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Comment: Re: nVidia w/ binary driver works (Score 1) 94

by drinkypoo (#48901225) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

Well, nothing lasts forever. I, too, hope that someday we will have nVidia cards with open drivers. My understanding is that their geforce line is too patent-encumbered for that to ever happen to them (they pretty much went full-Microsoft during the original Xbox era) but that they more or less own their mobile (as in handheld) GPUs outright, and if they ever become the basis for a desktop product, we might see an open version of those drivers. Nouveau is pretty much unusable for a lot of users, and useless for even more.

Problem is, only a subset of ATI cards are well-supported by the FOSS driver, and the official drivers are poop. When more of the cards are supported and it takes less time for the cards to be supported, maybe I will consider ATI cards again. But every time I do, I regret it deeply...

Comment: Re:He'll win in a landslide (Score 3, Interesting) 97

by circletimessquare (#48900829) Attached to: Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

Voter fraud is a nonissue fearmongered and blown out of proportion to enact the real disenfranchisement: Republicans pass laws making voting harder for blacks and the poor.

http://www.theatlantic.com/pol...

It's interesting because it's a last ditch desperate effort to preserve a voting base of old white conservative people which is quite literally dying off.

Then there is the gerrymandering to make sure the Republican voters always dominate in any given Rorschach ink blot of a voting "district."

But after that, Republicans have a real problem keeping and growing a voter base.

Long term, they either die off, or they radically change their ideology.

Comment: Re:Avoiding responsibility? (Score 1) 157

by hairyfeet (#48900645) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10
Blame Ballmer and his "Herpa de derp, gotta ape everything Apple does herpa derpa" bullshit. Its part of a pattern, along with MSFT Kin, rushing the 360 to market, Surface RT being released with no software and a half assed market....its really not surprising, history will judge Ballmer as the MSFT version of the Pepsi guy at Apple.

Comment: Re:fglrx sucks, but it sucks less in this case (Score 1) 94

by hairyfeet (#48900549) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?
Very much a troll as AMD has been paying for open source developers to speed the turn around of the FOSS drivers in the hope to get them to parity with the proprietary release and eventually replace it, and when it comes to GPGPU its not a secret Nvidia pushes CUDA while AMD pushes OpenCL (which this ask Slashdot is specifically asking for) so the choice seems to be pretty cut and dried.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 2) 174

Insurance companies just need to start dropping anyone who drives for Uber and create a new category of insurance for them (which would most likely be the most expensive bracket there is, considering they're driving around customers professionally all day long with no special training whatsoever).

They have that. It's called "commercial insurance". Same as other taxi drivers. The reason Uber doesn't like this is that they are not competitive when they have to compete on even terms.

Comment: Re: The fuzzy line between hobby and job (Score 1) 174

That would be a nifty argument if you could first show that force per square inch actually matters, as opposed to total weight.

I don't have to show this, it's common knowledge. We've discussed the fact here repeatedly.

Yet you admit that freight trucks cause the most damage. With its five axels and 18 wheels, a loaded freight truck should be too a Prius what your pickup truck is to a Prius.

But it isn't, because of the massive loads they carry, and the extremely hard tires which are designed pretty much exclusively for tread life and reducing rolling friction.

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