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Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 1) 59

by nadaou (#49134339) Attached to: Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested and Benchmarked

The brand new RPi 2 boards are quad core 900 MHz and can easily keep up. The original single core 700 MHz Pi boards could just get away with XBMC, but it wasn't all that pleasant.

The GPUs on both versions were designed and built for this task (they were originally out of set-top boxes) and have no problem at all with HD video.

Comment: Re:Location, location, location (Score 1) 212

by nadaou (#49102365) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

though sometimes you do hear ocean acidification raised as a possibility

it's not just a possibility it's a basic chemical reality based on partial pressures. the acidity of the oceans has already increased by 30% since the start of the industrial revolution.

Comment: Re:Why dashcams? (Score 1) 93

by nadaou (#48645227) Attached to: Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

There is no need to [...] unless you have something to hide.

Now where have I heard that argument before...?

All the same, dashcams should be mandatory. They protect good cops while catching or putting a check on bad cops, and add an extra POV that neither the cop or the accused had available to them. Bonus witness.

Comment: Re:If this were ten years ago, I would have (Score 5, Insightful) 268

by nadaou (#48360377) Attached to: GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

Hear hear. If one of the biggest and best known names in the FOSS world can't defend themselves from something so blatant it just encourages other big corporations from abusing smaller groups.

Red hat, we're looking at you to step up here.

The Systemd and GNOME3 toxic manouvers are irrelevant.

Comment: Re:Is the really that much of an issue? (Score 4, Insightful) 345

by nadaou (#48123815) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

Why bother developing, testing, and supporting a feature that few in their target market will ever use?

Because Google has a vested interest in the next generation of SD card not having patented and royalty incurring filesystem such as exFAT as the mandated standard. The more they can support TF card hardware spec instead of the SD card "experience" spec the better it will be for all of us. Except for Google's main competition in the laptop market that is.

As it stands now every smartphone with an SD card has as part of its manufacturing cost about $2 going straight to Microsoft for the privilege of using exFAT, because the SD standards committee in their wisdom decided that SD cards can't be called SD cards without it.

Comment: Re:Still not actually open (Score 1) 56

by nadaou (#48093957) Attached to: AMD Building New GPU Linux Kernel Driver To Unify With Catalyst Driver

> Do you really think last years video card can't support the newest
> version of DirectX?

I'm pretty sure that DirectX support is not that important for a Linux driver.

> Remember the Intel chips that you could upgrade by simply soldering
> 2 pins together? I suspect that THAT is what they are really afraid of.

And the tens, nay hundreds of lost sales that incurred?

> The mod community figuring out how to make upgrading less important.

Since most or many AMD graphics these days ship as part of an APU, I'm
also pretty sure there's more to the upgrade decision than just the

I'd really love the Catalyst driver to improve, right now the open source
Radeon driver is much more stable on my system but lacks full OpenCL
support. Anything which maximizes the open part of the driver and shrinks
the binary blob is a gain for all of us.

The less time planning, the more time programming.