Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Still optimized for Intel (Score 1) 143

Wow, that's a lovely article explaining how Intel CONTRIBUTED CODE to an OpenSource project!

They wanted this application that's heavily used to run fast on their CPUs so they contributed code that utilized H.264 speedups in their processor. Has AMD contributed the same? Does AMD have those speedups in their CPU? Do you think that the Handbrake team would turn down a reasonable OpenSource piece of code from AMD?

The answer is NO and if the leaders of the team tried it would be forked in no time flat and the changes incorporated. FFMPEG has done as much in the past and patches to their code came out that leveraged NVIDIA code so there's certainly precedent. In the end FFMPEG incorporated the NVIDIA speedups, that's how OpenSource works...

Tell me, who exactly do you think got "paid" by Intel? Handbrake isn't a commercial company, it's not a single person, it's a group working together much like Linux as a whole. Code was proposed, code was examined, code was accepted. Intel gets to tout that their spiffy instructions are an advantage and does so. I'll bet they aren't the only media encoder using those same speedups either. Vast conspiracy right? Let's hope Ryzen finally incorporates H>264 instructions and better yet H.265 please!

Now, did Intel cripple THEIR compilers? Yup, sure looks like it! I'd say that's a good reason to not use their compilers. Hell Microsoft got caught doing the same thing to DR DOS back in the day. This would be one of the reasons you benchmark on real data and applications rather than just synthetic benchmarks. If ryzen has spiffy instructions onboard AMD had better have been working with the various compiler programmers or their going to get stuck this time around too...

Comment Re:Still optimized for Intel (Score 1) 143

Sounds to me like he means that when run on Intel certain superior FPU functions come online that AMD doesn't get - well duh. AMD has some optimizations too I'm sure but the user base is smaller, it sounds like AMD stopped helping, and Intel actually has H.264 (and H.265?) functionality that make them superior currently. I'd like to have seen the Handbrake encoding test AMD demonstrated on Broadwell done on Skylake to see if the new instructions helped much. I will be looking for encoding speed when I decide on my next CPU, I currently offload to a VM with many cores but I'd like my desktop highly capable too.

Fingers crossed AMD does it but claiming that Handbrake has somehow taken money to gimp AMD is hilarious - it's not like this is one single cohesive person or entity, their mailing list and code are public!

Comment Re:Still optimized for Intel (Score 1) 143

Yup, the ten core is expensive but the 8 core can be had for a grand and the 6 core at fairly reasonable prices IF you're willing to run a Broadwell E system. Intel is already talking about the next E systems and surprise - new socket! The E systems have generally had expensive mobo so I was going to skip it. IF AMD can undercut pricewise, can beat or meet Skylake, meet Broadwell E levels of performance (which should beat Skylake), then I might purchase. I need a new desktop and am interested so I'm rooting for them. Having been disappointed before though I won't be first in line. I'll almost certainly run an NVIDIA video card too lol

Comment Re:Still optimized for Intel (Score 1) 143

I can get an 8 core for a grand and overclock it to the Moon with Broadwell E. Supposedly there's another E offering coming too. Multiple cores do indeed speed video work and I do lots of it - I use a VM that's given 10 cores and it flies. IF AMD has something that matches Broadwell E and doesn't cost a mint and Intel doesn't immediately bitch slap them via pricing or a new as-yet unreleased CPU then I'll buy AMD no question. More than once though AMD has made noises about new CPUs coming out that would make everyone swoon and failed to hit the mark. This time they're benching against Broadwell E and meeting or beating them at parity or near parity clock speeds. IF they can undercut on overall pricing and IF their CPUs have overclocking headroom (which they seemed to hint at) then I'm onboard. I'm agnostic about who builds the damn thing, hell I used to own stock in BOTH companies. I want to see a strong AMD competitor, so far though I'm reserved in my expectations having been burned by claims before. I'm interested enough though that I stopped my planned Skylake build and will wait for real tests in the real world before I pull the trigger on any parts. I wasn't even shooting for Broadwell level power either but I'll sure take it if I can! :-)

Comment Re:Still optimized for Intel (Score 2) 143

Ryzen is also not the first AMD CPU that has claimed it's going to compete clock for clock with Intel too. As much as I'd like to see AMD actually do it I'm reserving my opinion until it's actually produced and in consumer's hands for testing. That said, I'm holding off a little bit on my planned SkyLake build to see if they've managed to pull it off. If they have it'll be good for everyone!

Comment Re: They respond to warrants?! (Score 1) 106

Because the order was overly broad and was requesting that they build software for the FBI that could potentially be used for additional cases sans warrant. Apple was cooperating with them until the FBI requested that, in fact Apple was cooperating with them prior to receiving a warrant because they understood that this case was of importance for public safety - then the FBI asked for the keys to the candy store and Apple shut them down.

Comment Re:They respond to warrants?! (Score 1) 106

I use some cloud services - photo sharing, email, things like that, if someone sees my vacation pics I don't care. What I don't do is upload a backup of my phone to the cloud. It's stored locally and it's password protected. Yes, the password could be cracked but end of the day I don't save anything earth shattering in it and I've raised the bar significantly - no fappening for me!

Likewise system backups are done locally as is media storage - my storage has grown over the years and been upgraded as needed. I'm currently pondering backup up to the cloud - but it will be within an AES 256 encrypted blob that I have control over and password protected. Again, it could be cracked but I'm balancing risk vs gain here and this backup will be a "break glass" sort of thing and not something I ever hope to HAVE to use. I'll use a hefty long password for it for sure - kept in a password manager that's also storing AES 256 blobs for me.

I don't run this on a full on RAID box either. I use unRAID which boots from a thumb drive and seldom needs patching. It maximises space for drives consumed, minimizes electricity use, and if I want can run Docker or even VMs as needed but I don't do that. I do run VMs on another server though but it's kept separate and could burn up and not touch my main storage. The unRAID box just purrs in a closet, I've run one for about 7 or more years now - no data loss.

Comment Re:They respond to warrants?! (Score 5, Insightful) 106

Exactly! Metadata is things like IP addresses of logins or names of accounts. These are things they have to have in order to operate and it's not something they can deny a valid warrant. AOL, Google, Yahoo!, and many many other companies respond to these requests. But if they cannot get at the data they cannot turn it over. Some companies, like Yahoo! apparently, give way more than others but if they couldn't get to the data they couldn't and Apple claims they no longer can. Put a good password on your account, your backups, and good grief don't use the cloud. How hard is that? Non-story unless they can show that Apple is breaking the most recent crypto...

Slashdot Top Deals

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux