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Comment: Re:The BBC doesn't have much latitude here. (Score 3, Insightful) 635

by dj245 (#49345427) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

The BBC is a public broadcaster, funded and owned by mandatory license fees in the UK.Clarkson was on contract to the BBC. Once the organization confirmed that unprovoked verbal and physical abuse had occurred, they had to take action or leave the corporation open to an indefensible lawsuit from the victim. They can't exactly say, "Yeah, get stuffed. We have extensive policies promoting equality and prohibiting harassment and violence in the workplace, but we're ignoring them because the presenter is popular and profitable."

No doubt Clarkson and pals will make a profitable jump to Netflix or Sky to make a similar motoring comedy show. Meanwhile, the BBC has a chance to reinvent Top Gear with younger presenters and a reinvigorated format (there are only so many new Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Aston Martins that can be driven around a track in a cloud of smoke every week and only so many routes for contrived road trips through war zones in ancient sports cars).

If I wanted to see everyday cars that real people drive, I would go to a car dealership. Top Gear is the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous of cars. I will never buy a Lambo but that doesn't mean that watching them isn't fun.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 727

by dj245 (#49345319) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

No. You are trying to explain a mechanical failure of a door right at the moment when the aircraft suddenly starts descending into mountains all the while during which the copilot also does nothing to try to correct this unscheduled descent and also ignores air traffic control. Seriously if it has wings and floats on the water and looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck. Your version requires many, many things to go wrong at once. The simple answer is, of course, only one thing went wrong - the co-pilot locked the door and set the plane to descend. Occam's razor, and all that.

Adding fuel to this theory is that the co-pilot was detatched and monosyllabic when receiving the briefing about landing in Dusseldorf - he had already made up his mind that he wasn't going to reach Dusseldorf. If the pilot wasn't going to go to the bathroom he probably was planning on killing the pilot anyway.

Give yourself the quick "MYSTERY SOLVED" pat on the back if you want, we're about 48 hours into an investigation which will probably last months. I'll wait for the final report.

Comment: Re:It is moving to one standard internal (Score 1) 204

by Sycraft-fu (#49331901) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

Overhead on the CPU and in terms of interconnect latency. Because USB is higher level, it incurs a decent amount of load on the CPU. No big deal for basic use, but you wouldn't want it for your main drive or the like. Also USB's latency isn't great, on the order of 100 microseconds or so. Fine for many uses, but high by SSD reckoning and not something you want time critical system components on. PCIe latency is so low you tend to measure it in cycles, not in time.

Also 20Gbit/sec doesn't cut it for some of the internal shit. Graphics and compute hang on 16x slots those are 16GByte/sec in the 3.0 spec (half that in 2.0) per direction (it is completely full duplex). That's 128gbits/sec. For all that it is still extremely performance limiting if you regularly have to use it to access system RAM.

Really interfaces usually are designed for purpose, and not everything is compatible. When you are trying to balance cost, speed, complexity of implementation, complexity of signaling, distance, etc, etc something has to give. There's reason to have PCIe for internal connections, USB for devices, and Ethernet for network, and not try to cram all that in to one bus that is not well suited to them.

Comment: It is moving to one standard internal (Score 1) 204

by Sycraft-fu (#49325391) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

These M.2 drivers are PCIe. It is a different slot form factor, but it is just PCIe.

USB would not be desirable for internal system use, too much overhead. It is well designed for the purpose it has but you wouldn't want it for everything.

There are reasons to want multiple transports, different ones are good at different things.

Comment: Re:could be right (Score 1) 343

A computer is not a smartphone. I guarantee kids today are not dissembling their smartphones, or writing code to try and figure out how they work. I have noticed that kids care far less about the actual technology now a days then we did back in the 70s-80s.

Yep; exactly.

But it feels soooo good for them to say things that they think are sophisticated, that they can't apply some elementary logic to the situation.

A worm is not sophisticated because he thinks the whole world is mud. Kind of the opposite.

Comment: Re:could be right (Score 1) 343

The only real solution is to educate kids on good internet practices -- and most parents aren't using them either, nor know what to do, or what to teach.

And where do you think we educate them on those good practices? That's right; it's not in their pocket with the smart phone.

Comment: Why would you care? (Score 2) 204

by Sycraft-fu (#49324131) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

It went from "faster than matters" to "even faster than matters". All SATA drives are fast enough, you don't notice the difference between normal ones and ultra fast ones.. I have a Samsung XP941 (the "proprietary" drive that you can easily buy) and a regular 840 Pro in my desktop. You can benchmark the difference easily, but you don't notice it, at all, in day to day operation.

Comment: Not really new on Windows either (Score 4, Interesting) 178

by Sycraft-fu (#49318349) Attached to: Gaming On Linux With Newest AMD Catalyst Driver Remains Slow

While AMD fans cry foul, it really is true that AMD drivers are worse on Windows than nVidia drivers. It isn't the massive gap like on Linux, but it is there. OpenGL stuff sees particular issues, with slower performance or even stuff outright failing to run on AMD cards, but other issues as well. My 7970M in my laptop has been headaches since I got the thing and only recently got up to a competent level.

Problems aside, they are just slow with updates for things like Crossfire. Multi-GPU support generally requires game specific profiles to work well, or even work at all. nVidia is quite fast at getting their SLI profiles out, but AMD hasn't had an update to Crossfire profiles since 2014.

AMD just doesn't focus on the software side of things like nVidia does. Their hardware development team seems to be top notch but their software development is lacking.

Comment: Because people are whiny about Windows 8 (Score 0) 209

by Sycraft-fu (#49312369) Attached to: For Boot Camp Users, New Macs Require Windows 8 Or Newer

That's the only reason. A number of people, in particular geeks that are Windows haters in general, have decided Windows 8 is horrible, unusable, etc, etc and thus refuse to upgrade to it. So something like this is a Big Deal(tm) for them. Of course if any of them actually just quit complaining and used it they'd find it works great. The interface is a big uglier with the whole flat style (Window Blinds and ShadowFX fix that if you really care) and the start screen is less efficient than the start menu (Start 8 fixes that nicely) but it isn't a big deal. The OS itself is compatible with essentially everything (between home and work I've tested a lot of stuff on it) and it is fast and stable.

However this is a case of feels over reals so they complain, hence why you are hearing about this.

Comment: Which isn't surprising considering (Score 1) 209

by Sycraft-fu (#49312359) Attached to: For Boot Camp Users, New Macs Require Windows 8 Or Newer

It is time to stop selling 7 now. Windows operates on a 10 year lifecycle, split in half. After the first 5 years it goes in to "extended support" meaning patches but no new features. So that's a good time to stop selling it. Also, you don't want to sell a laptop with an OS that will go completely out of support right away and require an upgrade. Again, a reason to stop selling it.

Hence new systems are going 8 only for support.

Also, despite the whining, it is a fine OS. It's only real issue is the start screen is inefficient to us. Not impossible, not insurmountable, just inefficient. You can use a system with it just fine. What's more, it is a real easy problem to fix. Buy Start 8, or get Classic Shell for free and you're done, a classic start menu that works nice.

It makes sense to only support and ship 8 (or rather 8.1) on systems these days.

What good is a ticket to the good life, if you can't find the entrance?