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Comment: Nvidia's been doing this for a while on Linux (Score 5, Informative) 202

FWIW, the Nvidia proprietary drivers have had a shader cache on Linux since the 290.03 release in late 2011 (search for GLShaderDiskCache). It probably helps Mass Effect 2 under Wine somewhat (here's a bug report from before the cache was added to the driver: )

Comment: Spot-checking (Score 3, Informative) 429

by dkegel (#45189737) Attached to: DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Issues

Just how broken is it? Let's find out.

I tried creating an account early Sunday morning and failed.
I tried again Sunday evening, and it worked... on Firefox, anyway. On Chrome, logging in took me to a blank screen.
( See )

If you try creating an account on, reply here with what happened. Let's see how broken it is.

Comment: Re:I doubt the reports... (Score 2) 198

by dkegel (#44596709) Attached to: The Decline of '20% Time' at Google
Are you talking about Google, or some other company? I don't remember anything like that going on at Google when I was there. The managers I observed were quite levelheaded and didn't assign too much work. The only real impatience I saw was when one product had too much latency visible to the end user. That resulted in a whole lot of impatience... and a new level of vigilence against latency creep. But that was a good thing.

Comment: I doubt the reports... (Score 2, Interesting) 198

by dkegel (#44596387) Attached to: The Decline of '20% Time' at Google

The original report of "For many employees, it has become too difficult to take time off from their day jobs to work on independent projects." can be explained well like this: people who are below average productivity in their team can't spare the time to work on 20% projects.

I don't think this is a harsh thing; it's just a fact of life.

By the way, the Google version of stack ranking (if I recall correctly from my time there) is something like "If you're a manager, and there's a guy on the team who isn't being very productive, make sure he knows about the problem, so he can do something about it."

Also not a harsh thing.

Google doesn't want to become a Cisco, where all the good ideas come from buying up little companies. I suspect that people of above average productivity at Google still have plenty of freedom to try experiments 20% time.

What has changed a bit is that since the mantra of the company became "Features, not products", those 20% experiments are almost always going to involve adding features or other improvements to existing products, not wholly new products.

And that's ok, too. There is a whole lot of room to add features and make things better under the hood.

Comment: Re:Let's keep the tree green (Score 2) 145

by dkegel (#44052353) Attached to: Millions At Risk From Critical Vulnerabilities From WordPress Plugins

Congress, say.

And of course 'instantly' would be too gestapo for real life. We'd really want a grace period with escalating warnings, followed by fines, followed by pulling-the-plug.

And it'd be much better if industry came up with this on its own first. What's the state of the art?

Rackspace talks about security,
but doesn't seem to offer proactive vulnerability scanning, and if they did, they would charge for it instead of just doing it.

Godaddy seems to offer this as an extra cost
service instead of just doing it:

Here's one wordpress hosting provider that promises to install all security updates within one hour (wow):

So, industry guys, can we get our act together and offer security scans and upgrades as part of the basic service plan?

Comment: Re:uses? (Score 3, Informative) 97

by jeremy_white (#41816483) Attached to: CodeWeavers Announces Flock the Vote Software Giveaway

Yes, Wine really is coming along nicely. It's been a very long hard fight, but an amazing range of things work, and it's just going to keep getting better.

Note that Wine has a sponsor - CodeWeavers - and we have collectively dumped at least $20 Million on Wine through the years. Wine is hard.

We do all of that that $59.95 at a time, with the support of people who understand what we do and who choose to support us. I think this is amazing and powerful and wonderful, and I am deeply grateful to everyone who does support us.

I just wish more people knew the details and understood why PlayOnLinux and stock Wine work so well these days. My ducky demise will not be in vain if just one more person discovers CrossOver goodness :-).



+ - Microsoft purges download area of everything pre-Vista?-> 1

Submitted by dkegel
dkegel (904729) writes "Over the last couple weeks, many downloads at related to older versions of Windows have been silently deleted. For instance, Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, which used to be at, is no longer there.

It seems that a) Microsoft is getting quite serious about ending even any hint of support for end-of-life operating systems, and b) the era of being able to download individual fixes via the web is ending; the future is automated updates."

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+ - Jeremy White Whines About Wine Whiners->

Submitted by jeremy_white
jeremy_white (598942) writes "The Humble Indie Bundle V launched over the weekend, and it's been largely a great success. But there was a small but vocal group of people that hated on Wine. I was dismayed to see that the comments on Slashdot seemed to echo that bias; I thought the average Slashdot reader knew better. So I've written a diatribe^H^H^H^H^H^H^H blog post to explain why I think they're wrong to Whine about Wine."
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