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Comment Re:I want stability (Score 1) 50

I have games from Win9X through 2015 and I have no issues playing them on my R9 280, in fact the only issues I have playing older games is I often have to bypass the shitastic DRM they used them like Starfuck and SecuSUC which will if you aren't careful try to shoehorn a 32bit kernel driver into a 64bit kernel and fuck the OS. Luckily most of the companies making that shit were so damned cheap they kept their piss poor 16bit installers way into the 32bit era and thus won't be able to run the installer.

But since they switched away from VLIW to GCN things have been nothing but candy and puppies and say what you will but you have to give 'em credit, when they EOLed the old VLIW cards and APUs when they released Crimson? They were at least decent enough to release a beta of Crimson specifically for these older chips that not only gives them any Crimson features that those chips will support but also runs on Win 7-10 so any of the older chips that didn't have Win 10 drivers? Well they do now. I installed it on my E350 netbook from 2011, runs great and even improved my hardware video acceleration.

Comment Re:Yeah, I've worked with a few of those (Score 1) 469

Yes, I'm pretty sure that the correlation is the other way than the headline.

Based on what evidence?

That would-be terrorists are more likely to become engineers, in part to get the necessary skills to make the "tools of the trade".

Seems like a slow and expensive way to learn how to make a bomb.

Comment Re: Time to change my job description.... (Score 1) 469

That is true, but stupid people often think that anyone wearing a turban is Islamic. Seriously.

As a side note, It's interesting to see that Gamergate's war against "corruption in the games media" now extends to fabricating evidence to slander their critics. I guess Gamergaters really are dedicated to showing us all who the truly dishonest people are...

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1, Interesting) 623

I think its pretty obvious what it is...its SVCHOSTS for Linux, a once simple idea that continued to grow until more and more of the system is running it and won't run without it.

Considering how all Red Hat talks about now is virtualization and the cloud? Mark my words Linux will be nothing but a VM running on SystemD in 5 years, I wonder if Linus will stick around when Linux is a second class citizen running on top of a system he has zero control over or input in?

Comment Re:Can't see Circuit City anymore. CEO seeking a g (Score 1) 167

It was the CEO BEFORE the last one that burnt the company for the insurance, that is how this works. Its the same with AMD, the current CEO is trying to stop the bleeding, even going so far as to hire back the designer of the Athlon64 from Apple, but it was the one after the founder (Rory Read I think, but they went through 3 real quickly) that fired everybody and cashed out.

You see its like playing hot potato, you don't want to be the one left with the bag.

Comment Re:freelancers end up more expensive overall (Score 1) 167 REALLY don't know how this shit works, do you? Let old Hairy break it down for ya, mmkay?

1.-Corp A MBA (Master of Being an Asshole) gets hired, he fires everybody and replaces them with outsourcing. 2.- Because you have a broken stock market thanks to the billions pumped in by the feds thanks to 401Ks and 403Bs you have a market filled with gamblers so the second they see Corp A profits went up? Stock bounces, MBA gets credit for his "aggressive cost cutting measures". 3.- MBA cashes out, gets hired by new corp based on his "stellar cost cutting skills" at Corp A. 4.- Corp A goes belly up but by that time MBA has moved on and so gets none of the blame! Lather rinse repeat.

If you want a couple examples of this in action just look at Circuit City, where the MBA fired all the high paid employees (who were making that much because they were highly knowledgeable and good at making sales) and replaced them with any kid they could get off the street. Stock bounced, cash out, company went to shit because the kids didn't know shit and just wandered the store. Or AMD, who is just now beginning to struggle back from the horrible blow dealt to them by their MBA, which at a critical juncture fired all the chip designers and replaced them with automated layouts, which give you more than 10% wasted space and more power usage than hand design. Stock bounced, he cashed out, lather rinse repeat.

So I hate to break the news to ya, but logic and sanity? Really have no place in this arena, we're talking about an arena run by sociopaths that have NO problem burning a place to the ground and costing thousands of their fellow Americans everything they own if it'll give them a 10% stock bounce and a golden parachute. Remember the words of Thomas Jefferson "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."

Comment Re:Security theater (Score 1) 150

And given the information they had at the time, on how Stalin had purged millions and killed millions more with the Holodomor? He had every reason to not want us involved. Lets be frank, there were NO good choices between Hitler and Stalin, BOTH were about as evil and vicious as you could get, and even former president Hoover recommended we stay out and let them destroy each other and then we could attack the weakened "victor" and liberate Europe which considering the Iron Curtain and the amount of lives and money wasted during the cold war? Probably would have been a wise choice.

Comment Re:thinkpenguin, librem and eoma68 laptops (Score 1) 89

Sorry but you are incorrect, AMD doesn't have any nasty shit in the CPU. There was talk a couple years back of adding an ARM DRM chip for those business customers that wanted a TPM style system but nothing ever came of it.

You can now happily go buy an AMD CPU based system which they opened the docs on a couple years back (they even go so far as to pay devs on both the Coreboot and FOSS driver teams so to speed up support of their chips) and as far as their APUs are concerned the only part of the docs you cannot have are the parts concerning HDMI HDCP, which is property of Intel and thus cannot be shared. Of course if you do not use HDCP protected content you won't have to worry about it as the whitepapers show the AMD APUs simply use a small "shim" to protect the memory on a part of the GPU normally used for graphics, as unlike Intel they do not dedicate silicon for HDCP.

BTW if you want to make an "upgradeable" laptop your best bet would be AMD socket AM1, it uses less than 25w under load for the fastest chip, has a nice Radeon GPU capable of 1080P over HDMI for all 4 chips in the line, and is very affordable with the most expensive (2.07 Ghz quad APU) only costing $54, which means you could make a really nice affordable laptop with those chips rather easily.

Comment Re:This is only true (Score 2) 359

When what's legal and what's sustainable for the society are not aligned, there are likely one of two results: 1) Law is changed to be more sustainable or 2) the society suffers.

But hey, more power to those who can screw over everyone else for their tax free money!

If what the company is doing is not sustainable, the company will fail, as it should. If what society is doing is unsustainable, it will fail, as it should. It's called capitalism and if you leave it alone, you'd be surprised at how good it works.

What would you propose? We block companies from doing these kinds of inversions? They'd just transfer their entire operation overseas and then the US would see zero percent of that income. There are any number of other countries that would LOVE to have them, as is evidenced by their lower tax rates and success in luring said companies.

The stupidity is the assumption you can somehow control these companies, or punish them for their actions. Controlling them is impossible so long as there are other places to do business. Punishing them does nothing but punish those who consume their products or services. Putting them out of business adds to unemployment. Banning their products or services from the US market would damage consumers *and* employees. You know...employees...those people who work hard every day to take home a paycheck to their families. Not everyone at a corporation is Scrooge McDuck burning hundred dollar bills to warm their gold-plated mansion.

No, the answer is to lower our corporate tax burdens and win this business back to US shores and the US tax system. It doesn't take a genius to realize that 15% of something is better than 26% of nothing.

"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." -- Bullwinkle Moose