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Comment: Sadly, I don't see an "out" for AMD (Score 4, Informative) 117

by msobkow (#49491957) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

Sadly, I don't see an "out" for AMD. Their x86/amd64 chips don't perform as well as Intel's. The ARM market is saturated. They don't have their own foundry.

What does modern day AMD bring to the table that anyone wants? Even at cut-rate pricing, they've saturated their channels with chips and can't even manufacture and ship new inventory until the backlog clears.

It's a shame, but I think they're on their last legs. :(

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 3, Insightful) 186

by msobkow (#49490749) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

Meh. With any large organization, there will always be those who bleat and whine about the "potential" for abuse, and cry that they're not getting their "fair" share of the market because their product(s) just flat out aren't good enough to earn it.

Don't get me wrong: I don't buy the "don't be evil" mantra, but I don't see Google actually doing anything wrong.

And it's kind of laughable that Microsoft is resorting to whinging about the situation given how shitty the results Bing produces are. I've tried it. Many times. They rarely, if ever, produce results that are even vaguely related to what I'm searching for. They don't have market share because THEY SUCK.

Comment: 0.6? Are you serious? (Score 5, Insightful) 211

by msobkow (#49490009) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.6 Released

They announced work on Hurd when I was still in university. I've worked a career, ended up disabled, retired, and spent years on a pet project since then, producing 13 point releases. Over 30 years have gone by.

Yet they've still only reached release 0.6? So one decimal point release every FIVE YEARS?


Stick a fork in this project.

It's done -- as in dead. Pushing up daisies. Pining for the fjords. Defunct. Deceased. Non functional.

It's not even worthy of being called a pipe dream any more. Even "Duke Nukem' Forever" beat them to the punch, and everyone gave up on that project long before it was released.

Comment: My link "cheats" (Score 1) 142

by msobkow (#49476985) Attached to: How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?

I recently subscribed to SaskTel's MaxTV IPTV services. While my download speeds remain unchanged and in line with what's promised, my upload speeds have seen a near 30% boost. But that's because in order to enable the IPTV, the link was actually upgraded to 25 megabits from 6, and the IPTV doesn't use the upload bandwidth, leaving it available for me.

This is actually an ideal situation for me, because upload speeds for me to ship code are far more important to me than download speeds. I've had far more download bandwidth than I actually need ever since I upgraded to the 5 megabit package from the "basic" 1.5 megabit. 1.5 was enough for streaming video; 5 lets me stream and download at the same time.

And to think it's all because I didn't want to take a chance on missing Season 3 of "Orphan Black". :D

Comment: Re:Circa 1995 (Score 2, Insightful) 197

by msobkow (#49475891) Attached to: Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications

Yeah, but you're not allowed to complain about Google on anything other than "privacy" issues. 'Cause, like, "do no evil" and all that.

See, if you give away your attempt to dominate the world, you're automatically a "good" guy because you're not using it for profit (pay no attention to the ad push on every single thing you do, nor the tracking of your every action.)

Comment: Wrong problem (Score 1) 362

by msobkow (#49471581) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

The article is dealing with the wrong problem. The question is not how you achieve the highly mechanized and wasteful civilization we have now, but how you define "civilized." Personally, I feel that many earlier non-mechanized societies were at least if not more civilized than we are now.

Closely tied to the land and limited to steam powered transport that could be fueled by wood and biomass if need be, this entire continent of North America had it's kickstart. Granted, we didn't have iThingies and ship oranges from the other side of the continent, but it was a "civilized" society.

"You stay here, Audrey -- this is between me and the vegetable!" -- Seymour, from _Little Shop Of Horrors_