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Comment: Solar panels (Score 4, Interesting) 238

This could be really interesting to use in thermal solar panels (in layman terms: the ones for water heating, not the ones to get electricity). If it absorbs so much light, it's probably more efficient than other materials, and surely much more than black paint. This could raise the efficiency of thermal panels to near 95%, so I hope this becomes a thing.

I wouldn't cover a car with it, though. I don't want to experience a solar oven first-hand.

Comment: Re:dont care (Score 1) 150

That's silly. If you are not from the US you are even more eligible to be a target to the NSA. They don't have to face accusations of treason if they spy on someone from another country. (not that it stops them, but makes them more entitled or something, those people is just weird like that)

Comment: Re:About effin' time (Score 1) 547

Yet you are happy to use products created by other humans. I don't believe your anti-human charade.
Remember that the only reason you are here writing against humans is because humans allowed you to do it. Since it was not your invention, I think you owe humanity an apology. Know your place.

Comment: Re:Why didn't I hear about this before? (Score 1) 143

I never heard of it either, despite all the guys trying to tear me a new one for supporting those horrible and evil propietary drivers. I even got called shill about it, just because it works for me. (...and if I was on nvidia's payroll I wouldn't be wasting my time here anyway...)

I guess they got to resort to disinformation in order to scare people away from the binary driver that works so we can all use our systems in a total "libre" fashion. I am a strong supporter of open source, I only produce open source and contribute to open source projects both with code and money. But if the open source driver is terrible, sorry, I am going to use the one that works. I am not going to suffer for someone else's cause. I am an artist, not a martyr.

I guess none of those zealots are artists nor code visual effects or games. I bet they would sing a different tune if they were.

Comment: Re:Sorry but... (Score 1) 143

Add another satisfied user of the binary drivers here.
I've been using the binary drivers since...2003 I think? I have used at least 6 different models of nvidia cards, and so does my brother. I only got ONE crash in 2004 because of a trasient bug that was fixed the next day, my brother never got any. My best friends who also use linux also have never complained about crashes.
So far it's two positive "anecdotal evidences" versus just your negative one. For a "small subset of users", we seem to be more than the opposite.

Comment: Re:That's Odd. (Score 1) 185

You can be using your CPU to decode that video perfectly fine if your video player is not set up to (or can't) decode the video through GPU. Depends a bit on player configurations, I think in VLC you have to explicitly enable it, for example.
Well, to be perfectly honest with the current generation of consumer CPUs it's not that much of an issue, so it's becoming an obsolete thing real fast even in mobile land. For the other examples a GPU is definitely much nicer though.

Comment: Re:That's Odd. (Score 1) 185

Well, you managed to mention not one thing where video power truly matters.

The moment you go into games, game development, image processing, rendering and modeling, perhaps HD video playback (and processing?), or working with very high resolutions, your video card sure does matter, so does the quality of the drivers and its acceptance of standards (specially OpenGL).
I found nVidia to be the safest bet in both those tasks I mentioned, as well as support for dual-booting while keeping the same capabilities in both Linux and Windows. Even my budget-cheap nVidia card can use CUDA to speed up renderings in Blender with no effort from my part. Just one click.

Then again, every computer user has a different use for a computer. If you produce nothing in terms of audiovisuals, or don't create or play games, you are pretty much good to go with the weakest/cheapest video adapter you can find.

Comment: Re:Hello there, Captain Obvious (Score 1) 185

I don't care much if AMD's drivers are open when they are mediocre at best. Everything else seems to boil down to zealotic anti-binary-blob commentaries.

I don't care if it's closed as long as it works. And nVidia works both in windows and linux, so that's where my money will go.

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