When you ask, Bruce Schneier receives.
When you ask, Bruce Schneier receives.
Bruce Schneier is the general solution.
You really need to subscribe to the mailing list. The rate of development is only growing -- it's just now moved on to a lot of smaller features and improvements, now that most of the work is already done.
I disagree - user-mode code, whether it's separated into threads or processes, still relies very heavily on kernel scheduling decisions. It may sound simple enough, but if you study the decisions the kernel has to make (such as which thread to wake first, from a set of 8 all waiting on the same semaphore), you can find lots of ways to get it wrong. We now take it for granted because thousands of man-years have been spent on solutions.
Leave both in a vacuum and see which one lasts longer. There's a very clear definition of atomic stability that is markedly different from chemical reactivity.
Ok, what? It definitely works as a daemon. But even if it didn't, what's the issue? If you have a dedicated headless MPD server, you gain nothing by using Pulse. If you have plenty of desktop applications that all want sound input/output, Pulse solves basically everything.
Microsoft has put billions of dollars into developing the most effective and efficient security vulnerabilities to date. I can only watch in awe and wonder.
If you're creating a serial queue anyway, you no longer have parallelism. If you have multiple serial queues, you may as well have had multiple threads with no interlocking between them. This is just yet another API to do what competent parallel system programmers have been doing since the first thread.
I said the best students *I* know; I'm in software engineering.
I agree. The best students I know don't even buy the books, let alone write in them, because they're actually using the material in practice (hobby, job, overkilling lab work, etc.) and internalise it better than note-taking and highlighting ever could. They look lazy until you see what they can actually do.
In all fairness, when did Microsoft ever have fanfare? Informed computing enthusiasts were sick of Windows after 10 minutes, opting to at least diversify into Apple and free Unix, and nobody else even knew there was anything other than Windows, and treated it as part of the computer.
Now that people realise they have choices, Microsoft is scrambling to do what it never had to do - actually market its operating system - and has shown all of the competency of a high school dropout.
Using Linux' frequency controls, the Turbo just increases your maximum multiplier by 1, and that's it. If you're configured to maximum performance, you get the Turbo, otherwise you don't. Maybe it's more complicated in Windows, but it's clear that the feature is controllable from the operating system.
The real fix would be to make PulseAudio use OpenAL optionally, so that cards that have accelerated mixing can be made to use it. I don't see the point though - not only are modern CPUs more than powerful enough to do it in userspace, they can't possibly have per-card defects while doing it.
Now that we do have PulseAudio it's best to trim as much fat and necrotic code from the kernel as possible. If the remaining realtime issues can be resolved, for which there is much experimental literature, it'll be perfect.
Linux and open source in general are a theoretically infinite competition to Microsoft. After a big spike in proprietary models, the trend of all software industries is now towards more open standards, more open software and smaller companies offering small sets of products that together solve big problems. This is exactly where open source most naturally thrives, and it's the exact opposite of how Microsoft has always operated - one vendor, one set of products, nothing open. Microsoft's executives know this, they're not stupid, so they're trying to hold back the trend with patents and faux-open standards like OOXML. It's like trying to hold off a global ice age by burning your house down.
It's a scheduler term, not a hardware requirement strategy. Leave the tech to the people who know (certainly not me, but Con is epic).
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