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Comment: Re:Capable of Playing - worthless statement (Score 1) 123

by LoneTech (#45963681) Attached to: AMD's Kaveri APU Debuts With GCN-based Radeon Graphics
I tried to find some hard data on either statement. It looks like the model number in TFS is a typo, and the test I found that showed results with BF4 neglected to explain what the medium settings are. It does, however, show us an average of 28fps, which would support your definitely not 30fps by a hairsbreadth. Now if only there were some technology to make that difference from 20fps count...

Comment: Re:Seems like a bullshit article. (Score 1) 148

by LoneTech (#44881737) Attached to: Multi-Display Gaming Artifacts Shown With AMD, 4K Affected Too

I find the interesting thing is that last time I used fglrx drivers - which was quite a few years ago, maybe before AMD bought them - they exhibited this very behaviour on Xvideo. I'm rather curious what makes them decide that a simple buffer swap for the entire screen should be done by drawing it in little triangles (presumably a variant of tiled rendering, but it's a full buffer swap!) in an unsynchronised random order (well, roughly from the right to left - but why not display order, top to bottom?). Even when they did get vsync activated, it synced not to the vertical blank but about 1/9th into the screen - so you got a *guaranteed* horisontal tear in the same place instead of random jagged ones. That was all with just one monitor - when I ran two, some versions would synchronize to the wrong monitor. Meanwhile, the very new open source radeon driver support used a rock steady video overlay.

ATI proudly proclaimed their two-step release cycle back then. What we saw in reality was drivers getting released with alternating sets of bugs. Of course, support for something as plain as video playback wasn't a priority, so maybe there were improvements I didn't notice as much.

What fascinates me is not so much that they get issues when running on multiple monitors, but that the same weird artifacts keep popping up. It's not like modern graphics cards don't have the memory to use readout driven frame buffer base address swaps.

In all, I'd say the artifacts are not news worthy, but their longevity and recurrence are cause for shame.

Comment: How about just using the dot? (Score 3, Insightful) 132

by LoneTech (#44723193) Attached to: Dotless Domain Names Prohibited, ICANN Tells Google

Dotless names are used for local hosts (and frequently other shortcuts, like ssh aliases). Many systems use the dot to decide whether to do a global DNS lookup; if there aren't enough dots in there, the local domain gets appended. It's a lot like pathnames with the slash separator, where slash in front makes it an absolute path. What most people don't realise is that there are absolute DNS names too, which end with a period. If someone were to register the "search" top level domain, the URL would look like "http://search." Including the period. On /. of all places, this ought to be known.

Comment: Re:easy enough to do (Score 1) 800

by LoneTech (#43869675) Attached to: First Looks At Windows 8.1, Complete With 'Start' Button

DOS did have limited multi-tasking. The cursor blinking is performed by hardware (so doesn't even indicate DOS is running), and DOS has had background print spooling from disk since version 2, not that anybody I know ever used it. We did use a bunch of other TSRs (a TLA for programs that keep working after returning to the prompt, they were that common), such as DOSKEY or QDISK. True multitasking was achieved with other addons, such as DESQview or VMIX, and even DOS itself provided task switching via DOS Shell (after version 4).
The indication of being back at the prompt did work in combination with the fact that it wouldn't do any work unless and until instructed (in other words, it's in a stable state). You would know not to interrupt a print job simply because you just started it.

Comment: Re:sweet (Score 1) 152

by LoneTech (#43779157) Attached to: Jolla Announces First Meego Phone Available By End 2013

You must be playing a different Project Butter than I've seen. It would be a bit better if they got rid of the frequent hangups, often followed by an in-your-face message that the *app* is hung - which only appears after it starts responding again, proving that the UI was as hung as the app. It's not only slow, it's wrong and counterproductive.

Comment: Re:It's started... (Score 1) 302

by LoneTech (#43729323) Attached to: DHS Shuts Down Dwolla Payments To and From Mt. Gox

Actually, the shininess of gold is a direct consequence of its electrical and chemical properties. It's metallic, which causes the shine via electromagnetic reflection, and it stays shiny because it doesn't corrode easily. Similarly diamonds (and rubies, and sapphires) have particular value for their mechanical and optical properties; the very same that made them pretty and resilient. In conclusion, any other material with those properties will also be pretty, so your assertion is incorrect. Other properties did contribute to the use in trade and decoration, such as weight and malleability.

Comment: Re:Author here (Score 1) 89

by LoneTech (#41961355) Attached to: PSP Emulator For Android Released

Looks like a decent start to me. I'm going to want better controls, obviously, as the SDL build seemed to think the world is a crappy touchscreen. I tried Disgaea (backup of my own disc), but it got stuck at the loading screen; not really sure what it was waiting for. I did rather expect the unimplemented functions it warned of, Atrac+ doesn't seem that popular - but it's used extensively by this game, which was what I bought the PSP for in the first place.
When building, the inline assembly for CPUID didn't want to work (replaced it with cpuid device support), and I had to add a -march=core2 flag to enable SSE2.

Comment: Re:MS trying to implement *nix security model (Score 2) 299

by LoneTech (#41942193) Attached to: Windows 8 Defeats 85% of Malware Detected In the Past 6 Months

Sorry, your description is just historically wrong. What you call DOS isn't at all based on removing the features of Unix; it grew from QDOS, which was a Quick and Dirty imitation of CP/M. It eventually acquired a few Unix type features like directories, I/O redirection and device names. Also, at the time, Unix (far from the first multiuser OS, but quite popular due to its portability) was not particularly concerned with networking; things like UUCP (Unix to Unix CoPy) and Fidonet handled such tasks before the Internet (begun as ARPAnet) spread. The growing security model in Windows comes from an entirely different model of threats; MS indeed feel that the user is the threat, since a large number of them do not know what the computer does. Their solution is MS taking more control over systems that aren't theirs, since they feel even more threatened by users who do know (or want to learn) what they're doing.

Comment: Re:shame (Score 5, Informative) 268

by LoneTech (#41942105) Attached to: Toshiba Pursues Copyright Claim Against Laptop Manual Site

They used to. It started to get a bit less reliable somewhere around the 3000 series. At this point they're yet another PC manufacturer short on ideas with a legal department that considers customer hostility a good thing. It seems a common problem when a company grows enough to hire administrative people who aren't involved with the products.

+ - Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-Dollar Supercomputer -> 4

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An anonymous reader writes "Fabless chip vendor Adapteva Inc. has launched Parallella, a Kickstarter initiative that could fund the development of the startup’s multicore processors and create an open source community for parallel programming.

The startup is asking for $750,000 to pay for a mask set for its 16-core Epiphany chip. If it gets the money it promises to deliver a $99 reference board for the chip. With two days left, they are just about $100,000 short of their goal.

The parallela hardware is a credit-card sized board with an A9 dual core chip running Ubuntu 12.04, connected to their 16 core epiphany chip, offering a total of over 20GFlops of computing for only 5 watts of power."

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