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Comment Re:settled cannon for about a decade now (Score 1) 81 81

my question as a linux user is this: two years ago NVidia, after Linus flipped the bird, swore theyd make up for shortcomings in their open source driver. Has this manifested? does the linux open source driver for NVidia trumph the AMD open source radeon driver yet?

Seem like they support a later OpenGL version and more OpenGL features at least:
"Nouveau's NVC0 Gallium3D driver for GeForce GTX 400 "Fermi" GPUs and newer has all of OpenGL 4.0 and is even advertising OpenGL 4.1 compliance as shown by the screenshots I took with a GeForce GTX TITAN on Mesa Git this morning. The Intel i965 DRI driver just has a few extensions to enable for OpenGL 4.0 support as does the AMD Radeon R600/RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers. The Softpipe and LLVMpipe software rasterizers are much further behind and will probably be a number of months before these drivers handle OpenGL 4.0."

As far as performance goes the support for Maxwell (the latest GPU generation) seem to be shit, older ones seem to be doing quite well with 15-70% or so of the performance of the close drivers:

For more recent AMD cards the open-source driver is even worse relative their catalyst driver than Noveau was vs Nvidias and I guess their catalyst driver isn't as good as the Nvidia one either so go figure:

Xonotic 0.8 1080p High:
GTX 680 Nvidia driver: 269 FPS
GTX 680 Noveau: 105 FPS.
R9 285 Catalyst: 207 FPS
R9 285 Mesa: 44 FPS
GTX 750Ti Nvidia driver: 201 FPS
GTX 750Ti Noveau: 19 FPS.

So in that one I'd say the GTX 750Ti + Noveau is doing even worse than the R9 285 + Mesa one.

R9 285 with Catalyst seem to be doing quite well there.

But step back one generation and the Kepler GTX 680 owns them all.

Comment smart roads (Score 1) 183 183

I think this is a great idea, but we really need to make to lay the foundation for the next generation of computer controlled vehicles.

Do I know what that is? Nope, but I think it would be reasonable for computer systems on my car to be informed immediately if there is a problem ahead, whether it be damage to road detected by sensors in the plastic road itself or simply congestion to inform my vehicle to take an alternate route.

Perhap road sensors could detect the provide feedback to rooba-plows as well and make noises to scare deer off of country roads well in advance of cars :)

Comment Re:Basic Engineering! (Score 1) 163 163

I have two degrees in Aerospace Engineering. I assure you it is not as easy as you try to make it.

Why complicate things?

1. Make cockpit.
2. There's no "..." - Put a "European" Muslim behind the controllers and promise him 72 virgins, fame and purpose.
3. Profit.

The Japanese figured it out too. Us Scandinavians as-well.

Comment Re:It really is (Score 1) 410 410

I'm a conservative male Indian ally. I definitely support equal rights for everyone and have very dear friends for whom marriage equality politics is quite personal.

Well.. I'm not socially conservative, and I'm not fiscally conservative either. Ok so I'm not really "conservative" at all, but my point is stereotyping is wrong.

I've never been to Seattle, but I love the pacific NW, and it seems like you have access to both city and nature in that area. It's too bad Amazon is not a great place to work. They seem much more Linux-friendly than the other big tech employer in the area (Microsoft)

Comment Re:Why do I get the funny feeling that (Score 1) 265 265

Yeah. Microsoft contribute $25,000-$50,000 towards a project whose product it uses.

Surely something must be fishy with that! Considering it's such a huge amount of money for Microsoft and so on (Who just decided to write of 8 billion on their purchase of Nokia mobile phones for instance..)

You will lose an important tape file.