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Comment Next up... (Score 1) 151

Coming next: Facebook tests out modal popup windows as a means of delivering the content - aka ads - people really want to see, rather than wasting their time taking them directly to things like profiles, pictures, or their wall.

And as a bonus, pop-under porn ads, so you can enjoy one last bit of joy from Facebook while desperately trying to close out of your browser as the boss approaches.

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 1) 191

That's exactly what would NOT work here as you're supposed to play in a setting that's recognizably your own town/city/island.

Taking things a biiit too literal here, friend. Who says "your own town/country/planet" doesn't belong to "Dainisekai zone"? Or if it offends you that much, call them "leagues" - Up to CP500, you will only see and battle "shojo" league players.

However they frame it, Niantic has a really, really simple way to segregate players by skill, thereby keeping it fun for noobs and old-timers, fun for casuals and hardcore grinders. Hell, under that model, they could even allow "cheaters" (or even rurals) to play in their own league, rather than outright banning them.

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 4, Interesting) 191

A really, really straightforward way around that problem already exists - Segregating players by whatever key stats make them casual-vs-god-like.

In the case of PoGo, that would just mean your highest CP critter, in tiers of around 500-ish. Once you get something over CP1500, you could effectively enter an entirely new world (doesn't need to be explicit, although in keeping with the Pokemon theme, they could call it a new town/island/whatever), with gyms controlled by people in the same ballpark as you.

Comment Re:By some definitions, (Score 1) 346

"Well, I don't use Facebook or Twitter, or even LinkedIn for that matter... But I can give you my handle for Slashdot, Fark, Reddit, Kuro5hin (oh wait, that went down), Metafilter, Digg, Voat, 4chan, Rotten, DeviantArt, Flixter, Diaspora, Stack Exchange, MySpace (never actually used it, but made an account)... Can I have another page to list these? Oh, and should I include game acounts too? This could take a while..."

Comment Re:4K HDR video (Score 4, Insightful) 56

HDR HEVC video on 4K is not trivial to process on a very low power CPU. That's where the hardware acceleration comes in as being important.

As a point of reference, my desktop 4770K that's overclocked to 4.7GHz can have problems with playback of 60 Hz 4K HEVC video when in software mode, and that's with a software decoder that's using all available cores too.

With mpv setup properly, my GTX-1080 can show the same videos perfectly smoothly with single-digit CPU usage and the GPU doesn't even really heat up that much either since only a relatively small part of the GPU actually does the video acceleration. The hardware accelerated paths for video decoding are quite important.

Comment Thank you for standing up to EVIL PATENTS MS! (Score 2, Funny) 220

H.264? There are evil patents associated with that right?

This just sounds like Microsoft is trying to act like a positive in the freedom dimension Linux distro by refusing to support that evil patenty thing and by refusing to support webcams, which we all know could be used as NSA backdoors and are therefore evil.

Comment Re:Good to hear. (Score 1) 188

You can buy a used Sandy Bridge Xeon system for cheap that will not only annihilate that thing but be a better bargain than Zen will be.

Be careful comparing ancient parts (that in AMD's case are being sold as "new" because they haven't had anything really new for 5 years) in the bargain bin to new stuff. It won't look good on a price/performance basis for AMD next year when Zen finally launches if you do.

Comment Re:Developers are at fault (Score 1) 124

You have it both 100% correct, but completely wrong.

Yes, as a dev, I choose to pop up a mostly useless dialog asking the user how to proceed when something seems amiss. I know for a fact that the users almost never actually read them, because when I get a call and ask them what the error said, they invariable need to go try to reproduce the error - And I make a point of writing human-readable error messages like "Your file vanished after I saved it, Dave", nothing like "Error 102, sprongle interface not loaded at 0xDEADBEEF".

But in the example I gave - Do I not tell the user that their file, which the OS reported as successfully written to disk, somehow magically no longer exists? Sure, I could blindly try again a few times (and when safe, I would)... But if it keeps happening?

Comment Don't care != multitasking is hard. (Score 1) 124

This has nothing to do with "dual task interference", it comes from "I just want the damned thing to work".

So my browser tells me something-something-Flash-something, do I really want to watch that YouTube video? That question has only one possible answer: "Kittens". No one, ever, not even the most paranoid of security researchers, has ever intentionally said "no, never mind, I don't really need to see kittens, thanks for the warning, Firefox!".

The real problem here (if any) comes from too damned much crying wolf. People ignore warnings because we see dozens of them every day, and 99.9% of them mean absolutely nothing (and the remaining 0.01% just mean that if the NSA has already infiltrated your ISP, they can use what you want to do to maybe get a bit more access to your home PC).

Even antivirus software has this problem - Yes, I know that netcat can be a "hacking" tool; it's also really fucking useful.

Comment Re:Hmmm. (Score 0, Flamebait) 58

How exactly did Intel sabotage GCC or sneak in to AMD's offices and break AMD's own compiler?

Oh you mean Intel didn't go out of its way to optimize its compiler for AMD chips? Tough cookies. If AMD is so amazingly great and wants to have "fair competition" here's an idea: Tell those geniuses at AMD to go out and write their own damn compiler for their supposedly "perfect" chips.

Bitching and moaning that Intel's compiler produces perfectly functional code for AMD hardware (it did, BTW, never broke a single program running on AMD hardware) but doesn't optimize for AMD's hardware is sour grapes from a second rate company.

If AMD is so magically "innovative" like all the delusional fanboys still believe, then they can optimize their own hardware and there's no responsibility for Intel to go out and do the work for them.

Comment Here's the real reason for Nvidia's complaints (Score 4, Interesting) 58

The real reason that Nvidia is bitching up a storm is that KNL has received a very positive reception in the HPC world.

Oh, and KNL is actually an absolute bargain in comparison to the requirements to get a high-end Pascal system setup, not only because you can buy an entire KNL system (not just a GPU card) starting at only $5000, but because it's self-hosting and doesn't need a high-end Xeon CPU just to feed the GPU. To put it in perspective, you could build a cluster of 26 KNLs for the price of one of those 8-way systems Nvidia is selling.

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