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Comment Re:Unicorn Farts ? (Score 1) 63

how can you rate a car in beta, er, pre production ?

Through a number of methods. Tesla's suppliers are well-known, and one can estimate about how much they will spend on the parts for the Model 3; knowing these things, and what the interior looks like, you can make a reasonable guess at the quality of the components. A small number of vehicles are in the hands of customers; it's possible that CR has had more than a passing glance at one of them.

Comment Re:Debian? (Score 1) 128

You need to understand that Theo and crew cannot include GPL'd software in the core OS. It simply cannot happen. The BSD and GPL licenses are mutually exclusive. The BSD license is maximally free, the GPL is not.

The audience needs to understand that you're posting anonymously because you're ignorant at best, or possibly just being deliberately disingenuous. There is absolutely zero problem with simply copying some constants from Linux to make an existing driver in OpenBSD work with an additional variant of the same hardware. This has already been hashed out and argued over, and it's been determined that it's OK. No actual source code was copied in the creation of the driver.

Comment Re:Debian? (Score 2) 128

You jest I know, but I am running OpenBSD on my laptop machine and life really is good. It works perfectly.

I tried to run OpenBSD on a laptop and it didn't work for me because they had rejected a perfectly legit patch someone had contributed back to make my NIC work on the basis that it wasn't OK to include it because the values the patch was based on came from Linux, in spite of the fact that it's been well-established that if all you got were values, it's OK to get the info from Linux. I tried to apply the patch myself, but it was too old, and I couldn't figure out how to make it work because I'm not much of a programmer. So then I installed Debian and now I can use that laptop.

The biggest problem with OpenBSD is attitude, and the second-biggest problem is lack of driver support, which is caused by overabundance of attitude.

Comment Re:longer lifetime (Score 1) 222

I think it depends on whether you're using AMD or Intel, frankly. You need more cores to accomplish the same thing with AMD that you do with Intel. Having more real cores actually makes some things faster, and the price:performance ratio is still better in most cases, but the point still stands. AMD put more cores into their processors because they needed them. And that's why minimum frame rates are still better on an Intel processor with 4 cores and 8 threads than on an AMD processor with 8 cores. In the best (and most parallelized) case, the AMD processor is faster. The rest of the time, it's Intel. For example, Ryzen produces a faster result in Cinebench than the "equivalent" Intel processor, but loses most other benchmarks. But that equivalence is not price equivalence...

Comment Re:Those were the days. (Score 1) 179

Did you read the things linked to? Because I read yours.

The first thing you linked concerns minor short-term discrepancies which are irrelevant in the larger term; compare that 1993-2012 period to 1984-1998, which runs the other direction. Here is a response to the second. The third site didn't load without trusting them to run code on my PC and your graph was given without context so I ignored your other "sources".

Comment Re: Prices are too high (Score 1) 222

The GT 240 was a peach. 80% of the performance of the 250 for something like 50% of the power consumption. A C2D is still a surprisingly peppy machine, I have one here at 1.86 GHz and with 4GB which I so far haven't been able to part with. Cute little Lenovo ThinkCentre. I paid $50 for it with a 2TB disk.

Comment Re:Builders vs Buyers (Score 1) 222

The had iCore 7s for $300.

If I actually intended to do gaming, I'd have got the i7. The i5 is mostly fine now, but the i7 would last longer. In AMD-land I have tended to skimp on CPU, because I knew I'd be able to get another one cheaply later and slap it into the same socket, but since they've finally switched sockets I wouldn't do that there either.

Comment Re:longer lifetime (Score 1) 222

I would say that most things that a PC needs to do can be done quite nicely with a dual core CPU..

The average user who does anything more complicated than email and youtube will see benefits up to about four cores, even for light gaming because the OS keeps chugging along and doing things in the background whether you like it or not, and because multithreading is now common — but only three or four threads. However, having more threads is now not wholly uncommon either, thanks to the dominant game consoles going to more cores.

Comment Re:longer lifetime (Score 1) 222

The graphics card (GTX460) is its weakest point by far, once I upgraded to an SSD.

Yep, that's probably enough CPU to keep a 970 or even 980 busy. I have a FX-8350 with dual 950 OCs (Zotac AMP!) in SLI (one was a warranty replacement for a 750 Ti, WTG Zotac) which is about equivalent to a 970, and I still seem to be GPU-limited.

Comment Re:And Amazon gets to drop in on everyone (Score 2) 144

IF I was planning something it's not that hard to go off grid. You'd think users of Slashdot would know how to setup a VPS in a foreign country accessed only through TOR.

So you're a user who normally engages in a lot of easily-sniffable communications, then suddenly you start using a VPN and traffic analysis shows that you're not visiting any of your usual haunts. You don't think that's going to look suspicious?

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