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Comment: Re:Updated TOS (Score 1) 313

by MartinJW (#34992088) Attached to: Italian Consumer Watchdog Sues Microsoft Over 'Windows Tax'
I disagree. With windows installed the OEM can put other crapware on the laptop for which they are paid. This can offset the cost of the windows license. If you want a refund for refusing the windows license then also expect an invoice for the additional cost of having purchased hardware not subsidised by crapware.

Comment: Re:Issues I've had. (Score 3, Informative) 410

by MartinJW (#30342916) Attached to: Multiple-Display Power Tools For Linux?

According to that article heterogeneous multi-adapter will work in Vista/W7 if you use XPDM drivers instead of WDDM drivers.

At least that's my understanding of this:

A user could force the installation of a XPDM driver for each of these devices, and therefore get heterogeneous multi-adapter multi-monitor to work as in Windows XP.

Comment: Re:Issues I've had. (Score 1) 410

by MartinJW (#30342416) Attached to: Multiple-Display Power Tools For Linux?
Firstly, you do know that neither Vista nor 7 will let you use multiple cards with different drivers (e.g. you can't even use substantially different generations of nvidia cards together)? So much as you complain about it being hard to use nvidia+Intel cards for 3 screens on Linux, it's actually impossible in the latest versions of Windows.

I currently have a Quadro FX 570 and a GeForce GTS 250 installed. Once the different drivers were installed I had no problems with them both operating - both on Vista and now that I have upgraded to Win 7. I don't know what gave you the strange idea that it wouldn't work.

PlayStation (Games)

+ - Church Of England Vows to Fight Fall Of Man

Submitted by Oxygen99
Oxygen99 (634999) writes "The BBC reports that the Church of England is considering legal action against Sony for featuring the inside of Manchester Cathedral in its Playstation 3 game Resistance: Fall Of Man without permission. The Bishop of Manchester says "For a global manufacturer to re-create one of our great cathedrals with photo-realistic quality and then encourage people to have guns battles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible.". This is especially true Given Manchester's record with gun crime. Sony has not yet commented on the story."
Programming

+ - Do Newer Processors Equate to Slower Applications?

Submitted by MartinJW
MartinJW (961693) writes "Bradley Jones presents an interesting point of view on why the advent of multi core processors may reduce the speed of our computers, rather than bring the boost we would initially assume. He touches on the onus developers have to make sure applications are designed to take full advantage of the new architectural paradigm or risk losing favour with their consumers.

From the article:
If you are upgrading to newer processors that have more cores, but slower speeds, then your applications may run slower unless you prepare them to run across multiple processors. While compiler builders such as Codegear (Borland) and Microsoft are sure to build features into their compilers to help with this speed issue, in many ways, the onus is on the developer. It is up to developers to change the design and architecture of their applications to take advantage of the added core. Sequential applications will take advantage of a single core only; if a design change isn't made, you won't gain any speed."
Links

+ - Send your dreams to yourself in the future

Submitted by
oplala
oplala writes "Dreaminder is a website that enables people to write down their dreams — and send them to themselves in the future. On the date they specify, they will receive their dream in their inbox. At that point, they have the opportunity to compare the life they live with their dreams and see how far they've come.

Main idea behind Dreaminder is to offer a place for reflection, help people figure out what they want to do with their lives and remind them of their dreams. You can also read what other people are dreaming about."
Windows

+ - Indian reseller discover the cost of MS addiction

Submitted by
the_womble
the_womble writes "It looks as though Indian resellers have found out the hard way how the Microsoft monopoly works. After decades of being tacitly encouraged to sell pirated copies of Windows, they now find themselves being forced to pay up.

Are people dependent enough on MS for this to work in countries where the cost of a Windows license relative to incomes is several time higher than in developed countries? Will this open more opportunities for FOSS? I live in Sri Lanka, a country where MS backed off from a planned crackdown because even corporate users threatened to switch if they had to pay."

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