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Comment: Re:Disposable, and "Not A Personal Computer" (Score 1) 362

by nateman1352 (#49307561) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

I suggest rallying around vendors like this: https://www.crowdsupply.com/pu...

Honestly I think those guys are a bunch of hypocrites. They make a big deal about openness and evil binary blobs etc. But last I checked I don't see their board design schematics, layout files, CAD drawings for the chassis, etc. available anywhere under an open source license. They make a big deal about needing open source to foil NSA backdoors... what about NSA backdoors baked in to the board design? A covert NFC chip can violate privacy just as easily.

Moreover, even if you had all the source code for every single byte of code, how can you trust the binaries that were pre-installed by these guys? Should we really expect every end user to recompile everything and crack open the case and use a flash programmer to reflash everything (flash programmers are spendy by the way.) Also, even if it is open source we won't find all the security vulnerabilities in the code anyway (see heart bleed.)

Call me crazy, but I respect IHVs wanting to have the ability to patch hardware issues on devices that have already shipped. Remember the Pentium FDIV bug? Intel has had up-datable microcode ever since then for a reason. Having hardware be patchable like that creates binary blobs of out necessity. I guess I'm just too pragmatic or something.

Comment: Re: Try and try again. (Score 1) 445

Your forgetting the best part of the original iPhone: it had the Internet. Not the "mobile" Internet, or the kinda sorta looks like the Internet... the Internet. It had the real Internet.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=37fMdoU8kyY

It really was something special. Its sad really how Apple has started stagnanting now that Steve Jobs is gone. It was also sad when towards the end of his life he started to go a little insane. Now I'm a former iPhone user typing this on my Android phone.

Comment: Re:Pedantic, but... (Score 1) 169

by nateman1352 (#48896803) Attached to: Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook
Totally 100% agree. That said, making it GPL would pretty much mean that any improvements made by outside contributors would not be included in Xcode. So you would instantly create a fork where everyone on Mac uses a different Clang then everyone else. That's not helpful for the Clang project, the LLVM project, the devs using Clang, or Apple. Also LLVM was already BSD before Clang showed up so licensing a sub project under same license as the parent makes sense.

Comment: Re:Pedantic, but... (Score 5, Insightful) 169

by nateman1352 (#48891875) Attached to: Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

Now don't get me wrong, I really really appreciate all the hard work the GNU project and the FSF have contributed, but to imply that _only_ the GNU project and the Linux kernel deserve credit seems quite unfair to me.

If we call in GNU/Linux because GNU deserves credit then we should name it GNU/Apache/Xorg/KDE/SystemD/Samba/LibreOffice/Mozilla/Linux, because all those other projects are just as critical to creating the modern, functional operating system that we have today.

Or we could grow up and just call it Linux because its just a name after all.

My theory is RMS and all his buddies over at the GNU project are still butt hurt about Linux stealing the thunder from GNU Hurd (25 years after the fact!) If they really want to have their GNU OS, then just finish Hurd already build your GNU package.

It's amazing how childish RMS can be sometimes, look at how he reacted to the fact that Clang and LLVM are now technically superior to GCC. Wrote a whiny blog post about how he admits it hurts on a personal level and then in the same paragraph attacks Clang as not being open source enough because it is BSD licensed instead of GPL! Honestly I think deep down inside RMS would have preferred that Apple kept Clang closed source even though he would never say that publicly. Apple gives us something for free that they totally didn't have to give us so obviously we should bite their hand off because they licensed it in a way that would allow them to continue using it in Xcode.

There is a lot of things I really like about the open source movement, but self righteous crap and the cliquey project leaders definitely leave a bad taste in my month.

Comment: Re:Kill it with fire! (Score 1) 420

by nateman1352 (#48703667) Attached to: The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

The root cause of this problem and in fact most of the problems I've seen in the work environment is that most managers seem to be completely incapable of understanding the concept of a happy medium.

Honestly I'm not a fan of the 5x10 cube. The walls and the monitor are so close that there is absolutely no way for you to take a vision break and focus on something 20 feet away without getting up and getting a coffee, so you don't do it as much as you should. I can't think of many things that could possibly be worse for your eyes. And often those walls are 20+ years old, have never been cleaned, super dusty and all of them smell like B.O. At the same time, yeah I don't like being on display and having everyone constantly looking over my shoulders either.

Right now my team has our aisle set up with half height walls facing the walkway and doors, the desks set up so that we are looking out into the aisle. The back wall is full length. That way people walking down the aisle see the back of our monitors, not the front. But at the same time, I can look down the entire length of the aisle, which not only lets me see my other co-workers, its gives me distant objects to focus on every now and then without even having to stand up. This by far is the best of both worlds... a happy medium go figure!

Problem is everything has to be black and white all the time at the office. Nothing can ever been in between with management types because that is harder to brag about on your annual review. Either we are centralizing and standardizing on one solution for the whole company (even when that solution is a really bad choice for some things) or we innovating and being disruptive and not working together at all so that way we can duplicate a bunch of work. My suggestion that we should work together when it makes sense but don't force it always seems to fall on deaf ears.

Comment: Layoffs (Score 3) 230

by nateman1352 (#48599279) Attached to: Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

So Microsoft starts laying off 18,000 employees in several waves starting in July this year. One of the first groups that was hit hard by layoffs was QA (mostly contract workers so they are easy to let go.) Within that, the QA department responsible for testing OS security patches was hit the hardest...

So now we are having a bunch of problems with botched updates that weren't tested sufficiently, go figure!

Comment: Low Level System Software (Score 1) 641

by nateman1352 (#48553997) Attached to: How Relevant is C in 2014?

C is great for low level stuff since it is capable of generating machine code that has zero dependencies. K&R even explicitly mentions "non hosted mode" with no libc and implementation defined entrypoint semantics. In fact, it is the only language in mainstream use today that has this feature (aside from assembly.)

For kernel, drivers, firmware, embedded, and RTOS its pretty much the only choice unless you want to code everything in straight assembly. Since my current job is firmware programming, I've actually like the C language now that I've been forced to do a lot of heavy coding in it instead of Python.

Comment: Re:Deserved (Score 2) 93

by nateman1352 (#48442727) Attached to: Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market

How, exactly, can Nvidia make games run poorly on other hardware? They don't write the games. Both AMD and Nvidia have extensive outreach programs to developers and make engineers available to game studios

That is true, but nVidia's outreach engineers have a history of checking code that regresses performance on competitor hardware. See what this Value developer has to say about "Vendor A": Vendor A is also jokingly known as the "Graphics Mafia". Be very careful if a dev from Vendor A gets embedded into your team. These guys are serious business.

How can using certain benchmarks (as you suggest) make games run slower on other hardware?

Thats not what I'm suggesting. I am suggesting that nVidia has a history of being dishonest which thier performance benchmarks. The worst case by far is during the GeForce FX era when they were caught a driver that detected it 3DMark 2001 and then only rendered content that was visible to the camera instead of the whole frame to boost thier benchmark scores. That was a while ago and I've been unable to find the original story on it.

AMD fanboy much?

Not at all, my desktop currently has a GeForce 570 installed. When I bought it nVidia clearly held the performance crown. That said, I really don't like the unethical business practices and I think I might not buy them again.

Comment: Deserved (Score 1) 93

by nateman1352 (#48442299) Attached to: Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market
Honestly nVidia's business practices have been so shady recently, they make what Intel was doing in 2006 look tame. They do everything they can to make as many games as possible run poorly on anything other than nVidia GPUs, including sending employees to game studios to help "optimize" their games. They bribe review sites and "suggest" certain benchmarks to use. Also, thier legal department is more aggressive than Apple's. They deserve to be taken down a notch.

Comment: Re:Can Apple Move to ARM on the Desktop? (Score 1) 75

by nateman1352 (#48413935) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

Given the fairly lame update to the Mac Mini caused mainly by the lack of choices in Intel's mobile CPU offerings (and Apple's refusal to design and stock a separate motherboard just for quad core)

Why would you be faulting Intel for this?!?

Not only that, but your argument is based on factually incorrect information. If Apple designed the new Mac Mini using the FCBGA1364 socket (high end mobile Haswell) instead of the FCBGA1168 socket (often referred to as Haswell ULT) then they could offer 2 core and 4 core minis without any board change.

The truth is Apple's designers care more about form and power dispation than having a quad core mini. Consider that the 13 inch Macbook Pro uses FCBGA1168 and the 15 inch uses FCBGA1364, just a screen size change is enough to justify a different socket and different inventory on the Macbook line up.

In fact, motherboard layout differences between the FCBGA1364 socket and the FCBGA1023 socket (used on the previous SandyBridge Mac Mini) are minimal compared to the amount of design change needed to go from FCBGA1023 to FCBGA1168. Apple has access to Intel's roadmaps >1 year before they are public, they knew that Intel would not have quad core on FCBGA1168 and they knew it would be more work to change thier design to use FCBGA1168 but they did it anyway. It was a deliberate design decision.

Comment: Re:So, why the continued G-love? (Score 4, Informative) 105

by nateman1352 (#48388051) Attached to: Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

I no longer have faith in ANY of the conglomerates offering products all over the board.

Any conglomerate? What about 3M? They make a ton of stuff across the board and I buy a lot of their products (Scotch Tape, Post-It Notes, Scotch Brights, Nexcare & ACE bandages...) and honestly the only product I can think of that they dropped that I used a lot was their floppy disks... and they didn't really drop their floppy disk line they just sold it off as a separate company (Imation) and I was able to keep buying those floppy disks until floppys were pretty much dead and I no longer had any need for them.

When a conglomerate is well managed it actually works great, the problem is a lot of tech companies have tunnel vision and don't know how to manage a conglomerate.

Comment: Re: Wondering about those numbers. (Score 1) 192

Not a single person I have talked to still running 8.0 was even aware of the upgrade. It's not like they made a conscious choice to stick with 8.0, they simply didn't bother to even find out.

Guess you don't actually run 8.0 anymore (or you are domain joined) because on my 8.0 system a pop-up asking me to upgrade to 8.1 shows up every 2 hours after an Windows update a couple months ago.

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