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Comment: Re:They say it is "completely anonymous" (Score 1) 268

Yes, no personal information such as names and addresses are collected. However, in ANY client/server interaction, an IP address is logged. A particular IP address was found to be registering numerous bogus copies of Windows. Now they are attempting to prosecute that person who is committing that illegal action. Since they don't have any personal information, they have to use the courts to find out who it was.

Comment: Re:what? (Score 1) 80

by st3v (#47275037) Attached to: Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For the Data Center
I see this as a really good thing. More options for parallel computing are great. Writing the parallel parts in VHDL/Verilog isn't too bad if you studied computer/electrical engineering. This is a good technology to compete with GPUs. To me, writing parts in Verilog for parallel data computations would be easier than using OpenCL and similar. I'm sure the development tools would be updated for this kind of support.

Comment: Bad marketing (Score 1) 127

by st3v (#47193653) Attached to: Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales
I purchased almost every Nintendo console up until the Wii. I grew up on the original Nintendo and Super Nintendo. Stopped at the Wii.

Nintendo's marketing after the Wii was not effective. They should fire whoever named the console, and especially since they named the follow up console "Wii U". I didn't even know that the Wii U was so much different & better than the Wii.

Nintendo needs to wake up and smell the coffee. They should title their next console with "Nintendo" in it, to get all the nostalgic people back on. Or at least come up with a less silly name.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 110

by st3v (#44134155) Attached to: Microsoft Research Adds 'Mood Detection' To Smartphones
You think Google is any better? They breach people's privacy horrendously. I actually trust Microsoft more. Google tracks everything you do and uses that to target advertise to you. If you have an android device and take it with you, they track all routes you drive, places you've been to, and save that to their database. This is enabled by default, and you need to dig deep to find out how to disable these privacy breaches. This is just the tip of the iceberg with Google. Wake up.

Comment: Re:The bottlenecks are elsewhere (Score 1) 295

by st3v (#43941509) Attached to: 10GbE: What the Heck Took So Long?
I respectfully disagree. Although we may not be able to take advantage of the full 10GbE throughput right away due to limitation in I/O devices, it is still faster to transmit something over the network on a 10GbE link. For example, regarding the 500MB/s SSD you mentioned, the transmit speed on 10GbE will cap to ~4Gb/s. It's still faster than 1GbE.

Comment: Re:knoppix and other testing / recovery secure boo (Score 1) 545

by st3v (#38745934) Attached to: Will Secure Boot Cripple Linux Compatibility?
There are no drivers in a BIOS. A BIOS is an embedded program in a motherboard with basic functionality for system configuration. Anyways, UEFI is a replacement for BIOS, there will be no BIOS anymore. And for BIOS or UEFI, it doesn't matter what video card you use because they occur before Windows starts. The secure boot/signed code issue comes up when Windows starts booting.

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