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Submission + - Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a 'public service'. (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a "public service" by triggering a debate over surveillance techniques, but still must pay a penalty for illegally leaking a trove of classified intelligence documents.
"We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made," Holder told David Axelrod on "The Axe Files," a podcast produced by CNN and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Comment Re:Parts of OS X are already open source (Score 4, Insightful) 268

You're not wrong, but I think open source developers find ways of making code difficult to use as well. For example, the GNOME project seems to hate non Linux operating systems. Many tools are pushing systemd or wayland integration now.

One can argue that since it's open you can re-implement systemd or write a wayland compositor yourself but this is significant work and it's also a moving target. Just because something is open, doesn't mean it's useful.

We all forget that sometimes.

Comment Parts of OS X are already open source (Score 4, Insightful) 268

The Mac OS X kernel and many other system components are already open source and available on Apple's developer site. This has been the case for years.

Similarly, Microsoft has started to open source .NET, ASP.NET and related tech as well as their plan to bring SQL Server to Linux. I think at this point a mix of closed and open source is already happening. Even in the Linux world, some people run Oracle or IBM software that is commercial on linux. This isn't a new thing.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 110

Intel gave up on desktops. They started the death spiral. Laptops won't get faster, just GPU bumps.

Look at numbers for Haswell vs anything since. It's not much. Microsoft's windows 10 move further hurt them because people can sit on PCs longer. Microsoft had to save themselves.

Intel needs to blow out performance on PCs to get upgrades started again and for that to matter, we need a new killer app for PCs that require real CPU power. Something that can't be done on a tablet right now. Something that isn't easily offloaded onto cloud computing.

I'm just hoping AMD doesn't give up on gamers or desktops. I need FX or core i7 CPUs for what I do and I realize it's not common, but there are CAD users, programmers, engineers, etc that need CPU performance. They killed workstations because of PC speeding up and now they want to kill PCs... what are we supposed to use?

Yeah, they can't sell to grandma anymore and I'm going to have to pay a lot again like I did when I first started using computers, but I still need a fast PC and a laptop CPU won't cut it.

And for the record, I also have multiple PCs. My wife is also a programmer and a gamer. She has a 6 core intel haswell-e desktop and used to buy Mac Pros . I've got a core i7 4770 with 32GB of RAM, 3 SSDs and 2 hard drives. I've also got lowend servers running for building software and running websites. I know I'm not the norm, but there are segments like me out there.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 299

As someone who uses them frequently, let me explain. It's about laziness and choice. I can drop a pod in the machine and get a cup of coffee without grinding, getting a filter, etc. My wife can enjoy a different brand of coffee without making two pots.

Our habit costs about $60/month in the winter and around $20/month in the summer. We would have spent $20 to $40 on beans anyway.

A significant number of our k-cups are San Francisco Bay because they're a little more environmentally friendly.

Comment Re:Why would anyone want this? (Score 1) 219

It wasn't Microsoft BOB. It was Packard Bell Navigator. it's a totally different thing and unlike Microsoft BOB, Packard Bell released a patch for Windows 95.

My first PC was a Packard Bell Pentium 100mhz and it had that software on it. The novelty wears off pretty quick, but it made for cool demos at the store back then.

Comment Re:Personally, I don't care. (Score 1) 63

NVIDIA sells more GPUs than AMD in discrete cards. They also aren't in a losing battle with Intel on x86. I'd say NVIDIA has a lot more money to play with.

On the AMD side, they have some decent GPUs, with no OS support. They also have several failed die shrinks and haven't released a real CPU product since 2012 for the desktop. They're probably really hurting right now.

Comment Re:AMD's opensource is good (Score 1) 63

You have a great post, but it's Linux specific. There is only one choice on FreeBSD and that's NVIDIA. They're the only company to support FreeBSD. AMD has no commercial driver for FreeBSD and the open source attempts are weak on BSD over the last 5 years. FreeBSD and DragonFly developers have put in recent efforts but it's hard to track all the crazy changes in the linux kernel lately.

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