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Submission + - Linux problems to be solved before it can really conquer the Desktop (narod.ru) 1

An anonymous reader writes: All over the Internet people keep arguing why Linux hasn't gained any substantial traction on the desktop and why most developers shun Linux like a plague, and even the ones who once contemplated it (John Carmack) gave up on it many years ago. An unknown author has gathered a profound list of intrinsic Linux problems which impede Linux adoption.
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Submission + - Main Linux problems to be solved for conquering the Desktop and developers (narod.ru)

An anonymous reader writes: Over time people keep arguing why Linux hasn't gained any substantial traction on the desktop and why most developers shun Linux like a plague, and even the ones who once contemplated it (John Carmack) gave up on it many years ago. An unknown author has gathered a profound list of intrinsic Linux problems which impede Linux adoption.

Comment Incorrect summary (Score 1) 405

As it often happens on /. the summary is not correct.

In the linked article: "Bing's freshness -- search quality in terms of freshness -- is at least on par with Google" and "Shum believes that Bing has finally reached a point where it can compete with Google on a technical level".

Google still indexes a lot more websites (enter some rare keywords and Google will give you up to five times more results than Bing), and it allows quoted queries which sometimes allow you to find information much much faster.

Comment A technical view (Score 1) 497

I've read at least twice that throughout its latest history (the last ten years) AMD managed to create only two new CPU architectures, K8 and Bulldozer.

All AMD CPUs between K8 and Bulldozer are more or less the same design, and that fact alone explains that even Phenom2 CPUs offer modest improvement in IPC and power consumption over original Athlon64 CPUs which were released over 8 (!) years ago. All these CPUs share the same functional blocks, the same cache hierarchy, the same number of core blocks, etc.

Meanwhile during this time Intel has gone through Merom, Conroe, Wolfdale, Kentsfield, Arrandale, Clarkdale, Lynnfield ... the list goes on and on. Every 2-3 years Intel offers some radical improvements which made Intel the king of the hill since the advent of the Core 2 architecture.

Also we have to bear in mind that Intel's R&D's budget equals AMD's entire revenue, and since the x86 architecture is one of the most complicated computing architectures (at least from what I've heard), maybe the fact that AMD is always trailing Intel CPUs is that AMD just lacks resources to innovate and invent (actually resources are there but senior managers in AMD have indiscreet bonuses and salaries which means they don't have as many talented engineers as e.g. Intel can easily afford).

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Submission + - Senate approves indefinite detention and torture of Americans (rt.com)

Artem Tashkinov writes: The terrifying legislation that allows for Americans to be arrested, detained indefinitely, tortured and interrogated — without charge or trial — passed through the Senate on Thursday with an overwhelming support from 93 percent of lawmakers. Only seven members of the US Senate voted against the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, despite urging from the ACLU and concerned citizens across the country that the affects of the legislation would be detrimental to the civil rights and liberties of everyone in America. Under the bill, Americans can be held by the US military for terrorism-related charges and detained without trial indefinitely.

Comment No option for me (Score 1) 498

I cannot vote because in my region we have coal & fuel oil power plants, dams (renewable power) and I bet some of electricity I get is supplied by nuclear power plants.

On the scale of ratios I surmise most of my electricity is supplied by dam powerhouses (I see a major European river outside of my window).

Comment Mind that Intel is not Maecenas (Score 1) 101

I've read several times that Intel CPUs cost a little over $30 to manufacture, so don't think of Intel as Maecenas. Of course, they are lowering their profits by doing this, but they also give a lot more people the incentive and opportunity to overclock without fearing consequences like burnt $1000 CPUs.

Comment Poll answers in plain English (Score 1) 332

  1. < 1% of the circumference of Earth = < ~400km (~250 miles)
  2. 1 to 3% of the circumference of Earth = ~400km (~250 miles) - ~1200km (~750 miles)
  3. 4 to 10% of the circumference of Earth = ~1600km (~1000miles) - ~4000km (~2500miles), e.g. Mexico - Canada
  4. 11 to 25% of the circumference of Earth = ~4400km (~2740miles) - ~10,000km (~6225miles), e.g. US - Moscow distance
  5. 26 to 50% of the circumference of Earth = ~10400km (~6474miles) - ~20000km (12450miles), e.g. Australia - USA

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