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Comment The resources of my computer are going to waste (Score 1) 40

Yeah, whatever man.

Firefox is falling off the wagon technologically anyway. You can feel the single-threaded model limiting things. Everything freezes from time to time and browsing is choppy. Google Maps is painfully laggy. Video playback uses huge amount of CPU. Screwing around with version numbers and release cycles are meaningless tweaks when there would be much bigger fundamental problems to solve.

Chrome and Edge is where the rippin' development is happening.

Submission + - Massive Layoffs Hit University of Copenhagen

jones_supa writes: University of Copenhagen is cutting deep into its staff to cut operation costs. Even though a great deal of the savings are aimed at administration and service, they are expected to affect the quality of education and research many years ahead. More than 500 teachers, researchers and employees in service and administrative jobs will be leaving. This corresponds to 7% of all staff. 209 employees can anticipate being laid off, while 323 jobs are either discontinued or terminated via voluntary redundancy. In addition to this, the university will have to reduce its PhD intake by 10% in the coming years. This is the outcome of the government's 2016 budget which imposes huge savings on research and education. As you might remember, we just heard about a similar situation in University of Helsinki in Finland.

Submission + - Firefox going to 6-8 week variable release schedule (mozilla.org)

AmiMoJo writes: Four years ago Mozilla moved to a fixed-schedule release model, otherwise known as the Train Model, in which we released Firefox every six weeks to get features and updates to users faster. Now Mozilla is moving to a variable 6-8 week cycle, with the same number of releases per year but some flexibility to "respond to emerging user and market needs" and allow time for holidays.

The new release schedule looks like this:

2016-01-26 – Firefox 44
2016-03-08 – Firefox 45, ESR 45 (6 weeks cycle)
2016-04-19 – Firefox 46 (6 weeks cycle)
2016-06-07 – Firefox 47 (7 weeks cycle)
2016-08-02 – Firefox 48 (8 weeks cycle)
2016-09-13 – Firefox 49 (6 weeks cycle)
2016-11-08 – Firefox 50 (8 weeks cycle)
2016-12-13 – Firefox 50.0.1 (5 week cycle, release for critical fixes as needed)
2017-01-24 – Firefox 51 (6 weeks from prior release)

Comment Re:In all honesty... (Score 1) 108

Please, stop the denialism.

Windows 10 works smoothly on an Atom N270 or Core 1 Duo. Unity, on the other hand...not so much.

A basic composited desktop with basic animations does not require that much horsepower. Even a measly GMA950 is more than enough. Even VIA C7-M with Chrome9 graphics ran Windows 7 with no hiccups and all 3D eyecandy enabled.

Linux is terribly bloated and unoptimized.

Submission + - Intel Says Chips To Become Slower But More Energy Efficient (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: William Holt, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group, has said at a conference that chips will become slower after industry re-tools for new technologies such as spintronics and tunnelling transistors. "The best pure technology improvements we can make will bring improvements in power consumption but will reduce speed." If true, it's not just the end of Moore's Law, but a rolling back of the progress it made over the last fifty years.

Submission + - CFQ In Linux Gets BFQ Characteristics

jones_supa writes: Paolo Valente from University of Modena has submitted a Linux kernel patchset which replaces CFQ (Completely Fair Queueing) I/O scheduler with the last version of BFQ (Budget Fair Queuing, a proportional-share scheduler). This patchset first brings CFQ back to its state at the time when BFQ was forked from CFQ.

Paolo explains: "Basically, this reduces CFQ to its engine, by removing every heuristic and improvement that has nothing to do with any heuristic or improvement in BFQ, and every heuristic and improvement whose goal is achieved in a different way in BFQ. Then, the second part of the patchset starts by replacing CFQ's engine with BFQ's engine, and goes on by adding current BFQ improvements and extra heuristics."

He provides a link to the thread in which it is agreed on this idea, and a direct link to the e-mail describing the steps.

Submission + - Rome Council Workers Rented Luxury Flats For €10 Per Month (telegraph.co.uk)

jones_supa writes: Rome is reeling from a new scandal after it was revealed that luxury apartments with premium vistas of the Colosseum and the Vatican are being rented out by the city council for tiny prices. As a couple of examples, an apartment owned by the city council in Borgo Pio, a district of cobbled lanes a stone's throw from St Peter's Basilica, was rented for just €10 a month, while another with views of the broad, Mussolini-era avenue that leads to the Colosseum cost a paltry €23 a month. Rents in central Rome are skyhigh and these deluxe apartments would have commanded a starting price of €5,000 a month on the open market. An internal audit team suspects that council officials were doling out the cushy deals to political allies, business cronies and possibly their own relatives. Investigators will scrutinize the council's entire property portfolio in search of illegality and abuse of office.

Submission + - Stephen Elop Assumes Position In McMaster University

jones_supa writes: Technology maven Stephen Elop is coming home. McMaster University has officially announced that the former alumnus and Microsoft and Nokia executive has been named the distinguished engineering executive in residence at the school's faculty of engineering. It is an advisory position, where he will give insights into new research and teaching opportunities, as well as helping to translating academic knowledge to a wider audience. He will also give lectures twice a year, as well as sit on the dean's advisory council and act as an advisor to the dean. Elop is an alumnus of the McMaster Computer Engineering and Management Program, where he graduated in 1986. The faculty also awarded him with an honorary doctor of science degree in 2009.

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