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Comment: Re:Sponsored by Mars Candies: (Score 3, Interesting) 109

by hairyfeet (#47570203) Attached to: The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

It AIN'T the men, its the stupid as hell clothing industry thinking any guy besides metrosexuals give a rat's ass about that. I don't know how many guys I've talked to the past few years that are ROYALLY PISSED that they can't just go into a store and grab a pair of size whatever and know it'll fit. We don't care if you call it a 37 or an ummagumma just STICK TO IT so we can just walk in and buy a pair of damned pants without having to try shit on like the girls...is that REALLY so much to ask for?

As for TFA? The correct answer is "we don't know shit, it'll probably change, but for now the number pulled out our collective asses is". hell they can't even make the math work without "dark" this and "dark" that which should automatically be replaced with a little stick figure shrugging its shoulders. I think the only thing we can truly say for certain is how things work in this one little teeny tiny itsy bitsy area, anything else? Its just wild guesses with a LOT of question marks in there.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 715

by hairyfeet (#47570111) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Calling someone retarded is no less insulting than screaming nigger or faggot at them...are you telling me that is acceptable? or how about Linus flipping the bird to a major manufacturer that a LARGE part of the community REQUIRES to do their jobs? What if Nvidia said "ya know what? Fuck you Torvalds, from now on? They can buy OSX or Windows" and called it a day?

he is not only giving FOSS a bad name, which is pretty bad considering what RMS did in public left Torvalds pretty much the ONLY face of FOSS that didn't look like a loon, but he is also giving every stereotype of IT, that IT is full of maladjusted man children that behave like 14 year old punks, credence. We get enough of that shit without Linus acting like a fucking prima donna, thx.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 715

by hairyfeet (#47569993) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
Notice I got modded down for daring to say this type of behavior is NEVER excusable, I don't care if its from Cook or Ballmer or Torvalds you should act like a PROFESSIONAL, not a spoiled brat halo player. And I'm sorry but cursing anybody out in public, along with flipping the bird to companies who don't do to suit him? He's acting like a brat NOT the head of such a large important project. and the fact that so many will put up with this prima donna behavior and actually make excuses for it? Just shows there IS A REASON why IT has such a bad name.

Comment: Re:"small catalog" and "subscription" (Score 1) 58

by hairyfeet (#47564637) Attached to: EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog
The problem is this....EA is known for killing MP as soon as a title leaves top tier, usually within a year or two max. this means these games will be "pre-crippled" so that half the fun of a sports title, kicking your friend's ass, will already be removed.

Still for those that made the mistake of buying an Xbone that might be a good deal. For us PC gamers that 30 bucks a year would get you a dozen or more games from the Humble Bundles or Steam sales we could keep forever, of course the guys into EA sports will already have the latest Madden so won't care and...wait who is this supposed to appeal to anyway? Sports guys will already have the sports games,shooter guys generally don't play sports and have the latest shooters (because the MP dies the second a new one comes out), I'm sensing a case of "here is some old shit we can't sell so what do we do with it?" fail coming on.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score -1, Troll) 715

by hairyfeet (#47544857) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
Torvalds has shown repeatedly he has ZERO professionalism and the fact that so many in the FOSS community make excuses for his childish amateur hour behavior is truly sad. There is NO EXCUSE for acting like a spoiled rotten 14 year old Halo player and the fact that Torvalds can continue acting this childish and get away with it is a pretty damning commentary on the Linux community and its support of diva behavior.

Comment: Re:Transparency FTW! (Score 1) 97

by hairyfeet (#47538567) Attached to: Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy
I thought that it was pretty easy to crack TOR, just run a bunch of exit nodes and suck up the data. Sure it doesn't let you target a specific individual but its governments we are talking about here, where the typical goal isn't to get ALL the people, just enough that you are seriously rolling the dice if you try thus causing a nice chilling effect.

Comment: Re:Papers (Score 1) 223

by hairyfeet (#47530689) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools
Windows 8.1, they are gonna be one of the first laptops to take advantage of the "Free Windows under 10 inches" rule MSFT recently enacted, which means it should be trivial to "downgrade" to Win 7 if you want. I think I read about them on Windows Insider but in any case they are due either late Sept or early Oct but I would put my money on early Sept if possible to grab the back to school sales.

Comment: Re:Papers (Score 2, Interesting) 223

by hairyfeet (#47526887) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

I think the $99 netbooks that are gonna be coming out this fall should just suck up these low end sales like a sponge. After all the new Atom and Jaguar chips are crazy powerful and at 8 inches it'll be just perfect for kids sticking into backpacks. i already have a dozen customers that have put off getting their kids a tablet to get one of these new netbooks and I have a feeling that without having the lowest cost these ChromeOS sales are gonna dry up, same goes for the low end tablets.

After all why would you buy a Chromebook that ONLY works on the net when you could have a netbook that runs all the apps a Chromebook can run AND run offline as well? Oh and the Linux guys should love 'em as both Intel and AMD have been pretty good about opening up the APUs so it should be a dirt cheap way to have a pocket Linux lappy.

Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 1) 81

by hairyfeet (#47526791) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

I think you missed his point, his point is the old DOS game is wrapped in a Windows installer that often won't run on the platform he is using and there is NO way to just download the original files WITHOUT the installer which would allow him to trivially get it running in Linux.

While I have never been a fan of Linux I agree that is stupid for multiple reasons, not only does it make his ability to buy and use these games much harder (thus making it more likely he and those on his platform won't buy, thus hurting sales) but there are also plenty of DOS fans that use integrated launchers like D-Fend that could also use the raw files so they can just drop them into their custom DOSBox and call it a day. Considering you get the files AFTER running the Windows installer i see no reason in not just offering the option to download the game installer free.

This reminds me of the stupid 2K Humble Bundle I bought last week, the whole reason i bought it was "yay they have a GFWL DRM free version of Bioshock 1, no more needing a pirate version of a game I bought or dealing with GFWL removal crap, yay!" only to find that while yes their version was 100% DRM free it did NOT support torrenting, ONLY a direct download that was glitchy as hell and which wouldn't work with download managers....argh! I finally had to fire up 32bit IE of all things as that was the only browser that seemed to play nice with their download. If its already DRM free why not give me the choice of torrent?

Comment: Re:Intel (Score 1) 236

by hairyfeet (#47479851) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Oh I have been singing the praises of the AM1, its a fucking AWESOME chip! I mean a replaceable ULV that does 1080p easily AND is the same chip used in the PS4 AND only uses 25w WHILE having boards that offer options like having multiple PCIe and even a PCI slot and the whole setup can be had for less than $100? Well hell what's not to like!

And I put an E350 Bobcat against a Pentium D805 and even having over 1GHz speed difference it was a joke, that little $60 board just curbstomped that 805. it was then when I really realized how truly shit the P4 design was, because when the weakest Bobcat can beat one of their best duals you know its a garbage design.

Comment: Re:Intel (Score 1) 236

by hairyfeet (#47474987) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Actually the P4 would have been fine if they could have reached the clocks they predicted (10GHz+) but the pipes ended up so damned long every cache miss was like slamming on the brakes, not to mention the truly insane amounts of heat the last P4s belched out.

This is why I tell folks to toss if they have a P4 as while an Athlon of the same age is still useful the amount of heat belched out by Prescott and Cedar Mill P4s is just nuts. At the shop I've been replacing P4s with E350s and recently socket AM1s and even those bottom of the line netbook chips still feel faster than the P4 while putting out practically zero heat out the back. You don't realize how badly the cache misses slow the chip until you put an Athlon 64 or first gen Core Solo against the high clocked Pentium Ds, even at double the clocks they just feel dog slow.

Comment: Re:This is not how you inspire confidence (Score 1) 151

by hairyfeet (#47474553) Attached to: LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

Nice to see that I'm not the only one who thought the response was completely unprofessional.

What is it lately with all these OSS guys in key positions turning into Ulrich Drepper clones? Have they gotten so used to being told how great they are that when anybody dares point out a mistake they HAVE to go nuclear? You got Torvalds flipping off companies and throwing fits like a 14 year old Halo player, you got de Raadt acting like a giant ass, now you got this guy...wtf? Has everybody forgotten what it means to act like a professional?

Comment: Re:Fanbois (Score 4, Insightful) 91

by hairyfeet (#47474255) Attached to: Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

Uhhh..spin it how you want but the emails showed beyond a doubt that Apple was price fixing and sorry, that is illegal. Also if you think Apple was price fixing "for good of the people"....BWA HA HA HA HA, that is damned funny, it was to increase their share and make sure no competitor could undercut them, again going against free market competition.

Of course they could always do like Amazon and take less profit per sale...ha ha ha, who am I kidding, Apple take less? never!

Comment: Re:hmmmmm (Score 1) 681

I don't know what the coward was doing but I used PING plenty at the shop with 2K Pro and it worked just fine.

Frankly I wouldn't even put XP in their top OSes, by SP2 it was okay, never great, and while SP3 did have speed improvements it made up for that with patch cruft. If I were to rank their top OSes it would be Win 7, Win XP X64 (which was IRL Win 2K3 workstation), Win 2K, and then it would be a coin flip between Vista and WinXP 32bit as both of them required SPs to become usable and both OOTB sucked the big wet titty.

As for win 9? If the rumors are true that there will be NO local login (so they can datamine you, try to sell you shit with the appstore, and do a dozen "are you a dirty pirate?" checks a day) then I figure it wil be another VistaBomb, but if they just give us Win 7 with the under the hood features of win 8.x like better SSD support and WIM? Then it will be a hit. So far I have yet to see anything from this new guy to convince me he isn't just "Balmer 2.0" only whereas Balmer was "touchscreen touchscreen and did we mention we work with touchscreen?" while this new guy seems to be "cloud cloud and did we mention we have a cloud?".

Comment: Re:So you can reuse the PC board? (Score 1) 122

by hairyfeet (#47392433) Attached to: New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

What I can't believe is that they compare this weak sauce single core to a NUC, it'd be like comparing a Pinto to a Porsche as they really aren't even in the same class.

If you want something crazy affordable to compare to a NUC then check out the new AMD AM1 Jaguar kits, like this you can swap CPUs but unlike this the smallest you can get is a dual core APU while for $100 you can have the quad Athlon APU and all the chips are based on the same Jaguar chips they use in the PS4 and XBone. I've built both the Sempron dual and Athlon quad and I have to say...they are fricking great! The Sempron makes a great ULV server or basic netbox while the quad makes for a decent desktop or really nice media tank. The new APUs have hardware acceleration for all the popular video formats and they are crazy low power draw so making silent systems with them is pretty trivial. the only caveat is get the faster RAM as with APUs the RAM speed makes a difference when it comes to graphics performance but other than that they are great for DIY systems on the cheap.

But units like the NUC and AM1 are why I think the days of ARM being used on anything but ultra cheapo Chinese crap are numbered, as both AMD and Intel are dipping into single digit power draw territory while having an IPC that just curbstomps ARM. I've said it before and it looks like time is proving me right, you just can't scale up ARM without blowing the power budget while both AMD and Intel are getting better with each rev on power while still keeping a huge IPC lead. If this trend continues there just won't be a point in using ARM for anything but bargain basement as they just won't have the performance to compete with AMD, much less Intel.

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