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Comment: Re:It will be swept under the xprotect rug... (Score 1) 389

by Thaidog (#36187014) Attached to: AppleCare Reps Told To Skirt Malware Questions

What you are saying is not provable. This is because viruses don't have to give off signs you've got it... that is, in fact, the whole point behind virus protection. Tell me what's better.... being under the impression that your OS can't get a virus while having one and not knowing your OS can indeed get a virus, get a virus, find out you've got it, and then get it fixed. I never said you said "Mac is invulnerable". What I will say is the Mac has had viruses, they have been added to the Xprotext plist (which is NOT mentioned in the link you gave, go figure) and the Mac will get more viruses in the future. That's something to anticipate and count on rather than sit back in a false state of comfort.

Comment: Re:It will be swept under the xprotect rug... (Score 1) 389

by Thaidog (#36186576) Attached to: AppleCare Reps Told To Skirt Malware Questions

Ok so you're saying Macs don't get viruses... but they get trojans just fine? You know I'm pretty sure I want my virus protection to catch trojans also.... lucky for me most good virus protection does. I don't care if it's a virus, torjan, spyware, potato or tomato.... if it's not supposed to be there it should not be there.... kind of like location tracking data... it's not a virus but I'd rather it not be on my system either.

Comment: Re:It will be swept under the xprotect rug... (Score 1) 389

by Thaidog (#36186332) Attached to: AppleCare Reps Told To Skirt Malware Questions

"Mac OS X doesn’t get PC viruses. And its built-in defenses help keep you safe from other malware without the hassle of constant alerts and sweeps."

*Doesn't get viruses as in it doesn't get *PC* viruess - it gets Mac viruses.

*Constant alerts and sweeps in that it sweeps them under the xprotect rug. Is there anywhere in the mac to scan manually? No. Because mac don't need virus protection right?

I like / have Macs but I'm not blind to the fact it's just more code on x64 that can be exploited just the same. Don't even try to convince me they don't try the we don't get viruses sales pitch... the url you pointed to and this article is proof enough.

Comment: Has to mean better drivers! (Score 2, Informative) 245

by Thaidog (#33321618) Attached to: Open-Source 2D, 3D Drivers For ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series

But could they have been any worse? I always loved the way I hacked around for weeks trying to get 3D working after the drivers finally installed correctly and were apparently working correctly... all but 3D... and then to find out on some obscure link on google that the driver did not support it... but no mention to be found on ATI's site. But now that they are opensource these things can change! (Or at least be fscking documented correctly)


+ - LinuxDNA releases a new 64bit 2.6.32 kernel patch

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Thaidog writes "I wanted to let Slashdot know that we have just released a high performance patch for the x86_64 platform. Benchmarks show this patch to be especially good for multitasking — giving anywhere from 40 to over 150% performance increase compared to the same GCC kernel in context switching. It should be an ideal patch for Atom based systems like Netbooks. We have also made it much easier to compile — simply apply the patch and build your kernel like normal. The patch works for both and 2.6.33 kernels and up."

An Open Source Compiler From CUDA To X86-Multicore 71

Posted by timothy
from the abstraction-gains-a-layer dept.
Gregory Diamos writes "An open source project, Ocelot, has recently released a just-in-time compiler for CUDA, allowing the same programs to be run on NVIDIA GPUs or x86 CPUs and providing an alternative to OpenCL. A description of the compiler was recently posted on the NVIDIA forums. The compiler works by translating GPU instructions to LLVM and then generating native code for any LLVM target. It has been validated against over 100 CUDA applications. All of the code is available under the New BSD license."
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Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the download-compile-reboot-repeat dept.
diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

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