Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Comment Sorry, We'll fix it! (Score -1, Flamebait) 117

Unfortunately they're haven't been all those Category 6 Hurricanes* that have destroyed the entire Eastern Seaboard because someone used a car and didn't pay for the approved religious indulgence... uh I mean "carbon tax".

The lack of hurricanes just proves that all the climate models are completely accurate because it's been proven that non-disaster weather is just random variability but 100% of any disaster weather is solely due to global warming.

Fortunately, the models that predicted a complete lack of polar ice in 2013 were completely correct... or else we'll say they were "within the margin of error".

Now can we get back to talking about the apocalypse and how any engineering projects that don't move industry to China where there zero pollution controls should be outlawed in the name of the environment?

* Al Gore says that SOME PEOPLE told him there should be a Cat 6, but he was careful not to go out of his way to expressly endorse that point when he publicly repeated it over and over again.

Comment Re:Bouncing never should have been patentable (Score 2, Interesting) 100

Yeah so all icons and user displays since the dawn of computing are fundamentally underdamped second order systems and bounce has been an inherent property of all those systems... or not.

Guess what: almost everything can be described mathematically to some degree, and, by definition, absolutely everything obeys the laws of physics. That doesn't mean that everything *is* math or *is* the laws of physics though. By your definition, the only things that should receive patents are things that can't exist... (Yes, I am aware that this idea is appealing to some elements of the Slashdot "intelligentsia")

I'm not saying that this bounce patent should have been granted, but not on the rather thin grounds that it happens to include a graphical representation of an action that isn't contradictory to the laws of physics. Instead, it would be based on the fact that other user interfaces in the past also incorporated similar animation and feedback patterns.

Comment Re:BTW... (Score 0) 166

No, my sig is basically saying that the Patron Saint of Global Warming's actions belie his public propaganda.

You see, it's not that *I* don't believe in global warming, it's that Al Gore really doesn't believe in it either*.

* Oh, he believes in it as a profit-opportunity, but despite his rhetoric he doesn't think the apocalypse is upon us.

Comment BTW... (Score 1) 166

Since the Ivy-bridge random number generator is supposedly "unauditable" how are these researchers able to prove anything about re-doping a black box design? Shouldn't they just look at it and spot the massive array of transistors that spells out "NSA BACKDOOR UNIT" instead of having to worry about all this subterfuge?

Comment Fascinating... (Score 1, Insightful) 166

So all the NSA needs to do is kidnap your chip, microscopically re-dope it, and shove it back in your computer without you noticing!

Phew... I'm glad there are absolutely no other simpler ways for the NSA to spy on us other than re-doping chips! I'll just superglue mine into the socket so I know I'm safe.

Comment OPEN SOURCE GPU DRIVERS!!! (Score 5, Insightful) 68

It turns out that Bay Trail has some very solid performance numbers and that the power consumption is very good too, but frankly, you can get similar results from high-end ARM SoCs.

What you can't get, however, are 100% GLPd GPU drivers that are already in the mainline Linux kernel. THANK YOU INTEL and I hope this is a wakeup call to the ARM vendors that the days of crappy, unsupported binary blobs are hopefully coming to an end.

Comment Re:to bad intel sucks in some ways (Score -1, Flamebait) 75

4670K: $229 Proof:
A10: $149 Proof:

Even if the 4670K was twice the price.. .and it's not... the CPU is just a fraction of the total system price, so the delta gets even smaller.

You never owned a 4670K, and frankly given how well Intel supports its drivers under Linux, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want you doing anything that involves computers if you can't get a simple Linux installation running.. but then again, since you're lying, you never did any of those things anway.

Comment Re:to bad intel sucks in some ways (Score -1, Flamebait) 75

Guesss what moron: You can buy vastly cheaper Intel parts that are price competitive with AMD and still having faster performance. But since you are some irrational kick of comparing parts that shouldn't be compared, LET'S PLAY: AMD was stupid enough to release a $900 CPU that's provably slower in practically every workload than my boring old Haswell part that cost $550 less and doesn't cause the lights to dim when I turn it on. Therefore, I get to say that ALL AMD parts cost at least $550 too much using your irrational fanboy logic! YOU'RE WINNER!

Here are a couple more reasons:
1. Intel CPUs are only twice the price because you ignorantly choose to compare top-end Intel parts against AMD parts that have a fraction of the performance. P.S.: I know that you are a liar and that you never owned or even used a 4670K... because 4670K goes for $229 on Newegg, while that magic A10 part goes for $150... Now you obviously went to a young-earth creationist school, but here in "reality" $229 is a hell of a lot less than twice of $150..

Oh and I also know that AMD APUs don't magically make RAM, SSDs, etc. magically cheaper so the overall delta in system price is a joke when you consider the fact that the $229 4670K is guaranteed to be faster than AMD's 2014 product lineup where you get to spend another $150+ for Kaveri then spend more for a new motherboard... in order to be slower & guzzling more power than what you could have already owned. So, please, tell me again how a new motherboard + $150 APU is CHEAPER than a system that is guaranteed to have a faster CPU, has a $75 video card that is guaranteed to give better performance, and has a lower power envelope.. I INVITE YOU.

Evidence, you stupid shill, something that you don't like to read:

Another reason why it's morally superior to buy Intel if you care about open source instead of just being some shill who acts like he is a God because he made it halfway through an Ubuntu install once:
AMD has dumped some out of date documentation on the internet for third parties to do their Linux driver development for free... Intel *pays* people to develop the entire Linux graphics stack.. and yes, that includes pretty much the entire infrastructure that makes it possible for any AMD gpu to run in Linux. If you want to be such a purist do this: Take out all the code that bad-old Intel wrote and see how well your amazing AMD graphics work on Linux, now do the reverse with AMD & Intel: guess what still runs fine because AMD doesn't do squat for the Linux graphics stack?

I choose to do the morally right thing (and intelligent thing) by spending less than 10% more on the total purchase price to get parts that are faster on a price/performance basis than AMD in the CPU and support Linux. You obviously don't choose that, but please stop acting like anyone who doesn't goose-step to your marching music should be sent to a Kim-Jong camp, OK?

Slashdot Top Deals

Two percent of zero is almost nothing.