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Comment: Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (Score 3, Interesting) 160

by red_dragon (#48831919) Attached to: AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Because they do have a tendency to improve. Jerry Pournelle used to write regularly about his problems with ATI cards in his column on BYTE. They typically followed the same pattern: install new card; install drivers; see computer crash regularly; upgrade drivers; see computer crash less often; upgrade drivers again; see computer run more or less stably.

Then he'd upgrade to the next shiny ATI card and do it all over again, since the new drivers bore little resemblance to the old ones.

Comment: Re:most of you will pretend you understand (Score 3, Informative) 84

by red_dragon (#48811127) Attached to: OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

I doubt that the mailing list will show any definition of "trampoline". That word has a specific meaning in kernel programming, such that one would already have a good understanding of the subject before poking around in kernel code.

FWIW, "trampoline" refers to generated bits of code containing jumps to arbitrarily different pieces of code, something that ESR called "an incredibly hairy technique" in the Jargon File.

Comment: Re:patching a live kernel? (Score 1) 61

by red_dragon (#48431133) Attached to: A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks
What do you think ILO/ILOM, DRAC, RSA, etc. do on x86 servers? Those have their own CPU/storage/OS/network to manage the server remotely even if the main CPU gives out the magic smoke. A sysadmin can use it to wipe out and reinstall the server's OS and perform firmware upgrades without even walking into the server room.

Comment: Re: Magnetic strip? (Score 1) 78

by red_dragon (#47516699) Attached to: Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper
What I gather from this is that they managed to print the memory and the circuitry to read/write it. So, instead of requiring a mechanical transport and a magnetic head, you simply connect wires to contacts along the edge of the circuit, and use electrical signals to access the data, eliminating the need for moving components.

Comment: Jeff Cogswell is a three-year-old (Score 4, Insightful) 112

by red_dragon (#43796037) Attached to: MariaDB vs. MySQL: A Performance Comparison

My son used to play a silly little match game that he picked up from pre-school when he was three years old. In it, he would take two toys -- cars, action figures, Lego blocks, staple removers, whatever -- hold them in his hands, and ask "Which one are you, X or Y?" After the other person (usually me) answered, he'd act out some sort of epic battle between the two toys in his hands, and then declare one or the other the victor. I always pointed out to him the pointlessness of the game. He didn't care.

Jeff Cogswell's reviews remind me of that game. They're pointless. He doesn't care. And my son grew out of it.

"What if" is a trademark of Hewlett Packard, so stop using it in your sentences without permission, or risk being sued.

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