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Comment: diluting the market (Score 5, Interesting) 249 249

Like most low end Chevy vehicles it'll probably be a complete shame and do the meaning of the word 'electric', that Tesla has worked so hard to craft prestige into, a disservice. 200 miles isn't enough. People will walk away from electric like they walked away from Atari going 'huh, video games are dumb'.

Comment: Re:Another great Scalia line (Score 1) 1082 1082

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong to you. The Annenberg Public Policy Center which you point to is dominated by Progressives/Leftists. Therefore their "facts" are debatable as they continually lean heavily to the Leftists narrative (since in Leftist minds, narrative trumps facts).

this is /., what did you expect???

Comment: swearing an oath (Score 1) 1082 1082

Its nice to see that there is some social progression being made in a country that has had such rocky times lately. Good luck to all the gay couples that can now be 'equals under the law'.

still involves swearing an oath with right hand on the Bible. This speaks both to their valuation of the Bible [not my problem], and their valuation of their word. This latter part should concern you

Comment: he really screwed up these releases (Score 1) 98 98

Yet another excerpt from the Snowden documents that has nothing to do whatsoever with domestic surveillance.

In fact, I can't remember the last time it did.

He really screwed up the release of these documents. He needed to compile all the worst offenses and release them back to back to back. A year ago or so when he released the most damning one, Congress started fussing, but then he went quiet for another several months. Releasing it slowly allowed the public opinion to warm up to the idea of it, instead of adding fuel to fire we were trying to hold the NSA's feet to.

Now, the opportunity is lost, and will never be had again, except for maybe in the new country that starts on Mars from the pilgrims that follow John Galt^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Elon Musk there to start the Atlas society.

Comment: Re:Sounds like Kaspersky is the software to use. (Score 1) 98 98

I'm using a PC and I don't need AV software. I occasionally install AVGFree when 'something is acting funny' just to make sure (to date only once was it a remote-jack virus) or if I accidently clicked through an toolbar installation on the latest bundle of aTube Catcher that I downloaded. Otherwise, I've been fine. Stay away from shady websites and don't install every *.exe you run across and you'll be fine

Comment: Re:AMD Refuses Review Hardware over Negative Revie (Score 1) 87 87

Former ATI (and then AMD) engineer here... Now work at NVIDIA. My take is that, generally speaking, the quality of the chips from either company are pretty much on par. I'm not talking performance, that's a separate issue. I'm talking the quality of work that went into design, implementation, manufacturing. Neither company's chips/boards is going to be any more reliable than the other, on the whole. Similar MTBF and whatnot, and as these are consumer parts, there will necessarily be folks who unfortunately get a bad part or two. It's just probability.

AMD's drivers have, historically, been a little more rough around the edges for special features (alt-tabbing to multitask with something on the right HDMI monitor while using dual monitors while gaming on the left in DVI-- this was a problem 3-4 years ago, but not now), but lately (last year that I've had my 7850) I've been impressed with their driver stability, and it reminds me of how well my 670 worked 4 years ago.

NVidia still has the edge on CPU efficiency with their drivers currently but that'll be changing with these DX12-capable cards where any game compiled in DX12 will make use of new parallelized draw calls that improve multi-core driver scaling substantially, which should solve AMD's current problem. In other words, this Fury/FuryX card looks like both fastest and cheapest card for anything but 4k gaming (where it sometimes loses to the 980Ti).

Comment: a source (Score 1) 87 87

That was until someone on their side let it slip that TH knew that the poor hardware performance was because intel allowed specific optimizations to benchmark codes. Thus their real world performance was flawed.

The problem with this argument is that all the benchmarks are flawed for this reason. I never trust a synthetic benchmark to tell me how hardware is going to behave in the real world.

for anyone who was looking for more to read on this matter, Ars Technica looked into this with PCMark2005. I'm not sure why but I don't care if that was a 10 year old benchmark, 10 years is not a long time IMO. I suppose AMD could be blamed a little though for not supporting writable registers like Via on their chips...

NVidia does sorta-similar with their Game/HairWorks features in Witcher 3, or pushing retardedly stupid anti-aliasing modes because their architecture runs them better than AMD's.

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