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Comment: Re: Astronomy, and general poor night-time results (Score 4, Informative) 550

by modemboy (#47526619) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Halos are caused by the correction area being smaller that the dilated pupil size, has nothing to do with the type of LASIK.
More info:

The most common post LASIK problem is actually dry eyes, 50% of patients.

It is certainly not a perfected surgery IMHO.

Comment: Re:A better article about Schneier exploits (Score 1) 582

by modemboy (#30587274) Attached to: Bruce Schneier On Airport Security

Considering you can still fly without id, and they have the automated ticket kiosks at the airport now, you wouldn't even have to go to the trouble of forging the boarding pass. Show up to the airport with stolen CC, print out ticket, tell security you forgot your id (subjecting you to the more thorough search) and you're off to terrorizing!

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 2, Informative) 127

by modemboy (#30466998) Attached to: FASTRA II Puts 13 GPUs In a Desktop Supercomputer

The difference between GeForce and Quadro cards is almost always completely driver based, it is the exact same hw, different sw.
This basically a roll your own Tesla, and considering the Teslas connect to the host system via an 8x or 16x PCI-e add in card, I'm gonna say you are wrong when it comes to the bandwidth issue as well...

Comment: Re:AMD was robbed (Score 1) 230

by modemboy (#30466400) Attached to: US FTC Sues Intel For Anti-Competitive Practices

What an uninformed post. AMD did not neglect their fabs. Hell they spent 2.5 billion building a new one in 2003 (Fab 36); and guess what, they still own nearly half of Global Foundries (spinoff) that is building a new fab in NY. They were consistently 6 months or so behind Intel when stepping down to a smaller process, which was faster than anyone else in the industry.
Hmm and I wonder why they would have to sell off their fabs after investing heavily in them, perhaps it is because they were not getting the returns they expected due to market manipulation?

  "AMD couldn't keep up with Intel's aggressive pricing because they simply could not produce competitive chips as inexpensively as Intel could." That statement is just hilarious. For the time period we are talking about here, AMD chips were cheaper and faster than Intel's. No questions about it.

Comment: I knew this was coming (Score 4, Interesting) 326

by modemboy (#30452780) Attached to: 22 Million Missing Bush White House Emails Found

I knew this was coming when I first heard about the White House scrapping their previous GroupWise based email archiving system, as they were switching to Exchange, and deciding to roll their own archiving system.
Thanks to Sarbanes-Oxley, email archiving is big business now and you can buy enterprise ready solution from the likes of EMC.
Instead they decided to have a private contractor roll a custom system, spent a couple hundred million and 2 years, and then scrapped it for not working right (scrapped by the White House CIO).
In the end they implemented an EMC solution, right before Bush left office.
They can pull the wool over non technical peoples eyes, but I have no doubt they purposely FUBAR'ed this, there was no reason not to go with an industry standard solution from the get go unless they were up to no good.
Supporting facts:

Comment: Re:Radeons don't have video acceleration (Score 3, Informative) 208

by modemboy (#30137728) Attached to: NVIDIA Ships Decent DX10 Graphics Card For Under $100

Wrong! But I'll cut ya some slack cause it was only released a few weeks ago:

ATI cards do support video acceleration under linux, although not as nice of an implementation as Nvidia's yet...

One good suit is worth a thousand resumes.