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Comment Re: A Very Old Performance Problem, Mostly Forgot (Score 1) 266

I might be biased because I work in the computer graphics industry but memory coherency is the first thing we think about when doing something new. This is also a major point if you look at any of the presentations about performance at CppCon (C++ conference). They are easily found on YouTube. See also data oriented programming. This is NOT a forget ten problem at all.

Comment Re:It is Bullshit, IMO (Score 2) 91

An addiction is only a problem if it interferes with life to the point where it's detrimental. It's the same whether it's a "library addiction", "drinking addiction", or an "internet addiction". Doing something a lot isn't bad, but if you do it it to the point where it can harm yourself or someone else is a totally different matter. Take this story for example: where a couple inadvertently starved their 3 month old baby to death while spending 12 hour days at an internet cafe playing an MMO.

Comment Re:Me gusta! (Score 1) 179

In a maze of scripts and Makefiles and scripts generating Makefiles and scripts generating scripts that call make, euphemistically called "a custom buildsystem", hunting down the right 'make' to change into 'make -d' can take a while.

That sounds like you're not doing sub-makes with $(MAKE), which would have passed down the -d automatically. See and

Comment Re:Same Story / Different Day (Score 1) 247

Does anyone know if MS Windows has introduced a UT internal time yet? If not, then we can reliably predict that such bugs will continue to plague their users.

According to an old MS guy [1], Windows NT stores UTC time internally but maintains the BIOS in local time. 1.

Comment Re:Full text in case the link gets taken down (Score 1) 354

Hiring standards vary according to the team because the needs of the team vary according to the team and according to what that person is going to be doing.

Just to play Devil's Advocate, what if the team was incompetent? It's not unheard of where all the good people leave the team, leading to hiring choices for similarly, incapable new employees.


Submission + - Windows 8 will have super fast boot times (

An anonymous reader writes: This post describes about yet another blog post from Steven Sinofsky where he talks about new features in Windows 8. He talks extensively about how they planned to achieve faster bootup times for the operating system.

Submission + - Monthly Ubuntu Releases Have Been Proposed (

An anonymous reader writes: Scott James Remnant, the former Ubuntu Developer Manager at Canonical and current Ubuntu Technical Board leader, has proposed a new monthly release process for Ubuntu Linux. He acknowledges that with the six month releases there's features that end up landing way too soon, leaving them in a sour state for users. With his monthly proposal, Remnant hopes to relieve this by handling alpha, beta, and normal releases concurrently. It's unknown whether Canonical will accept the policy at this time.

Submission + - FPS no more? New methods reveal deeper GPU issues (

crookedvulture writes: Graphics hardware reviews have long used frames per second to measure performance. The thing is, an awful lot of frames are generated in a single second. Calculating the FPS can mask brief moments of perceptible stuttering that only a closer inspection of individual frame times can quantify. This article explores the subject in much greater detail. Along the way, it also effectively illustrates the "micro-stuttering" attributed to multi-GPU solutions like SLI and CrossFire. AMD and Nvidia both concede that stuttering is a real problem for modern graphics hardware, and benchmarking methods may need to change to properly take it into account.

Submission + - Patent Reform Bill Passes Senate (

nephorm writes: "The Senate gave final approval to the first major overhaul of the nation’s patent law in more than a half century Thursday, sending the America Invents Act to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The legislation won overwhelming approval in an 89-9 vote." Fee diversion from the USPTO will continue.

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