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Comment: Mantle is AMD GCN on Windows only (Score 1) 249

by SD-Arcadia (#46140315) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share
"it works on AMD and Nvidia cards, it works on any OS since it's handled by the drivers"

Where do you get that crazy claim?

Mantle currently only works with AMD GCN (Graphics Core Next) cards, those are the 7000 and later series. And even then the older 7xxx's don't even get the full benefits at the moment (work in progress apparently). What makes you think Mantle will ever work with Nvidia (or Intel for that matter) GPU's when they don't even work with most of AMD's cards? The vague claims in the AMD presentation slides from two months ago?

And what's even more bold is your claim that it works "on any OS". Where do you get that? Who is working on OSX or Linux support, where's the news of an ETA, state of progress etc? And then there is the whole issue that game engines need to support this and currently we only have the Frostbite 3 engine that does that. And are games built on Frostbite 3 going to be interested in porting to non-Windows OS's ?

This whole Mantle is a long shot, designed to tide AMD over by reducing CPU-load on games until AMD can come up with a decent CPU architecture again. It is probably going to from "too niche" to "already obsolete" over the course of the next 3 years and become another Glide. It is not going to kill Windows.

Only OpenGL, with its proper OPENness from the get go, meaning support on all GPU's on all OS's since its inception has a chance of ever unseating DirectX.

Comment: Great update for compatibility (Score 1) 192

I had a few problem case .docx's that I had lying around that came from MS Office users. I am happy to report that they have rendered correctly for the first time in LO 4.2. Well done !
And finally the taskbar/aero peek stuff finally behaves properly on Windows !
Pet peeve taken care of ! I also feel a certain improvement in speed and responsiveness in general Nice nice nice.

+ - Cisco To Open-Source H.264 Codec, Mozilla Plans Firefox Integration

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Cisco and Mozilla today made a joint announcement that will see the popular H.264 video codec opened up to the broader Web. Cisco plans to open source its H.264 codec, while Mozilla is in turn promising to include it in future versions of Firefox. H.264 has been the industry standard for years, but it unfortunately requires royalty payments to MPEG LA under terms that prevent distributing it with open source products. By open-sourcing its H.264 codec under the BSD license, and providing it as a binary module that can be downloaded for free, Cisco is choosing not to pass on its MPEG LA licensing costs, effectively making H.264 free for use in WebRTC."

+ - Cisco to release pre-licensed open-source "binary module" for H.264 in WebRTC->

Submitted by SD-Arcadia
SD-Arcadia (1146999) writes "Mozilla Blog: "Cisco has announced today that they are going to release a gratis, high quality, open source H.264 implementation — along with gratis binary modules compiled from that source and hosted by Cisco for download. This move enables any open source project to incorporate Cisco’s H.264 module without paying MEPG LA license fees.

Of course, this is not a not a complete solution. In a perfect world, codecs, like other basic Internet technologies such as TCP/IP, HTTP, and HTML, would be fully open and free for anyone to modify, recompile, and redistribute without license agreements or fees. Mozilla is fully committed to working towards that better future. To that end, we are developing Daala, a fully open next generation codec. Daala is still under development, but our goal is to leapfrog H.265 and VP9, building a codec that will be both higher-quality and free of encumberances."
Link to Cisco's announcement:"

Link to Original Source

Comment: Great (Score 1) 137

by SD-Arcadia (#44637401) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion Announced: <em>Reaper of Souls</em>
I love how "the items themselves are getting an overhaul to make for more interesting gameplay" is reserved to a for-pay expansion! "Interesting gameplay" as if it's a minor enhancement! Also, make no mistake, there will be 3 more expansions after this, each taking the level cap 10 points higher, till 99. You know, you gotta milk that cow!

Comment: You're doing it wrong.. (Score 1) 323

by SD-Arcadia (#44531353) Attached to: Have eBooks Peaked?
Stop the advertisement-driven madness of "I HAVE TO READ BOOK X NOW!!!".
Read from the massive catalogue of what's out there for free and never pay for e-books. This is how I recommend you go about it:

1. Get your e-ink based reader (I recommend the new Kobo Aurahd).
2. Head over to one of the many sources of out-of-copyright books like Browse and find stuff you may like. Also keep an eye out for CC-licensed books around the web.
3. Go forth and indulge in or a similar e-book piracy web site and get your fix, because, well fuck 'em.

Maybe you won't find every damn book you desire to have right now, but you will find so many good books that are more than enough to last you a lifetime.
Enjoy the reading and the savings.

Comment: Re:URL bar and search bar synced? (Score 1) 365

Google IS the "corporate bug search engine".

I see a benefit in not having google creep up when i mis-type some url and it goes to a surprise search with Google (kind of like surprise butt-sex).

Now that kind of case can also go to Startpage or DuckDuckGo or whatever the user has set.

Comment: Re:In place upgrades still unsupported? (Score 1) 134

by SD-Arcadia (#43781703) Attached to: Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Release Candidate Is Out
I just hopped on to LMDE 201303 Cinnamon x64. I feel a little deceived because I had the impression this was a rolling release. It is not. It is apparently a "semi-rolling release". Major updates happen through "Update Packs" and the last one (UP6) is from 2012-12 to give you a sense of frequency. It tracks Debian Testing (not Debian Unstable). You can enable a Mint Repo called Romeo that will give you updates to software developed by the Mint team without waiting for a UP but that's it. So the only thing rolling about LMDE seems to be that you don't ever do a dist-upgrade. Since Ubuntu is based on Debian Unstable, and the update frequencies are comparable, LMDE is often behind in versions compared to Ubuntu! And I was here under the impression that I was going for more frequent updates compared to Ubuntu since this is a (semi-) rolling release!

Comment: Diablo 3 is not a game (Score 3, Interesting) 160

by SD-Arcadia (#43673677) Attached to: Integer Overflow Bug Leads To <em>Diablo III</em> Gold Duping
The "game" part is just packaging around the pointless grind and universal trade at the auction house. No one does anything for fun after the first time they get through the quests. The game mechanics and itemization are utterly boring and without character. There is not a single aspect of skill involved either. You spend most of your time staring at your skill cooldowns and life-mana pool because the terrain and monsters don't really matter. It's rote repetition and an utter waste of time. Worst purchase I ever made. I'd much MUCH rather have a Diablo 2 expansion with new content and a higher resolution support than this PoS.

Comment: All I want from a laptop (Score 1) 181

by SD-Arcadia (#43506577) Attached to: Ars Reviewer is Happily Bored With Dell's Linux Ultrabook
is a good old 16:10 screen at classic 15" size.

Don't need no retinas, give me my 1440x900 or 1680x1050. Bonus points for IPS.

Doesn't have to be razer thin or feather light, just around 2kg. I don't need 8 gigs or 8 cores either. I'd rather have the integrated GPU too. I don't crave an SSD. Don't need no fingerprint reader, 1080p webcam or logo-laden speakers. Keep the internals cheap I just want to pay for a decent screen.

why is this niche impossible to fill ?

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