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Comment: Re: And once this school fails to get women intere (Score 1) 598

Last I heard, the Danes were getting into it with the Jews over this, because they are working to ban the practice.

I'm rooting for the Danes. I don't give a shit what your stupid religion says, mutilating young children's genitals is barbaric.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 454

by Grishnakh (#49518485) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

That's pretty crappy. On my '05 Volvo (and I'm pretty sure the design is the same up to about '13), to change any of the bulbs, you open the hood, pull a metal stake out with your fingers, then slide the entire headlight housing out sideways. Then you can pop off the wire harness, and the bulbs are easily changed at that point. It's not quite as easy as cars where you can just reach down and change them, but it's not hard and doesn't even require tools.

As for your single-use fasteners, you can get similar (but reusable) nylon fasteners at Lowe's or Home Depot in the hardware section. They come in a range of sizes, and I'm sure one of them would fit fine.

Comment: Re:Can't they just get it right? (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#49518477) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

I've had problems with nVidia drivers on occasion, but not those kinds of problems.

The most important thing to do is research a specific card (or at least chipset) before buying it, especially if it's come out recently. When I got my 240GT (two cards back) it was not well-supported. I had to load a beta driver to get it to work properly, and the driver substantially misreported its characteristics. It's safest to buy a card which has been out for a while, which is also a good way to save money so it's something of a win-win.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 454

by Grishnakh (#49518459) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Why would you buy the housing AND the ballast? The chances of both of those failing simultaneously are astronomical.

You can buy aftermarket HID ballasts for dirt cheap, or just get used OEM ones on Ebay. There aren't that many different kinds. The housing is another matter, since that's vehicle-specific, but unless you've been in a crash, you shouldn't ever need to replace that.

Comment: self-reply: note amd vs ati (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#49518425) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

I usually try to call the graphics side ATI so that when say something like "fuck ..." it says ATI and not AMD, because I rather like AMD's processors. I'm still rocking a Phenom II X6 1045T and I'm very happy with its performance, considering I paid $120 for it quite a while back and have no plans to upgrade it anytime soon. Maybe another video card next year... I went from 450GT to 750Ti on the advice of Slashdot, and haven't regretted it.

Comment: Re:AMD more FLOSS friendly than most (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#49518397) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

The question is whether or not they're yet able to properly challenge Intel. Sans proprietary enhancements, can they get close to the performance/cost ratio of a modern, open Intel graphics solution?

their integrated graphics are still faster than intel's, and the CPUs are plenty fast. if you're actually coming up against the limitations of the GPU, you're probably not CPU-bound anyway.

How do AMD compare when it comes to stability and robustness?

Compared to intel, it's like they just fell off the turnip truck yesterday night.

Comment: Re:Can't they just get it right? (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#49518379) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

I've seen some references to nvidia HDMI causing audio problems, and people blacklisting snd-hda-intel to make it go away. If your motherboard audio doesn't depend on that driver, it may be a viable solution. That's all I could really find while I was looking for a citation for the above claim before requesting a citation (in a sibling to your comment.)

As I've said elsewhere I have an original m-Audio Mobile Pre USB and it works great with my nVidia graphics, but that's just one device and that proves little.

Comment: Re:What about us poor Windows USERS? (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#49518089) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

I don't know about AMD, but NVidia's Windows drivers are just as up-to-date as their Linux drivers.

AMD drops support for old cards from their proprietary drivers with extreme prejudice. nVidia literally supports cards for years longer than AMD. nVidia also provides direct mobile driver downloads; AMD sometimes provides these, and sometimes hides them. AMD also took all their old architectural documentation down from their website, for a while there every search I made which led to a document on their site was 404ing. Fuck AMD sideways.

Comment: Re:Simplifying drivers (Score 2) 54

by drinkypoo (#49518079) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

(Usually by the time support is dropped out of catalyst, the opensource driver has caught up enough with performance to be a really good alternative).

Nonsense. First, AMD's driver performance lags behind nvidia in general. Second, AMD's linux driver peformance lags well behind their windows driver. Third, AMD frequently drops hardware from the proprietary driver before it is well-supported, and some hardware is never supported properly at all, like the R690M chipset's GPU. Just get graphic trash if I try to use it. But the windows driver is also shit and causes problems with power management.

ATI is just incompetent, and no amount of handwaving can change that. Becoming part of AMD has, if anything, made things worse. Now their parts are competitive, but the drivers are still garbage.

Comment: Re:AMD more FLOSS friendly than most (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#49518071) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

AMD has actually gone out of their way to embrace open source and the Linux community.

Not really. They've trickled out just enough information to support new cards, while never really providing enough information to use old cards. My R690M still doesn't work properly under Linux.

Much of the bias against AMD is left over from ATI's disastrous drivers (even proprietary) back in the day.

No, most of the bias against AMD is due to their disastrous drivers today. I've still never had ATI graphics work properly with ATI's driver. If there's not a hacked driver (e.g. DnA) available, then the driver causes me nightmares and headaches. CCC is still festering shit. It's as big as a driver should be by itself.

In fact, the release of AMDGPU and in fact their entire unified driver plan leads to more openness.

So far, what it hasn't led to is their hardware working properly, which is a lot more important to most of us.

AMD is far from perfect, but they do seem to be interested in making FLOSS a part of their future

Nah, it's mostly lip service. They abandon hardware from their driver long before it's properly supported, nVidia supports much older hardware in their driver. And they don't really give all the information you need, just little dribs and drabs.

Maybe someday they will deserve your admiration, but right now, they're fakers. Maybe someday they will e.g. provide the support for Linux to do proper power management of mobile Athlon 64 processors.

Comment: Re:Can't they just get it right? (Score 2) 54

by drinkypoo (#49518063) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

only to hear from reliable pro-audio people that these cards often cause problems with the audio drivers of professional external sound cards like horrible crackling noises.

Citation? I can't find reports of problems like that with external sound cards. I have an nVidia 750Ti (formerly had a 450GT) and an m-Audio Mobile Pre USB and there are absolutely no problems.

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