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GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell 291

itwbennett writes "This brings to mind an earlier Slashdot discussion about whether we've hit the limit on screen resolution improvements on handheld devices. But this time, the question revolves around ever-faster graphics processing units (GPUs) and the resolution limits of desktop monitors. ITworld's Andy Patrizio frames the problem like this: 'Desktop monitors (I'm not talking laptops except for the high-end laptops) tend to vary in size from 20 to 24 inches for mainstream/standard monitors, and 27 to 30 inches for the high end. One thing they all have in common is the resolution. They have pretty much standardized on 1920x1080. That's because 1920x1080 is the resolution for HDTV, and it fits 20 to 24-inch monitors well. Here's the thing: at that resolution, these new GPUs are so powerful you get no major, appreciable gain over the older generation.' Or as Chris Angelini, editorial director for Tom's Hardware Guide, put it, 'The current high-end of GPUs gives you as much as you'd need for an enjoyable experience. Beyond that and it's not like you will get nothing, it's just that you will notice less benefit.'"

Comment Re:Another mail protocol (Score 1) 195

For starters, SMIME don't hide metadata, with SMIME you encrypt the content, not headers. And if well there is TLS for securing the communication between servers, afaik is not very strong as protection or avoiding MITM attacks. But using SMIME and TLS is a start that should be used while no better solution is implemented.

Comment Re:sysvinit is dead; long live sysvinit!!! (Score 1) 362

I recall MySQL having a wrapper that used to take care of this

Did they name it "daemontools"?

There is a "respawn" option, which one can use in inittab.

You would never use inittab to start services, and inittab doesn't even exist anymore.

For other critical services, one can choose among wrappers, cron jobs, monitoring via syslog or SNMP, inter-process communication, and more. Do you argue we should stop using such techniques and go for a one-size-fits-all, infallible system?

Writing a second cron-job to respawn your service is a laborious mess, with unnecessary overhead. SNMP or other monitoring is what we've been reduced to, but who the hell wants to pay for around-the-clock employees, or get paged in the middle of the night, just because a few services might need to be restarted? And let's not forget, CROND CRASHES, TOO. What's monitoring cron and keeping it running?

Do you argue we should stop using such techniques and go for a one-size-fits-all, infallible system?

Yes, we should stop using such *hacks*, and get an init replacement that will start services properly, and keep them running. It's not a complex concept. Windows NT has been doing that since inception, and Linux is seriously missing out. It won't eliminate the utility of SNMP, cron, etc., but they will see less abuse.

If you'd like to start hacking on init... more power to you. Get it to monitor and respawn services in a sane way, and yours can be a competitor right up there with upstart and systemd.

Comment Re:The ban was always bullshit anyway (Score 1) 221

Actually I think it's more to do with the fact that old PCN & GSM phones gave off quite a bit of interference (I remember my first GSM phone would cause the fire alarm bell mechanism to ring when it was finding the network or someone rang me). Most phones these days hardly use those spectrums and anyway you've still got keep the phone in flight mode.

Comment Re:The US, for all its power, hasn't plugged the l (Score 1) 328

The US plugged the leak, no new documents has been leaked lately, just been releasing the June documents in a timely rate. And while there are no new leakers, the government keep promising that they did not ever, is not doing, and will stop doing whatever is in this leaks, hoping that there are people with lower IQ than body temperature (in celsius) that believes them, while now there is no way to truly verify that (they probably will even release their own "leaks" to keep the illusion of that all will be legal from now on).

Anyway, for what Snowden did, (if i owned a big enough company) i would give him a good salary even for doing nothing. And if can do something useful, something that he would enjoy doing, the better.

Comment Another mail protocol (Score 4, Interesting) 195

This one with security/encryption built in from the ground up this time. Would be more interesting that instead of the comments of Microsoft (with deep ties with the NSA), yahoo and google (both may not be very happy with the NSA, but still must give them their users accounts info by law) the article focused on comments from people from i.e. the IETF for implementing it as an standard in a more worldwide (even personal) way.

Comment Re:Regulatory capture (Score 1) 242

I understand the desire for local control and have no problem with it, I'm just trying to understand why it's believed that that's always best, when I can't think of a reason why except for "ideologically it's what I want".

Here it is: When you have local control, two things obtain: (1), the number of people affected by the control being exerted is minimal, and (2) the people being affected (or afflicted) have a much larger input as to change or continuation, so that if said control turns out to be onerous (as many of the FCC's radio-related controls are), the locals can actually change them -- or, likewise, if they prefer the current state of affairs, they are considerably more empowered to maintain the status quo.

On the other side of the coin, control exerted at the national level, as the FCC is currently a poster child for, is completely resistant to local control, circumstance, or intent, without some unusual input channel (bribery, corporate shill, real estate slinging, etc.)

The FCC used to matter in that the communications below 30 mhz -- AM radio, etc. -- were critical to the system, and said communications go all over the place depending on the time of day. We no longer depend significantly on these communications, and the FCC's relevance at a national level is therefore in some doubt.

Understand now?

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