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Comment: Re:Amazed (Score 3, Interesting) 218

by Funk_dat69 (#47187057) Attached to: Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

Why would anyone new enter a market that has clearly peaked? Smartphones and tablets are replacing PCs for web surfing, video watching, social media, email and some gaming. You basically have your enthusiast gamers (not really that big of a market) content creators and developers left.
And I don't see how you call open source a joke. The only thing funny is that some people still look to Microsoft or Apple to tell them what technology to use. Why?
Windows 8 is a very confused product, reflecting the confusion of it's parent company.

Who needs this crap? Give Linux a chance. On the server it's a no-brainer. On the desktop, it takes some getting used to, but it is more than adequate for what you need from desktop OS.

Comment: Re:regular users (Score 2) 293

by Funk_dat69 (#46928975) Attached to: The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

Haven't you seen the MS commercials lately?
They all mention "The New Windows!", NOT "Windows 8!" Because they know that regular users have already latched on to the idea that Windows 8 is "bad". The same thing happened to Vista. Maybe both OS's deserve it, maybe not, but when you overhear Joe Schmoe computer buyer at Fry's saying "Oh, no I want the one with the good Windows", (I seriously heard this around the time Vista was cratering and again a few months back) you know you have a problem.

Comment: Even more to it than *that*... (Score 2) 59

According to the Reg (page 2) Power8 is going to have some sort of memory coherence function for accelerators. Allowing the GPU to be just another first-class processor with regards to memory could be a big win, performance-wise, not to mention making it easier to program.

The latest version of CUDA (version 6) has also just added features in the same area (unified memory mgmt). Anandtech has some more info about that.

This thing will be beast!

Comment: Re:How is this any different from power.org (Score 2) 131

by Funk_dat69 (#44497729) Attached to: IBM Opens Up POWER Architecture For Licensing

Power.org manages the ppc ISA.
The ppc ISA is and has been completely open. You can design and create your own chips based on it and people do.

This is about opening up, or decomposing, the development of the high end POWER chips that IBM develops. Large data center companies have an increasing desire for customized chips. Customizing chips is not what Intel is good at or want to be good at. The only game box win that Intel had was the original XBOX and that was a massive failure, partly because of the inflexibility of Intel and their precious margins. I really can't think of any other custom wins that Intel has had since.

If Google wants to cobble together a small 2-4 core Power Chip with exactly the parts they need, based on licensed pieces from IBM, and then go fab it at wherever is cheapest, I've got to think that will save them money versus being a mountain of retail Intel chips.

Comment: WRONG! (Score 4, Informative) 131

by Funk_dat69 (#44497359) Attached to: IBM Opens Up POWER Architecture For Licensing

Impressive. You are wrong on just about *everything* you wrote:

>>POWER support is dead on all enterprise Linux distributions, Red Hat dropped support with EL5.
Nope and nope and nope

>>Furthermore OpenPower boxes are contractually prohibited from running AIX.
You are confusing this announcement with a previous attempt at the Linux market that was also called OpenPower. Those systems only ran Linux and could not run AIX. This announcement is about opening up the entire platform and licencing out parts or whole cores of the actual high end chips to companies like Google, who recognize that the single most expensive component in servers is the CPU - and they want choice and customization.

>>You've got a box of hardware with nothing to run on it and it can only deliver half the performance of comparatively priced Intel equipment.
The recently released Power7+ chip running Linux is the fastest thing on the market right now.

>> If you outsource support to IBM, their support specialists in the delivery centers will accidentally nuke your whole frame during routine maintenance, and you could be down for days
Umm..ok I'm stopping now

Comment: Why two ARM Windows OS's? (Score 1) 246

by Funk_dat69 (#44435665) Attached to: Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

I like the idea of Windows on other hardware, especially cheap energy efficient hardware like ARM.

I don't understand why MS has both Windows Phone and Windows 8 RT, though. Both ARM-based touch-focused Windows OSs. But software won't run on both. Why? How many ecosystems can you realisitcally expect to create? MS obviously over-estimated their ability or their cache with users.

Creating ecosystems is hard. Even if you have the better product. And MS doesn't have the better product with either RT or Phone.

How was this supposed to work? Even if it sold, was it a "survival of the fittest" OS scenario? Kill RT if Phone did well? Or vice-versa? Eventually there could be just one, right?

Why not have one lightweight 'mobile/touch' OS that can run on ARM and x86; then have 'heavy' x86-only Windows for Surface Pro and Laptop/Desktops? Because it makes too much sense?

Perhaps RT was a play to get some leverage on Intel? Who knows. One thing that's clear is that the market has rejected it.

+ - IBM to bring KVM to future PowerLinux boxes 1

Submitted by Funk_dat69
Funk_dat69 (215898) writes "IBM Executive Arvind Krisha announced today during his Red Hat Summit keynote that IBM is bringing KVM to it's Power Systems next year, specifically to their Linux-only PowerLinux servers. No further details were mentioned, but adding this announcement to the effort to get OpenJDK ported to PPC64 gives a glimpse into IBM's plans for the future of their platform."

Comment: Re: What this likely *really* means... (Score 1) 74

by Funk_dat69 (#43748209) Attached to: Used Game To Survive? EA Plans To Drop Online Pass

Sheesh..so maybe 'forced' was an overlly strong word to use.
But consider: EA may not have the clout they once had, but they are still one of the largest game publishers in the world and you still want them making games for your fledgling console, I think. And if 'the other console' may be giving them what they want, you are likely to consider the same.

But this is maybe more likely: MS and Sony saw 'online pass' and decided they want that money instead of EA. It's their network after all. The console guys give the publishers a small cut, which the publishers are happy with since it's enforced platform-wide and managed by network, which costs the publishers nothing. It's just free money. Everyone wins! Except for the gamer, of course, but they're probably filthy thieves anyway.

Still seem hard to believe?

Comment: What this likely *really* means... (Score 4, Interesting) 74

by Funk_dat69 (#43742343) Attached to: Used Game To Survive? EA Plans To Drop Online Pass

On the surface this may look like EA is giving up it's quest to kill used games. I find that rather unlikely.

What this likely *really* means, is that 'online pass' will soon be redundant. With ps4 and the next xbox soon to be out, this moves all but confirms that there will be something similar at the system level on both consoles, likely with publisher-friendly terms so they can share in on the ransom windfall.

EA is shutting down theirs early to try and save face and let Sony and MS look like the jerks next gen, when in reality, it was probably their idea and lobbying that forced Sony and MS's hands.

So..yippie?

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