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Comment Re:lack of proper triple buffering (Score 1) 230

From John Carmack's twitter : "Triple buffering adds latency and jitter; it should be avoided. The Answer is non-isochronous display updates."

What Carmack uses in RAGE is : sync at 60Hz but allow tearing if the game cannot keep up. This is relatively new in the PC world and drivers have to support it.

Comment Turing broke the rules (Score 3, Insightful) 231

Turing doesn't deserve pardon.
He knew the rules, he broke them anyways, he got what he deserved.
Homosexuality at the time was a major social taboo and a criminal offense. The fact that it shouldn't have been the case is not the question. And of course, pardoning him and him alone would mean that the law doesn't apply to great scientists, a terrible message IMHO.

It is the shame that Turing had to die for this reason but wherever we do, it won't change the past.

Comment Re:That is why I supported fully static builds (Score 1) 332

The thing is : linux dependency management is designed for FOSS.
For example, if a program uses a deprecated function, it may stop working after the library is updated. With access to the source code, independent developers can fix these problems relatively easily.
It is much more complicated for closed source software where the original developers have to cope with numerous environments and updates.

Comment Re:Live by the porn... (Score 1) 339

Let's just forget about porn. Because this case is not about watching porn, it is about file sharing. Point 3 is on topic, the rest isn't.
AFAIK, the story doesn't even tell if the guy actually watched the porn he bought. He probably did but this part is 100% legal, private and irrelevant.

And by the way, the shared movies are gay porn : there is no women debasing there ;)

Comment Re:Too much sacrifice for openness (Score 1) 359

I have this problem with cyanogenmod 7.2 (latest stable) and I think if the CM team could have fixed it, they would.
The problem is probably at a lower level than the OS, out of the scope of Google and Android. Maybe it is a bug in the radio ROM (the equivalent of the BIOS/EFI of PCs and under control of the hardware manufacturer) or the hardware itself.

Comment An IDE won't make a lot of difference. (Score 1) 586

I code mostly in C and C++ but I sometimes use other languages too. I worked in many environments, with or without IDEs and I am surprised how little difference it made in actual productivity.
Features such as auto-completion, fast documentation and definition lookup, integrated debugger, compile error highlighting, etc... are all useful and I use them extensively when I am on an IDE. But even with perfect tools, I can't code faster than I can think, so as long as I am familiar with my environment and it is not completely broken, the gain is minimal.

Comment Second part of the question. (Score 1) 446

The way I understand this question is :
When we attack suspected terrorists, do you prefer when we use drones compared to other means ?
A pacifist could still answer "yes", reasoning that "if we have to attack people, at least do it in a way that doesn't endanger our own troops".

It is not the same thing as "Do you support more attacks on suspected terrorists using drones ?" as implied in the summary.

Comment Re:Social Media? (Score 4, Interesting) 572

In fact the japanese have a strong sense of insider/outsider. It can be at a small scale (such as a school club) or large scale (such as all japanese people).
Outsiders are usually treated with respect, in a way that show the best side of the group, often tolerating behavior that whould be unacceptable for insiders. However, if you try getting too close they will remind you that you are not one of them.

Comment Re:lol ... only in America ... (Score 1) 540

Aren't they what they call "schlüsselkinder" ?
Kids that carry with the keys to the house so they can go home when they parents aren't there.
IMHO it isn't something to be proud of.
To be truly independant, experience is required, something that kids don't have. By letting kids do as they please, they will find someone else to fill their parents' role a model. It can be your friendly neighbor's kid but it can also be the local drug dealer, with a higher chance of being the drug dealer because he will have plenty of cool stuff that the other don't have.

Well if there are only helpful people and no drug dealers, kids like this will probably grow up to become respectable people. It is probably the case where the pictures were taken but not every place is like this.

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