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Comment: Re:Overreaction (Score 1) 265

by rcht148 (#47420535) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

How so?
In our cities today, this is already true. There are areas where prices are very high and poorer people can't afford to buy houses there. The same thing would apply for this 'dome city' too.

The article says "may be free to wander through by day, but they will surely find no residence there"; just like our current divide of richer areas vs poorer areas.

Then the article says "It won't be long before there will be those who will be desperate to get inside; and it means an authority will be established to decide who can, and who can't."
Why do you need that? Free market economy will control the prices of housing in the dome just like our current housing rates as per school district lines or proximity to other valuable services.

I don't see how this is any different from our current rich/poor housing divide.

Comment: Re:Thankful for the FOSS drivers on older hardware (Score 3, Informative) 134

by rcht148 (#47166807) Attached to: Testing 65 Different GPUs On Linux With Open Source Drivers

I second this.
I installed Linux Mint 17 recently and first went with the AMD proprietary fglrx drivers.
Overall any video (file playback or gaming) would always be choppy and jittery.

I decided to give the open source radeon drivers a shot. The performance is much better. All the choppiness/jittery is gone.
I may have lost some fps but it was completely worth it.

Comment: Re:12.64 percent in only 17 months (Score 2) 187

by rcht148 (#47152865) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

It is a shame the next update still won't have the promised start menu.

I think it makes complete business sense NOT to give start menu to Windows 8.x users.
If they did give it to a Windows 8.x user like me for free, I would lose a major incentive to buy an upgrade to Windows 9.
Not saying that start menu will be the only change in Win 9 but the start menu guarantees that I will be upgrading.

+ - The Truth on OpenGL Driver Quality->

Submitted by rcht148
rcht148 (2872453) writes "Rich Geldreich (game/graphics programmer) has made a blog post on the quality of different OpenGL Drivers. Using anonymous titles (Vendor A: Nvidia; Vendor B: AMD; Vendor C: Intel), he plots the landscape of game development using OpenGL. Vendor A, jovially known as 'Graphics Mafia' concentrates heavily on performance but won't share it's specifications thus blocking any open source driver implementations as much as possible. Vendor B has the most flaky drivers. They have good technical know-how on OpenGL but due to an extremely small team (money woes), they have shoddy drivers. Vendor C is extremely rich. It had not taken graphics seriously until a few years ago. They support open source specifications/drivers wholeheartedly but it will be few years before their drivers come to par with market standards. He concludes that using OpenGL is extremely difficult and without the blessings of these vendors, it's near impossible to ship a major gaming title."
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+ - AT&T reportedly considering $40 billion DirecTV acquisition->

Submitted by rcht148
rcht148 (2872453) writes "If the idea of Comcast buying out Time Warner Cable to become the largest cable company in America wasn't enough to make you worry about media consolidation, news tonight from the Wall Street Journal just might. Reportedly, AT&T has approached DirecTV to begin "possible acquisition" talks, a deal that the WSJ says could be worth over $40 billion. If it were to happen, it would give the combined company something on the order of 26 million TV subscribers, making it second only to the hypothetical Comcast/TWC combination of 30 million."
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+ - New Report Notes Over 99 Percent Of Mobile Threats Target Android->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Google's open source Android platform has the distinction of being the most popular mobile operating system in the world. That's great in terms of dominating the market and reaping the rewards that come with it, but it's also for that very reason that Android finds itself the target of virtually every new mobile malware threat that emerges. According to data published in F-Secure's latest Mobile Threat Report, over 99 percent of the new mobile threats it discovered in the first quarter of 2014 targeted Android users. To be fair, we're not taking about hundreds of thousands, tens of thousands, or thousands of malware threats — F-Secure detected 277 new threat families, of which 275 honed in on Android."
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Comment: Re:I'm for it. (Score 1) 351

by rcht148 (#43239633) Attached to: Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards

Long time reader. First post..

I may be a little naive but I have started supporting Steam wholeheartedly for one and one reason only.

Games for Linux.

I don't believe that Valve is doing this for the benefit of the Linux community out of some goodness in the heart. They may be doing this for whatever hidden agenda that they have. Future steam box is Linux based or Windows is becoming more closed or whatever.

There are more games on Linux now than before and it appears (at least from what I can foresee) that more games will come to Linux in the near future. Thanks to Steam for this.

You can't be fighting everyone. You need to pick and choose your battles.

Too much of everything is just enough. -- Bob Wier