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Comment: Re:There's no simple "good" answer. (Score 3, Informative) 260

by mallan (#42223591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

No, not true - you can certainly use Optimus cards on Linux, you just have to choose between the integrated chipset or the dedicated chipset at boot time. What you don't get is the power savings from being able to dynamically switch between the low-power integrated Intel gfx and the high performance NVidia gfx. It's really not that big of a deal - the battery life on my thinkpad is just fine using the NVidia gfx 100% of the time.

Comment: Re:Unfriendly? (Score 0) 85

by mallan (#41417027) Attached to: NVIDIA To Publicly Release Some Tegra GPU Documentation

In this case NVIDIA provides me with a driver that works. I'm happy. I don't care what Linus has to say. NVidia, in my book, is supporting Linux on the desktop and for that I am happy.

+1

NVIDIA has been providing stable, fast, feature complete drivers for years and have supported Linux and FreeBSD just as well as they support Windows.

ATI, on the other hand, released specs years ago and the open source drivers are still unstable, slow, and incredibly buggy. The Intel drivers seem a little more stable than ATI, but they're still ridiculously slow and not feature complete.

I develop 3d software on Linux (and OSX, Windows) for a living and I test NVIDIA, ATI, and Intel gfx hardware on a regular basis. The NVIDIA closed source driver is the only linux 3d driver that is acceptable for doing real work. Period. It'd be great if the open alternatives were decent, but they're not.

Comment: Re:almost tempted to buy some shares (Score 1) 424

by mallan (#35218464) Attached to: Nokia Shareholders Fight Back

Too true - although I'm of the opinion that if SGI had ported their IRIX tools to Linux earlier and remained a *NIX company, they may have had a gentler fall to obsolescence and perhaps even survived as a relevant company. The abrupt switch to a commodity software platform and relying on hardware as a differentiator was horribly misguided. No one was going to pay $5,000 for an SGI machine when they could buy a $2500 Dell that ran the exact same software. By the time SGI tried to embrace Linux, it was far too late...

I think Nokia abandoning Qt is the real issue here. If they were going to maintain their own mobile development platform that ran on Windows Mobile, Symbian and MeeGo - that /could/ have been a winning strategy.

Comment: Re:ACE is great! (Score 3, Interesting) 310

by mallan (#29712801) Attached to: Platform Independent C++ OS Library?

Qt has been modular since ver 4, so you don't have to include the GUI components if you don't want to. The API is clean, elegant and consistent, plus the documentation is great. I don't have anything bad to say about ACE or Boost - they're both high quality toolkits - but if I had to choose just one toolkit to use for the rest of my life, it'd be Qt, hands down.

Privacy

In Japan, a Billboard That Watches You 133

Posted by kdawson
from the don't-look-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes "At a Tokyo railway station above a flat-panel display hawking DVDs and books sits a small camera hooked up to some image processing software. When trials begin in January the camera will scan travelers to see how many of them are taking note of the panel, in part of a technology test being run by NTT Communications. It doesn't seek to identify individuals, but it will attempt to figure out how many of the people standing in front of an advertisement are actually looking at it. A second camera, which wasn't fitted at the station but will be when tests begin next month, will take care of estimating how many people are in front of the ad, whether they are looking at it or not."
Space

UN Plans Asteroid Response Framework 152

Posted by samzenpus
from the where's-bruce-willis dept.
chrb writes "The Association of Space Explorers, a non-profit group of people who have completed at least one Earth orbit in space, has presented a report to the United Nations titled Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response. The UN will now meet in February to discuss the issue and try to define a global political framework for dealing with asteroid-based threats to the Earth."

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