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Comment: Re:That's only the OpenCL stuff, right? (Score 2) 81

by whatajoke (#40395773) Attached to: AMD To Open-Source Its Linux Execution & Compilation Stack

I didn't see any mention of opening the 3D graphics drivers or video acceleration.

AMD GPU have had open specifications for a long time now. The OpenCL backend based on llvm was recently committed by an AMD developer. Phoronix has been tracking these developments rather well. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTA5MTk

This LLVM back-end for R600g has been one of the items that AMD's open-source team has been working on for several months. In early December was when the R600g LLVM back-end was published. This LLVM implementation is needed for OpenCL on Radeon hardware, among other purposes.


+ - Four years' jail for Bredolab botnet author->

Submitted by
angry tapir
angry tapir writes "The creator of the Bredolab malware has received a four-year prison sentence in Armenia for using his botnet to launch DDoS attacks that damaged multiple computer systems owned by private individuals and organizations. G. Avanesov was sentenced by the Court of First Instance of Armenia's Arabkir and Kanaker-Zeytun administrative districts for offenses under Part 3 of the Article 253 of the country's Criminal Code — intentionally causing damage to a computer system with severe consequences."
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+ - RIAA Claims Losses In Excess Of World's Wealth-> 6

Submitted by bonch
bonch (38532) writes "Prior to setting with Limewire earlier this month, the RIAA had pressed for a $72 trillion verdict, greater than the $60 trillion of combined wealth on Earth. The RIAA arrived at the figure by multiplying $150,000 for each download of 11,000 songs, a figure federal Judge Kimba Wood called "absurd". No word on how much of the money would have gone back to the artists."
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Comment: Wrong commentry (Score 1) 3

by whatajoke (#40003073) Attached to: AMD Trinity A10-4600M Processor Launched, Tested

but can't hold a candle to it for standard compute workloads

Very wrong. In the Cinebench 3D rendering test, Trinity beats a much costlier Intel processor. Only a separate discrete video card pull another costly Intel processor slightly ahead.
For the same cost, Trinity compute performance is way better in the Cinebench test.

Comment: Youtube is 10 hours now I think (Score 1) 1

by whatajoke (#37223756) Attached to: Ask Slashdot - Video Hosting
Youtube has upped the upload limit to 10 hours per video. How has the world responded? With 10 hours of Nyan Cat. And 10 hours of Epic Sax Guy. And 10 hours of Charlie the Unicorn (this one will damage your calm).

Comment: A Scanner Darkly (Score 1) 252

by whatajoke (#37223724) Attached to: Social Media a Threat To Undercover Cops

"Now, you will notice," the Lions Club host said, "that you can barely see this individual, who is seated directly to my right, because he is wearing what is called a scramble suit, which is the exact same suit he wears--and in fact must wear--during certain parts, in fact most, of his daily activities of law enforcement. Later he will explain why."
The audience, which mirrored the qualities of the host in every possible way, regarded the individual in his scramble suit.
"This man," the host declared, "whom we will call Fred, because this is the code name under which he reports the information he gathers, once within the scramble suit, cannot be identified by voice, or by even technological voiceprint, or by appearance. He looks, does he not, like a vague blur and nothing more? Am I right?" He let loose a great smile. His audience, appreciating that this was indeed funny, did a little smiling on their own.

+ - New Oil Slick in Gulf Waters Linked to BP Well->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new oil sheen appeared in the Gulf of Mexico last week, and now scientists have confirmed that the oil bubbling up to the surface matches the type released by BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well last summer. Ed Overton, a chemist at Louisiana State University, examined samples of the oil and said, “After examining the data, I think it’s a dead ringer for the MC252 oil, as good a match as I’ve seen. My guess is that it is probably coming from the broken riser pipe or sunken platform.""
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+ - Private planes, private no more-> 3

Submitted by chill
chill (34294) writes "The Department of Transportation, which used to allow anyone with a private plane to choose not to have their flight plans made available for public consumption, has decided to eliminate that option. So if you want to snoop into someone else's travel itinerary, you can do it. [Note: The filing of general aviation flight plans with air traffic control is strictly voluntary, but strongly encouraged. Their primary use is if the pilot doesn't arrive within an hour of schedule, where to start looking for the wreckage.]"
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Comment: Re:Remain Calm! (Score 3, Insightful) 496

by whatajoke (#33331820) Attached to: Iran Opens Its First Nuclear Power Plant

I mean, we could always trust the Russians to work in our best interests. Also, they were never sneaky about anything. Always truthful and honest, them Russians.

WTF? What retarded country do you belong to? Russians recently defended a massacre in south Ossetia by a US backed puppet Georgian government.

And Iran only threatened to wipe The West off the map, starting with Israel, with any means at their disposal. And that they could make a nuclear bomb if they wanted to, because it was a right granted to them from Allah.

US and UK are directly responsible for sabotaging a democratic coutry's chosen government. They actually wiped out an entire nation's will to govern itself.

Not to mention that they're playing the North Korean game of "let's talk" / "we're not talking to you anymore" / "let's talk" / "we're not talking to you anymore" with the UN. Remember what North Korea has now after a few years of that? Ah, yes, The Bomb.

Brazil got results out of Iran with no more than a week of negotiation. And then USA still kept rattling the sword over the deal. Yeah, that is exactly like North Korea.

And all this in the hands of a fanatic regime, intent on spreading Islam through force, feared and hated even by most other Islamic nations, all the while being one of the most horrible human-rights violators of our time.

China commits far more human rights violations. Guess which one the MSM mentions the most.

But there's nothing to fear. They're not after the bomb. They say they are, but there's nothing to worry about. It's just a nuclear power plant.

Fine, please disarm the only country in history of mankind to have used the nuclear bomb on civilian population, and actually considered using it again during the Korean war.

+ - Electronic voting machine hacker arrested in India->

Submitted by whatajoke
whatajoke (1625715) writes "Hari Prasad, a security researcher in India who had demostrated the vulnerability of Electronic voting machines (EVM) used in all elections in India, was arrested by the Police on charges of stealing an electronic voting machine. The election commission of India has maintained that EVM are non hackeable. The election commission had previously provided access to the device to the security researchers for a day and asked for a hack in only that time."
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Comment: Re:It's just a toy (Score 1) 185

by whatajoke (#33269678) Attached to: Gestures With Multitouch In Ubuntu 10.10

On an N900 with a proper physical keyboard, you're in good shape after several hours of typing.

I have a n900. I can heartily affirm that its keyboard is just made for common lisp + emacs. C/C++ have many special characters for which you have to pop up a virtual keyboard. But common lisp has all needed characters in just the right place in n900's keyboard. Only the quasi quote charater is missing, which is a small tradeoff to make for programming while walking around the house. Offsets the sedentary lifestyle a little.

The end of labor is to gain leisure.