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Comment: Re:Counter-Productive (Score 2, Insightful) 297 297

by Unit3 (#31946534) Attached to: Software SSD Cache Implementation For Linux?

Define "unnecessarily". Given current SSD costs and depletion rates, it's probably completely acceptable to replace an SSD used as an intermediary cache in front of a large spindle-based array every couple of years.

Just because it's not useful to you, doesn't mean it's not useful.

Comment: Endangered Business Models (Score 1) 317 317

by Unit3 (#29610071) Attached to: New Bill Proposes Open Source Requirement for Publicly Funded Books

"Will a bill such as this endanger publishing companies in the same way Internet journalism endangers traditional journalism?"

We can only hope so. Let's face the facts, this is one of many industries that is a leech on a helpless, target audience. They deserve the painful death that is coming to them.

Comment: Re:Can someone explain this more clearly? (Score 4, Informative) 393 393

by Unit3 (#29598393) Attached to: NVidia Cripples PhysX "Open" API

No. The framework would only run on their GPUs. However, you could have one of their cards in the system to do purely physics calculations, and then use a competitor's card to do the actual display and 3d rendering. They've now disabled this, so if your monitors are connected to, say, and ATI card, you can no longer use the Nvidia card in your system for physics processing.

Before you discount this as an unlikely scenario, consider motherboards with onboard NVidia chipsets. These are usually underpowered for full time duty, but are perfectly suited to being used for physics calculations while a more powerful ATI card in the PCI-E slot does the graphics rendering. This is actually a fairly likely setup these days, and NVidia has just said they're going to block it.

Personally, I agree with others who have pointed out this must be an anti-trust issue. Intel and Microsoft have both been fined heavily recently for doing exactly this kind of anti-competitive behaviour.

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