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Comment: Re: DirectX is obsolete (Score 1) 133

by Tough Love (#48919503) Attached to: DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

You may be just a bit old, but you will come around :)

One day when you're cooling your heels in the proverbial doctor's office and you already read all your mail and can't be bothered with any of the facebook stuff and nobody wants to chat with you, you will remember that the phone also plays games.

Comment: Re:But does it matter any more? (Score 1, Insightful) 146

by Tough Love (#48910587) Attached to: Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

it follows that the most popular PC OS would also be relevant

Only if the DoJ continues to look the other way in the face of continuing flagrant Sherman act violations in the form of secret exclusionary agreements with OEMS and the like. Microsoft never made it on merit...

Speaking of which, it's about time for another massive fine from the Eurocrat direction, wouldn't you say?

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 1) 478

by Tough Love (#48906021) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Java is famously crappy and sluggish for GUIs too, and barely tolerable for web. As a rule of thumb, whatever you are running on your server will run about 20-30% faster if you recode it from Java to C++. First hand experience speaking here, and you will find multiple confirmations out there. Java is just a pig, with its jitting, memory hogging, heavyweight thread locks, etc, etc.

Mind you, Java performs better than Python or Ruby so at least there is that. But never labour under the illusion that Java can compete with C++ or C in terms of throughput, latency or memory footprint. You code in Java so you can use cheaper programmers, that's it. Otherwise, if you can afford it, you do the job properly in C++.


Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed 386

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-make-it-hard-for-us dept.
Press2ToContinue writes In their attempts to kill off strong encryption once and for all, top officials of the intelligence services are coming out with increasingly hyperbolic statements about why this should be done. Now, a former head of GCHQ, Sir David Omand has said: "One of the results of Snowden is that companies are now heavily encrypting [communications] end to end. Intelligence agencies are not going to give up trying to get the bad guys. They will have to get closer to the bad guys. I predict we will see more close access work." According to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which reported his words from a talk he gave earlier this week, by this he meant things like physical observation, bugging rooms, and breaking into phones or computers. "You can say that will be more targeted but in terms of intrusion into personal privacy — collateral intrusion into privacy — we are likely to end up in an ethically worse position than we were before." That's remarkable for its implied threat: if you don't let us ban or backdoor strong encryption, we're going to start breaking into your homes.

Comment: Re:nVidia w/ binary driver works (Score 1) 106

by Tough Love (#48901479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

Not only that, but even when it does work it tends to break on dist-upgrade (or yum equivalent). Needs fiddling. Life is too short for that, that's the kind of crap I binned Windows for. Plus, the binary block tends to do things its own way whether or not that plays nicely with other components, not being subject to peer review and all.

Comment: Re:nVidia Consumer Card (Score 1) 106

by Tough Love (#48899829) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

I own a laptop with an ATi graphics chipset and their drivers are absolute garbage. Their Linux driver causes visual artifacts all the time on a composited GUI, and the machine to crashes on shutdown one out of 5 times with fglrx dumping core causing the machine to never shut off (and potentially turn my laptop bag into a toaster oven x_x). I guess I'm going to return to the open source radeon drivers now that I can scratch my gaming itch on the desktop.

Your report just screams "I'm running an ancient kernel and distribution with an early, dodgy compositor." Try upgrading to current and report your results. To prove you're not a troll, post a bit of the oops message if you get a crash on an up to date system.

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