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Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 333

I never experienced any of that. Vista was actually quite pleasant for me and moving to Windows 7 wasn't really much of an upgrade. Maybe the laptop you tried Vista on just had poor specs.

The world disagrees with you. There were actually lawsuits over computers carrying vista-ready stickers that wouldn't run vista worth a crap... the same machines would later go on to run Windows 7 without a hitch. It's not just me, it's just you. Do you work for Microsoft, or what? Even the people I know who work there won't defend Vista, so it must be something else.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 59

Since Linux users make up 1% of the market share (I'm not sure the % for gamers, but could be lower), I'll doubt they'll lose sleep over it.

The question is, if they get really rock-solid drivers for Linux desktops, would the effort carry over towards entering the market for graphics chips in other things that run Linux like Android tablets and phones?

There is no market for graphics chips in those things, only SoCs which converge graphics with the CPU core. nVidia has an ARM SoC product like that, but AMD doesn't. AMD is sampling ARM server chips but has not even announced a mobile part. Meanwhile, nVidia is on what, their third or fourth Tegra? ATI actually used to make graphics chips for cellphones back when they did use separate GPUs; I used to find their cute little chips inside of Motorola phones, like V-series and RAZR. But now they don't, because they have nothing to offer.

I've been a proponent of AMD for many years, but what we're seeing now is the middle of the end. (The beginning was when they revealed their new architecture and it was... meh.)

Comment Re:Well thats odd (Score 1) 80

Ever had a cab driver who had no idea of where they were going but relied on a GPS?

I've had cab drivers who claimed to know where they were doing and then did much worse than a GPS. Granted, they didn't have a fancy-pants test to make sure that they would do better. The thing is that network connected GPS gets better when more people use it, but a person is always just a person. They can get better by studying... or connecting themselves to additional tools, like GPS.

Sometimes, GPS routes are utterly ridiculous.
I don't want to pay some clown a bunch of extra money because he got stuck in traffic or took a longer route because he had no idea where he was going.

Right, but that's the merit of realtime, network-connected routing. The more people use it, the better it works. It gets more data back, so it can make more accurate estimations and send you down more efficient routes. If you know a shortcut, and you can outdo the GPS, then by all means take that route while using GPS navigation and let the network learn from you instead of complaining about how bad it is!

Comment Re:Not actually available now (Score 1) 162

it was immediately available, you just were too late (and so was this article :p)

Even assuming that was true, it wasn't immediately available for $5 anywhere in the world, unless you got it "free" with a magazine nobody should want because better information is always available online. Why not just wait to announce immediate availability until more than a handful of people can get it immediately? It wouldn't cost anything to just tell it like it is instead of inflating the story to look good.

Comment Re:Wut? (Score 1) 80

Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me.... You don't.

We have no reason to believe that you are anything other than that which you are labeled, an anonymous coward who likes to talk shit but who won't back anything up.

I think you just want to make yourself sound smart, when in reality you don't know what you are talking about.

You mean like a cab driver who thinks they know traffic conditions better than a computer network that gets reports on it in real time? Even proponents of the black cab system have to admit that the best reason to keep it around is that it creates jobs. Meanwhile, it is one of the more expensive systems.

Comment Re:Implementation is questionable (Score 1) 80

"The machine is broken" is what you will hear most of the time if you offer a card at the end of the ride.

And if I heard that, "I don't carry cash" is what the driver would hear, whether it was true or not. They can run the card or they can have an IOU. If they don't tell you about their defective equipment up front, they don't have a leg to stand on when they complain about a lack of immediate payment. Then you can watch them pretend to "try" to get it to work, the disingenuous bastards.

Comment Re:I thought this was mostly (Score 1) 59

AMD shifted their development process for the Catalyst driver set, focusing on delivering feature updates in fewer, larger updates while interim driver releases would focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, and adding new cards.

And my first thought was, how the hell else do you develop software? You put out one or two big releases a year and then fix and patch up in between. What the hell was AMD doing before Crimson? Where they completely re-writing their driver stack 3 or 4 times a year?

Well, the way AMD has been doing it is that they make some minor changes occasionally, and once in a while they make the driver configuration GUI bigger and more bloated and increment the major version. Then you have to wait for someone (e.g. DnA) to hack the drivers up to make them not crash your system. At least, that's my experience of ATI graphics on Windows. I still have one machine with integrated Radeon, and it is by far the biggest PITA of everything I own. Making it work right on Windows is difficult and making it work properly on Linux is impossible. It was a netbook and the graphics were old so I thought "surely this will be supported by Linux so I can still use it when I'm tired of running windows on it" and then... fail. I get massive display trashing while using acceleration and it has actually gotten worse with subsequent versions since the first one I tried. Using the vga driver works but disabling renderaccel doesn't, so it must be some basic flaw in the way the hardware is initialized... Gee, I thought AMD gave away all the information needed to support this old hardware! And when it was brand new, fglrx already said that it was too old and thus unsupported. Thanks, AMD!

Comment Re:Not actually available now (Score 1) 162

are you gonna cry and throw a tantrum if you can't have it RIGHT NOW or are you going to understand the reality of the supply pipeline

Actually, I'm going to complain about how Eben, Liz, and the Pi Foundation in general set unrealistic expectations. For example, Liz demonstrating Android ICS on the Pi and then never releasing the code, nor an explanation for why not (probably Broadcom contractual bullshit) or now Eben claiming that the Pi Zero is immediately available when it is not immediately available. Why do they have to tell lies? Why can't "coming soon" be good enough?

Now, why can't you demonstrate even the minuscule amount of courage needed to log in before talking shit? Concerned you'll lose your editor job?

Comment Re:Report back in several releases ... (Score 1) 59

AMD is prioritizing Windows with respect to these changes. That should not be surprising since the market is dominated by Windows. Now if these changes aren't reflected in their Linux drivers down the road, then yes there will be reason for concern.

Your argument only holds water if you're a Windows user. If you're a Linux user, this is cause for concern, because the Linux drivers are shit. They offer dramatically less performance than the Windows drivers. This is just further proof that AMD doesn't give a Fuck about Linux users. Frankly, they are very poor compared to intel about Linux support in general; hell, there's Still no good PM support in Linux for Mobile Athlon 64 Cool'n'Quiet, and the R690 chipset has never been properly supported. They don't contribute meaningful support for their hardware to the kernel, and they don't release the information fast enough for it to have timely support from the community. And that's why, although I've been using AMD processors since the K6, I don't use ATI video and why my next PC will probably have an Intel CPU. I'm tired of AMD's Linux lip service.


TL;DR: AMD has always phoned in Linux support while making empty promises, and this is just more of the same.

Comment Re:Not meant to be a good device but to undercut C (Score 2) 162

As is, this Raspberry is quite useless... You need to add
- a SD card


some header

No. No I don't. I can solder direct. For my application, that's actually more useful to me.

an USB Hub

If I even use the USB functionality at all, I shall use it to connect perhaps one device. Therefore, I only need some micro USB connectors. I got five minis for two bucks, I'm sure micro connectors are plenty cheap. Or I can pop the USB connectors right off the boards, and just solder magnet wire to the pads. I only wish they had brought in power on an unpopulated header connector instead of on a usb connector which I'm going to have to desolder.

Some adapters (micro-USB to USB host, HDMI)

I don't need the HDMI. If I use the GPU at all, it'll be for computing and not for video output. Already discussed the USB adapter issue, which for me is a non-issue.

Useless product... Microcontrollers (AVR/PIC/...) or conventionnal Raspberry/BBB/... are much more useful.

You can use this to do precisely what you do with a microcontroller; this is going to replace Arduino for a lot of uses.

The real problem is going to be actually getting them for $5. element14 is sold out and wants $13.50 for one even if they had one!

Comment Not actually available now (Score 2) 162

Why is element14 still in business?

[generic broken product image]
Image is for illustrative purposes only. Please refer to product description Manufacturer: RASPBERRY-PI

Price: $23.17 (Price is before tax)
Out of Stock
Price: $13.50 (Price is before tax)
0 ship now

So in short, the product is not immediately available (it's sold out in the Swag shop also) and when it is, it won't be $5 unless you order it direct. And then, if you don't live in the UK, you'll have to pay an assload of shipping.

Where can I buy R-Pi in a B&M store in the USA, so that I can actually get it for $5? And when will it actually be available?

Comment Re:Allow me to predict the comments (Score 1) 162

I don't consider the ethernet on the Pi to be suitable for any mission-critical feature. That's why I'm actually excited about this version of the Pi. In the past I have criticized the poor USB support (which is also the poor ethernet support) and the lack of RAM. But if you're not expecting ethernet then the bad ethernet isn't a problem, and the lack of RAM isn't really a problem in the ultra-miniature space where this product exists. I expect it to become the new de facto standard for flight controllers beyond the most basic, for example; at this price, you can couple it with 9DOF+baro and still have it be about the same price as a Multiwii Lite, let alone an Ardupilot Mega. Since I2C is built in, it will be trivial to interface the sensors, and the Pi is already commonly used to control servos. A knockoff Arduino Nano (atmega328p) is $3.50!

At this size and price, Pi is going to take a serious bite out of the Arduino community.

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