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Comment: Multitasking (Score 1) 115

by tepples (#49518611) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

I can't imagine watching news when I can read so much faster and from so many more sources.

Can you read a wide variety of sources while doing other housework? Because that's what my roommate ends up doing. She plugs cordless headphones into the TV's audio out, puts on MSNBC or C-SPAN, and listens to the talking heads while doing housework in another room.

Comment: Re:hosts file (Score 1) 269

by tepples (#49518571) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

<APK>Yeah, but it works in user mode so it's probably slow as shit. Hosts files work in kernel mode, making them inherently faster to process with fewer context switches.</APK> :p

But seriously, thank you for the recommendation. Do you know whether it uses an algorithm suited for efficient processing of multi-megabyte hosts files?

Comment: Re:Can't they just get it right? (Score 1) 53

by drinkypoo (#49518477) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

I've had problems with nVidia drivers on occasion, but not those kinds of problems.

The most important thing to do is research a specific card (or at least chipset) before buying it, especially if it's come out recently. When I got my 240GT (two cards back) it was not well-supported. I had to load a beta driver to get it to work properly, and the driver substantially misreported its characteristics. It's safest to buy a card which has been out for a while, which is also a good way to save money so it's something of a win-win.

Comment: self-reply: note amd vs ati (Score 1) 53

by drinkypoo (#49518425) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

I usually try to call the graphics side ATI so that when say something like "fuck ..." it says ATI and not AMD, because I rather like AMD's processors. I'm still rocking a Phenom II X6 1045T and I'm very happy with its performance, considering I paid $120 for it quite a while back and have no plans to upgrade it anytime soon. Maybe another video card next year... I went from 450GT to 750Ti on the advice of Slashdot, and haven't regretted it.

Comment: Re:AMD more FLOSS friendly than most (Score 1) 53

by drinkypoo (#49518397) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

The question is whether or not they're yet able to properly challenge Intel. Sans proprietary enhancements, can they get close to the performance/cost ratio of a modern, open Intel graphics solution?

their integrated graphics are still faster than intel's, and the CPUs are plenty fast. if you're actually coming up against the limitations of the GPU, you're probably not CPU-bound anyway.

How do AMD compare when it comes to stability and robustness?

Compared to intel, it's like they just fell off the turnip truck yesterday night.

Comment: Re:Can't they just get it right? (Score 1) 53

by drinkypoo (#49518379) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

I've seen some references to nvidia HDMI causing audio problems, and people blacklisting snd-hda-intel to make it go away. If your motherboard audio doesn't depend on that driver, it may be a viable solution. That's all I could really find while I was looking for a citation for the above claim before requesting a citation (in a sibling to your comment.)

As I've said elsewhere I have an original m-Audio Mobile Pre USB and it works great with my nVidia graphics, but that's just one device and that proves little.

Comment: Re:What about us poor Windows USERS? (Score 1) 53

by drinkypoo (#49518089) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

I don't know about AMD, but NVidia's Windows drivers are just as up-to-date as their Linux drivers.

AMD drops support for old cards from their proprietary drivers with extreme prejudice. nVidia literally supports cards for years longer than AMD. nVidia also provides direct mobile driver downloads; AMD sometimes provides these, and sometimes hides them. AMD also took all their old architectural documentation down from their website, for a while there every search I made which led to a document on their site was 404ing. Fuck AMD sideways.

Comment: Re:Simplifying drivers (Score 2) 53

by drinkypoo (#49518079) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

(Usually by the time support is dropped out of catalyst, the opensource driver has caught up enough with performance to be a really good alternative).

Nonsense. First, AMD's driver performance lags behind nvidia in general. Second, AMD's linux driver peformance lags well behind their windows driver. Third, AMD frequently drops hardware from the proprietary driver before it is well-supported, and some hardware is never supported properly at all, like the R690M chipset's GPU. Just get graphic trash if I try to use it. But the windows driver is also shit and causes problems with power management.

ATI is just incompetent, and no amount of handwaving can change that. Becoming part of AMD has, if anything, made things worse. Now their parts are competitive, but the drivers are still garbage.

Comment: Re:AMD more FLOSS friendly than most (Score 1) 53

by drinkypoo (#49518071) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

AMD has actually gone out of their way to embrace open source and the Linux community.

Not really. They've trickled out just enough information to support new cards, while never really providing enough information to use old cards. My R690M still doesn't work properly under Linux.

Much of the bias against AMD is left over from ATI's disastrous drivers (even proprietary) back in the day.

No, most of the bias against AMD is due to their disastrous drivers today. I've still never had ATI graphics work properly with ATI's driver. If there's not a hacked driver (e.g. DnA) available, then the driver causes me nightmares and headaches. CCC is still festering shit. It's as big as a driver should be by itself.

In fact, the release of AMDGPU and in fact their entire unified driver plan leads to more openness.

So far, what it hasn't led to is their hardware working properly, which is a lot more important to most of us.

AMD is far from perfect, but they do seem to be interested in making FLOSS a part of their future

Nah, it's mostly lip service. They abandon hardware from their driver long before it's properly supported, nVidia supports much older hardware in their driver. And they don't really give all the information you need, just little dribs and drabs.

Maybe someday they will deserve your admiration, but right now, they're fakers. Maybe someday they will e.g. provide the support for Linux to do proper power management of mobile Athlon 64 processors.

Comment: Re:Can't they just get it right? (Score 2) 53

by drinkypoo (#49518063) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

only to hear from reliable pro-audio people that these cards often cause problems with the audio drivers of professional external sound cards like horrible crackling noises.

Citation? I can't find reports of problems like that with external sound cards. I have an nVidia 750Ti (formerly had a 450GT) and an m-Audio Mobile Pre USB and there are absolutely no problems.

Comment: Re:Found in small town, CA? (Score 3, Informative) 52

by dougmc (#49517387) Attached to: Baltimore Police Used Stingrays For Phone Tracking Over 25,000 Times

1x is digital too.

It does have longer range than 3G and 4G, and so it could very well be that you were simply getting a marginal signal and there was no Stingray involved at all -- your phone just used the best that was available, and that was 1x.

And once you left, the 4G signal got strong enough again to use, and your phone switched back.

Comment: Re:Probably best (Score 1) 449

by drinkypoo (#49517089) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Cars from the 60's-70's suck big time.

Sooo true. My first car was a 1976 Buick Century with 231 cc V6 engine, normally aspirated. The engine wasn't half-bad -- this was before emissions controls other than a PCV, EGR and catalytic converters so it *was* simple to work on -- but in every other respect it was dreadful by modern standards. 105 horsepower to move 3800+ pounds equals 0-60 in 17 seconds and 15 miles to the gallon, baby.

My first car was a 1960 Dodge Dart 2dr (Phoenix) with the 318ci V8 engine. It had 240 or 260 HP (opinions vary) and got over 20 MPG on the freeway... in spite of being 19.5' long, 6.5' wide, and about 4700 pounds wet. You can't compare the sixties and seventies at all.

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