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Comment Re:You made the bed. Now sleep in it. (Score 1) 160

The problem is that areas had record cold this past winter, and "deniers" get slammed for correlating a weather event to global climate change

Record cold can be evidence for global warming. The key is to understand what "warming" actually is: adding energy to the system. Consider a glass of water. What happens when you add energy to it by shaking it? The answer is, it sloshes around -- the maximum height of the water surface gets higher, and the minimum height gets lower. Or consider the refrigeration thermodynamic cycle: one part of the system gets colder even though the total energy of the system is increasing.

That's not to say that record cold is always evidence of global warming, or indeed that it could never be evidence of an oncoming ice age. I'm just pointing out that the issue is more complicated than "record cold = cooling" or "record heat = heating" considered in isolation. We only know that record heat actually is evidence for heating because it's been observed as part of a larger pattern and was predicted by climate models and such (i.e., all the actual science that climatologists do that a Fox News sound bite is inadequate to explain).

Comment Re:Windows 7 and 8 (Score 1) 154

I'll admit that 7 is better than XP, but not by enough that I would have bothered to upgrade if they hadn't discontinued support. It makes me wonder if one of these Windows clone operating systems won't eventually get good enough that I won't bother running Windows proper at all. If there was an OS that was feature-compatible with, say, Windows 2000 and also supported modern hardware, why would we bother with this proprietary crap?

Submission + - SPAM: CEOs whining about having to pay employees more money

smooth wombat writes: For the longest time we have heard companies complain no one is qualified for their available jobs. Now it seems that mantra is coming back to bite them as they can't find people to fill their available jobs. As a result, they are having to raise wages to attract people to these jobs. This in turn has lead to their latest whinings: we have to pay people more!

Why are they complaining about having to pay more money to attract and retain people? Because investors and Wall Street firms see higher wages as a drag on profit and growth rather than a raising up of people's living standards.

There used to be multiple people applying for every job. Not any longer. Now, there's barely more than one job seeker for every job opening. Keeping good employees around is harder, and businesses from Silicon Valley tech hubs down to coffee shops are increasing pay to attract and retain workers.

As a side note, as Marissa Mayer prepares to depart Yahoo! after four years of marching in place, she stands to reap a $219 million golden parachute yet no one on Wall Street is complaining about that drag on profits.

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Comment Best drivers (Score 1) 33

Currently on linux, modern AMD cards have the "best-of-both-world" driver support.

Nvidia currently only produce closed-source drivers.
(Nouveau is exclusively the work of reverse engineering. Recieving nearly no support from Nvidia, except for the occasional patch to enable modesetting)

AMD provides a hybrid stack:
- they develop an kernel module (amdgpu) which is available up-stream. (i.e.: new versions of the kernel feature it out of the box).

above this, you have two choices:

- AMDGPU-Pro, the closed source drivers (which are the modern day equivalent of the user-space portion of Catalyst).
Nowadays, they seem pretty stable, run games without bugs, and because they require a module which is already in mainstream kernel, they do work even with the latest kernel update. (unlike nvidia's driver which need the nvidia.ko some adaptation in case of variation of the kernel API).

- RadeonSI, the opensource back-end to the Mesa driver.
These are devloped by people of whom some are on AMD's payroll (i.e.: AMD doesn't only provide information, but even salaries for opensource development)
With the Polaris, the driver was available at release day, and has a decent performance compared to the closed source one, and runs lots of games.

That's quite some achievement compared with the early "fglrx" that was buggy as hell, and that's quite some engagement for the opensource community.

As a Linux user, I actually like more the ADM driver situation.

Comment Re:ABM systems equal escalation? (Score 1) 56

That's the logic. It's all about stability. If I'm Russia, and I think the US is about to develop a real working ABM system, then the clock is ticking on the use of my missiles. Maybe I should gamble on a first strike to wipe out US missiles. If I don't, then later the US can launch a first strike without fear of retaliation.

Comment Re:Music (Score 1) 304

That sounds like a band that's actually trying to "make it big".

The guys I knew who played gigs were in a jazz band and played at local restaurants. They didn't have CDs, a website, T-shirts, or anything like that. Nor did they have "rehearsal space" (they just went to someone's house), or need a sound guy. They just played on weekend nights here and there for a little cash and because it was fun. They had day jobs as engineers; they weren't hurting for money, nor were they looking to go pro. You're talking about something entirely different.

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