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Comment: Re:These changes are really annoying (Score 1) 178 178

Really off topic but I'll bite:

1600x900 here, on a one year old Fujitsu Lifebook E 782. Which is overall a nice but not really high end system. Typical prices used to be in the 900-950 Euro range a year ago. Today, the E554 seems to be its equivalent, available with 1.920 x 1.080 display for a bit over 800 Euro.

It seems that your management was just being cheap when they stuck you on laptops with a "720p" display ;-)

Comment: Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 277 277

by Lonewolf666 (#49960765) Attached to: The Unintended Consequences of Free Windows 10 For Everyone

Well, GP explicitly mentioned gamers, who are quite the opposite of business users when it comes to upgrading.

Where businesses hesitate to upgrade, often to the point of running unsupported OS versions because "it works" (until it doesn't ;-), gamers tend to err on the side of being overenthusiastic.

That includes stuff like running alpha versions and beta drivers, and since Windows has by far the largest selection of available games, it has to be Windows for most of them. I predict that DirectX 12 really will drive adoption of Windows 10 in the home user market.

Comment: Re:I don't think it means what you think it means (Score 1) 277 277

by Lonewolf666 (#49960411) Attached to: The Unintended Consequences of Free Windows 10 For Everyone

In any event, MS would be ill advised to open source anything. As soon as they do, they are no longer the only source for updates, and once they are no longer the only source for updates, they will no longer be the *best* source for updates, since it is likely that a young upstart company with some intelligence behind it is going to be able to run rings around MS.

It would still be the only official source for updates. Windows would almost certainly not accept third-party sources by default.

It would be the only official source for updates for the original version. But if Windows was entirely open source, not just a few components, the third party version could accept whatever the third party wants.

I think it could be similar to CentOS cloning RedHat:
Switch out the trademaked logos, perhaps change a few URLs in the update mechanism to point to the servers of the third party and run the whole thing as "alternative" system...

Comment: Re:The article is useless without benchmarks (Score 1) 76 76

I guess Intel might eventually get there. For midrange stuff at least. Their Iris Pro GPUs are already getting close to AMD's APUs.

But it is quite possible that they keep it as high price "laptop exclusive". Especially if AMD goes tits up.

Comment: Re:Okaaay. (Score 1) 203 203

Well, tell your boss about the email stash and how it may still be important. If he agrees, export the whole email stash into an archive. In the same discussion, you should arrange a storage location for the archive. After all, your successor has to know about where to find the archive, and it will probably your boss who has to tell him.

If management doesn't agree about preserving the emails, it's their problem if the mail disappears after 90 days.

Otherwise, I'll quote Rhook's sibling post:

Management may very well ask for help in the future. At which point you tell them "$200/hour, 4 hour minimum".

Comment: Also: NoScript (Score 1) 236 236

It is not primarily an ad blocker, but as most ads are served via JavaScript, not allowing domains like ad.doubleclick.something will greatly reduce the flood of unwanted ads and scripts.

The RequestPolicy website also recommends NoScript as additional measure BTW.

Comment: Re:Can they compile from source? (Score 2) 143 143

Visual Studio being free is nice, but that alone won't help here.

At the very least, one would have to
1) audit the source code for back doors
2) compile the applications and Windows versions to be checked for backdoors from that source
3) and then
-either distribute the self-compiled programs within the organization
-or compare the hash values of the self-compiled programs to those bought from official sources.

Comment: Diodes (Score 1) 597 597

by Lonewolf666 (#49797329) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

Even with switching power supplies, 12v is not optimal because of the losses in the diodes. Even Schottky diodes have a voltage drop of 0.3v or so.

I think it would be a good idea to standardize on something in the 40-50 volt range for the DC grid in the house, with some leeway for adjusting the actual charging voltage to what is convenient for the battery.
A 42-volt electrical system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42-volt_electrical_system#Choice_of_voltage) comes to mind. Even if it did not really take off the first time around.

Comment: Re:All of you should buy AMD whenever possible (Score 1) 98 98

The Open Source AMD drivers tend to lag a few years behind, especially in performance, so the latest generation of cards (HD 7xxx and its rebrandings) is hardly better under Linux than the HD 6xxx series, despite being more capable hardware in theory. Really new models may not work at all or only in 2D.

Closed source AMD drivers still have an iffy reputation. Personally, I'd avoid them unless I really need the performance or a specific feature.

Comment: Re:Power savings (Score 1) 98 98

Sounds interesting, but might be too expensive in the short run and not as urgent. "Normal" system RAM tends to be larger than typical VRAM sizes but not as bandwidth-critical. Also, classical DIMM modules allow upgrading if necessary.

Where HBM as the combined system RAM looks interesting are consoles. The PS4 in particular already has
- an APU based design from AMD
- fast but expensive GDDR5 RAM
- a fixed, non - upgradeable memory size

That looks like a scenario which is just waiting for HBM. Though probably not in the current generation, as one of the main advantages (even higher bandwidth) might be irrelevant to a console with fixed performance requirements.

Comment: Re:Power savings (Score 1) 98 98

There is more in the works (Zen CPU cores), and I hope that will work out too. I have some AMD shares as well, but I'd also love to see serious competition again.

On the CPU side, AMD is even more behind Intel than it is on the GPU side behind Nvidia. If Zen can fix that, it will be even more important than catching up to Nvidia.

And considering APUs, one major drawback in the last years used to be memory bandwidth. Where discrete cards do reasonably well with GDDR5, APUs really get crippled by having to share DDR3 between CPU and GPU. A stack of HBM memory for the graphics RAM should do wonders here ;-)

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