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Comment: YEARS and YEARS ago... (Score 2) 178

by johnjones (#49319019) Attached to: Gaming On Linux With Newest AMD Catalyst Driver Remains Slow

when there was a ATI rage128 X11 driver written by enthusiast and Linux people it was basically the BEST

then nvidia saw the marketing and CAD market decided to ship a direct port of their windows driver with all the horrible spec breaking kludges that made it fast...

AMD now released a good driver that doesn't have too many kludges and sticks fairly well to the spec but its slow... they dont want to reveal all their breaking of the spec and kludges that they do on windows...

basically we could have a driver that was fast but it wont be a good (without fudging colours and resolutions etc)

AMD need to look at it like a marketing experience and invest in the software drivers for a couple of years... hey they could blow nvidia out of the water in about 6 months if they had the right team and just went for it...

regards

John Jones

Comment: you have to be specific... (Score 1) 85

Especially when talking about silicon as versions and die shrinks actually matter e.g. the K1 T132 is project denver which is 64bit and uses a JIT compiler to get speedup while version T124 is the Cortex-A15 R3

interesting thing will be the uptake of unix like OS vs Windows 10 on ARM which is sure to annoy Intel who are loosing market share !

regards

John Jones

Comment: Re:god dammit. (Score 1) 521

by johnjones (#47709993) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

had the same thought...

  what about Airports ?

deploy the same methods they do chirps/sounds and eagle surly someone thought of that and suggested it already ???

personally I see this as far better method to generate electricity than polluting photoelectric cells... they deserve a congratulations !

 

Comment: at least they did not just attach cache... (Score 1) 125

Scalar design just simply attach more cache... more hits and speculative loads (/MMU) solved it for SPARC/MIPS/Power

The HP research into Dynamo and later the transmeta design concepts showed promise but delivered no product beyond small samples (under 1 million shipped) and yet peoples houses...

  I was most excited by dynamo and VLIW (itanium promised so much and delivered so little) LLVM provides some interesting concepts

  I would really like Texas Instruments (TI) back in the game as I think a large I and D cache combined with specialised (DSP + crypto) offload engines would blow the socks off the current market...

it will be interesting as intel have a smaller geometry yet the market is with ARMHY but do manufacturers care ?

have fun and power consumption matters !

John Jones

Comment: MITM attack (Score 2) 52

by johnjones (#47098649) Attached to: Australian iPhone and iPad Users Waylaid By Ransomware

seems like they might have been a target of MITM attack

personally I would advocate support for DANE in apple products :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS-based_Authentication_of_Named_Entities

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS-based_Authentication_of_Named_Entities

not a total solution but it would help

regards

John Jones

Comment: Australians willpay more tax money to investigtors (Score 1) 78

by johnjones (#45583595) Attached to: Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens

we want to do that...

oh wait no we don't... yes thats what centrelink etc are trying to do is catch fraud...

its not like they leave windows machines administrators full access to classified documents...

how many australians are concerned about immigration ?

thanks

John

Comment: good ! (Score 4, Interesting) 46

Finally a decent system for cell towers... I trust mozilla a lot more than "commercial" interests who skew the results biased around a particular provider and don't update their DB when new equipment is installed !

OSM should be helpful to verify exactly where these towers and what frequency they are as well...

should this not be public knowledge anyway ??

John

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