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Comment: Re:Still? (Score 1) 160

by janisozaur (#43827105) Attached to: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Offers 2,304 Cores For $650

As long as Nvidia keeps crippling double-precision performance on their (non-Tesla) cards, I'll keep buying AMD.

they aren't the only ones: (although this is targeted mainly at mobile gpus, I suppose the same or very similar can be said about desktop GPUs)

Comment: Re:Xilinx Zync anybody? (Score 2) 238

by janisozaur (#43826891) Attached to: ARM In Supercomputers — 'Get Ready For the Change'
there was a successful kickstarter campaign some time ago that introduced precisely those chips [Zynq-7020] at quite affordable prices: they are going to have them available for sale soon at after the kickstarter pledges are fulfilled. at $100 + shipping they are far more affordable than what you mention, they are also committed to having most (if not all?) things open, so be sure to check out their website.

Comment: Re:Feels early (Score 1) 227

by janisozaur (#37062704) Attached to: KDE Frameworks 5.0 In Development

Qt 5 will be binary incompatible with Qt 4

Not quite, at least as far as I understand it. See this for example: There are more planned changes that break ABI.
Qt only guarantees ABI compatibility between point (e.g. 4.6.1 to 4.6.2) releases; they sometimes manage to retain ABI between minor (e.g. 4.6 to 4.7) releases, you can read about it somewhere in the docs.

Comment: Re:Free Software in Government (Score 0) 168

by janisozaur (#35352630) Attached to: Lobbyists Attack UK Open Standards Policy

Using OO Writer instead of Word for example. Sure, sounds simple, the nerds can probably fgure it out without blinking, but it is all the NON-NERDS who make it a very expensive idea to test.

You may consider me a nerd and yet I have absolutely no idea how to use word. I 'outsource' my work that has to be done in word to friends who are actually capable of operating this software. Writer is no better, it somehow manages to always hide the toolbars that I actually need at the moment and show them immediately after I find a workaround.

The only sane "word processor" I know of is LaTeX. It creates beautiful documents, has easily editable source and it works great with SCMs.

Comment: Re:Sad (Score 2) 901

by janisozaur (#35279598) Attached to: German Foreign Office Going Back To Windows

Second, don't be sad. Seriously. I've said this before - it's supposed to be about choice. If someone chooses to use Windows/other Microsoft products/other closed source products, well then isn't that their choice?

Your argument may be valid when it comes to private companies or private users, but this is government that we're talking about. A government that is sponsored by the public taxes. I do not wish to spend my hard earned money on proprietary software that cannot be accessed. The money spend should come back to citizens, whether it is by building roads, schools or using/contributing to open source - a software that anyone can use. As such, it is not up to government to choose but to citizens of the country, and I am certainly sure that those who care, are all in favor for using open source. I do not live in germany, but it saddens me how public institutions, which I pay for, cover themselves by unrealistic clauses in public bidding to make sure only MS software gets through. Once again - it might be about the choice, but I am the one who chooses.

Comment: Re:Bad Publicity... (Score 2, Interesting) 488

by janisozaur (#33633814) Attached to: Linux Kernel Exploit Busily Rooting 64-Bit Machines
I'm all in favor of x86_64, but as proven by one of dev blogs (no longer available) for a facebook-ish website using custom python code, it doesn't necessarily bring speedups/advantages everywhere. Their point was that python uses *a lot* of pointers. Tests showed, that even though switching to 64 bits brought some really minor improvements, it also brought much more memory usage to their servers, effectively worsening their performance. They've stayed with x86. They conducted tests some 2 or 3 years ago, I wonder what would be the result today?

Comment: Flash "Square" (Score 1) 288

by janisozaur (#33592568) Attached to: IE 9 Beta Strips Down For Speed
Adobe released their new flash version to fit in ie9 nicely. There is also native 64-bit version for all three platforms. Betanews article on this: and download site:

Comment: Free VPC images of XP and Vista (Score 1) 189

by janisozaur (#27181281) Attached to: Windows Security and On-line Training Courses?
Microsoft is letting you download virtual PC images of XP SP2, SP3 and Vista (presumably SP1) with IE6, IE7 and IE8 RC1 free of charge. It's called "Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image". They have a set expiry date, but at this time you should be able to download updated version.

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