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Comment: Re:All of you should buy AMD whenever possible (Score 1) 98

It is a bit of Russian Roulette...

The propriety drivers aren't bad on my aging 6630M and run most things acceptably (except KSP, but that may be related to KSP on linux in general...?). Still no support for switchable graphics (in a dynamic and meaningful way), and the thermal management is slightly broken. On occasion I get a thermal shutdown.

Comment: Re:Get over it (Score 1) 190

by inasity_rules (#49645295) Attached to: No Justice For Victims of Identity Theft

Chip and Pin is fairly standard here in South Africa. Even the cheapest savings account with a noname local bank gives you chip and pin. We still have the fallback to magnetic strip though. We also have two step authentication where you get a sms with a pin when you buy something online, though I see it doesn't happen for steam, which is a bit scary.

I had my identity stolen here, but they did not use my credit card. Instead they used a (very obviously) fake ID to get a cell phone contract. It was a mission to sort out and adds all kinds of stress you don't need. If I meet the bastard (I now know what he looks like, but the police can't or won't do anything) in a dark alley sometime, we will have a long chat about the errors of his ways.

Comment: Re:Great for nvidia but, (Score 4, Interesting) 178

by inasity_rules (#49318309) Attached to: Gaming On Linux With Newest AMD Catalyst Driver Remains Slow

These things are about momentum. Diesel is really common here (my boss drives a diesel hatchback, and gets incredible km/l). Every filling station here stocks diesel. Is it a better technology? Maybe... It is really expensive to fix when it breaks. So it is in a way a really good analogy for Linux. In the some places (the USA), everyone only uses it for servers (big haulage trucks) but in other places it gets used everywhere.

There are pros and cons to every OS. Linux is my preferred platform because I am familiar with it, and I like the interface. I have not delusions of superiority. I have had good experiences with hardware support, and apart from printers (I do not own one, so it is a non-issue for me), I have not worried about linux support for hardware since around 2005. Also, a lot of hardware seems to work better: 3g modems for example - they don't require me to install the operators bs bloatware to use under linux. They just work...

I think the point here, is someone is making an effort to build diesel filling stations. You can still get petrol and it will never go away, but you now have options, and each has pros and cons. I like diesel. It has really good torque. Modern diesels have come a long way in terms of reliability (early diesels were terrible). They aren't perfect, but they do the job.

Comment: Re:Great for nvidia but, (Score 4, Interesting) 178

by inasity_rules (#49318127) Attached to: Gaming On Linux With Newest AMD Catalyst Driver Remains Slow

The point? I don't know there is one precisely. I game on linux because it is my preferred platform. I have been using it for so long now I actually have a ls.bat file on my windows machine somewhere.

Linux is fairly useful on the desktop. I did my entire honours project some years ago under linux (including PCB/circuit design and embedded code). In general, I have found it to 'just work' in modern times, unless you are doing something exotic. Beyond that I would love to see it used more in industry. It would be much easier to manage a SCADA under linux, where the bastard operator from hell can't plug in a usb stick with 1002 viruses and I can ssh in to troubleshoot coms problems. Yeah you can disable USB storage under windows too, but it is a PITA.

I am not saying the average user should be running linux (though I suppose we can see how Steam machines do), but it is rather nice to be able to start up a game at home without having to reboot.

Comment: Re:Great for nvidia but, (Score 3, Insightful) 178

by inasity_rules (#49318017) Attached to: Gaming On Linux With Newest AMD Catalyst Driver Remains Slow

This is changing. Rather fast. I have 50 Linux games on steam, and all run fine on my 4 year old Core i5 and AMD 6630M laptop. Sure detail levels aren't great, but they aren't bad either. I get 40+fps on war thunder. Still downloading bioshock.

Surprisingly I have yet to have an issue running any of these games. I'm not running Ubuntu (or other debian based), so I expected issues. I am going to experiment with my desktop later when I get time to put a modern linux distro on.

Gaming on Linux is looking good actually.

Comment: Re:Is it unconstitutional? (Score 2) 82

by inasity_rules (#49231299) Attached to: South African Government Issues Plans To Censor Internet

It is a decent constitution, not perfect, but decent. However, the ruling party has enough of a majority to change that. The big issue is they are running scared because various unpopular policies are fast eroding voter support. Africa still hasn't got the hang of democracy quite yet, and they think that controlling the media will perhaps allow them to control votes.

With regards to censorship, this will likely land in the constitutional court and be struck down. Other things have. Either that or you won't see me on /. again until I get myself a nice anonymizing proxy. Good thing I don't use my real name here. :P

Comment: Re:Realistic (Score 1) 374

by inasity_rules (#49129967) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

You are correct, but you may have missed something:

Practically, solar power will help the individual, not industry. Industry is what requires the most power(on a individual basis) bar sugar cane factories and so forth which produce power and already sell it back in this end of the world. Solar power is not practical for an induction furnace (for example). It does not have a reliable enough output.

The utility will survive on things like steel mills that run induction furnaces 24/7 and can't realistically use solar power. In fact they may make a profit selling your excess solar to industry. Base load generation is never going away though. It may become nuclear or remain coal, but it isn't going anywhere.

Each new user of a new system uncovers a new class of bugs. -- Kernighan