.

Incidentally, while systemd was being blamed for this, the underlying /sysfs structures have zippo to do with systemd, so put down the pitchforks.

* Which has never actually been completely true but is a popular catch phrase.

Comment How about "Why is Slashdot broken?" for dupes (Score 4, Informative) 108

Then again, dupes of stupid stories have been with Slashdot since the beginning. It kind of makes you wonder what (if anything) the so-called "editors" of this site do other than take kickbacks from the likes of Hassleton and that d-bag over at Forbes.

Then again, there's an important social policy angle to the Slashdot editing "quality": It's a powerful argument that they should be paid less than minimum wage.

Comment Re:Translation:quit optimizing for Intel technolog (Score 2, Informative) 152

What's all "proprietary" about Intel graphics exactly?
Their open source support in the Linux kernel is substantially better than AMD's half-assed "sorta kinda open when we feel like it for obsolete parts" approach.

Another thing about this "open" concept that nobody is really talking about amidst the cheerleading: AMD is trying to push *proprietary* AMD-only hardware features that don't fit very well with current APIs -- and that includes Vulkan, BTW, not just the old APIs.

So what are they doing? They are "open sourcing" a relatively thin layer of code that exposes their proprietary GPU features to work *outside* of any cross-platform APIs.

So basically, they open source some relatively low-value shim code for their hardware so that they have an excuse not to make bug fixes since that's been handed over to the community. Meanwhile, the "open source" AMD product is actually encouraging software developers to write code to *non-standard AMD features* that aren't part of any accepted API that would work across platforms.

Just because some code is open sourced doesn't make it a happy "open" cross-platform experience, and there needs to be a little more critical thought applied to this media event.

Comment Re:The RPi's "secret weapon" (Score 2) 120

It doesn't need "community support" when the "community" is the default version of practically every Linux distro in existence without even requiring the existence of a specialized "community" distro just to support one board. That's what makes it really compelling over a Raspberry Pi (and I was in the very first wave of people who ordered it too).

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