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Submission + - AMD Ryzen Game Patch Optimizations Show Significant Gains On Zen Architecture (

MojoKid writes: AMD got the attention of PC performance enthusiasts everywhere with the recent launch of its Ryzen 7 series processors. The trio of 8-core chips competitively take on Intel's Core i7 series at the high-end of its product stack. However, with the extra attention AMD garnered, came significant scrutiny as well. With any entirely new platform architecture, there are bound to be a few performance anomalies — as was the case with the now infamous lower performance "1080p gaming" situation with Ryzen. In a recent status update, AMD noted they were already working with developers to help implement "simple changes" that can help a game engine's understanding of the AMD Zen core topology that would likely provide an additional performance uplift with Ryzen. Today, we have some early proof-positive of that, as Oxide Games, in concert with AMD, released a patch for its game title Ashes Of The Singularity. Ashes has been a "poster child" game engine of sorts for AMD Radeon graphics over the years (especially with respect to DX12) and it was one that ironically showed some of the worst variations in Ryzen CPU performance versus Intel. With this new patch that is now public for the game, however, AMD claims to have regained significant ground in benchmark results at all resolutions. In the 1080p benchmarks with poweful GPUs indeed a Ryzen 7 1800X shows an approximate 20% performance improvement with the latest version of the Ashes, closing the gap significantly versus Intel. This appears to be at least an early sign that AMD can indeed work with game and other app developers to tune for the Ryzen architecture and wring out additional performance.

Comment Re:They'd have to prove that it was intentional (Score 1) 151

Right. That's not going to be hard. He's being charged with cyberstalking, but just for factual reference, this is from the DOJ:

"Evidence received pursuant to a search warrant showed Rivello’s Twitter account contained direct messages from Rivello’s account to other Twitter users concerning the victim. Among those direct messages included statements by Rivello, including “I hope this sends him into a seizure,” “Spammed this at [victim] let’s see if he dies,” and “I know he has epilepsy.” Additional evidence received pursuant to a search warrant showed Rivello’s iCloud account contained a screenshot of a Wikipedia page for the victim, which had been altered to show a fake obituary with the date of death listed as Dec. 16, 2016. Rivello’s iCloud account also contained screen shots from with a list of commonly reported epilepsy seizure triggers and from discussing the victim’s report to the Dallas Police Department and his attempt to identify the Twitter user."

So yeah. When you've got someone stating "I hope this gives him a seizure," "Let's see if he dies," altering his Wikipedia page to show a death date and obit, and looking up information on the kinds of seizures that cause death, you haven't exactly established a strong defense for how this should be treated anything less than extremely seriously. This isn't a prank. It was a deliberate attempt to injure or kill someone.

Do you know how many epileptics die as a result of seizures every year in the US alone? Roughly 50,000. Provoking a seizure in an epileptic is not a fucking joke.

Submission + - AMD Offers Ryzen Performance Update, Rebuts Claims Of Windows 10 Threading Issue (

MojoKid writes: A couple of weeks ago, AMD launched its Ryzen processor line in conjunction with its AM4 platform. The feedback has been mostly positive, save for lower-than-expected gaming performance at 1080p. AMD noted most games are not optimized for AMD hardware currently, and that 1080p gaming performance will improve in time as developers take advantage of Ryzen's architecture. Some have attributed the problem has to do with a conflict between Ryzen and the Windows 10 thread scheduler. However, AMD claims there is no merit to that theory. "We have investigated reports alleging incorrect thread scheduling on the AMD Ryzen processor. Based on our findings, AMD believes that the Windows 10 thread scheduler is operating properly for 'Zen', and we do not presently believe there is an issue with the scheduler adversely utilizing the logical and physical configurations of the architecture," AMD said. AMD also addressed reports simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) is causing performance to dip in games. The company said it expects games to either benefit from SMT or see no change at all in performance. According to AMD, this is the case in several popular game titles. However, AMD isn't leaving things entirely in the hands of developers, noting: "We have already identified some simple changes that can improve a game's understanding of the "Zen" core/cache topology, and we intend to provide a status update to the community when they are ready." AMD also addressed several other areas of concern in their update and it does appear the company is getting a better handle on a few of the anomalies with Ryzen performance.

Comment When I was in college.... (Score 1) 302

Our study abroad administrator didn't understand how email worked, didn't know how email *lists* worked, and didn't know you could suppress the email field via BCC.

She hand-typed the email address of every single student into a standard CC email field at a time when we only had something like 300KB of space for our *entire* email. The header alone was larger than that, given that we had over 2000 students. And *that* was before the "Reply-Alls" started rolling in. You could still send mail with your email storage full, it just wouldn't save the outgoing message, so the entire server filled up in minutes. Response time went through the floor. It took IT all afternoon to sort the whole thing out.

And then, two days later, she did it again.

Submission + - Netgear Orbi AC3000 Mesh WiFi System Tested, Blankets Up To 4000 Square Feet (

MojoKid writes: Consumer WiFi router products are classified by three major performance characteristics: overall throughput or bandwidth, multi-client performance, and range. Although throughput and multi-client bandwidth has scaled-up over the years, range hasn't improved quite as robustly. Even the most powerful WiFi routers, with active antennas, can still leave dead spots in large home or office installations. That's where the recent crop of mesh router technologies, that startups like Eero and Google with Google WiFi, are making significant advancements. By spreading out multiple, interconnected router access points across a WiFi network, you blanket the area with a stronger, more contiguous signal. If you need to go the distance, mesh WiFi routers are the new way to go and Netgear is now entering the fray with a 3Gbps tri-band setup called Orbi. Where the Orbi is different from recent mesh networking products is its 5GHz, 1733Mbps backhaul connection between its satellite and the base router. A combined two unit system offers a 2X2, 866Mbps, 5GHz AC connection and a 2x2, 400Mbps, 2.4GHz link. However, in between, including Gig-E wired devices that you can plug into a satellite, there's a 4x4, 5GHz dedicated backhaul link that lets client connections stretch their legs. Tested against a powerful standard AC5300 router, the Orbi mesh setup delivered consistent performance well north of 130Mbps, through multiple floors, and upwards of 300Mbps at longer distances, up to 4,000 square feet, with the Orbi satellite on the same level as the client PC.

Submission + - Samsung Unveils 960 Pro and 960 EVO SSDs At Up To 3.5GB/sec And 2TB Capacity (

MojoKid writes: Samsung announced a new family of 960 EVO and 960 Pro NVMe PCI Express M.2 Solid State Drives today. Built on Samsung's 3D V-NAND technology and employing the new Samsung Polaris SSD controller, the 960 Pro is Samsung's highest performance, high endurance drive and the successor to last year's 950 Pro. The 960 EVO is the lower cost model and a follow-on to last year's Samsung 950 EVO drive. The 960 EVO is also powered by the same Samsung Polaris controller but employs more cost-efficient Samsung TLC NAND memory. Both drives arrive in standard M.2 gumstick form factors with PCI Express Gen 3 X4 interfaces and utilizing the NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) protocol for lightning-fast speeds and low latency. Specifically, the 960 Pro offers up to 3.5GB/sec and 2.1GB/sec of sequential read and write throughput respectively, with endurance rated at up to 1200TB writes per day. The 950 EVO's specs drop in at a peak 3.2GB/sec and 1.9GB/sec for reads and writes respectively, with a top-end endurance rating of 400TB written per day. The 960 Pro will come in 512GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities starting at $329, while the 950 EVO comes in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities starting at $129. Samsung will be shipping the drives in October this year.

Comment Re:It's Sony - duh (Score 4, Insightful) 467

Experience isn't physical, yet it's something you can buy. When you purchase a game, beat it, and then return it after spending dozens or hundreds of hours playing the title, you've enriched yourself with that experience -- an experience you wouldn't have had otherwise.

You may not be returning something physical, but our concept of property isn't solely tied to physicality. That's why intellectual property is a thing. Now, I suppose if you're fundamentally against the existence of IP you can argue that theft doesn't exist -- but I find this a limited definition that doesn't really match reality. If playing a prerecorded song for hundreds of people at an event can count as infringement (and it does) despite the fact that nothing physical has been stolen or removed, then clearly property has more than a physical component.

Comment Call me crazy... (Score 1) 236

But I can't take any "conservative" website seriously when these people -- who used to champion ideas like small government and personal freedom -- are lining up to vilify the man who did more to tell us about how the US government and its partners spy on their own citizens than anyone else ever has.

I can understand people who argue that Snowden should be tried in a court of law and punished for his actions. I may not *agree* with them, but I can at least understand it. But the idea that we should ignore the entire question of government overreach? I don't think that's something that ought to be swept aside -- and once upon a time, 20-30 years ago, I would've expected the GOP to be loud critics of this kind of surveillance.

How times change.

Submission + - AMD Radeon RX 470 Cards Ship, Testing Shows Solid Performance Well Under $200 (

MojoKid writes: AMD is now shipping a new Polaris-based mainstream graphics card, known as the Radeon RX 470, which will retail in the $149 — $179 price range. The Radeon RX 470 is built around the same Polaris 10 GPU as the Radeon RX 480. However, two CUs have been disabled, which results in fewer stream processors. There are 2048 stream processors active in the RX 470 versus 2304 on the RX 480. The 470's clocks are somewhat lower as well, with base and boost clocks of 926 MHz and 1206 MHz respectively. The end result brings peak compute performance for the RX 470 down to 4.9 TFLOPs (compared to 5.8 TFLOPs for the 480). The RX 470's memory is clocked slightly lower as well, which results in a peak 211GB/s, 13GB/s lower than the RX 480. Considering its sub-$200 price point, the Radeon RX 470 puts up respectable numbers in the benchmarks, falling in right behind the more powerful Radeon RX 480, but typically well ahead of AMD's previous-gen Radeon R9 380X. In comparison to NVIDIA's offerings, the Radeon RX 470 outpaces the GeForce GTX 960 and GTX 950 across the board, and even manages to sneak out in front of the GeForce GTX 970 on a couple of occasions but can't catch the more expensive GeForce GTX 1060.

Submission + - NVIDIA's Pascal-Based Titan X Tested, Expensive But Dominates Benchmarks (

MojoKid writes: NVIDIA took the wraps off its new Pascal-based, flagship graphics card, dubbed the Titan X, a couple of weeks ago, but only pictures and specifications were available. NVIDIA Titan X cards are now shipping in limited quantities, however, and the benchmark numbers are in. The new Titan X (the company kept the same branding as its previous Maxwell-based Titan), based on NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, is some 60 percent faster than its older, Maxwell-based Titan counterpart and 20 – 30 percent faster than the new GeForce GTX 1080. On board Titan X are 1024 more CUDA cores versus a GeForce GTX 1080 (3584 versus 2560) and a wider 384-bit GDDR5X memory bus versus the 1080's 256-bit interface. Though the Titan X has the same memory clock as a GTX 1080, it has 12GB of GDDR5X memory, versus 8GB on the 1080. In testing, nothing can touch it and there's still additional headroom for overclocking. The new Titan X's $1200 price point, however, will give even hardcore gamers sticker shock. For graphics professionals and deep learning applications it could be a reasonably good value though, versus pro graphics GPUs.

Submission + - Lenovo And Motorola Unveil PHAB2 Tango AR And Modular Moto Z Smartphones (

MojoKid writes: Google has been teasing its Project Tango augmented reality (AR) platform for years but no OEMs have stepped up to the plate to deliver Tango-enabled hardware until now. Lenovo just came out with its PHAB2 Pro 6.4-inch phablet smartphone which packs a full-fledged AR experience. The PHAB2 Pro will be the first commercially available Lenovo smartphone in the US and it leverages Tango AR technology in three ways. The smartphone's "eye" uses motion-tracking to determine its location in 3D. Area learning can also feed location information to the phone, and depth perception allows the phone to analyze the world around it. The PHAB2 Pro is also huge with a 6.4" QHD display covered in 2.5D curved glass. Powering the PHAB2 Pro is a Snapdragon 652 processor with 4GB of RAM, a generous 64GB of storage and a microSD slot. There's also a 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and a 4050 mAh battery. Lenovo's Motorola Mobility division also announced the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, which are next generation Android flagships. The Moto Z is the standard model and measures just 5.2mm thick and comes with a 5.5" QHD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. Its 13MP rear camera features optical image stabilization and laser autofocus, while its 5MP front camera with wide-angle lens takes care of selfies. Then there's the new Moto Z Force, which ups the ante with a 3500 mAh battery, a 21MP rear camera and a shatterproof screen. But what truly makes the Moto Z and Moto Z Force stand out are Moto Mods. These are modular accessories that attach to the back of the smartphones via four magnets and a 16-pin connector. It's much more elegant than what LG has employed with the G5 (which requires you to remove the bottom of the smartphone). Instead, Moto Z users can simply attach an accessory, like the JBL SoundBoost Mod which brings high-end sound, with a quick snap.

Submission + - NVIDIA Tesla P100 Modules Exposed In Servers On GTC Show Floor (

MojoKid writes: Yesterday, during his keynote address at GTC 2016, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made a number of interesting announcements. We saw Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak take a virtual tour of Mars and witnessed the official unveiling of NVIDIA's Tesla P100, which is based on the company's bleeding-edge, GP100 GPU. GP100 leverages NVIDIA's forward-looking Pascal GPU architecture and features 16GB of HBM2 memory, all built using TSMC's 16nm FinFET manufacturing process. GP100 is a massive chip with a 600mm2 die, which is about the size of current gen high-end Maxwell GPUs but when you consider it's built on 16nm process technology, you can see how NVIDIA was able to squeeze in excess of a 15 billion transistor design. What might be more impressive is that NVIDIA is also actually shipping the part now to select HPC (High Performance Computing) OEMs. Though NVIDIA's on DGX-1 Supercomputer was off limits at the show, an OEM by the name of QTC had Tesla modules racked up and exposed. Getting a closer look at the P100 shows just how large the chip complex is, with HBM2 modules just barely visible on either side of the die.

Comment Re:Good (Score 5, Informative) 1095

"Maybe according to the Newspeak Wordsbook of the SJW, but not according to a real dictionary"

Let's test that theory. says that gender is: "either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated by social and cultural roles and behavior" while sex is: "either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated with reference to the reproductive functions."

Let's try the Oxford English dictionary.

Gender: "The state of being male or female as expressed by social or cultural distinctions and differences, rather than biological ones; the collective attributes or traits associated with a particular sex, or determined as a result of one's sex. Also: a (male or female) group characterized in this way."

Sex: Either of the two main categories (male and female) into which humans and many other living things are divided on the basis of their reproductive functions.

All emphasis my own.

So, no. You're just wrong about this, and if you're going to pedantically claim that the dictionary supports you, you ought to be arsed to check your dictionary first. The dictionary supports the modern distinction of gender and sex.

Submission + - Intel Readying Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition 10-Core Broadwell-E Processor (

MojoKid writes: Intel let slip a mention of its forthcoming Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition processor this weekend and it's not an April Fool's Day prank. The new chip appears to be a beefy 10-core CPU. To be clear, Intel hasn't launched the Core i7-6950X, not yet anyway. But what the company did do is update its support website for its latest Management Engine software, listing the much anticipated Broadwell-E part as a compatible chip. Details show the flagship Broadwell-E part will feature a whopping 25MB of L3 cache and a boost clockspeed of 3.5GHz. Since Broadwell has always touted 2.5MB of cache per core, doing the math tells you this will be a 10-core processor. Toss in Hyper Threading support and you have 20 threads to throw at workloads. As for the base clockspeed, Intel lists the boost clock at 3.5GHz so a 3GHz base seems highly plausible. From what we already know about Broadwell-E, the 6950X will be compatible with the current crop of X99 Express chipset motherboards sporting LGA 2011-v3 sockets, though users will likely have to update their BIOS with the latest microcode.

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