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Comment: Re:Easier to support than OpenGL 4.x (Score 1) 36

by jones_supa (#49191543) Attached to: Valve Developed an Open-Source Intel Vulkan GPU Driver For Linux

It's a nice suprise, though the downside may be the need for recent hardware. Article leaves out the minimum hardware feature level

The official Vulkan page says that it will work on any platform that supports at least OpenGL ES 3.1. Of course another question is whether a Vulkan stack will actually be created for older hardware too.

+ - Source 2 Will Also Be Free

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Valve is officially debuting its Source 2 engine at GDC this week alongside a host of other new technologies, and it's expected to launch at a competitive price: free. The news of its release coincides with Epic making Unreal Engine 4 free-to-download and Unity announcing a full-featured free version of Unity 5. Valve is making a show of marketing Source 2 not just to developers, but game creators of all stripes — including Steam Workshop creators. "With Source 2, our focus is on increasing creator productivity," stated Valve engineer Jay Stelly in a press release confirming the launch. "Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not for just the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games." It's worth noting that Valve also plans to release a version of Source 2 that's compatible with Vulkan, the open-standard graphics API that's considered heir apparent to OpenGL."

+ - New Wolfenstein Game Announced: The Old Blood->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Last year, Wolfenstein: The New Order was well received, and showed that old school shooters still can do extremely well in the current market and actually be a lot of fun. Now, Bethesda Softworks is already announcing a standalone prequel to The New Order, called Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. It's back to the roots for B.J. Blazkowicz, and you embark on a perilous journey "deep within Bavaria", with the goal of infiltrating the Castle Wolfenstein. Just like last years' game, The Old Blood has been developed by Swedish company MachineGames on the same platform including id Tech 5 engine. The release date is May 5th and the game will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4."
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+ - Demand for Linux Skills Rising This Year-> 2

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "This year is shaping up as a really good one for Linux, at least on the jobs front. According to a new report (PDF) from The Linux Foundation and Dice, nearly all surveyed hiring managers want to recruit Linux professionals within the next six months, with 44 percent of them indicating they’re more likely to hire a candidate with Linux certification over one who does not. Forty-two percent of hiring managers say that experience in OpenStack and CloudStack will have a major impact on their hiring decisions, while 23 percent report security is a sought-after area of expertise and 19 percent are looking for Linux-skilled people with Software-Defined Networking skills. Ninety-seven percent of hiring managers report they will bring on Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months."
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Comment: Re:Is this really news? (Score 1) 55

by jones_supa (#49179941) Attached to: A Versatile and Rugged MIDI Mini-Keyboard (Video)

Just about all USB midi keyboards/controllers are cross platform. I fail to think of one that isn't, to be honest. So save yourself a few bucks and pick up an Akai MPK or something like that...

Indeed. For reference, here's a link to Thomann's catalogue with over 50 of such mini MIDI-keyboards.

+ - Soini: I'm Surprised More Immigrants Don't Come to Finland-> 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "In the first Yle News 2015 election interview, chair of the nationalist Finns Party Timo Soini offered his opinions on the European Union, immigration and the repeated racism scandals that have dogged his party. "I’m very proud of my party," said Soini. "I will say that this is a success story. We are challenging the established parties very well with new ideas, we are taking democracy back into the Finnish discussion, but I require — and also demand — that we also talk about the positive aspects of the Finns Party." The populist Eurosceptic was keen to emphasise that he wants Finland to be an open country to immigrants, despite his party's critical comments on the matter. He noted that Finland is one of the least-immigrated countries in the world. "Finland is a good country to work, educate and live, this is a safe country And I’m actually surprised that more immigrants are not interested to come here.", said Soini."
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+ - Lost City Discovered in Honduran Rain Forest->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with discovery of a previously unknown culture's lost city. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied "White City", also referred to in legend as the "City of the Monkey God". Archaeologists surveyed and mapped extensive plazas, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid belonging to a culture that thrived a thousand years ago, and then vanished. The team also discovered a remarkable cache of stone sculptures that had lain untouched since the city was abandoned. The objects were documented but left unexcavated. To protect the site from looters, its location is not being revealed."
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+ - Khronos Unveils Vulkan Graphics API->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "The Khronos Group has announced "Vulkan", its next generation API for high performance 3D graphics and GPU-based computation. Vulkan, previously known as Next Generation OpenGL or just GLnext, is designed to be a low-overhead API that facilitates multithreaded 3D development, enabling different threads to simultaneously prepare batches of commands to send to the GPU. It gives developers greater control of generating commands, putting tasks such as memory and thread management in their hands rather than relying on video drivers to handle these responsibilities. In so doing, it greatly reduces the amount of work that the driver must perform. The new API was created to make it a better fit for modern hardware: GPUs are complex, highly programmable devices, and CPUs have abundant cores and multithreading support. Shader compilation will adopt the Direct3D approach: instead of compiling from source on every run, programs will be stored as precompiled bytecode in a form called "SPIR-V". At least for now, OpenGL won't go away either, and Khronos will continue its development on the side."
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+ - NVIDIA Fixes Old Compiz Bug

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "NVIDIA has fixed a long-standing issue in the Ubuntu Unity desktop by patching Compiz. When opening the window of a new application, it would go black or become transparent on NVIDIA hardware. There has been bug reports dating back to Ubuntu 12.10 times. The problem was caused by Compiz, which had some leftover code from a port. An NVIDIA developer posted on Launchpad and said that the NVIDIA team has been looking at this issue and they also proposed a patch. "Our interpretation of the specification is that creating two GLX pixmaps pointing at the same drawable is not allowed, because it can lead to poorly defined behavior if the properties of both GLX drawables don't match. Our driver prevents this, but Compiz appears to try to do this.", wrote NVIDIA's Arthur Huillet. The Compiz patch has been accepted upstream."

+ - Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "In 2014, Epic Games took the step of making Unreal Engine 4 available to everyone by subscription for $19 per month. Today, this general-purpose game engine is available to everyone for free. This includes future updates, the full C++ source code of the engine, documentation, and all sorts of bonus material. You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. The business scheme that Epic set in the beginning, remains the same: when you ship a commercial game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. Epic strived to create a simple and fair arrangement in which they succeed only when your product succeeds."

Comment: Re:Google Double Plus Good (Score 1) 145

by jones_supa (#49164163) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

Sometimes I don't understand how people avoid running away screaming in terror.

Because the Big Brother aspect is hidden in daily use of these services, and at the same time they provide people the benefits of a powerful communication tool. Pretty simple really.

It's the same reason why people buy unethically produced goods: because the manufacturing process is hidden from them, but the price is cheap.

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