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Comment: Re:Ugh! (Score 1) 241

by Nemyst (#48227171) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline
I was downvoted in the last comments section about this, but I'll say it again: this is exactly the sort of thing Harper was looking for. It's exactly the sort of incident which plays into his agenda and it'll give him leverage to instigate further draconian security measures, when the actual solution would be to invest in better mental health coverage.

Comment: Re: This is silly (Score 4, Insightful) 631

by Nemyst (#48221899) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes
A lot of people don't want to see this. You can see the assumption everywhere here: those displaced workers will just find another job! Well no, at some point they won't. Automation is well on its way to eliminate certain types of jobs entirely and not all of those people will be able to find new jobs elsewhere. Even if they were to educate themselves, they'd come into a job pool which is already too small for the number of applicants, so at best they'd cause wages to go down and conditions to worsen (since corporations can pick and choose). That's assuming they can, which, especially in the US, usually involves thousands and thousands of dollars on something with no guarantee of a return on investment.

We're headed straight into a wall where we'll have people without any skills we need and who are unable, financially or otherwise, to gain desirable skills, as well as higher unemployment across the board. We can't wish them away and they deserve decency as much as the next person.

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 2) 340

by Nemyst (#48218557) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola
Ebola is a gruesome disease, but it's only transmissible by contact with bodily fluids. That guy who coughed in his hand? Can't have transmitted it. That other one who farted? Nope. The one who touched you on the way out of the subway? Not enough either. You need to be in contact with someone who's symptomatic and whose bodily fluids come into close contact with you (often your hands, then you touching your eyes or something like that).

The obvious issue is that doctors are constantly in contact with infected bodily fluids. The last stages of the disease put out a lot of blood and other fluids. You only need one brief moment of inattention to get it when in those exceptional circumstances. Yet, only 16 cases have been reported among Doctors Without Borders. That's in spite of the absolutely horrendous sanitation and facilities available there. I'd say that on the contrary, those people are doing a splendid job and should be commended for actually going out there and trying to stop the problem at the source with the very real risk of dying from doing so.

Certainly beats sitting in one's basement calling them idiots.

Comment: Re:Mind Numbing Stupidity (Score 4, Informative) 340

by Nemyst (#48218511) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola
If you bothered to RTFA (I know, the horror), you'd have seen that he was not symptomatic during his subway rides. Ebola is not contagious when it is asymptomatic. As soon as he began feeling ill, he isolated himself. When the symptoms worsened beyond that of a common cold, he contacted the authorities. The probability of him having infected anyone is close to nil.

Comment: Re:Spoiled much? (Score 1) 289

by Nemyst (#48210343) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?
What remote support tool are you using which doesn't work on 6.5Mbit/s? VNC and Windows' RDP both seem able to run on a toaster with dial-up. Telecommuting is basically Skype, which most certainly doesn't need more than 6.5Mbit/s. Remote backups are pretty much the only thing which'd be annoying due to how long it'd take to finish the backup, but strong deduplication and compression would significantly reduce bandwidth requirements.

Comment: Re:Only a few days after one killed south of Montr (Score 1) 522

by Nemyst (#48205541) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament
It could be happenstance that the two events happened so close together (another poster in the comments here mentioned many other events which could be justifications for today's shooting), but assuming we are talking about Islamic radicals again, I could see them taking advantage of the scare caused by the first event, thinking that they might induce more panic by chaining the two. If that's the case, we might have to deal with more attacks, depending on how organized they actually are.

This comes a few months after we've heard that a fair few Canadian citizens were suspected of having participated in jihads with ISIS before coming back into the country.

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 2, Insightful) 522

by Nemyst (#48205487) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament
Panic mode? Nah. Harper must be filled with glee right now, this is exactly the sort of excuse he needed to start cracking down on personal liberties in the name of fighting terrorism or being "tough on crime" so we jail those horrible monsters, alongside drug users, copyright infringers and other such nefarious criminals.

Comment: Re:Only usefull for wine? (Score 1) 54

by Nemyst (#48178379) Attached to: Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers
You're telling me people are expected to dig up the reference card (assuming they know it exists), go through a terse set of pages looking for what you want, say, glVertex, not find it and then... assume it's deprecated? Wow, that's convenient and explicit. People will try to find confirmation, find that there is a reference page for it (without any version number) and think it was too obvious to be listed or something. Not because they're dumb and most certainly not because they should not be programming OpenGL. People have to start somewhere, and it's that very attitude you're displaying that means more people will choose DirectX instead.

Comment: Re:Only usefull for wine? (Score 5, Informative) 54

by Nemyst (#48176265) Attached to: Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers
Also documentation. Say what you will, D3D's docs are lightyears ahead of the messy, poorly-versioned documentation for OpenGL. Doesn't help that OpenGL kept backwards compatibility for so long that even fairly recent tutorials still use the horrendous immediate mode either, making tutorials for modern OpenGL harder to find. Meanwhile, Microsoft's SDKs have extensive tutorials and samples, and there's plenty of references to start from especially now that DirectX 10+ have slashed out all the crap accumulated from older versions.

Just use this as an example: search on Google for glVertex. First link goes to the official documentation. Nowhere on the page is it mentioned that this entire rendering system has been deprecated. Nowhere on the page can you see that the documentation is for OpenGL 2. There's a 2 in the URL, but changing it to a 3 or a 4 gives a 404 error. At least now some blessed soul made docs.gl, but the fact it's not even Khronos taking some time to fix their fucking documentation is absurd. You'll note though that even there, the docs for glVertex don't mention deprecation; the function just doesn't have an OpenGL 4 page.

Then there's debugging. Once you've used PIX or VS2012's built-in debugger, you really can't look back. Being able to save any frame, step through the entire rendering process event by event, and even go as far as debugging an individual pixel (down to what tried to write on the pixel, why the draw call did or didn't pass, and a way to put breakpoints in shader code using that pixel's input and output!) is just... It's unrivalled. Nothing from OpenGL even comes close to this.

Comment: Re:Is D3D 9 advantageous over 10? (Score 1) 54

by Nemyst (#48176217) Attached to: Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

D3D 10 was a significant break from both the API perspective and in terms of how it works underneath. D3D 10 was included with Vista but never made available for Windows XP (because it relied on kernel changes and a new driver model that couldn't be backported) so game developers took their time in moving to it.

Not only that, the Xbox 360 also used something that was fairly close to DirectX 9 (in the same way the Xbox One uses an API close to DirectX 11), so it made sense to reuse the 360 version for PC with a few tweaks here and there. Certainly much easier than rebuilding for the vastly different DirectX 10 API.

With the arrival of the new console generation, we're seeing a sudden (and very welcome!) shift to DirectX 10+ and 64-bit executables.

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