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Comment Re:In all honesty... (Score 1) 102

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 (

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 (

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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