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Comment: Re:'MANTLE' was the game-changing announcement (Score 1) 188

by TejWC (#44955611) Attached to: AMD Unveils New Family of GPUs: Radeon R5, R7, R9 With BF 4 Preorder Bundle

Isn't nVidia's Cg very close to metal as well? Also, you seem to be implying that making an GPL driver for Mantle should be easy since it will just send the compiled code directly to the card. Could Linux finally be able to get "release day" open source drivers for AMD cards?

Comment: Not much in this driver? (Score 3, Interesting) 71

by TejWC (#42808625) Attached to: Open Source ARM Mali Driver Runs Q3A Faster Than the Proprietary Driver

Based on the article, it seems like they first ported Q3A from OpenGL ES1 to OpenGL ES2, and then they used the closed source shader compiler to do most of the work (OpenGL ES2 forces most of the code to be in the form of shaders). It seems like they really didn't make much of an actual driver and just off-loaded most of the work to the shaders (I could be wrong though).

Comment: Re:Too bad Apple doesn't make SW like their HW (Score 3, Insightful) 295

by TejWC (#42161103) Attached to: Apple Declutters, Speeds Up iTunes With Major Upgrade

Apple makes great software; its just that they make the worst Windows software you could ever use. iLife is half the reason why I was using a Mac for so many years. General rule of thumb for all Apple software:
If it ends in .exe, it will be slow, bloated, and unintuitive
If it ends in .app, it will be fast, slick, and makes sense

Comment: Not exactly Microsoft's fault (Score 3, Insightful) 268

by TejWC (#41821707) Attached to: Windows Phone 8 Having Trouble Attracting Developers

Even if MS made the best phone OS ever created, it would still be hard to get many developers interested. The "mindshare" of developers is all in Android and iOS. Even 2 years ago, if you were at a mobile developer's conference, nobody would care about what you had to say unless it had something to do with Android or iOS. That is one of the reasons why nobody cared about MeeGo or WebOS even though they were both open source.

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 408

by TejWC (#40933265) Attached to: Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

For one company I used to work for, they would have us make our own questions. If we needed our password to be reset, we had to call IT department and answer the questions we made. If the IT rep believes that the questions are "bad", they would force the employee to make a trip to the IT department and show their badge to prove who they are.

Comment: Re:Nokia is dead (Score 3, Informative) 105

by TejWC (#40780335) Attached to: Nokia Aborts Meltemi Linux-Based Feature Phone

Except writing Qt application on Symbian^3 was like stabbing yourself with a needle every second. Nokia never bothered to fix QWidget on the Symbian platform and just told developers to wait until QML's Qt Components were ready. And, of course, Qt Components for Symbian^3 wasn't stable until after Nokia already announced the transition to Windows Phone.

Maemo did a good job of implementing QWidget (including kinetic scrolling), but they threw all that out in MeeGo when they decided to drop native support for QWidget and have everybody just use QML instead.

And don't get me started on how Intel confused everybody with their version of MeeGo.

Comment: Compiler Technology (Score 3, Interesting) 260

by TejWC (#37079710) Attached to: Installing Linux On a 386 Laptop

I was wondering, hypothetically, if somebody where to take the source code of Debian 1.3.1 and compile it with the latest version of GCC and somehow made it compile; I wonder how much faster it will compared to the binary that was released back then. I mean, has compiler technology improved much in the last 14 years when it comes to slow machines like the i386?

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