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Comment: Re:Bugs in Win 7 UI (Score 3, Informative) 464

by jones_supa (#49135967) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10
I can confirm that bug in Windows 7 and I have seen it in Windows 8 too. It has occasionally happened to me after deleting all files from a folder. One of the files remains in the folder view, even though it has been deleted already. The view seems to not be refreshed properly.

Comment: HiDPI (Score 5, Interesting) 464

by jones_supa (#49135547) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10
I guess operating systems acquiring HiDPI support is one of the reasons going for the flat look. Vector graphics are easy to scale. But maybe some genius will eventually come up with a system that both scales well and looks cool. Some might also say that good appearance isn't the be-all and end-all, but we had quite nice thing going on with Aero, so why go backwards in evolution. The window zoom animations look really good in Windows 10 though.

+ - New Icons of Windows 10 Do Not Please Users Aesthetically-> 2

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A lot of people got nauseous about the flat looks of Modern UI presented in Windows 8. Recent builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview have now started replacing the shell icons, and to some people they are just too much to bear. Basically, Microsoft opted to change the icons in search of a fresh and modern look, but there are plenty of people out there who claim that all these new icons are actually very ugly and the company would better stick to the previous design. To find out what people think about these icons, Softpedia asked its readers to tell their opinion and the messages received in the last couple of days pretty much speak for themselves. There are only few testers who think that these icons look good, but the majority wants Microsoft to change them before the final version of the operating system comes out."
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+ - It's official: NSA spying is hurting the US tech economy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "China is backing away from US tech brands for state purchases as NSA revelations, according to Reuters, which confirms what many US technology companies have been saying for the past year: the activities by the NSA are harming their businesses in crucial growth markets, including China."
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+ - DuckTales Making a Comeback With New Episodes->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "In 2013, WayForward brought back the NES classic DuckTales as a remastered version for modern gaming systems. Along the way, Disney seems to have recognized that there is still a great interest in the magical world of DuckTales, and has decided to make all new episodes to the original animated series. That's right, the Emmy Award-winning series from the late 80s and early 90s that is absolutely treasured by our generation, is making a comeback that launches on Disney XD in 2017. Marc Buhaj — Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD — says: "DuckTales has a special place in Disney's TV animation history, it drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks' comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.""
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+ - Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Security researcher Moxie Marlinspike has an interesting post about the state of GPG-encrypted communications. After using GPG for much of its lifetime, he says he now dreads getting a GPG-encrypted email in his inbox. "Instead of developing opinionated software with a simple interface, GPG was written to be as powerful and flexible as possible. It’s up to the user whether the underlying cipher is SERPENT or IDEA or TwoFish. The GnuPG man page is over sixteen thousand words long; for comparison, the novel Fahrenheit 451 is only 40k words. Worse, it turns out that nobody else found all this stuff to be fascinating. Even though GPG has been around for almost 20 years, there are only ~50,000 keys in the “strong set,” and less than 4 million keys have ever been published to the SKS keyserver pool ever. By today’s standards, that’s a shockingly small user base for a month of activity, much less 20 years." Marlinspike concludes, "I think of GPG as a glorious experiment that has run its course. ... GPG isn't the thing that’s going to take us to ubiquitous end to end encryption, and if it were, it’d be kind of a shame to finally get there with 1990’s cryptography.""
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+ - Altera FPGAs Deliver Record Performance-per-Watt In Neural Networks->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Altera today announced that Microsoft is using Altera Arria 10 FPGAs to achieve compelling performance-per-Watt in data center acceleration based on CNN (convolutional neural network) algorithms. These algorithms are frequently used for image classification, image recognition, and natural language processing. Microsoft researchers are working on advancing cloud technologies and Altera's FPGAs are demonstrating up to 40 GFLOPS-per-Watt, an industry-leading level in data center performance. When compared with GPGPUs, this FPGA performance offers a more than 3x performance-to-power advantage for CNN solutions. This performance is achieved using OpenCL, or VHDL to code the Arria 10 FPGA and its IEEE754 hard floating point DSP blocks."
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