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Comment: Re:nVidia Consumer Card (Score 1) 56

by TehZorroness (#48898953) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

I picked up an nVidia GTX 970 about a month ago, and though I had to tinker a little bit with Debian to get it up and running, after I got the newest drivers installed it's been running rock solid and I haven't noticed much of a difference in performance between Debian and Windows 7 (Maybe 4 more fps in a game on windows where the game is running with the fps in the 290s. This wasn't an ideal test though because the renderer on windows was DirectX 9, while on Linux it was OpenGL). To get it going in Jessie, the upcoming stable release, all you need to do is add experimental to your sources and apt-get -t experimental install nvidia-kernel-dkms. Experimental should be pinned by default so things won't get installed unless you are explicit.

Before I put the 970 in, I had been getting by with the integrated graphics in my i7-4770k. If you haven't built a new PC in a while, the capabilities of Intel's integrated graphics will blow you away. Yes, dedicated cards are still miles ahead in performance, but on the Haswell HD Graphics 4600 GPU I was able to play some pretty modern games at modest settings. The coolest thing about it though is the completely open source graphics drivers and stack on Linux. If you're looking for the best performance possible on a completely open source stack, Intel is your answer.

I own a laptop with an ATi graphics chipset and their drivers are absolute garbage. Their Linux driver causes visual artifacts all the time on a composited GUI, and the machine to crashes on shutdown one out of 5 times with fglrx dumping core causing the machine to never shut off (and potentially turn my laptop bag into a toaster oven x_x). I guess I'm going to return to the open source radeon drivers now that I can scratch my gaming itch on the desktop.

Comment: Re:Breakdown of adult interaction, oral tradition? (Score 3, Insightful) 189

by ColdWetDog (#48898277) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Come on. You're blaming people not being able to handle qualitative and quantitative explosions in information (if not knowledge) on the family (or lack thereof)? Yes, family is important. No, family is not (and historically has not been) the general arbiter or source of most information. You're confusing family with society, especially pre literate society.

How in bog's green earth is any sort of family unit supposed to deal with the current knowledge set? Hell, even a university level professor can barely keep track of what goes on in their own field.

I think you're conflating a series of basic homilies and perhaps moral constructs (as useful and as important as they are) with knowledge. They are different concepts.

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