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Comment: Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (Score 1) 178

by jones_supa (#47763081) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

I suppose, but if your data is only small, a good OS will probably put it all together at the beginning of the drive anyway.

It depends on the file system. It's hard to say what strategy makes a "good OS". NTFS puts files sequentially, which gives the benefit that you will have lower seek times if you do not have that much data on your hard disk. The downside is fragmentation. Now, ext4 spreads the files over the volume, which avoids fragmentation efficiently. The downside is constantly high seek times across files.

Comment: Re:Already? (Score 1) 231

by jones_supa (#47758337) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

So I have some optimism that 9 will be a viable upgrade for my PC and my tablet. Maybe I'll pick it up in December after some of the obvious bugs have been patched, but I'll probably wait until a major service pack in May or so.

The version of Windows 9 we might see end of the year will be just a preview version.

+ - LGOGDownloader is a Command Line Downloader for GOG

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Webupd8 reports about a rather cool tool for fans of Linux command line and LGOGDownloader allows you to download your games purchased from GOG straight from the CLI, lean and mean. Internally the software uses the same API as the official GUI downloader, which unfortunately is not yet available for Linux. LGOGDownloader can download games (including language-specific installers if available), list and download updated files, resume unfinished downloads, repair downloaded installers, download extras such as artwork or manuals, and more. It carries the WTFPL license, which essentially means that the software is public domain."

+ - Predictive Modeling to Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Streaming game services always bump up against a hard latency limit based on the total round-trip time it takes to send user input to a remote server and receive a frame of game data from that server. To alleviate the situation, Microsoft Research has been developing a system called DeLorean (whitepaper) using predictive modeling to improve the experienced responsivity of a game. By analyzing previous inputs in a Markov chain, DeLorean tries to predict the most likely choices for the user's next input and then generates speculative frames that fit those inputs and sends them back to the user. The caveat is that sending those extra predictive frames and information does add a bandwidth overhead of anywhere from 1.5 to 4 times that of a normal streaming game client. During testing the benefits were apparent, though. Even when the actual round-trip time between input and server response was 256 ms, double-blind testers reported both the gameplay responsiveness and graphical quality of the DeLorean system were comparable to a locally played version of the game."

Comment: Re:Let me guess (Score 1) 93

by jones_supa (#47745789) Attached to: A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October
What kind of shitty argument is that? The update system of Windows is way less intrusive than of Linux distros, which often have default settings that make the update manager pop on your face twice a week, usually with an annoying dialog instead of a discrete system tray icon. Besides, Patch Tuesday is always the second Tuesday of a month, not "every second Tuesday".

Comment: Re:Let me guess (Score 1) 93

by jones_supa (#47742611) Attached to: A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October

Kde, gnome, mate, cinnamon, lxde, xfce are freaking damn buggy as hell from crashing, to buttons not working when clicking on them, freezing, icons disappearing. It doesn't mean this buggy shit happens everyday or every week it just creeps up unexpectedly.

Yes, that pretty much sums up what I meant when I said above "another crusty Linux distro coming up".

The weird little glitches that pop up on Linux desktop are the thing that get me.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.