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Comment: Now for proprietary drivers to get on-board! (Score 3, Interesting) 128

by Kernel Corndog (#44874955) Attached to: GNOME 3.10 Is Now Properly Supported On Wayland

No doubt, I am cheering the open source drivers to continue their great progress but I can't understand why Nvidia and AMD don't enable EGL extensions on their desktop drivers (especially AMD since I'm a shareholder because they started supporting open source). With Mir and Wayland needing the extensions, Gabe Newell saying Linux is the future of gaming, and the future of Linux windowing being Mir or Wayland, I'm not going to get super excited until one of the Big Two GPU vendors start supporting it.

And I'm hoping it's you, AMD, that will be the first to claim that crown on Linux. Please let it be in the forthcoming hardware Newell mentioned.

Comment: Teachers Love Snow Days Too. (Score 1) 223

by Kernel Corndog (#36179042) Attached to: Internet Could Mean End of "Snow Days"

I can't remember ever hearing my parents (both teachers) being disappointed about snow days. They love the break away from baby sitting other people's kids too. I doubt this will happen any time soon... what about the poor kids who don't have internet or can't afford broadband? Maybe if the internet were a public utility....

Comment: Does anyone remember DEC | Compaq | HP? (Score 1) 325

by Kernel Corndog (#35210892) Attached to: AMD Sale to Dell Rumored

DEC Alpha just died ... Compaq couldn't execute with it and HP probably didn't care to. Furthermore, I would bet the patent portfolio sharing contracts between AMD and Intel have so many conditional clauses that should AMD get bought out, their access might dry up. As ARM emerges as a direct competitor to Intel and challenge their monopoly, Intel probably would welcome finally getting rid of the competition who's existence has been beneficial to only for regulatory purposes...

Personally, I'd hate to see ATI's tech be gobbled up and made to wither more than anything else. So far they are the only one's who are publishing their specs for open source developers.

The Internet

False Fact On Wikipedia Proves Itself 513

Posted by kdawson
from the round-and-round-it-goes dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Germany has a new minister of economic affairs. Mr. von und zu Guttenberg is descended from an old and noble lineage, so his official name is very long: Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. When first there were rumors that he would be appointed to the post, someone changed his Wikipedia entry and added the name 'Wilhelm,' so Wikipedia stated his full name as: Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Wilhelm Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. What resulted from this edit points up a big problem for our information society (in German; Google translation). The German and international press picked up the wrong name from Wikipedia — including well-known newspapers, Internet sites, and TV news such as spiegel.de, Bild, heute.de, TAZ, or Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the meantime, the change on Wikipedia was reverted, with a request for proof of the name. The proof was quickly found. On spiegel.de an article cites Mr. von und zu Guttenberg using his 'full name'; however, while the quote might have been real, the full name seems to have been looked up on Wikipedia while the false edit was in place. So the circle was closed: Wikipedia states a false fact, a reputable media outlet copies the false fact, and this outlet is then used as the source to prove the false fact to Wikipedia."
Graphics

Adobe Adds GPU Acceleration To Creative Suite 4 246

Posted by timothy
from the let's-see-this-in-more-software dept.
arcticstoat writes "GPU computing has just taken a major step into the world of mainstream software development, as Adobe has now released a GPU-accelerated version of its Creative Suite, comprising Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro. Both Premiere Pro and After Effects only support GPU features on Nvidia's professional range of Quadro GPUs, but Photoshop CS4 allows GPU acceleration on any mainstream GPU that supports Shader Model 3.0 (such as Nvidia's GeForce 6200 series of GPUs). Built on OpenGL, Photoshop CS4's GPU features allow real-time rotation of images and accelerated zooming and panning. As well as this, Photoshop CS4 also uses the GPU for anti-aliasing on text and objects, and it can tap the GPU for brushstroke previews, HDR tone mapping and colour conversion."
Patents

Scribbling On Digital Photos 134

Posted by kdawson
from the oh-so-clever dept.
JagsLive notes a patent application filed in the US by Nokia for a way to 'scribble on the back' of digital photos. Nokia's approach is similar to the iPod's Cover Flow, except that Nokia users will be able to flip through their snaps, select one, and then turn it over and annotate the back just using SMS-like text entry. The scribble becomes an integral part of the saved photo.
Google

Google's Floating Datahaven 450

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the don't-spring-a-leak dept.
PDG writes "Google has pending plans to take its data centers off-shore, literally. By moving their data centers to floating barges in international waters, they are able to save money on taxes and electricity (using wave based power) as well as reside their operations outside the jurisdiction of governments. There is mention of hurricane and other caveats, but I wonder how they plan to get a bandwidth pipe large enough and still be reliable. Seems like a chapter out of a Neal Stephenson novel." You might recall earlier discussions on the same subject.
Medicine

How Do Geeks Exercise? 1806

Posted by kdawson
from the assuming-they-do dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I have always been thin but all the sitting in front of the PC is taking its toll now that I'm getting older. I have begun to get a little heavier around the waist. I don't eat a lot but the weight seems to stay on these days. Most of the time I don't have the luxury of just getting out of the house/office. And being an introvert, I'm not enamored of the idea of exercising in full view of *shudder* people. I regularly do press-ups (60 per night) and sit-ups (30 per night) and some fetching and carrying, but that is all and these days it isn't enough. I need a solid and effective routine that will tone all my muscle groups efficiently. Do any Slashdotters have a regular workout routine that can be performed in the privacy of the home to stave off those pounds?"

Comment: Free made a buyer out of me... (Score 2, Interesting) 268

by Kernel Corndog (#23676945) Attached to: No, David Pogue, Ebook Piracy Is Not a Given
I didn't read any of the articles linked but I can say from person experience that, even though Practical Common Lisp is available for free on-line (HTML, PDF) I still bought my copy. It is worth every penny. Had it not been available on-line, it probably would've taken me even longer to convince myself to buy it.
Security

New Botnet Dwarfs Storm 607

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the that's-a-lotta-zombies dept.
ancientribe writes "Storm is no longer the world's largest botnet: Researchers at Damballa have discovered Kraken, a botnet of 400,000 zombies — twice the size of Storm. But even more disturbing is that it has infected machines at 50 of the Fortune 500, and is undetectable in over 80 percent of machines running antivirus software. Kraken appears to be evading detection by a combination of clever obfuscation techniques that hinder its detection and analysis by researchers."
Microsoft

OOXML Rumored to be Approved, Announcement Wednesday 223

Posted by Zonk
from the long-hard-slog dept.
dominux writes "Rumors are already circulating that Microsoft's OOXML has been voted in by the standards board. The Open Sourcerer claims to have results of the ballot on dis29500. According to the site Microsoft managed to flip enough countries to make it stick. 75% of the P members who didn't abstain voted for Microsoft (That is 58% of all the P members). 14% of all the P and O members voted to disapprove it, this includes all the new O members that joined just in time to cast their vote. Norway has asked that their vote be suspended due to voting irregularities, but it would take more than that to make a difference to the result. ZDNet is still playing it cautious, noting that an announcement either way is set to be made on Wednesday."
Businesses

Sequoia Threatens Over Voting Machine Evaluation 221

Posted by kdawson
from the don't-look-in-there dept.
enodo writes "Voting machine manufacturer Sequoia has sent well-known Princeton professor Ed Felten and his colleague Andrew Appel a letter threatening to sue if New Jersey sends them a machine to evaluate. It's not clear from the letter Sequoia sent whether they intend to sue the professors or the state — presumably that ambiguity was deliberate on Sequoia's part. Put another clipping in your scrapbook of cases of companies invoking 'intellectual property rights' for bogus reasons." Sequoia seems to be claiming that no one can make a "report" regarding their "software" without their permission.

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