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Comment: Re:Sadly, I don't see an "out" for AMD (Score 1) 117

by Kjella (#49493901) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

Sigh, where to begin.

AMD has .28 nm chips. Intel is down to .17 nm and skylark with .14 nm is just around the corner!AMD has .28 nm chips. Intel is down to .17 nm and skylark with .14 nm is just around the corner!

Not .28nm, just 28nm and Broadwell is made on the same 14nm process as Skylake.

Only saving grace is ATI graphics. If nvidia gets a hold of .17 nm chips then it's game over too.

They haven't called it ATI graphics for 5 years, but now I'm quibbling. What's important is that both AMD and nVidia makes their GPUs at TSMC and so have access to the exact same technology if they pay.

I was a loyal AMD user too. I tried and stayed til last year. It is frustrating but an i7 4 core with 8 virtuals with hyperthreading really sped uo my games compared to the 6 core./

Hyperthreading has little to do with it, the step down with pure quad-core (i5-2500k, i5-3570k, i5-4690k) has usually been far more cost effective for gaming. Four Intel cores simply beat eight AMD Bulldozer cores.

AMD needs to leave [x86] and go all ATI to stay solvent.

They're in the same boat on graphics, the last major new architecture was GCN in 2011 and it's way overdue for a replacement. So that depends, have they actually invested in a new architecture? With their R&D money going everywhere else, I don't see how.

Comment: Re:We all need to realize... (Score 1) 117

by Kjella (#49493467) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

...we need AMD. Because if AMD goes away, Intel has zero competitors in the x86/64 market.

AMD gave up on the markets I care about in 2012 so I don't really care, what's worse it that without AMD there's really no competitor to nVidia in the high end GPU market either.

If AMD goes the way of the dodo bird, so do our cheap processors.

That's what smartphones and tablets are for, you only need x86 if you're doing anything CPU intensive and anything CPU intensive you shouldn't be doing on a cheap CPU in the first place.

Moreover, we'll likely lose a great deal of software freedom as what Intel says becomes law across the whole board. UEFI and TPM?

AMD supports all the same DRM standards as Intel.

What used to be the "traditional" AMD has already imploded, if anything they'll exit the consumer market and become a pure specialist/custom player but they're not recovering to compete with Intel/nVidia. They got $17 million left in stockholder equity, losing both on revenue and margin every quarter and way behind on both CPU and GPU technology. I don't think they can be saved in a way that matters to us.

Comment: I wonder why he bothers... (Score 1) 109

by Kjella (#49489599) Attached to: An Engineering Analysis of the Falcon 9 First Stage Landing Failure

In a later tweet that was subsequently withdrawn, Musk then indicated that "the issue was stiction in the biprop throttle valve, resulting in control system phase lag."

Anything he leaves for more than 0.5 seconds is going to be reported, retweeted, screenshotted and several articles posted. Just google "musk stiction biprop" and you get plenty hits, no real "undo" button for such a public figure.

Comment: Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 1) 231

by Kjella (#49486421) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

Indifferent is not the right word, but they're looking to see if there's a reasonable chance whether an investigation could result in a conviction and that's far from just rapes. I've had my car vandalized at night, no witnesses and really just reported it for the insurance claim. I've had a pair of brand new shoes stolen at the gym, no cameras pointing in that direction, I just reported it for the statistics so they know how much crime is really going on.

They come into the police station thinking now I'm going to get him caught and punished, but what they often end up hearing is essentially "So you were raped and from what you're telling me he's going to get away with it" and that really hurts. The standard of evidence often feels unreasonable, like what do you expect a written confession or a video recording? That's the flip side to the justice system, if you know you've been the victim of a crime but the perpetrator gets away with it the illusion that the law will protect you shatters.

Which is not to say that the gun nuts are right, it wouldn't have stopped my car from being vandalized or my shoes stolen and if she wasn't in any condition to put up a fight she wouldn't have been able to get hold of and fire a gun either. What you're really experiencing is that bad men will be able to do bad things to you and there's really no sane way of making 100% sure it doesn't. The justice system makes a difference, but it won't make things right and fair. And I'm pretty sure heaven and hell is a fairy tale for adults.

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 1) 309

by Kjella (#49481955) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

Their goal is to sell games.

Indeed and their goal with Linux is to have a gaming platform independent of Apple and Microsoft, from their perspective you have a choice of nVidia (closed), AMD (open and closed) and Intel (open) covering all the bases. I don't think Valve feels the need for more choice for Linux to be a choice.

Comment: Re:And this is news... (Score 2) 309

by Kjella (#49480511) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

But why? It seems counter to business interests. The more people using your hardware, the better, yes?

A common misconception, with complex products there's always so many environments and conditions you never get all the corner cases worked out. So what you want is ten million people playing GTA V on Windows (7/8/Vista), not all these niche users finding subtle ways to break it on their special snowflake of a Linux setup. It costs time and money, hurts your brand and most companies would rather just sell to the 95%+ doing mainstream tasks.

Comment: Re:Economics would be the problem (Score 1) 361

by Kjella (#49472063) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

Complete loss of human knowledge is also a common trope in post-apocalyptic fiction, but I think that too would be unlikely. I doubt something is going to completely fry every single circuit and book. The entire content of wikipedia fits on a thumb drive. I've got one. And while no, wikipedia itself is not the same thing as having every technical journal, you can get a pretty good idea of the concepts that drive our technological society from it. Not having to re-derive Maxwell's equations is a huge leg up.

And how long will it last? WWII lasted six years and after the war there was rationing on everything, I imagine an apocalypse like that only bigger and worse. Power will have been out for years, generators don't have fuel and people will be too busy doing what the illiterate masses has done for most of human history, surviving. There won't be any replacement parts so when your machine fails it's dead, assuming you got clean power to begin with. And they need something useful at their current level of technology.

I don't think you understand how much of a downward spiral we'll have simply because the infrastructure and division of labor is collapsing. I'd probably be out in the fields trying to make food and firewood for the winter and sorry but if I had kids that's the kind of thing that'd be my first priority for them too. Learning what I know about computers wouldn't even rate as nice-to-have because it'd be bloody unlikely they'd see a transistor made after the apocalypse anyway. Life span would probably drop to what they were 2000 years ago because there's no industrial production of hygiene, sanitation or medical products. And when I'm dead and the computer's dead, yes maybe there's some books on a shelf... but it's a long, long way to recovery.

Comment: Re:"Old" vs "new" trolling (Score 1) 278

by Kjella (#49464545) Attached to: Researchers Developing An Algorithm That Can Detect Internet Trolls

"Trolling" meant "fishing." (...) Today they think "troll" is referring to monsters who live under bridges.

How many years is it since you first heard "Don't feed the troll", which clearly refers to it as the monster and not the fishing technique? Certainly before the dotcom days, in my case. I think you've fallen into the trap of defining the finer art of trolling as the only true trolling, when the ones posting goat.cx links were trolling for newbies just like you. Or taunting the guy with a short temper. Or tricking the veteran into writing a long, insightful reply just to realize he was wasting his time on a troll.

Baiting, flaming, pranking, bullying, flamebaiting, pretty much any way of subtly or not subtly at all trying to disrupt a discussion and have people go off on wild rants and off-topic discussions and flamefests and whatnot has been known as trolling for a very long time. Sure the elaborate trap to lure the wary was one part of it, but there were always those looking for the cheap lulz. And if you can't win by trolling, you can always accuse someone else of being a troll. And if you can't find anyone to take the bait, be the clueless n00b too so you can get everyone to shout at you to stop feeding the troll.

Comment: Re:Arbitrary major version jumps (Score 1) 172

by Kjella (#49464023) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Kernel Released

Parent poster here, I tried to convince the my manager and sales department to give support on a time basis based (X years after delivery date), but the "that is not how other companies bigger than ours do it" argument won over mine. So as a result we update our versions based around the time we think we supported the old versions long enough.

I think a combination works best, major releases makes most sense when it comes to technology/code you must support while a minimum number of years makes sure you won't go Firefox and suddenly be at version 40. For all the other bashing Microsoft can take, their policy is actually a good model:

Mainstream Support for Business, Developer, and Desktop Operating Systems will be provided for 5 years or for 2 years after the successor product (N+1) is released, whichever is longer. Microsoft will also provide Extended Support for the 5 years following Mainstream support or for 2 years after the second successor product (N+2) is released, whichever is longer.

Basically you get a guaranteed 10 years of support from release, 7 years as long as you're buying the latest version (minimum 2+5) and if it takes longer the support period stretches too. Don't expect another XP though, Vista runs from January 2007 to April 2017, Win7 from October 2009 to January 2020 both 10 years, 3 months. And with Win10 seemingly on schedule for release this year it'll be the same with Win8.

Comment: *Data rated* fireproof safe (Score 1) 443

This gets me thinking about what the most reliable data media would be to keep in my fire-rated home safe. CDs/DVDs/tapes could easily melt or warp rendering them useless

Ordinary fireproof safes are designed to keep papers from bursting into flames. Data rated fireproof safes keep the interior temperature under 125F/50C, like say this one so computer media survives just fine. In fact, this a "Why can't I be arsed to google this for five minutes?" question.

Comment: Re:i educate (Score 1) 190

by Kjella (#49459847) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?

What did he need it for? Basic photo editing.

No, what he wanted it for is to get professional Photoshop experience on his resume and as a stepping stone to a better paid position. He just can't say that and you're too focused on technical aspects to realize he's the smart one getting the company to foot the bill. Or did you get a check when you saved the company money by using GIMP? Do you think the potential license savings is going to make you more marketable? Unless you're looking at employers trying to skimp in all the wrong places, you're not. He's likely to get more and better offers having worked with expensive professional tools than a tool every amateur can play around with. Kinda like nobody hires a photographer who takes all his pictures with an iPhone, even if the pictures are fine.

Comment: Re:Great for free software (Score 1) 212

Until they pass a law demanding that all encryption software must be able to comply with lawful warrants to decrypt the contents and outlaws the rest, making it a crime by iteself. Or just create some procedural rules to keep you in contempt of court until you decrypt it. You really think they're going to clamp down on all proprietary software and totally ignore open source just like that? I admire your optimism but if they can make this happen open source encryption will be on death row.

Comment: Re:Dark Energy (Score 1) 199

by Kjella (#49457107) Attached to: Supernovae May Not Be Standard Candles; Is Dark Energy All Wrong?

Cosmologists hotly debate a lot of the details, but their agreement on the fundamentals is near-unanimous.

Those who want to believe otherwise rarely let that get in their way, that we're still working out the minute details of complex interactions is an easy way to dismiss everything. See evolution, the climate, medicine, nutrition, ecosystems, pollution, almost everything that doesn't reduce down to a physics/chemistry experiment really.

"You stay here, Audrey -- this is between me and the vegetable!" -- Seymour, from _Little Shop Of Horrors_