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Comment: Re:Just give me 1200P (Score 1) 286

by branchingfactor (#43881543) Attached to: 4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)
You can drive the Asus PQ321 / Sharp PN-K321 at 3840x2160 with two HDMI ports or one DisplayPort. If your graphics card supports DisplayPort 1.1, then it can only drive the monitors at 3840x2160 30Hz. If your graphics card supports the latest DisplayPort 1.2, then you can drive the monitors at 60Hz if you are willing to configure it as if it were two 1920x2160 60Hz monitors side-by-side.

Comment: Sharp PN-K321 will disappoint (Score 1) 286

by branchingfactor (#43881529) Attached to: 4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)
The Asus PQ321 appears to be the same IGZO monitor as the Sharp PN-K321. I purchased the Sharp PN-K321 last week and found it had less dynamic range / contrast than the Dell 3011 it replaced, which meant that pictures and movies looked better on the Dell than on the Sharp despite the higher resolution of the Sharp. And it was very difficult to configure all my applications to display text at the desired size. Regardless of how I set it up, some fonts in some applications were either too small or too large. I returned it yesterday, and I wouldn't be surprised if many others meet the same disappointing fate. The only application I can think of is where you need resolution and are willing to give up contrast / dynamic range. Maybe it's good for displaying maps?

New Linux Petabyte-Scale Distributed File System 132

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-it-out dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A recent addition to Linux's impressive selection of file systems is Ceph, a distributed file system that incorporates replication and fault tolerance while maintaining POSIX compatibility. Explore the architecture of Ceph and learn how it provides fault tolerance and simplifies the management of massive amounts of data."

Valve Provides Details On Left 4 Dead Survival Pack DLC 62

Posted by Soulskill
from the a-new-take-on-not-dying dept.
A post on the Left 4 Dead blog shares details of the Survival Pack downloadable content due out next week. It will be free, and available for both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game. "Our goals for Survival Mode are to deliver a mode of play distinct from Campaign or Versus, have games that regularly last under ten minutes, and emphasize competition with team play through leaderboards. Survival Mode draws on the planning and communication aspects of a successful Finale or Crescendo event, while taking it to another level. It rapidly hits a fever pitch that only a well coordinated team will be able to successfully survive. ... Given the extreme pace of Survival Mode, the number of zombies killed in a single round often outnumbers an entire campaign."

Comment: Large organizations don't care about efficiency (Score 2, Insightful) 268

by branchingfactor (#25955307) Attached to: Avoiding Mistakes Can Be a Huge Mistake
"The Other Half of 'Artists Ship'" presumes that large organizations are motivated by efficiency and effectiveness. This presumption completely misunderstands large organizations. Large organizations come to exist because they have tapped into a large reliable long-term cash stream that can survive their collective incompetence. With their organizational funding assured, all that is left to do is to divy up the organizational spoils amongst the employees, management, and shareholders. And then the key determinant success in such an organization becomes not to be blamed for making a mistake. No employee will get blamed for inadvertently excluding a superior vendor from an acquisition process; most likely no one in his/her organization will even know it happened. They can get blamed for having too lax an acquisition process, however. No employee will be blamed for having too much testing or too much project management or too many software quality checks. They can get blamed for releasing defective software onto a production system without sufficient checks. So the internal goals of the organizational actors are perfectly reflected in the external behavior of the organization. More checks means less blame for mistakes; fewer checks means more blame. With the organizational cash stream assured, less blame means more promotions and greater compensation.

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